11336-Wood, Debra

Debra M. Wood

Program Director, Histotechnology Distance Learning

Van Nuys Medical Science Building

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Educating, Advocating and Volunteering for the Histotechnology Profession

Debra Wood joined the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as faculty in 2004. After working as a histotechnologist in both clinical and veterinary labs she had a desire to teach. She now puts all of her energy into teaching histotechnology principles and techniques to college students in over 400 laboratories nationwide.

As a volunteer she serves on the: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) volunteering as a member of the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP), site visitor and paper reviewer for programs going through the accreditation process; American Society for Pathology as Chairperson for the - Histotechnology (ASCP) HT/HTL Exam Committee and member of the Scholarship committee; and National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) as credentialing chair and lead of the Instructors of Histotechnology group.  

Passionate about histotechnology, education and service to the profession the position of program director for a distance education program seemed like the perfect fit. 

Certification: HT (ASCP)


Gill, Gary W., & Wood, Debra M., 2010, Education Guide: Special Stains & H&E, Chapter 21: Biological Micro-techniques. Kumar, George L., & Kiernan, John A., Dako


Newcomer Helping Hand Award, National Society for Histotechnology, 2019

Lee Luna Foreign Travel Award, National Society for Histotechnology, 2017

Leica Leadership in Teaching, National Society for Histotechnology, 2016

Peggy Wenk Histotechnology Program of the Year, National Society for               Histotechnology, 2015

urEssential, Cardinal Health, 2014



Titles & Appointments

  • Program Director, Histotechnology Distance Learning
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Division Chief
  • Awards
    Org: National Society for Histotechnology
    Desc: Newcomer Helping Hand Award supports an individual that provides histology educational opportunities and improvements to underserved institutions/groups/countries.
    Scope: National
    Date: 2019-09-01
    Org: National Society for Histotechnology
    Desc: Leica Leadership in Teaching Award is presented to an individual dedicated to sharing their knowledge of histotechnology with others.
    Scope: National
    Date: 2016-09-01
    Org: National Society for Histotechnology
    Desc: The Peggy Wenk Histotechnology Program of the Year award is presented to a NAACLS accredited program of histotechnology (HT/HTL) that exhibits passion for producing highly qualified professionals for the purpose of furthering educational opportunities for students.
    Scope: National
    Date: 2015-09-01
    Org: Cardinal Health
    Desc: The Cardinal Health UrEssential Award seeks to recognize clinical laboratory professionals who have improved processes within their laboratories, enhanced patient care through their work, and increased awareness of the importance of the profession.
    Scope: National
    Date: 2014-09-01

Looking for patient care?

To schedule an appointment with a faculty member physician of IU School of Medicine, contact Indiana University Health at 888-484-3258 or use the physician finder by clicking the button below.

Find a doctor