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Brent Hjermstad, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences


  • Arizona State University: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 1973
  • University of Arizona: Doctor of Medicine, 1977

Past Academic Positions

  • Pathology Instructor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Wright State University School of Medicine

Additional Information

Dr. Hjermstad is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Dr. Hjermstad completed an internship in internal medicine at the U.S. Air Force’s largest medical facility, Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He returned to Arizona to complete a four-year residency in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Following residency training, Dr. Hjermstad received subspecialty training in gastrointestinal pathology from Dr. Elson Helwig, a pioneer in the field. Mentored by Dr. Helwig at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Dr. Hjermstad worked side-by-side with Dr. Leslie Sobin, respected author and editor of the World Health Association “Blue Books” and the AFIP fascicles.

After his year of subspecialty training, Dr. Hjermstad spent an additional three years as an AFIP staff pathologist in the Department of Gastrointestinal Pathology, reviewing over ten thousand diagnostically complex cases including numerous rare conditions. While at the AFIP, Dr. Hjermstad was tutored by Dr. Kamal Ishak, a pioneer in the field of modern hepatic pathology. While at the AFIP, Dr. Hjermstad was the author and co-author of multiple papers in the field of gastrointestinal pathology.

Following his work at the AFIP, Dr. Hjermstad continued his military service as a pathologist in the Air Force, with tours of duty in Alaska and Ohio. While in Alaska, he helped in the development of the first military telepathology program with his colleagues at the AFIP. His military service culminated with directorship of the third largest U. S. Air Force laboratory, located at Wright Patterson AFB, OH. Dr. Hjermstad retired as a full Colonel in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Hjermstad is an active member of numerous national and local professional medical societies and organizations. He has been with Incyte Diagnostics and based in Spokane Washington since 1998.

Dr. Hjermstad holds medical licenses in the states of Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Alaska and Oregon.

Brent Hjermstad
Brent Hjermstad, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor