Dr. John M. Matsen, professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been elected president of the Association of Pathology Chairmen.

During his two-year term, Matsen will focus the energies of pathology chairs at the nation's medical schools on vital teaching, research and training issues related to pathology."Right now there's a critical shortage of pathologists," Matsen said. The Veterans Administration system, for example, reports a 24 percent vacancy rate among its pathologists.

In his new role, Matsen will look at ways of responding to the shortage. Chief among his priorities will be to bolster recruitment of medical students into the specialty.

A specialist in clinical pathology, Matsen has served on many national committees and editorial boards. He is a past president of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. Currently he is president and chief executive officer of Associated Regional and University Pathologists, Inc., a U.-based national reference laboratory, employing more than 500 people.