AFIP stands for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. It was a major center for pathology research and education in the United States, established in 1862 as the Army Medical Museum. The institute’s primary mission was to provide medical consultation to the U.S. Armed Forces and to advance the understanding of diseases and injuries in support of military readiness.
AFIP was a world-renowned center for pathology education, research, and consultation, and was a leader in the development of new diagnostic techniques and treatments for a variety of diseases. It was also responsible for the development of the world’s largest medical museum, which housed more than 24 million specimens and artifacts.
In 2011, the AFIP was merged with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to form the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which continues to provide medical consultation and treatment to U.S. military personnel and their families.