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Cytopathology Fellowship

Jerome Jean-Gilles, M.D. photo

Jerome Jean-Gilles, M.D.
Interim Program Director

We are an academic institution with a robust cytology service. The University of Rochester Cytopathology Laboratory routinely sees a high volume of complex, unusual, and interesting cases - both in-house and via consultation. 

Program Highlights

  • The Cytopathology Unit examines approximately 50,000 pap smears, many of which come from high risk individuals, and more than 13,000 non-GYN specimens, including approximately 3,500 fine needle aspirations (FNAs).
  • Our aspiration specimens range from superficial sites, to deep sites collected through interventional radiology techniques.
  • Our presence in various hospital suites for procedure assistance is beyond rapid on-site evaluation and includes a personalized interactive approach to the physicians performing the procedure to fulfill our need for an accurate and thorough diagnosis. 
  • The fellow also performs FNAs (by either palpation or ultrasound guidance) on patients seen within our clinic and within our hospital. The fellow sees a high volume and a wide range and variety of cytopathologic specimens.

Opportunities to expand our research into other departments within the University of Rochester Medical Center are constantly available and encouraged. And the hallmark of our program is a strongly knitted atmosphere of collegiality between the faculty and the fellows.

It is my wish, as well as the wish of the entire faculty, that you thoroughly explore the possibilities of training in our program.

Virtual Interviews - We recognize this is an important time in your professional training – when you will continue to grow personally and professionally, expand your skills and develop plans for your future career. Your safety is a top priority. We are committed to helping you navigate your application process during these unprecedented times. Our faculty and administrative teams are available and will ensure that information is relayed to you in a manner that allows you to make an informed and thoughtful decision. View application information.

More About the Program

Our Fellowship by the Numbers




Pap Smears


Non-GYN Specimens


The Cytology fellowship offers a wide breadth of training opportunities including performing procedures and on-site evaluations, participating in resident and medical student education, as well as a wide variety of research potential, among the large and diverse volume of specimens.

Faculty and Mentoring

The Cytopathology Laboratory also enjoys the skill, knowledge and contributions of an outstanding group of staff members. This special staff prides itself in outstanding patient care and also enjoys teaching and learning from each other. 

Life in Rochester

Rochester is located in western New York, bordering the beautiful Finger Lakes region. Within a day’s trip, you can visit Niagara Falls or Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Rochester, you have all the amenities of living in a city, with the luxury of the countryside being just an hour away.

What Our Fellow Say...

Alexandra Danakas, D.O.

"The best feature of my fellowship training is the variety and caliber of fellowship duties, and the fantastic people to work alongside.

Although the entire Cytology faculty have been instrumental in my decision to stay at URMC for fellowship training, Dr. Luis De Las Casas has invested a great deal of time in both my cytology education, and helping me grow and develop my career goals and aspirations."

Alexandra Danakas, D.O.

Current Cytopathology Fellow