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Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship

Program Details

The University of Rochester Medical Center offers the only gastrointestinal pathology fellowship in western/upstate New York. Our busy GI subspecialty service encompasses all aspects of GI, liver, and pancreatobiliary pathology. URMC is home to active groups of surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, foregut surgeons, colorectal surgeons, and transplant surgeons, as well as our large subspecialty team of GI pathologists.

Our department received more than 80,000 surgical pathology cases in 2017, more than 28,000 of which were handled by the GI subspecialty service. Our material comprises a wide variety of both neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathology. Fellows preview cases (including all medical liver biopsies) before attending signout, participate in interdisciplinary GI conferences, and assist with teaching pathology residents and medical students. If desired, fellows may rotate through other subspecialty services or affiliated community hospitals. As our fellowship is not ACGME accredited, signout privileges may be available mid-year to fellows with appropriate qualifications.

Openings are currently available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Stipend levels are commensurate with the level of post-graduate training.

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Our Faculty

We have six fellowship-trained GI pathologists, all of whom demonstrate consistent research and teaching activities. They routinely publish peer-reviewed journal articles and have given lectures at pathology conferences all over the world.

How to Apply

Applicants must be on track to complete an accredited pathology residency program (either three-year AP-only or four-year AP/CP) and be board eligible/certified. Prior fellowship training is not a prerequisite.

The following documents are required for application:

  • Common (CAP) fellowship application (including photograph and USMLE/COMLEX scores)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Pathology board status
  • State licensure status

Key Dates

Applications for the 2021 fellowship positions will be accepted from July 1 to October 1. Late applications due to extenuating circumstances will be considered on a per-applicant basis. Interviews will be held from mid-October to late November. 

Please send all application materials to:

Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship
Melissa Sullivan
Education Coordinator
University of Rochester Medical Center
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 626
Rochester, NY 14642

(585) 276-6401

Career Outcomes

This program offers complete and robust training in gastrointestinal pathology. Fellows will learn from a wide variety of cases generated both from within the University's many hospitals and affiliates, and from a number of local gastroenterology groups in private practice. Fellows will also have ample time for conducting research, presenting at tumor boards, and attending national conferences.

Past Fellows

Year Fellow Residency Program Current Affiliation
2017-18 Diana Agostini-Vulaj, DO University of Rochester University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2016-17 Meenal Sharma, MBBS University of Rochester University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2015-2016 Laura Bratton, MD Tulane University Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA
2014-2015 Michael Lunt, MD University of Rochester OSF HealthCare, Peoria, IL
2013-2014 Aaron Huber, DO Naval Medical Center University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2012-2013 Sofia Taboada, MD New York University  Northwell Health (NSLIJ), Lake Success, NY
2011-2012 Vladislav Zakharov, MD University of Oklahoma AmeriPath, Shelton, CT