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Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Pathology Fellowship

Program Details

The Division of Surgical Pathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York invites applicants for its Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Fellowship.

The GI subspecialty service at URMC is a busy one and encompasses the breadth of GI, liver, and pancreatobiliary pathology. The University of Rochester is home to active groups of foregut surgeons, surgical oncologists, and colorectal surgeons, as well as a large subspecialty team of GI pathologists. We examine more than 30,000 cases annually, encompassing a wide variety of both neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathology. The liver transplant/hepatobiliary surgery program here is well established, having been in place for almost 20 years; we have an excellent relationship with their team. There are multiple interdisciplinary GI conferences at URMC (including GI/hepatobiliary oncology, transplant, and pediatric, among others) in which fellows may actively participate.

If desired, fellows will have the opportunity to rotate through other subspecialty services or affiliated community hospitals. Signout privileges are also anticipated for fellows with appropriate qualifications. Opportunities for collaborative translational research abound, and departmental funds are available for projects as well as travel for presentation of results at a national meeting.

With more than one million residents in the metropolitan area, Rochester offers all the cultural, recreational, and educational amenities of a large city, but with nearby open spaces and lakes providing options for lifestyles from urban to rural, all with easy commutes. Rochester has been highly ranked for "quality of life" and recently as one of the "Top 10 U.S. Cities to Raise a Family."

Openings are currently available for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years. Stipend levels are commensurate with the level of post-graduate training.

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Our Faculty

We have four 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.

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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 2022 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
Fellowship 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
2019-20 Caroline Bsirini, MD University of Rochester Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2018-19 Sohaib Abu-Farsakh, MD University of Rochester University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
2018-19 Andrew Dunn, MD University of Arkansas Duke University, Durham, NC
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