The Division of Cytopathology

Fellowship Program

During this post-residency one year fellowship program, the fellow will gain advanced experience in diagnosis, teaching, and research in clinical cytopathology. Diagnostic material consists of a wide variety of gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens. Performance of superficial fine needle aspirations and on-site assessment of guided deep aspirates provides the trainee with extensive expertise in this popular technique. Fellows are given increasing responsibility in cytopathology sign-out as they acquire experience, and participate as instructors in an internationally acclaimed continuing medical education program. Research opportunities in immunocytochemistry, morphometry and applied molecular pathology are available. The second year provides advanced experience in diagnostic cytopathology and research and is tailored according to the trainee's interests and career paths. Goals of the program include preparation for a career in academic cytopathology and preparation for the American Board of Pathology Added Qualification in Cytopathology exam, although fellows will find themselves superbly trained for a community practice in Cytopathology.

Program Director: Christopher VandenBussche, M.D., Ph.D.

For Applications: / call 410.955.1180


Current Fellows (2018-2019):

Derek Allison, M.D. +

Dr. Derek Allison Dr. Derek B. Allison was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and obtained his B.S. in biochemistry from Lipscomb University in Nashville. He received his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in the Medical Education Research Scholar Track and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Allison then moved to Baltimore where he completed his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, serving as chief resident during his final year and graduating with distinction on the new education track. Dr. Allison has a passion for education and clinical research, with a focus on cytopathology and minimally invasive diagnostic cancer testing. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, as well as listening to all kinds of music, playing guitar, cooking, and drinking coffee.


Sara Mustafa, M.D. +

Dr. Sara Mustafa Dr. Sara Mustafa obatined her medical degree from The University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan. She then completed an internship at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before arriving in Washington, D.C., where she completed her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Howard University Hospital. While at Howard, she developed a strong interest in cytopathology, and was also appointed as Chief Resident during her last year of training. As a current cytopathology fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sara is pursuing further interest in pancreatic, head and neck, and soft tissue cytopathology. She speaks Arabic and English fluently and, outside of work, enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her family.




Yener S. Erozan Fellowship in Cytopathology

The Yener S. Erozan Fellowship is sponsored in honor of our mentor, colleague, and friend, Dr. Yener S. Erozan. Read more about Dr. Erozan and the fellowship