Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology

Fellowship Programs

Combined Research and Clinical Fellowship +

The two-year program centers on clinically oriented biopsy and surgical pathology gastrointestinal case material for sign-out with Drs. Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Anders, Lysandra Voltaggio, and Laura Wood. This includes an active consult service for which the fellow is responsible. Specialty experience in liver disease is provided by Drs. Robert Anders, Laura Wood, and John K. Boitnott. Dr. Ralph Hruban, Director of the Department, provides diagnostic and research experience in pancreatic diseases.

The fellow participates in clinical rounds and in housestaff and medical student teaching. In the second year the fellow is appointed an Assistant by The Johns Hopkins Hospital and takes full responsibility for sign-out of gastrointestinal case material. Research is an integral part of the program during both years and may have either a clinical or an experimental emphasis. There are multiple opportunities for collaborative studies in gastroenterology and in basic research in this and other departments.

In addition, a separate one year fellowship position in GI / Liver Pathology is offered. This fellowship parallels the two-year program, but does not include the sign-out opportunities of the two-year program.

Requirements: Minimum of two full years Anatomic Pathology. Fellows must be able to obtain Maryland licensure by the second year of the program.

Stipends: Commensurate with the candidate's level of postgraduate training.

Applications: For application forms or questions:

Dr. Lysandra Voltaggio
Department of Pathology
CRBII Room 341
1550 Orleans Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

Phone: 410-955-3511
Email:

Applications should be received by October 1 for a July 1 starting date 16 months later (e.g., an application submitted by Oct 1, 2012 will be for a July 1, 2014 start); supporting documents should be received within a month of this deadline (e.g., by Nov 1, 2012 in previous example). This timetable updates and supersedes all previously announced timetables; requests for variations from this updated timetable should be directed to Dr. Lysandra Voltaggio.

Applicants should clearly state if they are applying for the one-year fellowship, for the two-year program, or for both.


Combined Residency and Research +

Most residents who enter a fellowship do so at the end of their residency training or after completing their AP or CP segment. However, under appropriate conditions residents may begin their fellowship training by interrupting their residency program. Fellowship programs entered after receiving the M.D. degree can be expected to meet fully the "credentialling year" requirement of the American Board of Pathology.

Applicants for the Pathology Residency Program who would like to learn more about fellowship opportunities should first contact either:

, Director, Residency Training Program or
, Medical Training Program Manager

Research opportunities are available to all interested Pathology residents. In addition, the department has research-fellowship residency positions that assure a funded year of research as a fellow to those accepted. Those positions are available to applicants with a strong background in research who wish to combine clinical and research training during their residency years. A PhD is not required. However, MD applicants without a PhD are expected to have spent at least one year in research, with a record of research productivity. These research-fellowship residency positions are available for all qualified residents to pursue AP, CP, or AP/CP training followed by 1 or more years of research training.

A member of the Medical Scientist Advisory Committee will serve as an advisor to each resident in the research-fellowship program. The advisor will be identified during the resident's first year in training. Applicants begin full-time research following clinical training. The length of clinical training is flexible and will depend on the specific clinical track chosen (AP, CP, or AP/CP) and credentials (PhD or other credentialling year).

Residents are expected to continue to attend conferences and participate in other clinical activities on a limited basis during the research period. The advisor will help identify appropriate activities for each resident based on his or her own interests. Support for one year of research will be assured by the Department of Pathology. Residents will be provided with guidance in applying for other forms of research support, as part of their academic career development. Residents who obtain extramural research funding with salary support below their PGY level will receive supplementary salary support from the Department or another appropriate source.

Residents are encouraged to select research mentors in the Department of Pathology, but may work with investigators in other departments. An oversight committee will review and approve the choice of the research mentor before the resident begins the first research year. Residents are encouraged to select research laboratories located on the main medical school/hospital campus. Special approval from the committee is required for research at another location.

Resident applicants interested in the combined Residency-Research Fellowship Program should contact:

Kathleen Burns, MD, PhD: 410-502-7214
Charles J. Steenbergen, MD, PhD: 410-502-5982
Nancy Nath: 410-955-3439


Past Combined Research and Clinical Fellows +
FellowsYearFellowship ActivityCurrent Position
Jose Jessurun, M.D. July 1, 1984 - June 30, 1986 Defined Iymphocytic colitis and helped define collagenous colitis Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY
Wade S. Samowitz, M.D. July 1, 1985 - June 30, 1987 Immunohistochemical detection of oncogenes Professor of Pathology
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Audrey Lazenby, M.D. July 1, 1986 - June 30, 1988 Further defined the histologic features, clinical aspects, and causes of lymphocytic and collagenous colitis Professor of Pathology and Microbiology & Director of Anatomic Pathology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
Scott E. Kern, M.D. July 1, 1987 - June 30, 1990 Morphometric analysis of gastric endocrine cells in pernicious anemia. Associated allelic loss with metastasis in colorectal neoplasia. Professor of Oncology & Pathology
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Joel K. Greenson, M.D. July 1, 1988 - June 30, 1990 Studied AIDS Enteropathy Professor & Director of Surgical Pathology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
G. Johan A. Offerhaus, M.D. July 1, 1989 - June 30, 1991 Studied extracolonic neoplasms in patients with FAP, chemoprevention by Sulindac, and DNA content and molecular genetic alterations in colon cancer. Head of Gastrointestinal Pathology, Chair in tumor biology of digestive tract neoplasms, Professor of Pathology
University of Utrecht
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Janice McCall, M.D. July 1, 1990 - June 30, 1991 Subtraction DNA hybridization for Crohns Disease Partner with Ruffolo and Hooper
Tampa, FL
Mark Redston, M.D. July 1, 1991 - June 30, 1994 Molecular genetic changes in pancreatic cancer GI Pathologist
Miraca Life Sciences
Irving, TX
Susan Kornacki, M.D. July 1, 1992 - June 30, 1994 Studied the genetic mutations in dysplasia arising in patients with ulcerative colitis and dysplasia in fundic gland polyps in patients with FAP Medical Director
NYGA Laboratory
New York, NY
Christopher Moskaluk, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1995 Defined the molecular genetic alterations in early pancreatic neoplasms Chairman of Pathology and Professor of Pathology & Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Asif Rashid, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 1994 - June 30, 1996 Genetics and alterations in tubular adenomas of the colon Professor of Pathology
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
TT Wu, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 1995 - June 30, 1997 Research on Barrett's Esophagus Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Shuan Li. M D. July 1, 1996 - June 30, 1998 Histopathology of solitary rectal ulcer lesions Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando, FL
Julian Alexander, M.D. July 1, 1997 - June 30, 1998 Characterizations of RER + colorectal carcinomas Private Practice in the UK
Susan Abraham, M.D. July 1, 1998 - June 30, 1999 Gastric Polyps Associate Professor
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Eric Y. Li, M.D. July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000 Fat accumulation in the liver Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Laboratory
Ogdenburg, NY
Michael Torbenson, M.D. July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2002 Hepatitis C Professor of Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Anirban Maitra, M.D. July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002 Application of SNP chip technology Professor of Pathology
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2003 Gene expression in Pancreatic Cancer Professor of Pathology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Baishali Bhattacharya, M.D. July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004 Web-based teaching of GI Pathology and research on telomere length in gastric adenocarcinoma, gastritis, and gastric carcinoma precursor lesions GI Pathologist
Miraca Life Sciences
H. Parry Dilworth, IV, M.D. July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005 Teaching GI Pathology Staff at Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis, MN
Guang-Yu Yang, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005 Chemoprevention of Pancreatic Cancer Professor of Pathology
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
Jon Davison, M.D. July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007 Zebrafish models of Pancreatic Ccancer Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Jason Daniels, M.D. July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2008 Clinical correlates in GI/Liver Pathology Staff at Hospital Pathology Associates
St. Paul, MN
Zongming Chen, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008 Pyloric Gland Adenoma of the stomach and duodenum Director, Immunohistochemistry Geisinger Medical laboratories
Danville, PA
Jennifer Scudiere, M.D. July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009 Clinical correlates of GI Pathology GI Pathologist
Miraca Life Sciences
Jason Park, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010 Pdx1 expression patterns in pancreatic neoplasms Assistant Professor of Pathology
UT Southwestern
Dallas, TX
Chanjuan Shi, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 Precursors of Pancreatic Cancer Associate Professor of Pathology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Dora Lam-Himlin, M.D. July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 Gastric polyps in patients with Peutz-Jeghers' and Juvenile Polyposis Syndromes Senior Associate Consultant & Instructor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, AZ
Ming-Tseh Lin, M.D. July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 Molecular Diagnostics Assistant Professor of Molecular Pathology
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011 Three-dimensional mapping of precursor lesions in the pancreas Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Colorado
Denver, CO
Karen Matsukuma, M.D. July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012 Timing of ATRX/DAXX inactivation in neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas Assistant Professor
UC Davis Health System
Sacramento, CA
Christina Arnold, M.D. July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012 Whipple disease and Teching GI Pathology Assistant Professor of Pathology
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Aatur Singhi, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 The pathology of familial pancreatic cancer Assistant Professor of Pathology
Univeristy of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Ta-Chiang Liu, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Using viruses to treat cancer Assistant Professor of Pathology
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
Oliver McDonald, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013 Epigenomic reprogramming during evolution of pancreatic cancer Assistant Professor of Pathology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Safia Salaria, M.D. July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 Gastrointestinal, hepatic, and pancreatobiliary diseases Assistant Professor of Pathology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Laura Wood, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 Genomic analyses of gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic neoplasms Assistant Professor of Pathology
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Michael Cruise, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013 Immunomodulatory features of MSI-high colorectal tumors Assistant Professor
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Sabrina Sopha, M.D. July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Prognostic role of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in colorectal carcinoma Staff Pathologist
Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Glen Burnie, MD
Arvind Rishi, M.D. July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Expression of adhesion kinases/stem cell markers in pancreatic adenocarcinoma Assistant Professor
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
Manhasset, NY
Changqing (Cathy) Ma, M.D., Ph.D. July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Upper tract involvement by juvenile polyposis Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Thomas Huebner, M.D. July 1, 2014 - January 30, 2015 response of pancreatic cancers to treatment Chief Pathologist
Integrated Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics
Greenbelt, MD
Scott Robertson, MD, PhD July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 Chromosomal aberrations in solid pseudopapillary neoplasms Staff Pathologist
The Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Feriyl Bhaijee, MD July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 Tumor Immunology Staff Pathologist
AmeriPath
Indianapolis, IN
Meredith Pittman, MD July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015 Pancreatobiliary and hepatocellular carcinoma; autoimmune diseases of the luminal GI tract Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY
Justin Poling, MD July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 Grading and immunomodulation of radiated pancreatic cancer Staff Pathologist
Pathgroup
Nashville, TN
Arunima Ghosh, MD, PhD July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 Gastrointestinal histopathology in SLE patients Clinical Informatics Fellow
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD
Maryam Kherad Pezhouh, MD, MSc July 1, 2015 - April 15, 2017 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Assistant Professor of Pathology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
Yaman Tarabishy, MD July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Gastrointestinal mesenchymal tumors Staff Pathologist
Peoria Tazewell Pathology Group
Peoria, IL
Ogechukwu Eze, MD July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Lateral Spread In Esophageal Squamous Cell Neoplasia, Upper Gastrointestinal Lesions in Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome Assistant Professor of Pathology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Kevin Waters, MD, PhD July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Barrett Esophagus, Pancreatic Cancer, and Epideiology in GI diseases Surgical Pathologist
Cedars-Sinai Hospital
Los Angeles, CA