Clinical Fellowships: Surgical Pathology


University of Washington offers a one year surgical pathology fellowship, a rich and diverse experience in diagnostic surgical pathology that is designed to engage the trainee in all facets of current anatomic pathology practice. The program provides the fellow with the experience necessary to successfully bridge to independent practice in either a community-based or academic environment, by building on core competencies achieved in earlier years of training. This level of professional growth is accomplished through an integration of several key elements: exposure to complicated surgical pathology cases; experience with teaching and supervision, both within the pathology residency program and within the broader UWMC medical community; practical application of laboratory management skills; responsibility for critical elements of program administration; and enhanced exposure to a subspecialty of their choosing.



Surgical pathology fellows at the UWMC/HMC have a varied experience throughout the year.  9 months of the year is spent at UWMC.  Current rotations (2015-2016) include exposure to consult service (3 months), dermatopathology, general surgical, breast, and gastro-intestinal pathology, chief/supervisor, frozen sections (through most of the year) and elective months.3 months of the year is spent at HMC with responsibility for genitourinary consults and inside surgical cases, teaching junior residents and exposure to cytopathology, cervical pathology and neuropathology.

Fellows have an active role in teaching junior residents the day to day practice of pathology in addition to organizing and presenting unknown conferences.  Fellows are expected to have more independence than the junior residents who are on the same rotation and are allowed to call preliminary results to clinicians. As the fellows gain further experience and demonstrate increasing competence and confidence in gross and microscopic pathologic assessments, they will be granted increased responsibility, primarily in the final six months of the program.

For 3 months of the year, the fellows review all outside consult material submitted to the general surgical pathology service at UWMC, and they also co-ordinate the immunohistochemical evaluation of routine and consultative cases submitted to UWMC under the supervision of Dr. Swanson and other faculty members. In addition, they are expected to prepare and present cases at the weekly multidisciplinary tumor board.

For 1 month of the year fellows are on conference rotation. During this time they prepare for and present the multiple multi-disciplinary conferences and tumor boards including gyn, bone and soft tissue, breast, GU tumor board, and autopsy (if there is no junior resident). Additional conferences that are sometimes covered include liver tumor boards, liver transplant conference, and endocrine conference.

2 months of the year are devoted to elective time in which the fellow is expected to select an area in which to focus. Ideally this will include presenting conferences pertinent to the area, assisting junior residents on rotation in the area, going through study sets and performing a clinical-pathologic research project.


Faculty and Organization

Dr. Rochelle Garcia is the director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship and the Residency Director. The fellowship is based entirely at UWMC within the Division of Anatomic Pathology. The faculty of UWMC Anatomic Pathology provide an extensive knowledge and experience base for the teaching of general surgical pathology and its associated subspecialty areas. The teaching faculty include:

Rochelle L. Garcia, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship
Director, Breat/Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship
Subspecialty: Gynecologic, Cytology, Breast
Suzanne Dintzis, MD PhD
Associate Professsor, Pathology
Subspecialty: Breast, GI, Gynecologic
Evan George, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology
Acting Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship
Subspecialty:  Dermatopathology
Benjamin Hoch, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Director, Residency Program
Director, Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship
Subspecialty:  Bone & Soft Tissue
Mara Rendi, MD PhD
Acting Assistant Professor, Pathology
Subspecialty: Breast, Gyn

Stephen Schmechel, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Subspecialty: Genitourinary, Cytopathology, Informatics

Maria Tretiakova, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Lawrence True, MD
Professor, Pathology
Adjunct Professor, Urology
Subspecialty: Genitourinary
Melissa Upton, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Associate Director, Anatomic Pathology
Subspecialty: GI, Liver
Maria Westerhoff, MD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Subspecialty: GI, Liver
Matthew Yeh, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Subspecialty: GI, Liver
Funda Vakar-Lopez, MD
Acting Assistant Professor, Pathology

Verena Grieco, MD
Clinical Professor, Pathology

Program Goals and Objectives

Typical Schedule


Applicants are expected to have completed at least 2 years of Anatomic Pathology.


Stipend & Benefits

Appointment is for one year. Stipend and benefits are based on the schedule for residents at an equivalent level. Fellows are encouraged to apply for extramural funding if additional years of research training is desired.


For More Information

Dr. Rochelle Garcia
Department of Pathology
University of Washington
Box 356100
Seattle, WA 98195-6100
Telephone: 206-616-9343
Fax: 206-543-3644

Candidates need to submit electronic documents for their application packet.  We accept .doc, .jpg, .pdf and .tif documents as attachments to our fellowship email address.  Letters of reference can be sent by email attachment as well as long as they are on department letterhead and sent directly from the writer's office email OR administrative office email.  Click the link below for specific information about our requirements and applicable forms.

Application & Instructions for Pathology Fellowships
We do not accept the APC Standard Application Form

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If you have questions or problems, please contact our Academic Programs Coordinator.