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Fellowship & Special Training

Cleveland Clinic's Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute offers fellowship training in several subspecialties in pathology. The Laboratories' fellowship training programs are characterized by outstanding breadth and depth of case material that reflects the broad scope of clinical activities at Cleveland Clinic and by regular interaction with the faculty in the fellow's subspecialty area.

Learn more about fellowship training programs in Cleveland Clinic's Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute.

Cleveland Clinic Fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine

Cleveland Clinic's Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Section of Transfusion Medicine is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a new one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine (BB/TM) beginning with the academic year 2012-2013.

Objective

The objective of Cleveland Clinic's Fellowship in BB/TM is to provide the fellow with broad-based training in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine in preparation for independent clinical practice of BB/TM at an academic medical center, community hospital blood bank or blood center, and participation in Transfusion Medicine related research.

Description

Cleveland Clinic, which is consistently ranked among the nation’s top hospitals, is a large (>1,000 bed) teaching hospital with an annual volume of approximately 165,000 patient admissions, 4.2 million outpatient visits and 73,000 surgical cases. Specialized services at Cleveland Clinic include a very active cardiovascular surgery service and active adult and pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and solid organ (liver, kidney, heart, lung, pancreas, small intestine) transplantation programs.

Cleveland Clinic's Section of Transfusion Medicine, which is the principal training site for the BB/TM fellow, includes a transfusion service that issues approximately 54,000 units of RBCs annually and performs advanced manual and automated compatibility, immunohematology and molecular testing. The Section also includes a state-of-the-art progenitor cell processing laboratory, an active perioperative auto-transfusion service and a therapeutic phlebotomy service. While rotating in the Section of Transfusion Medicine, the fellow will gain hands-on experience in the clinical and laboratory operations of the Section and act as an educational and operational resource for rotating residents and trainees, as well as filling a consultant role for clinical colleagues through daily work and while on call.

The fellow will receive training in therapeutic apheresis in the Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders Department of Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center, which performs >1,600 therapeutic apheresis procedures and > 500 peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell collections annually. Specialty training in coagulation testing and interpretation is provided through the Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute Section of Hemostasis and Thrombosis, while specialty training in HLA and histocompatibility testing is provided through Allogen Laboratories, an ASHI-certified histocompatibility laboratory affiliated with CC. Blood center and donor management experience is provided through the nearby American Red Cross, Northern Ohio Region (ARC-NOR), which is a major regional blood center that collects and processes approximately 220,000 whole blood and apheresis units each year. The ARC-NOR also has an active onsite AABB-accredited immunohematology reference laboratory which will provide the fellow with further exposure to complex immunohematology testing.

In addition to excellent clinical training, Cleveland Clinic, which sponsors 62 accredited training programs and over 1,000 residents and fellows, also provides a multitude of opportunities for personal and administrative development, as well as resources for training in research, business management and medical education. Cleveland Clinic's Education Institute and Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute also provide funding for fellows to attend qualifying meetings where they will be presenting results of their scientific work.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Previous training: fellowship applicants should meet current eligibility criteria for American Board of Pathology (ABP) certification in BB/TM upon completion of the fellowship program.
    • Examples: Board eligible or Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP), Clinical Pathology (CP) only, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics or Surgery. Please refer to the current American Board of Pathology guidelines for a complete listing.
    • Applications from trainees who would have completed at least 2 years of training (for CP only) or 3 years of training (for AP/CP) in an ACGME-accredited Pathology residency program prior to beginning their fellowship will also be considered.
  • Appointment will be contingent upon successful completion of required documentation and conditions of employment for clinical residents and fellows at Cleveland Clinic, which include eligibility for an Ohio training certificate. Please refer to the Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for further details.
Stipends and Benefits

Stipends are commensurate with the applicant’s level of training. Current Cleveland Clinic salary and benefits information for clinical trainees is available at Cleveland Clinic's GME website.

Faculty

Medhat Askar, MD, PhD, HLA and Histocompatibility
Suzanne Bakdash, MD, MPH, Transfusion Medicine and Hemostasis and Thrombosis
Priscilla Figueroa, MD, Section Head Transfusion Medicine and Director Progenitor Cell Processing
Anna Koo, MD, Therapeutic Apheresis
Kandice Kottke-Marchant, MD, PhD, Chair, Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Section Head Hemostasis and Thrombosis
NurJehan Quraishy, MD, Transfusion Medicine
Heesun (Joyce) Rogers, MD
, Hemostasis and Thrombosis
Suneeti Sapatnekar, MD, PhD, Transfusion Medicine
Karl Theil, MD, Hemostasis and Thrombosis
James Westra, MD, Medical Director American Red Cross, Northern Ohio Region

Application

For more information about the Cleveland Clinic BB/TM fellowship, please contact the program director. Please submit applications and any administrative questions (including questions about visa sponsorship) to the program coordinator.

Contacts
Program Director

Suzanne Bakdash, MD, MPH
Section of Transfusion Medicine
Department of Clinical Pathology
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., Mail code: Q6-2
Cleveland, OH 44195
bakdass@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

The Bone and Soft Tissue fellowship offers advanced training in neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of bone and soft tissue, as well as mesenchymal neoplasms of the skin and viscera. The fellow participates in daily bone and soft tissue signout comprised of in-house cases and extensive consultation material. Histological differential diagnosis and the role of ancillary testing, including immunohistochemistry and molecular testing are emphasized.

The Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology fellowship provides fellows the opportunity to work with a world-class subspecialty faculty.

Duration

One, one-year fellowship.

Responsibilities

  • Initial review of consultation material.
  • Weekly multidisciplinary sarcoma conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Participation in available research opportunities is recommended.

Requirements

ACGME-accredited combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology residency training program.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Brian Rubin, MD, PhD
216.445.5551
rubinb2@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Cardiovascular Pathology

Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in heart care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1994. The one- or two-year Cardiovascular Pathology fellowship, first offered in 2010, is built around Cleveland Clinic’s strong clinical programs in adult and pediatric cardiovascular medicine, cardiothoracic surgery and heart transplantation. The success-ful applicant will have exposure to approximately 6,000 surgical cardiac and vascular specimens and 250 autopsies per year (60% of which are cardiac and vascular cases).

The environment is rich with opportunities for learning and engaging in clinical and basic research activities within PLMI and in collaboration with many departments outside the institute, including Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Rheumatology, Transplant Center, Genetics and Biomedical Engineering. The fellow has the opportunity to participate in conferences held each year that focus on current thinking in adult and pediatric cardiac and vascular issues.

Responsibilities

  • Participation in the daily gross cardiovascular surgical rounds.
  • Review of surgical, autopsy and consultation case material.
  • Participation and review of complex cardiovascular autopsy cases.
  • Participation in molecular cardiovascular diagnostic cases.
  • Interdepartmental conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Participation in available research opportunities leading to publications and presentation at local/national meetings is expected.

Requirements

ACGME-accredited combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology residency training program.

Eligible for licensure in Ohio.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

E. Rene Rodriguez, MD
216.444.2091
rodrigr2@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Clinical Biochemistry

The Clinical Biochemistry fellowship provides in-depth training in all aspects of clinical biochemistry, which includes general clinical chemistry and automation, toxicology, pediatric chemistry, immunology, endocrinology, tumor marker, informatics, molecular diagnostics and inherited disease. Laboratory management and quality management are also an integral part of the training. Annual volume is ~ 4.5 million clinical tests/orderable panels.

Duration

Two years.

Responsibilities

  • Initial review of consultation material.
  • Conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Participation in available research opportunities, publications and local and national presentations is expected.

Requirements

PhD or MD degree or its equivalent with a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry courses taken at institutions acceptable to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Sihe Wang, PhD, DABCC, FACB
216.445.2634
wangs2@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Clinical Microbiology

The Clinical Microbiology fellowship provides training in bacteriology, mycobacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. Fellows learn direct detection, culture, serologic and molecular techniques used for the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects and clinical relevance of laboratory procedures. Rotations in clinical infectious diseases and infection prevention are also provided. Fellows participate in the education of residents, medical students and other trainees. The completion of research with presentation at a national meeting and publication is expected.

Duration

One, one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship.

Responsibilities

  • Clinical decision support in specimen processing area.
  • Consultation with clinicians taking care of patients.
  • Conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident supervision and teaching.
  • Participation in available research.

Requirements

Candidates must have completed training in an ACGME-accredited clinical pathology residency or infectious disease fellowship program.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Sandra Richter, MD, D(ABMM)
216.444.6519
richtes@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Cytopathology

The Cytopathology fellowship offers experience in diagnosis and research related to gynecologic and non-gynecologic pathology. The laboratory sees approximately 75,000 cases annually, with 58,000 Paps and nearly 16,000 non-gynecologic specimens, which include 4,000 fine needle aspirates.

Our cytopathologist-performed FNA service offers fellows the opportunity to develop proficiency in performing and interpreting FNAs, including rapid assessment of specimen adequacy. Fellows are integrally involved in the rapid on-site evaluation of both endobronchial ultrasound-guided FNAs and endoscopic ultrasound-guided pancreatic FNAs with progressive responsibility in these areas. A cytology imaging system and diagnostic molecular cytology supplement training in diagnostic cytomorphology.

The faculty are all subspecialized in Cytopathology and are dedicated to sharing the depth and breadth of their experi-ence with residents and fellows. In addition to expertise in gynecologic cytopathology, our group also has expertise in breast, thyroid, gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary, genitourinary, pulmonary and molecular cytopathology.

Duration

One, one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship.

Responsibilities

  • Initial review of consultation material.
  • Conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Developing familiarity with management, administration and quality assurance in the Cytopathology laboratory.
  • Participation in available research opportunities is recommended.

Requirements

ACGME-accredited combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology residency training program.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Christine Booth, MD
216.444.2845
boothc1@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Dermatopathology

Dermatopathology fellows are exposed to a wide variety of dermatopathologic diseases with a major emphasis on inflammatory diseases, soft tissue tumors, lymphoma and pigmented lesions. The Dermatopathology service averages about 25,000 cases annually. All five dermatopathology faculty are board-certified dermatopathologists. Two are specialty trained dermatopathology faculty from Anatomic Pathology (one of which also specializes in soft tissue tumors), and three specialty trained dermatopathology faculty from Dermatology. Fellows gain experience in laboratory procedures, immunopathology and diagnostic techniques. The fellowship includes concurrent training in clinical dermatology or anatomic pathology and stresses the interaction between the two.

Duration

Three, one-year ACGME-accredited fellowships.

Responsibilities

  • Initial review of consultation material.
  • Conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Developing familiarity with management, administration and quality assurance in the Dermatopathology laboratory.
  • Participation in available research opportunities, publications and local and national presentations is expected.

Requirements

ACGME-accredited Dermatology or Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology residency training program.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship & Dermatopathology Section Coordinator

Katherine Williams
216.444.2168
williak@ccf.org

Gastrointestinal (GI), Hepatic and Pancreaticobiliary Pathology

The GI Pathology fellowship provides in-depth exposure to the full spectrum of the subspecialty. Patient material includes 40,000 inside GI, liver and pancreaticobiliary biopsy and resection cases annually and more than 4,000 outside consultation cases. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about the range of diseases within this subspecialty, including Barrett’s esophagus, IBD, cancer and precancerous conditions, mesenchymal and hemato-lymphoid lesions, motility disorders, hepatic and pancreatic medical, neoplastic and transplantation pathology and molecular diagnosis.

The program comprises nine subspecialized staff pathologists. Their interests are focused on research, diagnostic work and resident and fellow education, including intensive training in GI and hepatic molecular diagnosis.

Duration

Two, one-year fellowships.

Responsibilities

  • Diagnostic training, including histologic review and reporting of GI, liver, biliary and pancreatic biopsies and resection material.
  • Initial review of consultation material.
  • Gross room supervision of residents and pathology assistants.
  • Conference presentations with attending supervision.
  • A well-defined clinical, translational or basic research project is a requirement.

Requirements

ACGME-accredited combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology residency training program.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Co-Director

Ana E. Bennett, MD
216.444.3796
benneta@ccf.org

Fellowship Program Co-Director

Rish Pai, MD, PhD
216.445.1785
pair@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Genitourinary Pathology

The Genitourinary (GU) Pathology fellow is exposed to a wide variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic urologic diseases. The laboratory has a high specimen volume, including more than 900 prostate biopsy, 300 bladder biopsy, 350 radical and 300 partial nephrectomy, 700 radical prostatectomy and 160 radical cystectomy, 80 adrenalectomy, and 60 orchiectomy specimens, annually. The fellow participates in daily GU signout comprised of in-house cases and consultation material. Histological differential diagnosis and the role of ancillary tests are emphasized.

The GU Pathology fellowship provides fellows the opportunity to work with world-class subspecialty faculty members with research interests in prostate, kidney, bladder and testis, and offers experience in research related to urologic surgical pathology.

Duration

One, one-year fellowship.

Responsibilities

  • Initial review of consultation material.
  • Conference presentation with attending supervision at monthly multidisciplinary GU Oncology conference.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Gross room supervision of residents and pathology assistants.
  • Participation in available research opportunities, publications and local and national presentations is expecteded.

Requirements

ACGME-accredited combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology residency training program.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Jesse McKenney, MD
216.444.6781
mckennj@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Hematopathology

The Hematopathology fellowship is designed to provide training in all aspects of hematopathology, including peripheral blood flow and bone marrow morphology, lymph node pathology, body fluid interpretation, molecular pathology, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, coagulation, automated hematology, bone marrow transplantation and red cell studies. Annual specimen volume includes more than 2,800 bone marrow biopsies and more than 1,200 lymph node biopsies. The program teaches the principles of laboratory management and is designed to prepare the fellow for community hospital or academic practice.

Duration

Two, one-year ACGME-accredited fellowships.

Responsibilities

  • Review and preparation of routine case material; initial review of consultation material.
  • Independent review of blood smear, body fluid and special red cell studies.
  • Interdepartmental conference presentation with attending supervision.
  • Resident teaching.
  • Participation in quality assurance and manage-ment projects in the Hematology laboratory.
  • Preparation of interpretive coagulation consultation reports.
  • Participation in available research opportunities, publications and local and national presentations is expected.

Requirements

Completion of an ACGME-accredited Anatomic, Clinical or combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology residency.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Eric Hsi, MD
216.444.5230
hsie@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org

Molecular Genetic Pathology

The Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship is an overarching, well-rounded fellowship training that covers the fundamentals of human genetics (including clinical, molecular, biochemical, immunogenetics, pharmacogenomics and genetic counseling), cytogenetics, molecular hematopathology, molecular oncology as well as molecular microbiology. It emphasizes integrative and evidence-based molecular genetic pathology practice; hence a comprehensive patient care experience through laboratory test development, appropriate test utilization and molecular laboratory management is an integral part of the program.

The Molecular Pathology Department’s faculty members are well-qualified and authorities in various subspecialties of pathology and genetics. Additionally, we partner with the Cleveland Clinic Genomic Medicine Institute, which has a staff of expert clinical geneticists.

Duration

One, one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship.

Responsibilities

  • Active participation in the integrative aspects of the molecular pathology practice.
  • Perform basic molecular techniques, test validation and implementation, molecular test utilization and triaging, translational research and scientific publication, clinical informatics and laboratory management.
  • Review test results, draft/review preliminary test interpretation, and sign-out with staff on service.
  • Generate integrative reports and provide interface among the different sections of the institute and other specialty practices.
  • Involvement in clinical diagnostic management using clinical bioinformatics, genetic test consent and interpretation, and genetic counseling of patients with genetic disorders.
  • Participate in educational activities within the department, the Institute and Cleveland Clinic .

Requirements

Completion of an ACGME-accredited Clinical Pathology or combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology or Clinical Genetics residency.

Application

Download the Application for Fellowship

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director

Felicitas Lacbawan, MD
216.445.0761
lacbawf@ccf.org

Program Coordinator

Paul Suchy, DM, MSM
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, L-21
Cleveland, OH 44195
Telephone: 216.636.5843
Fax: 216.445.9535
suchyp@ccf.org