Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic Pathology Residency Program!
The Cleveland Clinic Pathology Residency Program’s overall mission is to train a well-rounded pathologist who can act as an effective diagnostician and clinical consultant, is able to critically assess the medical literature and research, and is qualified to practice independently in any setting.
To accomplish these goals our program offers a wealth of clinical material, an outstanding subspecialty faculty and up-to-date facilities in a structured, but flexible educational environment in order to prepare residents to obtain certification by the American Board of Pathology. Core rotations in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology are augmented by elective opportunities that encourage development of subspecialty expertise. Many research opportunities are available, and residents are encouraged to contribute. We strive to maintain an educational and working environment which is optimal for learning, high-quality patient care, and well-being of all employees and physicians.
We invite you to explore more about the Cleveland Clinic, our training program and living in Cleveland on the following pages.
Deborah Chute, MD
Director, Pathology Residency Program
The Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic offers a four-year anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP) training program designed to provide its graduates an exceptional education and foundation in pathology. The world of pathology is constantly changing as new knowledge, technology and clinical treatment paradigms evolve. Our program is designed to train residents to be prepared for the changing needs of future pathologists in practice.
Residents in our AP/CP residency program rotate in anatomic pathology rotations during the first year, and clinical pathology rotations during the second year. This allows residents to focus on and gain confidence and mastery in one discipline each year. The third year emphasizes anatomic pathology rotations, but includes several elective rotations. The fourth year is a combination of clinical pathology rotations and elective time; electives are designed so that residents can select anatomic or clinical rotations that will best augment their knowledge and help prepare them for the board examination and clinical practice.
Residents interact one-on-one with world-renowned faculty in each subspecialty area. Faculty members are nationally and internationally invited speakers who are collaborating on research that is changing the field of pathology. Many of our faculty author and edit highly respected pathology textbooks and journals. Residents learn in this highly academic environment, as well as develop mentor-mentee relationships and engage in research opportunities.
To better understand the structure of our training program, please follow the links below.
The Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute is committed to providing residents all the financial and educational resources needed to succeed. For an up-to-date overview of resident salaries and benefits, please see the Graduate Medical Education website. Please see below for more detailed information about our department.
Each resident receives an annual $800 book allowance, which includes a subscription to ExpertPath, a comprehensive online resource on pathologic diagnosis provided by Elsevier. The department also provides a full library of pathology-specific hard-copy textbooks, organized by subspecialty area and available in each signout room or the resident library for additional reading and reference. More than 250 textbooks are currently available for residents within the department library. New books are added as new editions and textbooks considered to be valuable by the faculty are released
The Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library is located at Main Campus, and its mission is to support patient care, research and education for Cleveland Clinic caregivers by providing timely access to information, as well as teaching information management skills to help trainees keep pace with the rapidly evolving health sciences literature. This includes more than 9,000 hard-copy textbooks in medicine, nursing and basic sciences, as well as an extensive collection of e-books (through Books@Ovid, ClinicalKey and more; includes more than 500 pathology-specific textbooks), electronic access to more than 1,000 journals and other clinical tools (examples include UpToDate, Scopus and RefWorks).
Additional online learning resources provided to residents include a subscription to the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s Informatics University throughout all four years of training. During PGY3 and PGY4, all residents are also provided a subscription to ASCP’s Pathologist Recertification Individualized Self-Assessment Examination (PRISE), an online bank of more than 750 boards-style questions within a variety of AP and CP topics designed to assist in preparation for the American Board of Pathology exams, as well as ASCP’s Lab Management University, an online self-paced certificate program that includes more than 40 modules on leadership, personnel management, operations, financial management, informatics and compliance.
Attending national meetings is an important way to network, present research and learn about different aspects of our profession. Therefore our residents receive a meeting fund of $1,500 per meeting for up to two meetings per year in PGYs 2, 3, and 4 to present accepted abstracts at national meetings.
Spaces and Places
Our recently renovated educational space provides multiple conference rooms, huddle rooms, multiheaded microscopes for conferences and resident use, the educational administration offices, and a resident and fellow room. Each resident is provided with a permanent cubical with microscope, computer and storage space in the main education area on the first floor of Building L. In addition, extra workspaces are available for residents within most clinical laboratory areas when on the rotation (i.e. transfusion medicine, molecular diagnostics, etc).
Local Pathology Societies
Faculty and residents in our department are active participants in local and regional organizations. These are great ways to network with in-practice pathologists from many groups in the area.
The Cleveland Society of Pathologists hosts five meetings per year at Cleveland Clinic. These include guest speakers from around the nation and from local academic departments, and an annual resident/fellow Research Competition. Membership in the society is free and attendance at meetings is free for residents, who are automatically enrolled upon starting residency.
The Ohio Society of Pathologists typically holds two meetings a year. These are frequently held in or near Columbus, Ohio, a short drive from Cleveland. Department faculty, who hold executive positions in the society, are frequent speakers at meetings. Membership and attendance at meetings are free for residents, and many of our former residents have held positions on committees and acted as delegates from the Ohio Society of Pathologists to the CAP.
The Graduate Medical Education House Staff Association (HSA) of Cleveland Clinic works to promote the well-being, interests and education of all Cleveland Clinic residents and fellows. The HSA sponsors monthly events for residents and their families, as well as advocating on their behalf with the GME council and residency program administration. Recent highlights include monthly socials, year-end celebrations, hosting events including the “Welcome to Cleveland” Goodtime Cruise on Lake Erie, discounted tickets to see the musical Wicked at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Indians games and a Rascal Flatts concert at Blossom Music Center.
Cleveland Clinic has an on-site fitness center and gym open seven days a week with a 20-meter heated swimming pool at the Walker Center. The facility is free for all residents and fellows under the Cleveland Clinic Housestaff Health Care Plan.
|2017 Graduates||Medical School||Initial Post-Graduate Position||Current Position|
|Alana Donaldson, MD||University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK||Pathologist, Bethesda, MD|
|Patrick Feasel, MD||Wright State University, Dayton, OH||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH|
|Hany Sakr, MB.BCh||University of Mansoura, Mansoura, Egypt||Hematopathology Fellow, Ohio State University, Columbus OH|
|Basma Basha, MD||Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar, Doha, Qatar||Hematopathology Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN|
|Eric Willis, MD||Northeast Ohio Medical University,Rootstown, OH||Gastrointestinal Surgical Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH|
|Sory Ruiz-Quintero, MD||Universidad Del Valle Cali, Columbia||Hematopathology Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL|
|Zareema Mangaru, DO||New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY||Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH|
|2016 Graduates||Medical School||Initial Post-Graduate Position||Current Position|
|Sara Falzarano, MD, PhD||Universita di Siena, Siena, IT||GU Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH||Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL|
|Bela Horvath, MD, PhD||Semmelweiss University, Budapest, Hungary||GI Pathology Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA||Pathologist, Manchester, CT|
|Ruba Khattab, MD||American University of Beirut, Lebanon||Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Women’s Health Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|Juliana Kissiedu, MD||SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY||GI Pathology Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA||Pathologist, Nashville, TN|
|Gabriela Rosa, MD||University of Illinois, Peoria, IL||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Madison, WI|
|Amber Smith, MD||University of Texas MB, Galveston, TX||Cytopathology Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX||Pathologist, Woodlands, TX|
|Melissa Stalling, DO||Ohio University, Athens, OH||Pediatric Pathology Fellow, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH||Hematopathology Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL|
|Addie Walker, MD||Tulane University, New Orleans, LA||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL|
|Youran Zou, MD||Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangdong, China||Soft Tissue Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Surgical Pathology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York|
|2015 Graduates||Medical School||Initial Post-Graduate Position||Current Position|
|Derrick Chen, MD||University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX||Microbiology Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN||Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI|
|Fatima Hamadeh, MD||Al Quds University, Jerusalem||Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Clinical Associate, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|Grant Herndon, DO||University of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX||Forensic Pathology Fellow, Office of the Medical Examiner, Dallas, TX||Forensic Pathologist, Phoenix, AZ|
|Amanda Maskovyak, MD||University of Rochester, Rochester, NY||Forensic Pathology Fellow, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Cleveland, OH||Forensic Pathologist, Phoenix, AZ|
|Eugen Minca, MD, PhD||University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Carol Stream, IL|
|Ana Ruano, MD||Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City, Guatemala||Hematopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pediatric Pathology Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT|
|Joseph Sanfrancesco, MD||George Washington University, Washington, DC||Surgical Pathology Fellow, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO||Pathologist, Charleston, SC|
|Samir Turakhia, MD||Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH||Hematopathology Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Urbana, IL|
|Gloria Zhang, MD, MPH||Shanxi Medical University, China||Women’s Health Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Clinical Associate, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|2014 Graduates||Medical School||Initial Post-Graduate Position||Current Position|
|Daniel Babu, MD||University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX||Hematopathology Fellow, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM||Pathologist, Bel Air, MD|
|Natalie Freed, MD||University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA||Cytopathology Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL||Pathologist, Springfield, IL|
|Jennifer Ko, MD, PhD||Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|Brenda Ly, MD||University of Texas MB, Galveston, TX||Hematopathology Fellow, University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, TX||Pathologist, Modesto, CA|
|Shelley Odronic, MD||University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX||Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Lima, OH|
|Elizabeth Severson, DO||Kansas City University, Kansas City, KS||Forensic Pathology Fellow, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Baltimore, MD||Forensic Pathologist, Cleveland, OH|
|Homer Wiland, MD||Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH||GI Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Mansfield, OH|
|Hui Zhu, MD, PhD||Beijing Medical University/Cornell University, New York, NY||Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Associate Professor, University of Texas, Houston, TX|
|2013 Graduates||Medical School||Initial Post-Graduate Position||Current Position|
|Alison Cheah, MBBS||New South Wales, Australia||Soft Tissue Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, New South Wales, Australia|
|Angela Collie, MD, PhD||University of Washington, Seattle, WA||Hematopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Indianapolis, IN|
|Kathryn Dyhdalo, MD||The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH||Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|Michael Huba, MD||SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY||GI Pathology Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX||Pathologist, Memphis, TN|
|Michael Landau, MD||University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA||GI Pathology Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA||Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Abby Lott Limbach, MD||Wayne State University, Detroit, MI||Cytopathology Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX||Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY|
|Trent Marburger, MD||The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Kennon Miller, MD||Wright State University, Dayton, OH||Microbiology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Assistant Professor, Wright State University College of Medicine, Dayton, OH|
|Karl Napekoski, MD||Loyola University, Maywood, IL||Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH||Pathologist, Carol Stream, IL|
Located in Ohio on America’s North Coast of Lake Erie, Cleveland is in the midst of a renaissance while retaining its old world charm. Its seventh place ranking in Times 2015 Best Food Cities in America shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it is home to world-famous chefs Michael Symon, Zach Bruell and Jonathon Sawyer; a variety of cuisines; and Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, a local favorite. Cleveland’s West Side (Edgewater, Ohio City, Tremont, etc.) and East Side (Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Circle, etc.) each has a character of its own. Cleveland Metroparks are great for recreation. To access downtown take the RTA and visit Tower City, Public Square and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or enjoy a Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, or Browns game. TripAdvisor is a good resource for top attractions in Cleveland and check out The Cleveland Bucket List. For family oriented info visit CuyahogaKids.
Learn more about living in Cleveland through the following links:
See what our residents have to say about Cleveland:
"Cleveland is a great place to live. With museums, an aquarium and a zoo there is always something to do. It seemed like a great place to start a family. So I did." – Dr. Ryan Demkowicz, PGY2 AP/CP
"Compared to many other major cities in the country, Cleveland has an unparalleled park system. One of my favorite activities is to go on hikes or extended bike rides in Cleveland’s numerous Metroparks or the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which are gorgeous through all four seasons! Having spent quite a few years in Cleveland already, I still find myself awed by what these wonderful parks have to offer." – Dr. Josephine Dermawan, PGY2
“When I first arrived to Cleveland I realized there are outstanding options for the typical American breakfast or why not Middle Eastern eccentricities. If you like Eastern Europe food or German, you will love living in Cleveland. My favorite place on earth is Inn on Coventry! They know how to cook a steak. Powodzenia (“good luck in Polish)” – Dr. Luis Sardina, PGY3
“Cleveland is an excellent and safe place to live and raise a family! With it being so affordable, many residents buy or rent a home with a garage and large yard for the price of a small apartment in many other cities. My son and family have really enjoyed all of the amenities that Cleveland and the surrounding area has to offer, including the zoo, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, and of course…Cedar Point!” – Dr. Ian Puffenberger, PGY3
"My favorite things about living in Cleveland: Access to many big city amenities – without the traffic. It has four defined and unique seasons (fall is the best!). Exceedingly affordable." – Dr. Gabriel Habermehl, PGY3
All applications and supporting documents must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Deadline to apply is December 31. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application in September.
Required Documents (accepted via ERAS only):
• Complete ERAS application
• Medical school transcript
• Personal Statement
• Three Letters of Recommendation from faculty you have worked with directly and who have knowledge of your abilities and interest in pathology
• Photo (preferred)
• Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
• USMLE and/or COMLEX scores
• ECFMG Certificates (international medical school graduates)
Invitations to Interview
Each application is reviewed and assessed on its individual merits. All applicants selected to interview will be notified via ERAS e-mail along with detailed instructions for scheduling an interview date.
Deborah Chute, MD
Program Director, Pathology Residency Program
Program Manager, Pathology Residency Program
For more information contact PathologyResidencyProgram@ccf.org.