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.

Hear in this video what current residents have to say about training at Cleveland Clinic. 

Deborah Chute, MD
Deborah Chute, MD
Director, Pathology Residency Program

Program Structure

Program Structure

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.

Resident Resources

Resident Resources

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.

Learning Resources

Each resident receives an annual $800 book allowance, which includes a subscription to ExpertPath, a comprehensive online resource on pathologic diagnosis provided by Elsevier as well as PathPrimer for all PGY4 residents to assist in board preparation. 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 [email protected], 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 and Scopus).

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 Resident Question Bank, an online repository 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.

National Meetings

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 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 House staff Health Care Plan.

Recent Graduates

Recent Graduates

Recent graduates of Cleveland Clinic's Pathology Residency Program.

2020-2021 Graduates

Graduates Medical School Initial Post-Graduate Position Current Position
Ahmed Bakhshwin, MBBS King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Same
Katelen Korty, DO University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX Dermatopathology Fellow, Baylor Scott and White Health, Temple, TX Same
Gariel Oaxaca, MD Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Same
Minqin Shen, MD Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Same
Sindhu Shetty, MBBS, MD K.S. Hedge Medical Academy, Karnataka, India Women's Pathology Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI Same
Meryem Terzioglu, MD Ondokuzmayis University, Samsun, Turkey Hematopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Same


2019-2020 Graduates

Graduates Medical School Initial Post-Graduate Position Current Position
Ryan Demkowicz, MD Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL Medical Microbiology Fellow, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV
Josephine Dermawan, MD, PhD Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University, Shanghai, China Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Molecular and Genetic Pathology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY
Haiyan Lu, MD, PhD Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Aaron Novotny, DO Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, CO Cytopathology Fellow, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO Pathologist, Reno, NV
Andrea Pannunzio, MD Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH Full-time parenting Full-time parenting
Matthew Thomas, MD Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic
Joan Wang, MD, PhD  Zhejiang Medical University, Hangzhou, China Hematopathology Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX Hematopathology Fellow (research year), MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Longmei Zhao, MD, PhD  Nanjing Medical College, Nanjing, China Women's Health Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Pathologist, Phoenix, AZ

2019-2020 Graduates

Graduates Medical School Initial Post-Graduate Position Current Position
Gabriel Habermehl, MD University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO Hematopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Pathologist, Denver, CO
Ian Puffenberger, MD University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH Forensic Pathology Fellow, Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, Denver, CO Forensic Pathologist, Denver Medical Examiner Office, Denver, CO
Luis Sardina Pena, MD Universidad Central de Venezuela - Jose Maria Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Dermatology Resident, Cleveland Clinic
Richard Scarborough, DO Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Pathologist, Columbus, OH
Daniel Socha, MD Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH Hematopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Pathologist, Columbus, OH

2017-2018 Graduates

Graduates Medical School Initial Post-Graduate Position Current Position
Emily Erstine, MD, MBA University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Fayetteville, AR Dermatopathology Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX Pathologist, Smyrna, GA
Kelly Hanley, DO University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Pathologist, Columbus, OH
Jonathon Mahlow, MD Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI Surgical Pathology Fellow, ARUP and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Kelsey McHugh, MD Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Staff Pathologist, Cleveland Clinic
Laila Nomani, MBBS Government Medical College Jammu, India Hematopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Assistant Professor in Cytopathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
M. Georgina Uberti, MD Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Pathologist, Raleigh, NC
Lisi Yuan, MD, PhD China Medical University, Shenyang, China Surgical Pathology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY

Staff Pathologist, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

2016-2017 Graduates

Graduates Medical School Initial Post-Graduate Position Current Position
Alana Donaldson, MD University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK Pathologist, Bethesda, MD Pathologist, Bethesda, MD
Patrick Feasel, MD Wright State University, Dayton, OH Dermatopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH Pathologist, Lima, OH
Hany Sakr, MB.BCh University of Mansoura, Mansoura, Egypt Hematopathology Fellow, Ohio State University, Columbus OH Pathologist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Basma Basha, MD Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar, Doha, Qatar Hematopathology Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Pathologist, Doha, Qatar
Eric Willis, MD Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH Gastrointestinal Surgical Pathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH Pathologist, Columbus, OH
Sory Ruiz-Quintero, MD Universidad Del Valle Cali, Columbia Hematopathology Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Pathologist, Lisle, IL
Zareema Mangaru, DO New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY Cytopathology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH Staff Pathologist, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH
About Cleveland

About Cleveland

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 and Zach Bruell; 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

What our Residents Have to Say About Cleveland

"Cleveland has excellent landscapes for outdoor activities. I have had the chance to hike, bike, and swim while enjoying the nature."
–  Dr. Paula Toro Castano, PGY1

"My favorite thing about living in Cleveland is the outstanding food and craft beer scene."
–  Dr. Maximillian Weigelt, PGY1

"Cleveland is a nice city with a great cost of living. My fiancée and I are able to visit museums, go to the zoo, enjoy great restaurants, go to the beach, and hike on nearby nature trails without spending too much. It’s an affordable city with plenty to do in your free time."
–  Dr. Peter Mannion, PGY2

“Living in Cleveland has allowed me to live in a very safe location in the suburbs, relatively close to the hospital, with great outdoor hiking/fall festivals/nature parks in the country nearby, while still keeping me close to big city amenities and a many great beaches to choose from.”
– Dr. Derek Frew, PGY3

“Cleveland provides a variety of amenities with a low cost of living. Cultural opportunities like museums, a vibrant theater scene and a world-class orchestra, are ample. There is lots of green space in and around the city as well as beautiful Lake Erie. Many other cities are close and allow for fun weekend getaways.”
– Dr. Alexander Blank, PGY4

“I love the neighborhood vibe of Larchmere and Shaker. The farmer's market on the weekend, the quaint antique stores and the family owned restaurants. Neighbors lookout for each other and have block parties. The nature center and Shaker Lakes are just a bicycle ride away. All this within a couple of miles from work.”
– Dr. Sindhu Shetty, recent alumni

"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, recent alumni

"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, recent alumni

Application Information

Application Information

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.

Contact Us

Deborah Chute, MD
Program Director, Pathology Residency Program

Kristen Smith
Program Manager, Pathology Residency Program

For more information contact [email protected].