The Selective Pathology Fellowship at City of Hope is a one-year non-ACGME program that offers the opportunity to participate in oncologic pathology at a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center level to develop superior diagnostic skills, providing education in all aspects of surgical pathology beyond residency training.
Our department reviews over 10,000 surgical specimens annually, most of which are related to solid tumors. Under the guidance of our 10 expert staff pathologists, fellows will be provided with an enriched and unique learning experience in all subspecialties of complicated oncologic surgical pathology, as well as ancillary related areas such as cytogenetics, immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics.
This program will give fellows the opportunity to participate or present at the multidisciplinary tumor boards and conduct research projects. State-of-the-art ancillary laboratories expose fellows to new diagnostic and prognostic studies. Interpersonal and communication abilities, and supervisory and management skills constitute essential components of this fellowship. Academic activities are fostered; ample material, resources and expert guidance are available for participation in research projects.
Faculty members are general surgical pathologists with specific expertise in subspecialty areas. Our collegiate and friendly environment fosters professional and personal growth.
The purpose of this fellowship is to train well-rounded surgical pathologists who will develop their diagnostic skills. The overall goal is to provide oncologic pathology experience at City of Hope, so that fellows develop superb skills in the diagnosis of a wide range of cancers.
Fellows will primarily be focused on developing these skills during subspecialty rotations. Didactic lectures, grand rounds, slide seminars, patient care conferences, research meetings and journal club are part of the educational experience.

Contact Information

City of Hope
Surgical Pathology Coordinator - Department of Pathology
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010

Program Faculty for Surgical Pathology

Sue Chang, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology (Head and Neck, Endocrine)
Massimo D’Apuzzo, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology (Neuropath)
Yu Liang, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology (Soft Tissue and Bone)
Daniel Schmolze, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology (Breast)
Sharon Wilzczynski, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Fellowship Program, Director of Cytopathology, Professor (Gyn and Cyto)
Huiqing Wu, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology (GU)
Leonidas Arvanitis, M.D., Director of Autopsy, Assistant Clinical Professor (Lung)
Vishwas Parekh, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology (Dermatopathology)

Additional faculty

Patricia Aoun, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair, Division of Clinical Pathology, Professor
Joyce Murata-Collins, Ph.D., Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory
Milhan Telatar, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
Christiane Querfeld, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Cutaneous Lymphoma Program, Assistant Clinical Professor
Raju Pillai, M.D., Director of Pathology Bioinformatics, Assistant Clinical Professor
Michelle Afkhami, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Assistant Clinical Professor


  • Candidates must be in good standing in an ACGME accredited program in anatomic and clinical pathology, or anatomic pathology only training and be eligible for anatomic/clinical pathology or clinical pathology board certification (or equivalent program in Canada recognized by American Board of Pathology).
  • Eager to learn surgical and oncologic pathology
  • Demonstrate an interest in participating research experience
  • California Medical License