Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship

Director: Safia Nawazish Salaria M.D.

This is a flexible, one-or two-year training experience for pathologists who have completed 4 years of AP/CP pathology training or 3 years of AP training, or for fully board-eligible/ board-certified individuals; one position per year is usually offered. Fellowship training in Surgical Pathology, prior to commencing the Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship, is preferred.

The fellowship offers exposure to GI and liver surgical pathology cases at Vanderbilt Hospital, fulfilling primary signout responsibilities, including surgical specimens, medical biopsies, and frozen sections with concentrated exposure to GI and liver biopsies and consultation cases. Primary signout responsibilities are under Dr. Washingtons oversight. Flexible time is spent in elective study/research including opportunity for clinicopathologic and translational research.

The curriculum includes weekly informal microscopy review sessions with Dr. Washington on a variety of GI and liver pathology topics, opportunities for medical student and resident teaching, responsibility for presentation of pathology findings at a variety of multidisciplinary conferences, and research opportunities in GI and liver pathology. The fellows also participate in departmental and interdepartmental conferences.


For fellowships starting July 1, 2020, applications will be accepted starting July 2018 and interviews will begin in late August 2018.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, Vanderbilt application*, CV, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and ECFMG certificate (if applicable) to:

Tapherine DeVany
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
CC-3322 MCN
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232


*Application and pertinent information can be found under Graduate Medical Education 



Kay Washington, MD, PhD, Professor

Won Jae Huh, MD, PhD, Instructor  

Oliver G. McDonald, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor 

Safia N. Salaria, MD, Assistant Professor

Chanjuan Shi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor