Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship

Group photo of the VUMC GI Pathology Team


Director: Florencia Giselle Jalikis, MD

This is a flexible, one-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. Washington's oversight. Flexible time is spent in elective study/research including the 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.



Goals and Objectives of the Program


The GI Pathology fellowship program is currently filled through June 30, 2027.

For fellowships starting July 1, 2027, interviews will be on a rolling basis starting in early 2025 until the position is filled.

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

Safia N. Salaria, MD, Associate Professor

Florencia Giselle Jalikis, MD, Assistant Professor

Yaohong Wang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Natalia Liu, MD, Assistant Professor

Krukita Patel, MBBS, MD