Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Fellowship Director: Mirna B. Podoll, M.D.


The Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, offers a one-year fellowship in Surgical Pathology. The program offers the opportunity for focus in a desired sub-specialty area of the fellows choosing in breast, head and neck, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, and/or genitourinary pathology. The program provides trainees exposure to a tertiary referral center handling approximately 50,000 adult accessions per year. The fellow will be under the supervision of 24 faculty members in the Division of Anatomic Pathology with broad experience in gastrointestinal, breast, bone/soft tissue, head and neck, endocrine, thoracic, gynecologic, genitourinary, cardiac, and transplant pathology. The fellow will also interact with faculty in the divisions of hematopathology, pediatric pathology, renal pathology, and neuropathology. We offer a robust experience with frozen section/intraoperative consultations, with > 5,000 annual intraoperative consultations. While on the frozen section service, the fellow will have graduated autonomy and an opportunity for independent sign out. Elective rotations in Cytopathology, Medical Renal Pathology, Pediatric Pathology, Neuropathology, and/or translational research are also available.

Five fellows are appointed annually. Service duties consist of daily preview of in-house and consultation cases, independent interpretation of intraoperative consultations, and surgical pathology call coverage. The fellows are actively involved in multidisciplinary tumor boards, didactic lectures, unknown conferences, and anatomic pathology grand rounds. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in continuing departmental and interdepartmental conferences, national conferences, and resident teaching/didactics.

This program is best suited for a motivated individual with a passion for general surgical pathology and an interest in a surgical pathology subspecialty.



Goals and Objectives of the Program


For fellowships starting July 1, 2025, we are currently accepting applications.

For fellowships starting July 1, 2026, acceptance of applications and interviews will be on a rolling basis starting in May 2024 until the positions are filled.

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

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


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