Surgical Pathology Fellowship

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


The Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, offers a one year fellowship in General Anatomic/Surgical Pathology with up to 6 months of subspecialty concentration in gastrointestinal, breast, head and neck, gynecologic, or genitourinary pathology. The program provides exposure to a multi-specialized tertiary service handling about 50,000 adult accessions per year, including broad experience in gastrointestinal, breast, bone/soft tissue, head and neck, endocrine, gynecologic, genitourinary, cardiac, and transplant pathology. A robust frozen section/intraoperative consultation service with a large component of independent practice is an important component of training. Elective time can also be spent in Cytopathology, Medical Renal Pathology, Pediatric Pathology or Neuropathology, and translational research opportunities abound.

The program offers the opportunity to get robust general surgical pathology training combined with a subspecialty focus on one (or two) key areas of general surgical pathology gastrointestinal, breast, head and neck, gynecologic, or genitourinary pathology. Opportunities in bone and soft tissue and thoracic pathology are also available.

The fellows will interact with 24 faculty members in the Division of Anatomic Pathology as well as those in separate divisions of renal pathology, hematopathology, and neuropathology. Vanderbilt Medical Center accessions more than 45,000 surgical pathology cases, approximately 5,000 intraoperative consultations, and 20,000 cytologies (mainly non-gynecologic cytopathology) per year. Subspecialty expertise in anatomic pathology includes breast pathology, gynecologic pathology, genitourinary pathology, pulmonary pathology, head and neck pathology, endocrine pathology, cardiac pathology, bone and soft tissue pathology, gastro-intestinal/liver/pancreas pathology, pediatric pathology, hematopathology, neuropathology and renal pathology.

Five fellows are usually appointed each year that primarily rotate on frozen section coverage and the different subspecialty areas in surgical pathology. The program also has the option to incorporate an elective of advanced training in cytopathology, as well as more in depth elective training time devoted to one or more subspecialty areas in anatomic pathology. Among other duties, fellows perform independent interpretation of intraoperative consultations and are actively involved in resident education and supervision. There is ample opportunity for clinicopathologic and translational research. Fellows also participate in departmental and interdepartmental conferences and in student teaching.




The 2022-2023 Surgical Pathology fellowship positions have been filled. For fellowships starting July 1, 2023, applications will be accepted starting July 2021 and interviews for candidates with completed applications, will begin shortly thereafter.

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

Mirna B. Podoll, M.D.
c/o 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