Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship

Overview

The Gastrointestinal (GI) and Liver Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center is a subspecialty service, where only GI and liver specimens are grossed in and signed out. The group is comprised of six GI pathologists who oversee more than 25,000 GI and liver pathology cases per year. We provide expert surgical pathology diagnoses related to disorders of the GI tract, pancreas, and liver. Transplantation pathology and native liver disease is covered by this service.

For best patient care, we not only reach good turnaround time but also provide a very detailed pathology report. Biopsies have a turnaround timeframe between 24 and 48 hours. Report delivery and phone calls from our pathologists on all unusual diagnoses are standards of our service. Operative resection specimens have a 3-5 day turnaround.

In addition to clinical service, pathologists participate in research, attend, and present at intra- and interdepartmental conferences, and teach pathology residents, GI pathology fellows, and clinical fellows. There are a number of ongoing clinical and translational research projects in the gastrointestinal pathology division, in which the fellows often participate, or develop research projects of their own. Two weeks of dedicated research time, free of usual clinical responsibilities, is ensured for the clinical fellowship in order to facilitate the completion of projects. There is a strong and long established interest in diseases of the gastrointestinal, liver, biliary tract, and pancreas at UT Southwestern, with an outstanding liver center and section of digestive diseases.

Program Description

The Gastrointestinal (GI) and Liver Pathology Fellowship Program is structured to provide all needed core training over a one-year period and to ensure proficiency in practice in GI and liver pathology (gross pathology, histology, immunohistochemistry, and molecular diagnostics).

The clinical responsibilities the fellow assumes during the year of training include:

  • Sign-out of in-house GI, liver, and pancreaticobiliary cases
  • Review of all GI and liver consult cases
  • Grossing of selected liver resection/explant specimens
  • Presentation and participation in GI and liver conferences
  • Participation in research project(s)
  • Study of GI/liver teaching sets
  • Attend scheduled conferences
  • Become proficient in pathology and diagnosis of gastrointestinal, hepatic, and pancreatic tumors, their precursors, and their mimics

While on call, the fellow performs all frozen sections requested, diagnoses all emergent biopsies, and generally functions as junior faculty. A faculty member is in-house for backup, if needed.

Research

The fellow is expected to participate in one or more research projects related to GI, liver, and pancreaticobiliary pathology, to submit and present the abstracts to national scientific meetings, and to publish the data in pathology/biomedical journals.

Requirements

Prospective candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in anatomic pathology, must be board eligible or board certified in anatomic or anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology, and must be eligible for a medical license to practice in Texas by the beginning of the Fellowship Program. At this time we do not accept H1B visa.

Benefits

  • Financial support to attend conferences
  • Educational funds
  • Laptop
  • Additional benefits dependent upon program

Current and Past Fellows

Faculty