Message from the Chief Residents

Dakota Deutsch, M.D. and Jonathan (Lin) He, M.D., Ph.D.

2022-2023 Co-Chief Residents

Dr. Dakota Deutsch
Dr. Dakota Deutsch
Dr. Jonathan (Lin) He
Dr. Jonathan (Lin) He

As the 2022-2023 Chief Residents, we would like to welcome you to the UT Southwestern Pathology Residency/Fellowship Program site! 

Here are some highlights of UT Southwestern, the Department of Pathology, and the City of Dallas which make ours a unique learning and living environment.

Program Highlights

What makes our training exceptional:

  • Large program size:Typically, there are 30-35 residents and 18-20 fellows, with nearly every fellowship represented. After the match, our program’s built-in flexibility allows residents to choose AP, CP, or AP/CP tracks, depending on their career objectives (academic vs. industry vs. community/private practice).
  • Abundant and diverse surgical specimens: Our campus hospitals (Clements University Hospital, Zale Lipshy Pavilion, Parkland Hospital, and Children’s Medical Center) collectively have ~2300 inpatient beds and >2M outpatient visits per year, generating ~90,000 accessioned specimens annually. Pathology Assistants are in all gross rooms, actively teaching residents and allowing them to focus on learning the intricacies of complex cases.
  • Support and infrastructure: The clinical services in Pathology have been structured to function autonomously without resident assistance. This allows residents ample time to focus on specific clinic work and allows residents the opportunity to attend conferences and present their research.
  • State of the art laboratory information systems: All UTSW affiliated hospitals use EPIC EMR and EPIC Beaker as the Laboratory Information System (LIS).
  • Numerous elective and away rotations: Senior residents rotate off-campus at the Dallas VA Medical Center and the Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences (SWIFS) and can choose to rotate at one of many private groups or away rotations at other academic centers, while still receiving salary support. Research electives are encouraged, with departmental financial support available.
  • In the past 12 months, resident research has appeared in: 
    • American Journal of Clinical Pathology
    • American Journal of Dermatopathology
    • American Journal of Hematology
    • Blood
    • British Journal of Hematology
    • Cancers
    • Case Reports in Pathology
    • Computers in Biology and Medicine
    • Current Oncology
    • Cutis
    • eJHaem
    • International Journal of Hematology
    • International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
    • International Journal of Surgical Pathology
    • Journal of Cellular Physiology
    • Journal of Clinical Apheresis
    • Journal of Clinical Microbiology
    • Journal of Clinical Pathology
    • Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
    • Journal of Hepatology
    • Journal of The American Academy of Dermatology Case Reports
    • Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
    • Liver International
    • Nature Communications
    • Neurotherapeutics
    • Open Forum Infectious Diseases
    • Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology 

The Department provides travel and registration support to residents and fellows who present their work at local and national meetings. Resident research projects are often funded by the Department.

  • Our department is home to 140 faculty, representing all subspecialty clinical disciplines including forensics and medical informatics. Fifteen Ph.D. and M.D. scientists focus on the cell and molecular biology of disease.
  • Collegial learning environment: Residents often collaborate with each other and our excellent faculty, in both intra- and inter-departmental research and education projects.
  • UTSW and UTSW academic-affiliated fellowships: Fellowships are available in 17 disciplines. View Program Details.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Dallas is a place where you can get top tier education paired with affordable cost of living within a vibrant and expanding community. Residents may choose from numerous rental properties within minutes of the Medical Center, while other residents purchase homes in the surrounding communities.

Our regional airports include DFW and Dallas Love Field, headquarters for American Airlines and Southwest respectively. They have numerous direct flights making travel easy and convenient. Social and cultural opportunities are abundant and include:

  • Five professional sports teams.
  • World class performing arts facilities.
  • Family venues and events: The Katy Trail, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, Fair Park, Fort Worth Rodeo, Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth Zoo, Texas State Fair, and numerous state parks/lakes/nature trails.
  • Diverse local restaurant scene.

The Future for UTSW Pathology Residents

UT Southwestern is one of the largest Academic Medical Centers in the U.S. and the home to world-class research and science. UT Southwestern ranked No. 1 among global health care institutions in the 2020 Nature Index for its published research. We are the only academic center in North Texas and we are the number one hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth. UT Southwestern ranks among the top 50 hospitals nationally in 10 specialties ranging from brain to heart care by U.S. News and World Report.

Our scientists consistently rank among the most productive and highly cited in the world. The faculty have received 6 Nobel Prizes and includes 25 National Academy of Sciences members and 13 HHMI investigators. Despite our achievements, the campus culture is relaxed and welcoming.

  • New Parkland Hospital: Opened in 2015 with 862 beds.
  • William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital: Opened in 2014 as a 460-bed facility, then underwent expansion for a third tower, bringing the number of beds to about 750.
  • Children’s Medical Center Dallas:Nationally ranked pediatric acute care hospital with 496 beds.
  • Simmons Cancer Center, an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center will open as a new 9-floor facility in 2022.
  • The O’Donnell Brain Institute will open a new facility in 2022.

We encourage you to give our program a closer look by exploring this web site. We welcome medical students and pathology residents who wish to experience a rotation with us. If you are an applicant to our residency or fellowship programs, we look forward to meeting you. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Dakota Deutsch, M.D.. and Jonathan He, M.D., Ph.D.