Breast Pathology Fellowship


With the high level of complexity of breast pathology cases and the evolving role of the pathologist as a “diagnostic oncologist,” breast pathology has become a highly desirable area for pathologists to have specialty expertise.  

At Stanford we offer a dedicated Breast Pathology Fellowship that will provide in-depth training in breast pathology with the goal of becoming a specialist in the field.

The Stanford Breast Pathology Service is rich with both routine breast pathology (including ancillary studies like HER2 FISH testing) and advanced consultative material to learn from. 

The breast pathology fellow will also have opportunities for learning in a multidisciplinary setting from leaders in the field of breast oncology, surgery, imaging, and radiation oncology. 

Graduated responsibility opportunities include a Junior Attending rotation, presenting at breast tumor boards, teaching opportunities, and service as a point person and consultant on breast-pathology-related issues. 

Elective and research time can be used to pursue additional subspecialty training in other areas (such as molecular pathology) or to work on research projects.

Departmental resources and support are available for clinicopathologic and translational research projects.  

The Department of Pathology accepts up to two breast pathology fellows per year.


During their year long fellowship, Breast Pathology Fellows will spend their time on the following rotations:

  • Breast service fellowship rotation (breast pathology consults, in house overflow cases, second reviews, tumor board coverage, HER2 FISH and other ancillary studies, overall service point person)
  • “Junior Attending” rotation (fellow reviews breast cases with assigned residents at “sign-out” and works up cases as if going to finalize independently, with hand-off to breast pathology faculty for report finalization and discussion)
  • Clinical breast imaging and surgery experience
  • Hotseat (preliminary review of all cases prior to resident with focus on breast bench)
  • Frozen section rotation
  • Surgical pathology selectives  
  • Research
  • Elective
  • Vacation and educational/conference leave (4 weeks total)


Fellowship positions for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 have been filled. We are accepting applications for 2021-22.


In general, applications should be submitted by Sept. 15th in the calendar year that is two years before your fellowship start date (for example, Sept. 15th, 2017 for fellowship to start July 2019).  Interviews will occur in early fall. 

Send applications (via email or mail) to:

Markell Stine
Breast Pathology Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Pathology
Stanford University School of Medicine 
300 Pasteur Drive, Room R309
Stanford, CA 94305-5324

Phone: (650) 497-6371

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Markell Stine
300 Pasteur Dr., R309
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 497-6371


Current Fellows

Carmen Winters, MD
University of Kansas School of Medicine 

Francisco Beca, MD 
University of Porto
AP3/Breast Pathology Fellow

Incoming Fellows

Kelly Mooney, MD (2020-2021)
University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine 

Saleh Najjar, MD (2020-2021)
University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine 


Breast Pathology Faculty

Kimberly Allison, MD

Professor of Pathology
Program Director for Anatomic and Clinical Residency Training Program
Director of Breast Pathology Service and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program

Dr. Allison specializes in breast pathology. As Director of Breast Pathology, she oversees the operations of the service, participates in multidisciplinary breast discussions on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and directs training of residents and the breast/GYN fellow on the service.

More information about Dr. Allison >>