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)


We are accepting applications for 2020-21 through August 15, 2018.

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 L235
Stanford, CA 94305-5324

Phone: (650) 497-6371

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Markell Stine
300 Pasteur Dr., R204
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 497-6371


Current Fellows 2018-2019

Christina Wei, MD
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center

Lourdes Rosal Ylagan, MD, FIAC
Ohio State University College of Medicine