Eye Pathology

Jonathan Lin, MD, PhD is the Director of Eye Pathology Clinical Fellowship Program.


Ophthalmic pathology expertise is in great demand at academic medical centers with the increase in specialized clinical eye institutes and increasingly sophisticated surgical and medical treatments for eye diseases.

At Stanford, we offer a unique advanced training program in ophthalmic pathology that provides cutting-edge training in the diagnosis of eye diseases from ocular, orbital, and adnexal biopsies and surgeries. The program draws upon the wealth of ophthalmic surgeries performed at the Stanford Hospital, Byers Eye Institute, and VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.

Our program receives advanced consultative material from private hospitals, medical examiners, as well as major VA hospitals throughout California (Greater Los Angeles VA network, VA San Diego, VA Long Beach, etc). These provide comprehensive exposure to virtually all types of ocular tissue specimens, surgeries, and pathology manifestations of eye diseases. These also provide an unparalleled range of tissue-based research opportunities to investigate the cellular and molecular pathomechanisms of eye diseases.

The ophthalmic pathology advanced trainees will have opportunities for learning in a multidisciplinary setting from colleagues in other specialties of ophthalmology and pathology. Graduated responsibility opportunities include a Junior Attending rotation, presenting at tumor boards, teaching opportunities, and service as a point person and consultant on eye-pathology-related issues.

Significant elective and research time are provided during the program for participants to explore scientific and translational research interests. The Departments of Pathology and Ophthalmology also provide extensive support and resources for participants who wish to develop independent research programs. Electives include ophthalmic specialties (cornea, ocular oncology, oculoplastics, glaucoma) and pathology subspecialties (neuropathology, dermatopathology, molecular pathology). Additional electives can be arranged to support the individual's career goals.   

The fellowship accepts up to 2 fellows/year. Applicants with pathology or ophthalmology training are welcome and will be supported by the Department of Pathology or Ophthalmology (depending on the candidate's background).

Please view our Digital Ophthalmic Pathology Resources page, by clicking the link below.