Breast Pathology Fellowship

Overview

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.

Canadian applicants: Canadian nationals may substitute documentation of successful passing scores on LMCC examinations in lieu of USMLE. 

Stanford Health Care establishes PGY levels for new fellows based on the successful completion of all prerequisite training required for entry into your fellowship program. Stanford does not recognize additional training beyond the prerequisite training requirements when establishing the PGY level for entry into the program.

Rotations

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)

Deadlines

Each year we accept applications through August 15th for fellowship positions to start two summers later.  Interviews will occur in early fall and be granted on a rolling basis. 
(Ex. Apply by August 15th, 2021 for a 2023-24 fellowship).

Applying

Please submit application & required documents, including letters of recommendation to Program Coordinator, Markell Stine: markell@stanford.edu. Letters of Recommendation are to be sent directly by the office of the referee providing the recommendation. 

 

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Markell Stine
Email: markell@stanford.edu

Fellowship Program Director

Kimberly Allison, MD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Anatomic and Clinical Residency  Training Program
Director, Breast Pathology Fellowship Program

Current Fellows

Guofeng Gao, MD, PhD (2021-2022)
Medical School: Binzhou Medical College
Residency: UC Davis School of Medicine
Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University

Incoming Fellows

Rabia Bhalli, MBBS (2022-2023)

Parisa Najafzadeh, MD (2022-2023)

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
Vice Chair of Education for Pathology

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.

Graduated Fellows