Cytopathology Fellowship


The Cytopathology Fellowship is a one-year training program (10 months cytology, 2 months elective) geared towards developing a high level of expertise in the performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsies, interpretation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic exfoliative cytology, and application of ancillary techniques such as flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics and immunocytochemistry.

The fellows will be trained to perform FNA biopsies by palpation and with ultrasound guidance.

We accept both individuals interested in an academic career and those intending to pursue careers in community practice. All fellows are encouraged to participate in resident teaching and research activities.

For more information, please download the Stanford Cytopathology Fellowship Goals and Objectives (PDF).


Application material are due to this office by October 31, 20 months preceding the start of the fellowship. Interviews typically occur in November and December. Fellowship positions for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 have been filled. 


The Cytopathology Fellowship at Stanford accepts applications from candidates who are board certified or eligible for certification in Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Candidates should also qualify for a California medical license which must be obtained prior to the start of the fellowship.

We require your current Curriculum Vitae and three letters of recommendation in addition to the application form (pdf).

Stipends depend upon the postdoctoral level of training and are equal to the general residency stipends at Stanford University Hospital.

Send the completed application form (download on the link above) and accompanying materials to:

Eric Yang, MD, PhD
Director of Cytopathology Fellowship

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Markell Stine

California Licensing Requirement

Please be aware the California law which states that all U.S. and Canadian graduates must be licensed in California before they begin their 25th month of approved post graduate training, if that training is to be done in a California institution. This means that you are required to obtain a California medical license before starting a fellowship at Stanford.

Please allow six months to complete the entire process of obtaining a medical license in this state.

For more information or to request an application, please contact the California licensing board:

Board of Medical Quality Assurance

1430 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825

Tel: (916) 263-2382

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Current Fellows

Marie Perrone, MD (2020-2021)
University of Chicago

Nick Stanzione, MD (2020-2021)
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Incoming Fellows

Cherub Kim, MD (2021-2022)
New York University

Kelly Mooney, MD (2021-2022)
University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine

Ashley Volaric, MD (2021-2022)
University of Virginia School of Medicine


Cytopathology Faculty

Brittany Holmes, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology
Associate Director of Cytopathology Service

Brittany Holmes, MD is Associate Director of the Cytopathology Service and Director of the Head & Neck Pathology Service. She completed her residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Cytopathology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is skilled at performing FNA biopsies and signs out on the cytology and head & neck services. Her research interests focus on carcinomas of the head & neck and thyroid.

More information about Dr. Holmes here >>