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.

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 Cytopathology Fellowship program.

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


We are participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowship programs for the 2023-2024 fellowship year starting on July 1, 2023. Applications will start being reviewed July 15, 2021 with interviews beginning August 15, 2021. 


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

Steven Chirieleison, MD, PhD
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine

Raymond Gong, MD
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Tyler Jankowski, DO
Medical School: Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Incoming Fellows

Patrick Mullane, MD (2023-2024)

Peter Wanes, MD (2023-2024)

Clark Tolson Nichols, MD (2023-2024)

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 >>