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).


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
Associate Director of Cytopathology Fellowship
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology & Cytopathology
Stanford University Medical Center
Department of Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive, Room L235
Stanford, California 94305-5324



Fellowship Program Coordinator

Markell Stine
300 Pasteur Dr., R309
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 497-6371


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. 

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

Alaleh Shandiz, MD 
Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch

Dennis Adams, MD 
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine 

Sara Zadeh, MD
Medical College of Georgia 

Incoming Fellows

Longmei Zhao, MD, PhD (2020-2021)
Southeast University Medical College

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

Nick Stanzione, MD (2020-2021)
Geisinger Commonwealth 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 >>