Medical Microbiology Pathology Fellowship


The Department of Pathology offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Medical Microbiology. The next available opening is for July 1, 2025.

The Medical Microbiology Fellowship training program is a one-year program designed for pathology residents and infectious diseases fellows from the U.S. or Canada. The objective of the fellowship is to prepare individuals for a career as a medical director of a clinical microbiology laboratory and leadership positions in industry.

After completion of Medical Microbiology Fellowship, the fellows have an opportunity to transition to a non-accredited research training in global health diagnostics. The objective of the  research fellowship is to provide interested candidates with a practical opportunity to develop, field-test, and measure outcomes of diagnostic tests for infectious diseases of global health importance. For more information go here: Global Health Diagnostics Fellowship Program

Stanford 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.

Foreign Students & Visa Sponsorship

Canadian Visa Requirements

Graduates of Canadian medical schools will be placed on ECFMG sponsored J-1 visas. They are not required to take the qualifying examinations such as FMGEMS, NBME, and USMLE in order to obtain their visas.

Note: At this time, the government of Canada is restricting approval of physicians wishing to obtain clinical training outside Canada. SHC is unable to obtain a J-1 visa without the consent of the Canadian government.

Non-Canadian Visa Requirements

All trainees in residency and clinical fellowship programs will be placed on ECFMG sponsored J-1 visas.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) does not sponsor such trainees for the H-1B visa. ECFMG requires a valid ECFMG certificate obtained by successful completion of their qualifying examinations (VQE, FMGEMS, NBME, or USMLE) coupled with the appropriate English language examination to be eligible for a visa.

Allow 120 working days for ECFMG to process an initial visa.

For further information, please contact:
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 
Tel: (215) 386-5900

California Medical License

California law states that all U.S. and Canadian graduates are required to obtain a California medical license before starting a fellowship at Stanford. 

If you have any questions please visit the Stanford Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) and/or the California Medical Board website for more information.



Fellowship positions for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 have been filled. The next available opening is for July 1, 2025. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Required Materials:    

  1. Completed Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships form (CAP with supplemental available below) with your signature
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Cover letter and/or personal statement describing your interests and your qualifications for the fellowship
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. Photo

Please submit application and letters electronically (pdfs) to:

Niaz Banaei, MD
Director, Medical Microbiology Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Director

Niaz Banaei, MD

Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine)
Medical Director, Stanford Health Care Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Director, Stanford Clinical Microbiology Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Stanford Clinical Pathology Residency Training

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Gabby Barela

Residency Fellowship Program Coordinator
Tel: (650) 721-5755

Current Fellow

Jordan Mah, MD

Professional Education
M.D. degree from University of Toronto

McGill University

General Infectious Diseases (ID), University of Calgary

Previous Fellows