Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship


The ACGME-accredited Molecular Genetic Fellowship in the Department of Pathology currently has three funded fellowship positions per year.

The Stanford Molecular Genetic Pathology program serves the adult and pediatric populations at Stanford and also sees referrals from Northern California and the rest of the nation.

The program is interdisciplinary and includes participation of faculty in the Departments of Pathology, Medicine, Pediatrics (Division of Medical Genetics) and Genetics. Laboratory rotations include formal training in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Microbiology/Virology.

Fellows will be trained in assay development, quality assurance, and results interpretation in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Stanford and the Kaiser-Permanente Regional Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory, a large reference laboratory for the Kaiser system which offers a testing menu that is complimentary to that of Stanford.

Fellows are expected to complete a translational research project resulting in a clinical test for patient care during the fellowship.

Stanford University offers an outstanding environment for research opportunities in medicine, technology, and computational data sciences relevant to molecular pathology.

Eligible candidates for the Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship must be board certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Pathology.

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 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 have been filled. 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
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. Photo

Please submit application and letters electronically (pdfs) to:

James Zehnder, MD
Professor of Pathology and Medicine


Mirela Puljic
Administrative Associate

Fellowship Program Director

James Zehnder, MD
Professor of Pathology and of Medicine (Hematology)
Director of Cinical Pathology
Director, Coagulation and Molecular Pathology Laboratories
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship ProgramEmail:

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Rachael Buenafe-Jacinto
Residency Fellowship Program Coordinator

Current Fellows

Danica Wiredja, MD, PhD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine

Fei Fei, MD
Medical School: South East University, China
Residency: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hematopathology Fellowship: Stanford Unversity School of Medicine

Iny Jhun, MD, ScD
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine
Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Pathology Fellowship: Stanford Univeristy School of Medicine

Molecular Genetics Faculty

Christian Kunder, MD, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology
(Surgical Pathology and Molecular Genetics Pathology)
Associate Director of Molecular Genetic Pathology Laboratory