Neuropathology Fellowship


This two-year, ACGME-accredited neuropathology training program is designed to foster the careers of future leaders in neuropathology and neuroscience. One position is available each year.

The neuropathology service annually receives over 800 biopsies, 300 muscle biopsies, 600 consultations, and 200 brains obtained from autopsies at Stanford, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center and regional private and forensic institutions.

Under close supervision of the Director and other faculty neuropathologists, the trainee is responsible for the complete examination of all neurosurgical specimens, which includes:

  • In depth exposure to intraoperative consultations including frozen sections and cytological preparations
  • Muscle and nerve pathology
  • Molecular studies including NGS, FISH, 
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Electron microscopy
  • Examining the brains and spinal cords removed at autopsy

Trainees participate actively in joint conferences with the Clinical Neuroscience Department and are encouraged to pursue research projects that can be followed in greater depth during the second, predominantly research-oriented year of training.

Candidates with a strong background or interest in neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional funding may be available for qualified graduates of Stanford's AP/NP residency program, who wish to pursue an academic career as an independent investigator by continuing their research beyond the period of the formal fellowship. Funding is subject to the approval by the Pathology Chair.

Requirements: AP or AP/CP training and eligibility for California medical license

Stipends: Commensurate with experience

Submit applications electronically to:

Hannes Vogel, MD

Applications will consist of your current CV, a one-page cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and a completed CAP application.


Fellowship Program Coordinator

Rachael Buenafe-Jacinto

Fellowship Program Director

Hannes Vogel, MD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Neuropathology Fellowship Program

Current Fellows

Jeff Nirschl, MD, PhD (2021-2023)
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine

Joshua Wheeler, MD, PhD (2022-2024)
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine-Denver
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine

Incoming Fellows

Krishna Bharani, MD, PhD
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Residency: Stanford Medicine, Department of Pathology

Past Fellows

Neuropathology Faculty

Hannes Vogel, MD

Professor of Pathology and of Pediatrics (Pediatric Genetics) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery, Neurology and of Comparative Medicine
Director, Neuropathology Fellowship Program
Director, Neuropathology Service

Hannes Vogel is Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics at Stanford University where he has served as Director of Neuropathology since 2002. His background in medical training also includes board certification in Pediatrics. Dr. Vogel completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, followed by a neuropathology fellowship at Stanford University under Dikran Horoupian. He returned to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where he became the Director of Neuropathology at Texas Children’s Hospital before returning to Stanford. His principle interests include mitochondrial diseases, muscle and nerve pathology, brain tumors and the toxic effects of therapy, and forensic neuropathology.

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