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 gross and microscopic examination of all neurosurgical specimens, which includes:

  • In depth exposure to frozen sections
  • Muscle histochemistry
  • 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 to:

Hannes Vogel, MD
Director of Neuropathology
Department of Pathology
Stanford University Medical Center
300 Pasteur Dr., Room R241
Stanford, CA 94305-5324


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


Fellowship Program Coordinator

Gabby Barela
300 Pasteur Dr., R309
Stanford, CA 94305

Phone: (650) 721-5755


Current Fellows

Angus Toland, MD (2020-2022)
Washington University School of Medicine 


Incoming Fellows

Jeff Nirschl, MD, PhD (2021-2022)
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Neuropathology Faculty

Donald Born, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor of Pathology (Neuropathology)
Assistant Director, Neuropathology Service

Dr. Born obtained his medical degree from the University of Virginia where he also completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. His next training occurred at the University of Washington as an Anatomic Pathology resident and Neuropathology fellow. He moved to Stanford in 2013 and as Clinical Professor of Pathology he sees a wide range of samples related to the field of neuropathology.

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