Goals & Opportunities

The goal of this one-year program is to provide additional training in general surgical pathology, with the objective to prepare the fellow for independent sign out in either a community or an academic setting. Graduated responsibilities are assigned based on performance and prior experiences, and at the end of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to function at the level of a junior faculty.

The program offers ample resources for the fellow to become competent in providing histopathologic diagnoses, intraoperative consultations and gross evaluations, in using ancillary studies, and in developing skills for successful laboratory management/directorship. The department of pathology encourages the development of scholarly activities under appropriate faculty mentorship, and presentation at national meetings.

Fellowship Structure

The program is tailored to fulfill the fellow’s specific needs, interests and career goals. The required rotations provide training in General Surgical Pathology, Consult, and Frozen Section, with exposure to an extensive variety of specimen types and subspecialties. Interested fellows may spend additional elective time on selected areas, namely, Dermatopathology, Cytology, Neuropathology, Breast Pathology, GYN pathology, GI Pathology, Head & Neck pathology, Eye Pathology, Autopsy, Lung Pathology, Hematopathology, Research/Lab Management and others. 

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary conferences (tumor board), unknown slide conferences, laboratory management and career development seminars, and didactic conferences. Teaching opportunities include one-on-one review of slides with junior residents, and presentation of selected resident conferences.

Research and teaching activities are offered to interested fellows. Fellows are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor in the first few months of training, who will guide fellows to successfully reach academic/service expectations and individual career goals.

Core Faculty

The WVU Department of Pathology is composed of a large number of faculty members devoted to teaching. The faculty’s specific subspecialty responsibilities are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Breast Pathology: Patrick Bacaj and Melina Flanagan
Cytopathology: Melina Flanagan, Aarti Goswami, and Stell Santiago
Dermatopathology: Katrin Kiavash and Andrew Thompson
Gastrointestinal Pathology: Dane Olevian
Genitourinary Pathology: Jim Williams
Gynecologic Pathology: Melina Flanagan and Jim Williams
Head and Neck Pathology: Andrew Thompson and Katrin Kiavash
Hematopathology: Aarti Goswami, David Howell, and Cara Randall
Liver Pathology: Patrick Bacaj
Lung Pathology: Matt Smolkin
Molecular Pathology: Matt Smolkin and Cheng Han
Neuropathology: Arron Gleckman
Renal Pathology: Shahrier Amin, Patrick Bacaj and David Howell
Soft Tissue Pathology: Patrick Bacaj

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Additional Opportunities/Resources:

Leadership and Lab Management Course
Dr. Danyel Tacker (clinical chemistry) directs a leadership course for residents and fellows.

Research & Scholarly Activities

Open Positions

The Department of Pathology welcomes applications for this position.


Applicant must be Board eligible in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and must obtain a West Virginia state license before admission into the program.


Commensurate with level of training.


Applications should contain the following:
National Standard Application (CAP)
Statement of career objectives
Three letters of recommendation
Medical School Diploma
ECFMG Certificate, if applicable.
USMLE Scores
Please Submit Applications to:

Andrea Pyles
Pathology Residency Program Manager
Department of Pathology
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences of
West Virginia University
PO Box 9203
Morgantown, WV 26506

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