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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for Professionals


Orthopedic Pathology Fellowship

Thomas W. Bauer, MD, PhD, Pathologist-in-Chief 
Michael J. Klein MD, Fellowship Co-Directors
Yaxia Zhang, MD, PhD, Fellowship Co-Directors

Duration: 1 year
Stipend: $90,257.78 (2018/2019) per annum/benefits (subsidized housing available)
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS); Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

Goals and Objectives

The goal of this fellowship is for the candidate to develop competency in all aspects of orthopedic pathology, including bone tumor pathology, non-neoplastic bone pathology and associated findings in laboratory medicine. To accomplish this, the successful candidate will be exposed to every aspect of the specialty, including specimen processing and review, radiographic correlation, and clinical correlation. Each fellow will spend approximately nine months at HSS and three months at MSKCC. Our in-house faculty consists of six board certified pathologists with postgraduate subspecialty training in orthopedic pathology and is by far the largest concentration of individuals with this expertise in a single institution in the world. Our affiliate institution has an additional three full time pathologists subspecializing in bone and soft tissue tumors.

There are ample research opportunities for the fellow at both institutions, and it is an expectation of the fellowship that the fellow will author a peer-reviewed publication or present findings at a national or international meeting. The fellow is also responsible for the workup and initial diagnoses of our busy consultation practices. In addition, there are other unique and ample learning opportunities available, including access to a teaching collection of more than 10,000 glass slides along with their corresponding imaging studies and the personal mentoring necessary to digest and assimilate this material.

Graduates of our program are currently practicing specialty orthopedic surgical pathology at various academic medical centers.

Applicants should be board certified or board eligible, preferably in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology prior to starting their fellowships and should be graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program. A curriculum vitae, three recommendation letters from the applicant’s training program and a personal interview are all required.  It is desirable for the fellow to have a New York State medical license.

For additional information, please contact:

Michael J. Klein, MD
Director, Orthopedic Pathology Training Program
Pathologist in Chief Emeritus
212.606.1910 (fax)