University of Pittsburgh (UPMC)
School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
S-417 BST
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 648-1260

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency ProgramEdit

Information on UPMC's website about its pathology training program is available here:

Trish Zrimsek
Academic Manager
A711 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-802-6013
Fax: 412-802-6079

UPMC Pathology Residency FAQ's

Comment (Updated July 2017)

Residency Program Name: UPMC

Residency Program Director: Marie DeFrances, MD PhD

Number of residents (per year / total):

7-9 per year / 25-28 total

Sample residency makeup:

2 MD PhD, 5 MD

In a sample of 7 incoming residents:

  • 1-2 single track AP or CP only residents

  • 1-2 foreign graduates with previous pathology experience

  • 1 PIRRT research track resident (typically accept 1 research candidate each year or every other year)

Visas Sponsored:

H1B and J1

Track Options:

Accepts both single and dual track with the potential to switch during PGY1

  • AP/CP

  • AP only

  • CP only

  • AP/NP


Volume; research material/mentoring resources; glass & virtual slide study sets; subspecialized dept; core program includes a women's hospital and a children's hospital

High volume of surgicals, subspecialty sign-out, breadth of research opportunities, responsive PD


Lack of personal workspace (share desks at each site); multiple sites (pros and cons of a subspecialized system)

Shared resident desk space, multiple hospitals

Average work hours on surgical path?


Are you allowed to do external rotations?


Famous Faculty:

  • Samuel Yousem, MD
  • David Dabbs, MD
  • Steven Swerdlow, MD
  • Darrell Triulzi, MD

Do you feel you have:

Adequate preview time? At most of the sites, yes

Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)? More than adequate = superb

Adequate AP Teaching? Yes

Adequate CP Teaching? Sometimes (varies by attending)

Are Fellowship Programs Offered? Yes

Please list: Neuropathology; Head/Neck/Endocrine; Breast/Gyn; GU; GI; Gen Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology; Hematopathology; Clinical Infomatics; Transfusion Medicine; Transplant Pathology; Thoracic, Bone and Soft Tissue; Pediatric Pathology, Dermatopathology; Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytogenetics

CAP Standardized Fellowship Application Accepted? No

Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Uma Rao, MD (412) 623-2319

Cytopathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Sara E. Monaco, MD (412) 623-3745

Dermatopathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Jonhan Ho, MD (412) 864-3860

Genitourinary Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Rajiv Dhir, MBBS MBA (412) 623-1326

Gastrointestinal Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Reetesh Pai, MD (412) 647-3935

Head and Neck Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Raja Seethala, MD (412) 647-9051

Hematopathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Sarah Gibson, MD (412) 647-8780

Molecular Genetic Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Somak Roy, MD (412) 648-8346

Neuropathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD (412) 624-0764

Breast & Gynecologic Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: David Dabbs, MD (412) 641-4655

Pathology Informatics FellowshipEdit

  • Number of fellows (per year / total): 1-2
  • Pros: Great experience and diversity of training in informatics
  • Cons: None
  • Average work hours on surg path? 40
  • Are you allowed to do external rotations? Yes
  • Do you feel you have:
    • Adequate preview time? Yes
    • Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)? Yes
    • Adequate AP Teaching? Yes
    • Adequate CP Teaching? Yes
  • CAP Standardized Fellowship Application Accepted? Yes

Pediatric Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Miguel Reyes-Mugica, MD (412) 692-5650

Surgical Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Sheldon Bastacky, M.D. (412) 647-9612

Thoracic Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Samuel A. Yousem, MD. (412) 647-6193

Transfusion Medicine FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Lirong Qu, MD (412) 209-7428

Transplant Pathology FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Michael Nalesnik, MD (412) 647-2094

Cytogenetics FellowshipEdit

Program Director: Aleksandar Rajkovic, M.D., Ph.D (412) 641-4212 

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