Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Selective Pathology: Opthalmic Pathology

Pathology Residency Program

Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship

Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, offers an ACGME-accredited (selective pathology) ophthalmic pathology fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training, or are undertaking ophthalmology training, and are interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmic pathology or ophthalmology and related research. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital is a 950-bed private adult teaching hospital with a 1.6 million square foot outpatient center that registers over 310,000 annual outpatient visits. The hospital offers a full range of services from primary to tertiary care, including a multi-organ transplant center and cancer center.

One one-year fellowship position is available each academic year under the directorship of Patricia Chévez-Barrios, M.D. The fellowship is tailored for each fellow’s background to ensure adequate training. For example, pathology trained fellows will have rotations in the ocular plastics/oncology service or other ophthalmology service while ophthalmology trained fellows will have rotations in surgical pathology. Elective rotations in flow cytometry, molecular diagnostic pathology, and HLA are included for all fellows. Fellows will have the opportunity to review ocular specimens (adult and pediatric) that include enucleated eyes, exenterations of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, lacrimal sac, lacrimal gland, orbit and intraocular biopsies.

Cytology training is part of the program and includes interpretation of vitrectomy specimens, anterior chamber taps, corneal and conjunctival scrapings, and occasional fine needle aspirations of intraocular lesions. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to review outside consultations of ophthalmic pathology cases that are routinely received in the department. The department has a fund available to support research projects (immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and other molecular pathology techniques may be used) or case series reports for interested fellows during the year of training. One-month elective rotations (up to three) include a wet lab experience in the ocular research laboratory at Houston Methodist Research Institute (TMHRI). The fellows will attend and participate in didactic lectures, grand rounds, the retinoblastoma tumor board and neuropathology/ophthalmic pathology case conference. The fellowship program faculty includes pathologists, certified cytopathologists and hematopathologists, and ophthalmologists.

Requirements

Candidates must have completed at least two years of training in anatomic pathology, preferably AP or AP/CP board-eligible or certified. Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Texas Physician In Training Permit or Licensure. Ophthalmology trained applicants must be PGY3 or higher.

Stipend

Commensurate with level of post-graduate training.

Applications

Deadline for application is January 30th of the year prior to the intended fellowship year which begins July 1st. Application inquiries are to be directed to:

Patricia Chévez-Barrios, M.D.
Director, Ophthalmic Pathology Program
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin Street, Suite M227
Houston, TX 77030
Phone:713-441-3496
Fax: 713-441-3489
E-mail: ljozwiak@houstonmethodist.org