hla (joint MD Anderson
program) fellowship

Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, offers an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education  (ACGME)-accredited histocompatibility and transplant immunology (HLA) fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in HLA laboratory management 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.

HLA Fellowship Overview and Objectives
Two two-year fellowship positions are available each academic year under the directorship of David Bernard, MD, PhD.  The J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center at Houston Methodist  is one of the nation’s largest transplant centers and 301 transplant procedures were performed in 2009, including heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and multi-organ. Fellows will study proper testing procedures (component collection and processing) of HLA gene products, donor screening, methodology and clinical correlation of testing. Tests include ABO grouping, HLA typing, antibody screen, lymphocyte crossmatch (compatibility) and PRA determination. Major equipment in the HLA laboratory includes two Luminex xMAP systems. The program includes rotations in transfusion medicine, hematopathology/flow cytometry, and immunology/serology. There is also a rotation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  (MDACC) that focuses on bone marrow/stem cell transplantation, allele and haplotype frequency determinations, and molecular testing.

Training in laboratory management and information systems is included in all rotations of the program. Scholarly activity in the form of a research project to be completed under staff supervision for publication is a requirement. Fellows are responsible for the HLA case conference and HLA journal club/research conference at Houston Methodist Hospital and MDACC, and have the opportunity to attend various pathology conferences, along with other residents and fellows in the program. Fellows are expected to successfully pass the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI) board examination for histocompatibility directors after completion of the two-year fellowship program.

The program is supervised by two ABHI-certified immunologists and five pathologists with certification in subspecialty areas, including molecular genetic pathology, transfusion medicine and hematopathology.

Candidates must be board-certified or board-eligible in clinical pathology, anatomic pathology or anatomic/clinical pathology. Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Texas Physician in Training Permit  or licensure.

Stipend is commensurate with level of post-graduate training.

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Inquiries are to be directed to:

Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St., M227
Houston, TX 77030
Email: ljozwiak@houstonmethodist.org
Tel. 713.441.3496
Fax: 713.441.3489