Dermatopathology Fellowship

About the Program

MD Anderson offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Dermatopathology with the possibility of extending it for an additional year, focusing more on research and hands-on dermatopathology experience.

There are two funded positions each year and Pathology-trained and Dermatology-trained applicants are equally considered.

The Dermatopathology fellowship at MD Anderson offers exposure to a large load of cases, ranging from biopsies to large surgical excisions, lymphadenectomies, as well as numerous outside referral and consultation cases submitted to our institution for a second opinion. A significant number of our cases represent diagnostic challenges, primarily in the oncologic area (carcinoma, melanoma, soft tissue tumors and lymphoma involving the skin), as well as cancer and therapy-related processes, such as graft-versus-host disease. A very important and challenging aspect of our practice is represented by melanocytic lesions that are submitted to be reviewed in our department prior to the patient’s clinic appointment. However, we also offer a well-balanced load of inflammatory and non-neoplastic skin disorder by rotating also at Baylor College of Medicine Dermatology Clinics and Dermatopathology, as well as by offering rotations in a private practice-based setting.

The Fellows participate in daily sign outs, consensus and teaching conferences, as well as Grand Rounds, Quality insurance conferences and, depending on their primary specialty, the fellows receive additional training in dermatology or anatomic pathology (such as rotations in soft tissue, head & neck pathology, etc.). Experience in frozen section assessment of skin specimens, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, molecular pathology, interpretation of MOHS specimens, and laboratory management is provided as well. Research projects and presentations at local, national and international meetings are encouraged and at least one completed manuscript is required for graduation.


The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed training in pathology or dermatology in an ACGME-accredited residency program. Board-eligibility in either, AP, AP/CP or Dermatology is required by the beginning of the fellowship in Dermatopathology.

Application Deadline

August 31 (23 months prior to the start of the training year)


Commensurate with the candidate’s level of training.

For More Information

Doina Ivan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology
Program Director, Dematopathology Fellowship Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Pathology, Unit 085
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030

For inquiries, please contact the Program Manager:

Kareen Chin
Phone: 713-792-3108
Fax: 713-745-0789