Selective (Head and Neck) Pathology Fellowship

About the Program

The Selective (Head and Neck) Pathology Fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers advanced training in oncologic head and neck pathology.

The Head and Neck Section receives approximately 4,500 new cases per year including general and personal consultations. An additional rotation at the UT Dental Branch is required for training in non-oncologic head and neck pathology and odontogenic neoplasia. Clinical responsibilities include handling, reviewing and pathologic diagnosis of complex surgical resection specimens and intra-operative diagnosis.

Fellows also will be responsible for preparing and presenting at the Head and Neck Pathology clinical planning conferences. Attendance, participation and preparation of multidisciplinary and educational conferences are integral components of the fellowship training.

Emphasis will be placed on integrating conventional morphologic assessment with applicable molecular and biomarkers for head and neck tumor diagnosis and biological profiling. Training sets of an extensive collection of salivary, mucosal and rare tumors of the head and neck regions are available. Fellows will be assigned a research project, typically of translational nature, with a faculty member and will be required to submit a written manuscript by the end of the training year.

Upon program completion, fellows are expected to master gross, intra-operative and surgical pathology diagnostic interpretation of both rare and common entities in head and neck pathology, and be familiar with the most up-to-date parameters for pathology reporting including prognostic factors and special studies.


Candidates must be board certified or eligible for certification in anatomic pathology or AP/CP.


Commensurate with the candidate’s level of training


Please apply to:

Adel El-Naggar, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director, Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Unit 085
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Houston Texas 77030

For inquiries, please contact the program manager:

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

Application Deadline

December 31 (18 months prior to the start of the training year)