Selective (Soft Tissue) Pathology Fellowship

The Department of Pathology offers a one-year fellowship in soft tissue pathology starting July 1, 2007.

About the Program

The goal of this program is to provide an extensive immersive experience in soft tissue pathology. The focus of this fellowship can vary with the interests of the individual, but the fellow will be responsible for previewing and establishing the diagnosis for cases seen in the department (in-house biopsies, resections, referrals and consults), assist in the approach to gross examination in complex surgical resection specimens, correlate the results of cytogenetics and molecular testing with the final diagnosis, interact with clinical colleagues to obtain additional pertinent clinical information and support the multidisciplinary conferences. At least one major academic project leading to submission for publication is required. Resources for presentation at a national meeting and attendance at a soft tissue course in November are provided.

The Selective (Soft Tissue) Pathology Fellowship will provide specialized training in soft tissue pathology. Soft tissue sarcomas are rare tumors, with no more than 10,000 cases per year presenting in the United States. However, the differential diagnosis of these tumors is broad, and there are numerous benign and malignant mimics of sarcomas. MD Anderson has long been recognized for the excellent clinical diagnostic, oncologic and surgical care it provides for patients with these rare and enigmatic tumors.

MD Anderson is the largest sarcoma treatment center in the United States and provides a uniquely rich opportunity for clinicopathologic correlation with soft tissue tumors and for translational research. Well in excess of 3,000 soft tissue tumors (benign soft tissue tumors as well as sarcomas) are examined at MD Anderson each year. The broad range of pathologic material available at this institution and the large consultation services of several of our faculty is an excellent source for learning diagnostic skills and the clinical aspects of these tumors and their treatment. This extensive experience will allow the fellow to obtain strong skills in the diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment of these tumors. Rotations in the cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics labs and continual involvement with the sarcoma molecular diagnosis service are part of the fellowship. Ample time and resources are available for academic pursuits. Exposure to the bone sarcoma service can also be arranged as suits the interests of the fellow.


Candidate must be board certified or eligible for certification in Anatomic Pathology or AP/CP.

Application Deadline

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


Commensurate with the candidate’s level of training.

For More Information

Alexander Lazar, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director, Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship Program
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