Cytopathology Fellowship

Each year, two positions are available in this one year program. The fellowship provides training in all areas of cytology with a special emphasis on fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology biopsy techniques including ultrasound guided biopsy, sample preparation, and smear interpretation. In the beginning, the fellows receive intensive training and supervision. Gradually, they are given more responsibility, and ultimately function independently. Fellows will have access to, and will participate in the sampling of some 4000 specimens per year collected by the FNA clinics at the UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General sites. In addition, large numbers of interesting exfoliative cases are seen. Deep seated lesions are accessed with imaging in collaboration with other departments, and advanced ancillary testing is applied regularly to cytologic material. Fellows also participate in daily cytopathology sign-outs, interdepartmental teaching conferences, and grand rounds.

Cytopathology Group Photo 2019

From left to right: Ron Balassanian, Sarah Calkins, Tara Saunders, Vighnesh Walavalkar, Elham Khanafshar, Kent Truong, Lucy Han, Annemieke van Zante, Roberto Ruiz-Cordero

Not pictured: Britt-Marie Ljung, Theodore Miller, Steven Long, Poonam Vohra, Joshua Menke, Gioia Iezza, Teresa Darragh, Laura Tabatabai, Frederick Baehner

Faculty Involved with Fellowship

Ronald Balassanian, MD
Frederick Baehner, MD
Sarah M. Calkins, MD
Teresa M. Darragh, MD
Gioia Iezza, MD
Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS
Britt-Marie Ljung, MD
Steven R. Long, MD
Peyman Saghabadhi, MD
Annemieke van Zante, MD, PhD
Poonam Vohra, MD
Vighnesh Walavalkar, MD

Current & Future Fellows

Brent Molden, MD, PhD
Sayed Mohsen Hosseini, MD, PhD, MSc

Lauren Eversmeyer, MD
Carlo A. De la Sancha Verduzco, MD

Hannah Lee, MD
Daniel Qazi, MD


Candidates must have completed three years of AP or AP/CP residency training by the start date of the fellowship.

Non-U.S. citizens must possess a permanent resident card or an appropriate educational visa prior to starting a postgraduate medical education program. The Department of Pathology may sponsor J1 visas.

Medical Board of California


Fellows will be appointed as a PGY-5.

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Please fill out the application below for 2024-2025 academic year and submit along with the requested documents listed in the application form and send to the Fellowship Program Administrator Suria Sadat.

The program does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans.


Applications for the 2024-25 academic year must be submitted in entirety by July 31st, 2022. The program will begin to review applications in August 2022. Interviews with applicants will take place between September – November 2022.

2022-23: Filled
2023-24: Filled
2024-25: Open