Harvard Medical School Combined Dermatopathology Fellowship Program


Dermatopathology Fellowship

Description: The Harvard Dermatopathology Program is a fully-approved one year fellowship training program that combines the primary resources of the three main Harvard Teaching Hospitals: the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Fellows enter the Program eligible for Board certification in Dermatology or Pathology and receive one-third of their training in the complementary fields of Anatomic Pathology or Clinical Dermatology, respectively. Additionally, fellows receive training in routine and specialized diagnostic microscopy (including relevant hematologic, soft tissue, gynecologic and oral manifestations of skin disease), biomarker technology and applications, molecular pathology, immunopathology, microbiology/mycology, computational pathology, and laboratory management. Fellows attend a wide variety of diagnostic conferences, and participate in teaching residents and Harvard medical students via numerous venues. Diverse research opportunities also are available at each of the participating Institutions.

Requirements: Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Anatomic Pathology (AP-3), Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP-4), or Dermatology.

Types and Numbers of Appointments: Three (3) funded Dermatopathology fellowship positions are available.

Facilities: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital provide total program resources of approximately 3000 beds and 300,000 surgical pathology specimens, of which approximately 75,000 are skin. In addition, a large number of cases are received from affiliated and outside institutions for consultation, including international specimens through the Partners in Health initiative. The dermatology clinics at the three institutions have a total yearly patient census of approximately 130,000. Research facilities available at each participating institution include laboratories focused on a number of relevant conditions, including melanoma immunity, cancer epigenetics, stem cell biology, skin biomarkers, graft-versus-host disease, skin regeneration, and immunopathology of face transplantation. There is a broad range of Internet and computer-based resources for education and research, and bioinformatic technologies are readily available. The Harvard Medical School’s 500,000-volume collection, housed at the Countway Library, is adjacent to the Longwood area hospitals.

Community: Boston and its surrounding communities have a total population of over three million, the sixth largest metropolis in the nation. The city has many universities and cultural facilities, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, world-class museums, and several fine theater companies. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are located in the Longwood Medical area in the immediate environs of the Dana Farber Cancer Center, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Dental School, all with adjacent rapid transit and within several blocks of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The Massachusetts General Hospital is situated in the center of Boston, at the foot of Beacon Hill on the Charles River, convenient to rapid transit, downtown, and Boston-Logan airport.

Stipends: Stipends ranged from $66,350 to $76,785 for PGY years 4-7 for 2014-2015 academic years.


Program Director

George F. Murphy, MD. Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Program in Dermatopathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mechanisms of alloreactivity; physiologic and cancer stem cell biology; melanoma immunopathology; medical education

Dermatopathology Faculty

BWH: George F. Murphy, MD (Program Director, see above); Scott R. Granter, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology: medical education, Lyme disease, cytopathology; John Hanna, MD, PhD, Instructor in Pathology: proteasome biology, protein folding; Alvaro Laga, MD, Instructor in Pathology: cutaneous infections, global dermatopathology; Martin C. Mihm, Jr, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pathology: pigmented lesions, medical education; Christine Guo Lian, MD, Instructor in Pathology: skin structure/function, translational epigenetics; allotransplantation; Sook-Bin Woo, DMD, Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine: oral pathology.

BIDMC: Steven R. Tahan, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology, BIDMC Institutional Fellowship Director and Chief of Dermatopathology: translational melanoma research; IT/medical education; Beverly Faulkner-Jones, MD, PhD, Instructor in Pathology: clinical dermatopathology, digital pathology; Hong Wu, MD, PhD, Instructor in Pathology: diagnostic dermatopathology; Mary Jane Zimarowski, MD, Instructor in Pathology: diagnostic dermatopathology, adnexal tumors, immunodermatopathology.

MGH: Lyn M. Duncan, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology, MGH Institutional Fellowship Director and Chief of Dermatopathology; melanoma, dermatopathology education; Scott Bradshaw, MD, Instructor in Pathology; diagnostic dermatopathology, IT; Mai P. Hoang, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology; biomarkers, continuing medical education; Rosalyn M. Nazarian, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology: fibrosing disorders.

Boston Children’s Hospital (affiliated faculty): Birgitta Schmidt, MD, Instructor in Pathology: pediatric dermatopathology.

Supporting Faculty: Pathology and Clinical Dermatology/Medicine (representative listing)

Harley A. Haynes, MD, Dermatologist; cutaneous oncology and clinicopathological correlation; Richard A. Johnson, MD, Dermatologist; HIV infection and epidemiology, Lyme borreliosis; Arthur J. Sober, MD, Dermatologist; melanoma and dysplastic nevi; Robert Stern, MD, Dermatologist; psoriasis; David Fisher, MD, PhD: Pediatric oncologist: melanocyte/melanoma biology; Thomas Kupper, MD: Dermatologist; mycosis fungoides; Chris Crum, MD: Pathologist; HPV, gynecologic aspects of skin pathology; Chris Fletcher, MD: Pathologist; soft tissue pathology; Geraldine Pinkus, MD: Pathologist; hematopathology; Jon Aster, MD, PhD: Pathologist; hematopathology, biomarkers; Neal Lindeman, MD: Pathologist molecular diagnostics; Cynthia Morton, PhD: Pathologist; skin cancer cytogenetics ; Atul Bhan, MD: Pathologist; immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics; Dan Milner, MD: Pathologist; infectious disease; Bohdan Pomahac, MD: Surgeon; allotransplantation; Charles Yoon, MD, PhD: Surgeon; melanoma oncology and biology; Dennis Orgill, MD, PhD: Surgeon; wound healing and skin regeneration; F. Stephen Hodi, MD: Oncologist; melanoma immuno-oncology; Keith Flaherty, MD: Oncologist; clinical melanoma genomics ; Andrew Werchniak, MD: Dermatologist: clinical dermatology, cutaneous oncology; Richard Haspel, MD; Pathologist, Director, Pathology Residency Training Program, BIDMC; Gayle Winters, MD, Pathologist, Director, Pathology Residency Training Program, BWH; Susan Burgin, MD, Dermatologist; Rachel Reynolds, MD Dermatologist; Director, Harvard Dermatology Training Program; Hensin Tsao, MD, Dermatologist; melanoma; Ernesto Gonzalez, MD Professor of Dermatology; Mitchell Rubenstein, MD, Dermatologist; Chrysaline Schmultz, MD; MOHS surgery; Deborah Scott, MD; Dermatologist (alopecia).

Applications: Fellowship candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the United States or Canada. Graduates of foreign medical schools must have an ECFMG Certificate. Applicants must have completed a residency training program in either Pathology or Dermatology and be eligible for certification in either one to enter the program. Applications must be received by August 31, 2015 for appointments beginning on July 01, 2017. Address: Harvard Dermatopathology Fellowship, c/o Elaine Garland, Administrative Assistant, 221 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Phone: (617) 525-7484• Fax: (617) 264-5149 • E-mail:  hmsdermpathfellowship@partners.org