Cytopathology Fellowship

Openings for 2022-2023 & 2023-2024

The Columbia University Department of Pathology and Cell Biology and its affiliated hospitals offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship training in diagnostic cytopathology. The program is based at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, and draws wide range of materials from three hospitals and large network of ambulatory clinics. We process over 59,000 specimens per year, including approximately 46,000 gynecologic specimens, 13,000 non-gynecologic specimens, and 3,500 fine-needle aspirations. Fellows become proficient at rapid on-site immediate assessment of image-guided procedures, performing FNAs, diagnostic interpretation of FNA and exfoliative cytology specimens, patient safety, quality improvement, and lab management.

We have nine board-certified cytopathologists with various expertise, including thyroid, respiratory, gynecologic, genitourinary, and many with surgical pathology subspecialties, who are very dedicated to resident/fellow education. We also have very dedicated and excellent cytotechnologists involved in education.

As a major academic tertiary care hospital in one of the busiest metropolis, we are able to provide resources and material in all aspects of cytopathology. Ample opportunity in research is available with dedicated mentors. The program includes participation in multiple interdisciplinary conferences, journal reviews, scientific/translational research with presentation at national/international meetings, and resident education. Graduating fellows are fully prepared for a career in either an academic or private practice setting. The volume and complexity of our cases and the opportunities for scholarly pursuits is well-suited for future stars in the field of cytopathology.


Applicants should have passed USMLE Step III and be board-eligible or boardcertified in anatomic pathology or combined anatomic and clinical pathology. The applicant must be eligible for a permanent medical license in the State of New York.

Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital only accepts J1 visas for all fellowships.

Types and numbers of appointments

One position is available each academic year.

Dates and deadlines

August 31, 2021 - Deadline for receipt of completed application (including recommendation letters) from candidates. Please note that we have a rolling admissions policy, therefore, we strongly encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible.


Salaries are commensurate with the level of post-graduate training.


Applications should include a curriculum vitae, personal statement and names of three professional references, including one letter from your residency program director. Stipend is commensurate with the number of relevant PGY training.

Recommendation letters 

Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to us via email to:

Ramonita Ferreira at: cc:

The letters should be addressed to:

Patricia G. Tiscornia-Wasserman, MD
Director of Cytopathology
Program Director, Cytopathology Fellowship
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital
622 West 168th Street
PH 15 West 1574
New York, NY 10032
Attn: Ramonita Ferreira

Current cytopathology fellows

Abdullah Almuqate 2021-2022

GI cytopathology fellowship graduates

Sedef Everest 2020-2021