Neuropathology Fellowship

The fellowship for academic year 2018-2019 has been filled.

This program, accredited by the ACGME, qualifies candidates for board certification in neuropathology and prepares them for academic careers in diagnostic neuropathology and research. Fellows spend two years in the Division of Neuropathology. The division examines all nervous system tissues from autopsies at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, and the New York Neurological Institute. This large and varied volume of material is supplemented by brains sent to Columbia for consultation, particularly in the areas of Parkinson's disease, dementing disorders, and other neurodegenerative diseases. There is a large volume of neurosurgical specimens (about 1,800 per year) that include tumors, brain biopsies for degenerative diseases, and muscle and nerve biopsies. Fellows examine all specimens and sign out with an attending physician. Teaching conferences are held regularly, including weekly brain cuttings, weekly microscopic conferences to review surgical and autopsy cases with all of the staff, weekly brain tumor board conferences, muscle biopsy reviews, and CPCs. Neuropathology fellows, along with residents from Pathology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, organize and present material at most of the conferences. Centralized departmental laboratories for molecular diagnostics, electron microscopy, and immunocytochemistry facilitate the use of these techniques for studying specimens. Fellows will receive training in EM, immunocytochemical, and molecular diagnostic techniques. In general, fellows will be expected to spend much of the first year in clinical studies. The second year should be spent in basic or clinical investigative work, in affiliation with a faculty member.


At least 2 years of training in anatomic pathology.


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center will only accept J1 visas.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

One position is available per academic year.


In addition to a busy and widely diverse clinical service, the Division of Neuropathology and the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology contain a large number of neuroscience research programs. Particular areas of strength include developmental neurobiology, cellular interactions in brain development, growth factors, cytoskeletal protein chemistry and molecular biology, myelination, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, particularly glial neoplasms, and neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The department has close ties to the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry and the Department of Neuroscience. Many of our members belong to the interdisciplinary Taub Center for Alzheimer Disease and the Aging Brain. A number of our faculty also belong to the Columbia University Stem Cell Initiative and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thus, we are involved in a large number of excellent programs in neuroscience research at Columbia. The technologies at Columbia in molecular diagnostics, genomic sequencing, and systems biology analysis have contributed substantially to our abilities to investigate pathology specimens in great detail. The Neuropathology Division runs the New York Brain Bank, which collects samples from autopsy brains for use for molecular and pathological studies and disperses many samples globally.

Current Neuropathology Fellows

 Richard Hickman (2017-2019)  Gunnar Hargus (2016-2018) 

Neuropathology Fellowship Graduates​

George Zanazzi (2015-2017) Shih-Hsiu Wang (2014-2016)
Hemant Varma (2013-2015) Julio Valentin Gonzalez (2012-2014)
David Pisapia (2011-2013) Nadejda Tsankova (2010-2012)
Mireille Bitar (2009-2011) John Crary (2008-2010)
Andrew Teich (2008-2010) Ada Baisre De Leon (2007-2009)


Program Director

James Goldman, MD, PhD
Program Director, Neuropathology Fellowship,
Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
630 West 168th Street, PH15-Stem 124
New York, NY 10032

Program Coordinator

Casey Schadie