History of Pathology & Cell Biology at Columbia

The Residency Training Program

By Charles Marboe, MD, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology

Photo of Dr. Charles MarboeThe Department of Pathology has a long history of training men and women for careers in the clinical practice of pathology and laboratory medicine and for leadership roles in diagnostic, academic, and research pathology. The training programs have flourished with the support and guidance of Mike Shelanski in his tenure as Chair. The ACGME- accredited program has 21 positions in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in Hematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, and Neurpathology as well as Assistant Attending Pathologist "Fellowships" in Surgical Pathology and GI/liver pathology.

Graduating residents are now in positions spanning the country, from Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, East Carolina University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, the USAF in Biloxi, Mississippi, M.D. Anderson Cancer in Houston, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Cleveland Clinic, University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, UCLA, Cedars Sinai, and UCSF in California, Fred Hutchinson in Seattle, University of Colorado, and the University of Utah, among others. Many graduates are in the greater New York area including New Jersey.

The department has also heartily populated other departments of pathology in New York City, including Cornell (Drs. Knowles (chairman), Cesarman, Pirog, Renwick, Shaknovich, Shevchuk). At Mt. Sinai we have Dr. Singh, vice chair for CP and Dr. Thaker, vice chair for AP, as well as Dr. Foitl and Dr. Pessin-Minsley. At NYU we have Drs. Barisoni, Littman, O'Neill, Simsir, Singh. Our beloved colleague Dr. Yee past away last year. Our graduates are also at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Downstate Medical Center, Albert Einstein, Winthrop-University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt.

Among graduates of the program since 2004, 66% are in academic faculty positions.

For graduates of 2004 through 2011, the department has the gratifying, and we believe unique, experience of 100% first time pass on the certifying examinations in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, neuropathology, and hematopathology of the American Board of Pathology.


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