Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship

Program Overview

An accredited training program at Los Angeles County+University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center since 2007, the surgical pathology fellowship has long been a vital part of the anatomic pathology training system. At LAC+USC, fellows perform junior attending duties including frozen section diagnosis, intra-operative consultations and diagnostic sign-out with the residents. Extensive autonomy is encouraged with strong faculty support.

LAC+USC is affiliated with the Keck Hospital of USC, where fellows perform frozen sections, intra-operative consultations, gross examination and final diagnosis of cancer cases. Fellows will also perform final diagnosis of cases from the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Fellows participate in tumor boards, interdepartmental conferences, resident teaching conferences, journal club, and teaching conferences for the fellows of the LAC+USC department of medical oncology. Four blocks of elective time allow the fellow additional experiences in the various subspecialty areas of pathology.


Completion of AP or AP/CP residency in good standing, fellowship application, letters of recommendation and interview. (H1B visas are no longer sponsored). Applicant must be eligible for licensure in California.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

Seven positions for the 1-year fellowship are available.


The LAC+USC Medical Center has a capacity of 600 beds in one unit on a single campus with more than 33,500 admissions, more than 562,000 outpatient visits, and more than 143,000 ER visits per year. A large modern laboratory with facilities in several buildings employs more than 300 laboratory personnel. The Keck Medical Center and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have a combined capacity of 471 beds. Research facilities are available for a wide variety of procedures.

Patients of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic groups are cared for, representing a vast variety of diseases in such numbers that the rare becomes almost commonplace. Teaching conferences for postgraduate physicians and students are held daily in several conference rooms. Extensive library facilities exist within the department, hospitals, and the Norris Medical Library of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.


Los Angeles County is a metropolitan community of approximately 10,000,000 people with an unmatched year-round climate, readily accessible mountains, beaches, snow and surf, and as wide a variety of cultural, social, educational, recreational and sporting events as can be found anywhere in the world.


Funded at the PGY-5 level. For FY 2016-2017, the annual stipend was $61,443.48.



Philip M. Carpenter, MD, Renal pathology, Electron microscopy
Parakrama T. Chandrasoma, MD, Chief of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, Program Director of Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship, Gastrointestinal pathology
Gary C. Kanel, MD, Autopsy, Liver pathology
Michael N. Koss, MD, Renal and respiratory pathology, Electron microscopy, Keck Hospital of USC
Paulette Mhawech-Fauceglia, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Pathology
Carol A. Miller, MD, Neuropathology
Wesley Y. Naritoku, MD, PhD, Program Director of Pathology Residency, histology and Surgical pathology
Michael F. Press, MD, PhD Gynecologic pathology, Breast cancer
Andy E. Sherrod, MD, Chief of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology at Keck Medical Center, Genitourinary pathology
Clive R. Taylor, MD, PhD, Immunopathology

Associate Professors

Manju Aron, MD, Genitourinary pathology, Cytology
Alexander N. Fedenko MD, PhD,
Orthopedic pathology, Pediatric tumor pathology, Keck Hospital of USC
Yanling Ma, MD,
Surgical pathology and Immunohistology
Sue Ellen Martin, MD, PhD,
Cytology and Immunohistology, Keck Hospital of USC

Assistant Professors

Shefali Chopra, MD, Gastrointestinal and Soft tissue/bone pathology, Keck Hospital of USC
Adrian J. Correa, MD, MBA,
Head and Neck pathology, Keck Hospital of USC
Brittney K. DeClerck, MD,
Wafaa A. Elatre, MD,
Cytopathology and Genitourinary pathology, Keck Hospital of USC
Kyle M. Hurth, MD, PhD,
Neuropathology, Keck Hospital of USC
Gene H. Kim, MD,
Maria Sibug-Saber, MD, Ophthalmic pathology, Keck Hospital of USC
Sergei Tatishchev, MD,
Gastrointestinal pathology, Keck Hospital of USC


Address inquires to:
Parakrama T. Chandrasoma, MD, Program Director or
Ms. Sarine Karadolian, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Coordinator, 
LAC+USC Healthcare Network, CT A7E, 1200 North State Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 409-5126
Fax: (323) 441-8193