Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship

Program Overview

An accredited training program at Los Angeles General Medical Center since 2007, the surgical pathology fellowship has long been a vital part of the anatomic pathology training system. At Los Angeles General Medical Center, 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.

Los Angeles General Medical Center is affiliated with the Keck Medical Center of USC, which is mainly composed of Keck Hospital and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where fellows also perform frozen sections, intra-operative consultations, gross examination and final pathologic diagnosis of surgical cases.

Fellows participate in tumor boards, interdepartmental conferences, resident teaching conferences, journal club, and teaching conferences for the fellows of the Los Angeles General Medical Center Department of Medical Oncology, as well as medical student teaching. The 4-5 blocks of elective time allow the fellow additional experiences in the various subspecialty areas of her/his interest. The Keck School of Medicine is home to a vibrant scientific community and ample translational and collaborative research opportunities are available to trainees.


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 Los Angeles General 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. The large modern laboratory with facilities in several buildings employs more than 300 laboratory personnel. The Keck Hospital and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have a combined capacity of 471 beds. Overall, the Department of Pathology accessions approximately 60,000 surgical pathology specimens annually.

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 FY21-22, the annual stipend is $77,126.



Manju Aron, MD, Genitourinary Pathology, Cytopathology
Joseph W. Carlson, MD, PhD, Chief of Gynecologic Pathology
Parakrama T. Chandrasoma, MD, Gastrointestinal Pathology, General Surgical Pathology
Gary C. Kanel, MD, Autopsy, Liver Pathology
Michael N. Koss, MD, Thoracic Pathology
Yanling Ma, MD, Chief of Surgical Pathology at Los Angeles General Medical Center, Immunohistochemistry
Wesley Y. Naritoku, MD, PhD, Program Director of Pathology Residency Program, General 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, Breast Pathology
William D. Wallace, MD, Renal Pathology, Thoracic Pathology, Electron Microscopy
Guang Q. Xiao, MD, PhD, Program Director of Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship, Genitourinary Pathology, Thoracic Pathology, Renal Pathology, Cytopathology

Associate Professors

Shefali Chopra, MD, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Soft Tissue/Bone Pathology
Adrian J. Correa, MD, MBA, Head and Neck Pathology
Brittney K. DeClerck, MD, Dermatopathology
Alexander N. Fedenko MD, PhD, Orthopedic Pathology
Gene H. Kim, MD, Dermatopathology
Sue Ellen Martin, MD, PhD, Cytopathology and Immunohistology

Assistant Professors

Wafaa A. Elatre, MD, Cytopathology, Thoracic Pathology, Genitourinary Pathology
Yuna Gong, MD, Gastrointestinal Pathology
Kyle M. Hurth, MD, PhD, Chief of Immunohistochemistry, Keck, Neuropathology
Anna J Matthew, MD, Head and Neck Pathology, Neuropathology
Maria Sibug-Saber, MD, Ophthalmic Pathology, Cytopathology
Sergei Tatishchev, MD, Gastrointestinal Pathology
Saloni Walia, MD, Gynecologic Pathology, Breast Pathology, Cytopathology
Tiannan Wang, MD, Gynecologic Pathology, Breast Pathology, Cytopathology
Evan Yung, MD, Gastrointestinal Pathology, General Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology


Address inquiries to:
Guang Q. Xiao, MD, PhD,
Program Director

Yomaira Diaz,
Surgical Pathology Fellowship Coordinator

Los Angeles General Medical Center, CT A7E
1200 North State Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 409-5126
Fax: (323) 441-8193