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 ACGME-accredited 1-year fellowship are available.


Funded at the PGY-5 level. For FY24-25, the annual stipend is $90,019.


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.


  • 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, Liver Pathology

    Yanling Ma, MD, Chief of Anatomic Pathology and Surgical Pathology, Immunohistology, LA General Medical Center                  

    Wesley Y. Naritoku, MD, PhD, Program Director of Pathology Residency Program and Associate Director of Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program, General Surgical Pathology

    Michael F. Press, MD, PhD, Breast Pathology and Cancer Research

    Andy E. Sherrod, MD, 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

  • Shefali Chopra, MD, Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, Soft Tissue/Bone Pathology

    Adrian J. Correa, MD, MBA, Head and Neck Pathology

    Brittney K. DeClerck, MD, Dermatopathology               

    Wafaa A. Elatre, MD, Director of Cytopathology; Thoracic Pathology, Genitourinary Pathology

    Kyle M. Hurth, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Immunohistochemistry; Neuropathology, Autopsy Pathology

    Alexander N. Fedenko MD, PhD, Soft Tissue/Bone Pathology

    Gene H. Kim, MD, Dermatopathology                                                 

    Sue Ellen Martin, MD, PhD, Chief of Anatomic Pathology, Keck Medical Center; Cytopathology and Immunohistology   

  • Amir Akbari, MD, Genitourinary Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology

    Zachary Goldstein, MD, Dermatopathology

    Yuna Gong, MD, Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology

    Nafiseh Janaki, MD, General Surgical Pathology, Genitourinary Pathology, Cytopathology

    Anna J Mathew, MD, Head and Neck Pathology, Neuropathology, Autopsy Pathology

    Maria Sibug-Saber, MD, Ophthalmic Pathology, Cytopathology

    Sergei Tatishchev, MD, Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, Breast Pathology

    Saloni Walia, MD, Gynecologic Pathology, Breast Pathology, Cytopathology

    Tiannan Wang, MD, Gynecologic Pathology, Breast Pathology, Cytopathology

    Cleandrea Williams, MD, General Surgical Pathology

    Evan Yung, MD, Gastrointestinal Pathology, General Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology


For more information, please contact:

Guang Q. Xiao, MD, PhD,
Program Director

Los Angeles General Medical Center, CT A7E
1200 N. State Street, Suite A7E,
Los Angeles, CA 90033


Yomaira Diaz

Surgical Pathology Fellowship Coordinator

Fax: (323) 441-8193