Oncologic Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Faculty Member In-Charge of Fellowship: Ardeshir Hakam, M.D., MBA.

Participating Faculty Members/Areas of Interest

  • Geza Acs, M.D./ Breast Pathology
  • Soner Altiok, M.D./ Cytopathology, Thoracic Pathology
  • Marilyn Bui, M.D./ Sarcoma, Cytopathology
  • Barbara Centeno, M.D. / Cytopathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Domenico Coppola, M.D. / Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Ardeshir Hakam, M.D., MBA / Cytopathology, Gynecologic Pathology
  • Shohreh Iravani, M.D./Genitourinary Pathology
  • Farah Khalil, M.D./Thoracic Pathology
  • Jane Messina, M.D. / Dermatopathology
  • Lynn Moscinski, M.D. / Hematopathology
  • Aejaz Nasir, M.D./Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Santo V. Nicosia, M.D. / CytoPathology, Gynecologic Pathology
  • Dahui Quin , MD/Head & Neck Pathology
  • Amyn Rojiani, M.D., Ph.D. / Neuropathology
  • Prudence Smith, M.D. / Cytopathology, Thoracic Pathology
  • Jianguo Tao, M.D. / Hematopathology

Duration of Fellowship: 12 months

Maximum Number of Fellows: 2

Goals & Objectives

The fellowship program is designed to provide training in all aspects of tumor Pathology in order to gain experience in histologic diagnosis and applications of advanced diagnostic techniques. This fellowship will increase the skills, diagnostic abilities & competency of the fellow to practice in an academic center or a community hospital setting.


The fellows will be based at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is a comprehensive Cancer Center designated by National Cancer Institute and is located at the campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. The Pathology program handles approximately 9000 complex surgical cases, 5000 consultations/reviews, 6000 Cytology cases, and 1300 FNA's.


The fellow is encouraged and expected to conduct at least one research project with presentation at a national Pathology meeting and publication in one of the peer reviewed journals.


The fellow will be involved in the teaching of residents and medical students rotating at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.


The fellow will participate in and will present in the weekly resident unknown conference including the gross pathology conference, as well as in Pathology Grand Rounds.

Required conference attendance

Pathology weekly conference Mondays 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Autopsy conference Wednesdays 10:00 to 10:30 AM
Pathology Grand Rounds Fridays 8:00 to 9:00 AM

Attendance in other conferences such as Florida West Coast Pathology meetings and other related resident conferences are strongly recommended.


Fellows will be evaluated based on competency examinations, and routine daily performance, periodically and at the end of each rotation.


A total of three (3) weeks (15 working days) of leave time is offered and should be requested in advance for the purpose of departmental scheduling. Administrative leave is offered for presentation of research activity (abstract and paper presentation) in the national meetings. Sick leave is permitted for a total of 5 days.

Note: Coverage for the leave days/hours should be obtained in advance and appropriate parties such as pathology office staff, gross & frozen section room staff and the hospital switch board for after hour periods should be notified. The leave form should be approved and signed by appropriate authorities.


Electives are available in different fields of Pathology including Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Neuropathology, Soft tissue pathology, Gastrointestinal pathology, Thoracic pathology, Genitourinary pathology, Breast pathology, Gynecologic pathology, Head & Neck pathology, Dermatopathology, General surgical pathology, as well as basic and transitional research in any of the above fields.

Note: Electives should be arranged ahead of time for the purpose of scheduling.


Each fellow will receive a digital pager. The pager should be on during the entire working day and during the on call periods. Pages should be answered immediately.

Lab coat

The School of Medicine of the USF will provide each fellow with white lab coats Insurance Medical liability insurance, disability insurance, and health insurance will be provided by the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.

Book fund

Each fellow will receive a book fund allowance and travel reimbursement for approved meetings. The amount of this fund will be based on bylaws of the Morsani School of Medicine, University of South Florida.


Completion of Pathology residency program with board certification or eligibility in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. The University of South Florida provides a training course for ACLS to all fellows and residents during the orientation period.


Support will be commensurate with the level of training and bylaws of the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida.