DermatoPathology Fellowship

Program Description

The educational goals and objectives of our dermatopathology fellowship program is to prepare the trainees for a career in academic dermatopathology or in private practicing dermatopathology with academic orientation.

Our program is well-balanced with a large volume load (over 40,000 accessions per year combined all three institutions) and different variety of skin specimens. Each fellow is exposed to a variety of dermatopathology subspecialties, special studies and techniques. The major emphasis is placed on inflammatory disease, cutaneous tumors, pigmented lesions, laboratory procedures, immunopathology and molecular diagnostic techniques. We also offer an ample opportunity for clinical and basic science research, particularly in the area of cutaneous molecular biology.

This fellowship will serve to provide dermatology skills to those with a pathology background and pathology skills to those with training in dermatology. The fellow will act as consultants for residents and faculty of both departments, and participate in the teaching of dermatology and pathology residents with review and interpretation of dermatopathology cases. Fellows acquire special competence in this subspecialty in order to pursue a career in academia or private practice. Supervision is conducted by the faculty (five board certified dermatopathology teaching staff and four board certified dermatology faculties, plus large number of pathology staff) in charge of each of the rotations the fellow undertakes. An evaluation of the progress of the fellow is performed every six months during the whole fellowship program.

Dr. Dianne Kovacic will be the Dermatopathology fellow from July 2013- June 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Fellowship Director

Andrzej Slominski, M.D., Ph.D
Professor of Pathology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Associate Fellowship Directors

Thomas Chesney, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pathology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
President and Dermatopathologist
The Pathology Group of Mid-south

Cristina Shimek, M.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Medical Director, Duckworth Pathology Group Reference Laboratories, Memphis, TN

Contact Us

Pathology Residency/Fellowships

Nadeem Zafar, MD
Program Director
930 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-6436
Fax: 901-448-6979
Email: nzafar@uthsc. edu