The University of Chicago Department Of Pathology offers a one- or two-year fellowship that combines diagnostic gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology training with opportunities for clinical or basic research. The GI service includes the full range of adult and pediatric gastrointestinal diseases (approximately 12,000 cases annually), with special emphasis on inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease and Barrett esophagus. The University of Chicago is also a major center for pediatric and adult liver transplantation and serves as a referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of hepatic diseases (approximately 1,500 cases annually).
The fellow participates in the sign-out of GI and liver surgical and biopsy material, frozen sections, and consultation cases. The fellow also presents pathology findings at a number of departmental and multidisciplinary conferences. Research opportunities are available within the Pathology department and in collaboration with Gastroenterology, GI surgery, and Transplant surgery investigators among others. Major ongoing basic science research programs involve pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal, pancreatic and hepatic carcinogenesis, and the molecular regulation of ion transport in intestinal epithelium. The optional second year of training may be devoted entirely to laboratory investigation.