Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship

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. 

Fellowship Director

John Hart, MD

Professor of Pathology
Professor of Medicine

A minimum of three years' training in anatomic pathology or four years' training that combines anatomic and clinical pathology. The candidate must be able to obtain an Illinois medical license.

Commensurate with level of training.

Submit an application form, including all materials detailed on the form, to the Fellowship Coordinator Andre'a Wortham-Robinson ( and the Fellowship Director Dr. John Hart (

  • 2022-2023: Filled
  • 2021-2022: Filled
  • 2020-2021: Filled
Fellows Fellowship Years Additional Training Post-Training Position
Andrea Olivas, MD 2020-2021 Cytopathology/UofC  
Ghulam IIyas, MD 2020-2021   Emory Healthcare
Katie Boylan, MD 2019-2020   University of Utah
Shaomin Hu, MD 2019-2020   Cleveland Clinic
Ram Al-Sabti, MD 2018-2019   Rush University
Lindsay Yassan, MD 2017-2018

Northwestern University
Cytopathology Fellowship

University of Chicago Medicine

Heewon Kwak, MD 2016-2017


Advocate Christ Medical Center
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Lindsay Alpert, MD 2018-2019  

Assistant Professor
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Emma Whitcomb, MD 2014-2015  

Assistant Professor
University of Calgary
Alberta, Canada

Lei Zhao, MD PhD 2013-2014  

Assistant Professor
Harvard University, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Xuefeng Zhang, MD PhD 2012-2013  

Associate Professor
Duke University
Raleigh, NC

Ilyssa Gordon, MD PhD 2011-2012  

Assistant Professor
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Nora Joseph, MD 2010-2012  

Assistant Professor
Evanston Northshore
Evanston, IL

Maria Westerhoff, MD 2010-2011  

Associate Professor
University of Michigan Medical Center
Ann Arbor, MI

Benjamin Yan, MD PhD 2009-2010  

Staff Pathologist
Christie Clinic
Urbana, IL

Rebecca Wilcox, MD 2008-2009  

Associate Professor
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

Rish Pai, MD PhD 2008-2009  

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ

Chris Weber, MD PhD 2007-2009  

Assistant Professor
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Qiang Liu, MD PhD 2006-2007  

Associate Professor
Einstein Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

Lucas Campbell, MD 2005-2006  

Northwest Arkansas Pathology Associates
Fayetteville, AR

Lisa Yerian, MD 2003-2004  

Professor and Vice Chair of Staff Affairs
Department of Anatomic Pathology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Robert Anders, MD PhD 2002-2004  

Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Hanlin Wang, MD PhD 2000-2001  

UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Shu-Yuan Xiao, MD MS 1998-1999  

University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL