Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship

The University of Chicago is a major referral center for head and neck cancer as well as other head and neck diseases. This one year fellowship provides comprehensive exposure to surgical pathology of the head and neck, including oral & maxillofacial, salivary, thyroid & parathyroid, and other head & neck diseases. The department examines >40,000 surgical specimens annually, including approximately 8,000 from the head/neck and oral/maxillofacial regions. The fellow will participate in the sign-out of surgical and biopsy material and consultation cases. The fellow will also present pathology findings at the weekly head & neck tumor conference and the monthly thyroid tumor conference. In addition, it offers basic and translational research training opportunities related to head and neck cancer.

Research opportunities are available within the Department of Pathology and in collaboration with a number of Departments including Otolaryngology, Hematology-Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and the Ben May Cancer Research Department. Major ongoing NIH funded research programs in head and neck cancer at the University of Chicago focus on the biology, molecular diagnosis, prevention and treatment of this disease. 

Fellowship Director

Mark W. Lingen

Professor of Pathology
Professor of Medicine
of Committee on Cancer Biology


Nicole A. Cipriani

Associate Professor of Pathology

Completion of training in anatomic pathology (three years' training in anatomic pathology or four years' training in combined anatomic and clinical pathology) or oral & maxillofacial pathology. The candidate must be able to obtain an Illinois medical or dental license.

Commensurate with level of training.

Submit an application form, including all materials detailed on the form, to the Fellowship Coordinator Montene Hammel ( and the Fellowship Director Dr. Mark Lingen (

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Fellows Fellowship Years Additional Training Post-Training Position
Rachelle Wolk, MD 2022-2023   Assistant Professor
New York University College of Dentistry
New York, NY
Fouad Zakka, MD 2021-2022  

Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Kathleen Higgins, DDS

2020-2021   Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK

Anna Trzcinska, DMD

2019-2020   Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve Medical Center
Cleveland, OH
Jefree Schulte, MD 2018-2019

University of Chicago
Breast/Gynecologic Pathology

Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Abberly Lott Limbach, MD 2014-2015


Associate Professor
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Marsha Apushkin, MD 2012-2013  

Community Practice
Illinois Pathology Associates at MacNeal Hospital
Berwyn, IL