Breast Pathology Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

The goal of this newly established program is to train academically oriented breast pathologists by providing comprehensive training in diagnostic breast pathology with special emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and management of breast diseases as well as active participation in translational research projects.

The breast pathology service receives a large, ever growing number of surgical resection cases, image-guided core biopsies, and consultation cases driven both by institutional needs before therapy and personal referrals. In addition, immunohistochemical marker studies are performed in numerous cases on a daily basis. The fellow will gain expertise in signing out all of these but with emphasis on consultations and referrals from other institutions. To develop an insight into the role of the integrated multidisciplinary approach in treating breast cancer, the fellow also rotates in other disciplines such as breast imaging, breast surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology, spending at least 1 week in each. He/she will get an opportunity to interact with clinicians and discuss challenging cases during the weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Case Conference and monthly Radiation-Pathology Teaching Conference.  The fellow will also have ample opportunities for active participation in teaching residents, fellows and medical students. Participation in at least one clinico¬pathological or translational research project is required during the year, and the fellow will benefit from Penn’s collaborative culture with a high level of partnership between the Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD), the Translational Centers of Excellence (TCE), the Rowan Breast Center, and the Basser Center for BRCA. The CPD brings pathologists and clinicians together, revolutionizing laboratory sciences and setting the foundation for personalized treatment plans.


Ira J Bleiweiss, MD (Director, Breast Pathology Service)
Kimberly L Dumoff, MD
Michael D Feldman, MD, PhD
Anupma Nayak, MD (Director, Breast Pathology Fellowship Program)
Roseann I Wu, MD, MPH
Paul JL Zhang, MD


Successful completion of the Residency requirements for certification in Anatomic Pathology.


Documents needed: Completed application; Curriculum Vitae; Personal Statement; USMLE score report; ECFMG certificate (international); three (3) letters of recommendation. Please email your application and supporting documents to Dr. Nayak at Anupma.Nayak@pennmedicine.upenn.edu