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Pathology Residency at West Virginia University

The residency program's mission is to provide strong basic training in anatomic and clinical pathology and its subspecialties. The program's philosophic objective is to develop a sturdy medical knowledge/skill base and professional attributes that allow a resident/fellow to independently and competently practice pathology with a life-long commitment to continued learning and excellence. In-depth training is offered in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, separately or as a combined program. Programs are available for new graduates, as well as to those with post-doctoral experience. Training is offered at three sites: an academic, tertiary care referral center (West Virginia University), and a large community hospital (Charleston Area Medical Center). Although the program is geared to produce well-rounded community hospital pathologists, residents are encouraged to explore a career in academic pathology as well.

Training in anatomic pathology encompasses surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy pathology. Embedded in these rotations is exposure to patients with diseases in the areas of dermatopathology, pediatric pathology, nephropathology, and neuropathology, as well as utilization of immunohistochemistry and forensic pathology. Electron microscopy is part of the surgical pathology curriculum at CAMC. Clinical Pathology training includes hematology and coagulation, lymph nodes/bone marrows/flow cytometry, blood banking and transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry and immunology, medical microbiology, cytogenetics and molecular pathology, and laboratory management. Residents also participate in the outreach activities of a reference laboratory/outreach program that serves small rural West Virginia hospitals.

The department is highly computerized with advanced digital imaging systems and numerous opportunities to develop expertise in the use of information technology. Opportunities for teaching and research are also available and encouraged, with emphasis on clinically related topics. Residents also participate in the department’s teaching programs.

Residents are expected to develop competencies in the six areas mandated of new practitioners by the ACGME. In order to foster a self-improvement and practice-based learning, residents are provided with several forms of evaluations, including practice-based portfolios in surgical pathology, autopsy, cytopathology, and hematopathology rotations, faculty rotation evaluations, semiannual global evaluations and yearly 360o evaluations.

Ten years of WVU School of Medicine
Pathology Graduates Follow-up

2020 Graduates

Charles Schultz
Cytology Fellowship - University of Florida Cytopathology Program

Stephanie Wright
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU, 2019
Faculty at Charleston Area Medical Center

2019 Graduates

Ali Aldawood
Fellowship- Cytology Fellowship at Alleghany General 
Fellowship - GI/PB Fellowship at Yale

Mehanaz Hanbazazh
Fellowship - Ocular Pathology at Mass General, Boston
Fellowship - Molecular Genetics Fellowship at University of Alabama

Erin Langford
HemePath Cytology SP private practice position in Louisiana

2018 Graduates

Maggie Yell
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU, 2017
Currently a Staff Pathologist with  Ameripath Oklahoma/Quest Diagnostics, Oklahoma City, OK

Janice Ahn
Neuropathology Fellowship at Duke University, NC
Faculty at Allegheny General

2017 Graduates

Derrick Green
Currently a Faculty Pathologist at CAMC

Nariman Nawar
Currently Bone and Soft Tissue Fellow at Mount Sanai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Christine James
Currently the Associate Medical Examiner for the state of New Hampshire


Ryan Okal
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU, 2015
Currently Faculty at Mountain States Pathology in Colorado Springs, CO

Majed Pharaon

Surgical pathology Fellowship at WVU
Cytopathology Fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, PA
Currently Faculty at King Abdul Aziz Medical City, Saudi Arabia

David Cantu
Surgical Pathology Fellowship at WVU  
Hematopathology Fellowship at City of Hope, CA
Advanced Hematopathology Fellowship, City of Hope, CA


Yara Daous
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU
Currently a stay home mother

Morgan Darrow
Currently Faculty at University of California, Davis, CA

Matthew Zarko
Currently Faculty at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV


Tina Lu
Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Currently Faculty at WVU East, Martinsburg WV

2013 Graduates

David Howell
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU, 2014
Currently Faculty at WVU

Zoe Kinkade
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU, 2015
Currently Faculty at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, PA

Wael Milyani
Surgical Pathology Fellowship at WVU
Dermatopathology Fellowship at Wake Forest, NC
Hematopathology Fellowship at Wayne State, MI
Currently a Dermatopathologist in Las Vegas, NV

Jeremy Stuelpnagel
Currently Faculty at New York Medical Examiner’s Office, NY

2012 Graduates

Mohammad Alnamnakani
Surgical pathology Fellowship at WVU
Currently Faculty at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

Fahad Bafakih
Neuropathology Fellowship at University of Virginia, VA
Currently Faculty at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, WV

2011 Graduates

Olukemi A. Esan
Hematopathology Fellowship at WVU
Currently Faculty at Allegheny General Hospital, PA

Jeremy Parsons
Currently Faculty at University of New Mexico, NM

Troy Powers
Fellowship, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital, MI
Currently Faculty at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV

Raymond Woshner
Currently Faculty at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, PA

2010 Graduates

Jimmie Smith
Faculty at WVU
Currently the Deputy Coroner Baton Rouge, La