Johns Hopkins University Pathology

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Specialty Pathology
Hospital affiliation(s)
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Academic affiliation
Johns Hopkins University
Established 1899
Location Baltimore, MD, United States of America


Department of Pathology Residency Program

The Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins provides in-depth training in anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP), either combined or individually, to newly graduated M.D.s and those with previous postdoctoral experience. The program is designed to train a well-rounded pathologist through extensive clinical and research experience. House officers receive training in diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology in a setting of clinical and academic excellence. The department also offers a combined anatomic pathology (AP) and neuropathology (NP) track.

An overview of our residency program and its clinical curriculum can be found here:

Strengths of Johns Hopkins Pathology include:

  • Preeminent training in anatomic and clinical pathology.
  • Over 100 primary faculty in the Department.
  • Twelve positions in 7 ACGME accredited fellowships.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research programs in autoimmunity; infectious disease and HIV; cardiac disease; neuropathology; tumor immunology; tumor microenvironments; cancer biomarkers and genetics; cell signaling pathways; gastrointestinal cancers; genitourinary and gynecological cancers.
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, an international leader in medical education.
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the oldest and largest Cancer Centers in the nation.
  • The Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the top-ranked public health schools.

Physician-Scientist Track 

A career in pathology is a natural choice for physician-scientists. As a pathologist, your understanding of disease types, their pathophysiology, clinical challenges inherent in their diagnosis and management, and how they manifest in tissues will position you to see and address critical knowledge gaps.

Our residents are eligible to participate in an American Board of Pathology (ABP) Physician-Scientist track with full salary support for a dedicated research year.

Here is an overview of the curriculum:

Anatomic Pathology (AP)

Anatomic pathology residents participating in the physician- scientist pathway will complete 26 months of structured AP training; 4 months of flexible elective rotations in AP and/or CP; and 18 months of research.

Clinical Pathology (CP)

Clinical pathology residents participating in the physician- scientist pathway will complete 24 months of structured CP training, which includes 6 months of CP subspecialty training tailored to your interests and career goals; 6 months of flexible elective rotations; and 18 months of research.

Neuropathology (AP-NP)

Neuropathology residents participating in the physician-scientist pathway will complete 24 months of structured AP training; 21 months of specialty training in neuropathology; and 15 months of research.

For research training, residents can work with faculty in any part of Johns Hopkins, from basic science departments including Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Neuroscience to translational laboratories within Pathology, Oncology, or the School of Public Health. We encourage residents and fellows to think creatively and across disciplines in one of the most expert and collaborative institutions in the world.

With the Department, we offer didactics and one-on-one coaching for residents and fellows developing an academic research program. Numerous trainees in our program have received NIH K08 awards and other nationally competitive career development awards as they transition to independent faculty, including grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Many have remained in our Department as faculty.

Cancer Research Fellowships 

For those developing careers in academic pathology and focusing on cancer research, combined research and clinical fellowship positions are also available with funding through a National Cancer Institute (NCI) T32 program. Fellows can elect up to 3 years protected research time. The goal of this program is to train physician scientists who transition to K awards and ultimately to independent faculty members.

Research Endowments 

The Department of Pathology has a number of significant endowed funds dedicated to supporting resident research. These include:

The Joseph C. Eggleston Fund in Surgical Pathology

Honoring our former Director of Surgical Pathology.

This fund is used for resident research projects in surgical pathology and other activities that support their training and career development.

The Gary S. Hill, M.D. Fund in Renal Pathology

Honoring our former Chief of Pathology at Bayview Medical Center.

This fund supports medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty for research in renal pathology.

The Risa B. Mann, M.D. Fund

Honoring our former Residency Program Director.

This fund supports resident research and education in the Department of Pathology.

The Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Research Fund

Honoring our former Department Director.

This fund supports exceptionally innovative resident and fellow research projects.

The Mabel Smith Fund for Resident Research and Education

Honoring our Administrator and staff member from 1961 to 2013.

This fund sponsors resident research projects, courses, travel, and other needs for residents in the Department.

Contact Information

Please contact us with questions or to learn more about research opportunities for pathologists-in-training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Kathleen Burns, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor,

Charles Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D., Professor,