Program Description: This is a rigorous two-year program that prepares our trainees to be competent in both diagnostic and investigational neuropathology. The program is an alliance of remarkable affiliated institutions in the Texas Medical Center which allows access to a high volume of surgical and autopsy material including approximately 3,000 brain and spinal cord biopsies (~1,800 nervous system tumors), 450 autopsies and 200 pediatric/adult neuromuscular biopsies per year.
Our affiliated institutions include a large adult private hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH); the largest children's hospital in the United States, Texas Children's Hospital (TCH); a modern public general hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital (BTGH); one of the largest oncology centers in the United States, MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC); and the Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences (HCIFS). In addition, we have a close relationship with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a broad community case referral base.
The administrative center of this alliance is at Houston Methodist Hospital, Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Powell. See additional information and application information.
Research activity is required during the fellowship and may be pursued within the Neuropathology Program with faculty members with the following areas of interest:
- J. Clay Goodman, M.D. (BCM/BTGH Site Director) – molecular foundations of neural injury in stroke and trauma
- Adekune Adesina, M.D., Ph.D. (TCH Site Director) – molecular pathology of pediatric brain tumors and molecular genetic pathology
- Carrie Mohila M.D. (TCH) – surgical and autopsy neuropathology
- Suzanne Powell, M.D. (TMH Site Director and Program Director) – neurodegenerative disorders
- H. Takei, M.D. (TMH) – surgical and autopsy neuropathology
- Andreana Rivera, M.D. (HMH) – neuro-oncology
- Greg Fuller, M.D. (MDACC Site Director) – molecular pathology of brain tumors
- Ken Aldape, M.D. (MDACC) – molecular pathology of brain tumors
- Lauren Langford, M.D. (MDACC) – diagnostic neurooncology
- Janet Bruner, M.D. (MDACC) – diagnostic neurooncology
- Glenn Sandberg, M.D. (HCIFS Site Director) – forensic neuropathology
- Jennifer Ross, M.D. (HCIFS) – forensic neuropathology
There are also research opportunities outside of the Neuropathology Program in several basic science and clinical departments at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Requirements: Applicants must be Board eligible in anatomic and clinical pathology, or anatomic pathology. It is also possible for applicants having Board eligibility in neurology or neurosurgery to enter the fellowship after one year of training in anatomic pathology.
Types and Numbers of Appointments: We have three accredited neuropathology fellowship positions.
Stipends: Stipend is commensurate with the training level of the applicant.
Applications: Direct inquiries to:
J. Clay Goodman, M.D. F.A.A.N.
Associate Dean for Medical Education
Walter Henrick Moursund Endowed Chair in Pathology
Professor of Pathology (Neuropathology) and Neurology
Neuropathology Program Director
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
Suzanne Z. Powell, M.D.
Co-Director, Neuropathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
The Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St., Suite M227
Houston, TX 77030