Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine BU Residency Training



Programs Offered

This is a fully accredited program that offers a combined AP/CP pathway to American Board of Pathology certification. On an individual basis we may also provide an AP or CP only track.

Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology – This program consists of a minimum of 24 months anatomic pathology and 18 months clinical pathology. The remaining 6 months of the program may be spent doing either anatomic pathology or clinical pathology, depending on the resident’s particular interests. Residents alternate between AP and CP at yearly and six-month intervals.

Currently, one funded fellowship position in cytopathology is available on completion of the residency program.

About the Department

The Department of Anatomic Pathology receives 22,000 surgical accessions and 20,000 cytology specimens each year. Additionally, the department performs approximately 70 autopsies annually. The clinical laboratory performs approximately 3.5 million tests annually.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

There are a total of 9 residency positions available in the program including up to 3 first-year positions. There is currently one fully funded fellowship position in cytopathology. The program actively seeks to recruit minority physicians.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine supports a PhD program in pathology that has an enrollment of 27 students and shares facilities and some academic programs with the residency program.


The Boston Medical Center is a modern tertiary care 496-bed facility with a distinguished tradition in academic medicine. The Medical Center is immediately adjacent to and flanks the campus of the Boston University School of Medicine.

Residents in anatomic pathology train in our brand new, state-of-the-art facility at 670 Albany Street. One of the few custom built anatomic pathology laboratories in the USA, it has replaced the Mallory building which housed the pathology department from its construction in 1933. The design took 1.5 years, with consultation from Stubbins Associates (an architectural firm with wide experience in lab design for the Biotech industry), and features modern ventilation, equipment, laboratory and office space for AP residents. The facilities offer surgical pathology processing, histology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, cytology prep. and screening, image analysis center, molecular pathology (including laser capture microdissection capability, FISH and PCR), GI research, Tissue Archiving Service, conference room and lounge. The diagnostic pathology lab on the third floor is adjacent to the BU pathology research space on the fourth floor and shares the most modern pathology equipment available, such as confocal, FACScan and immunofluorescence microscopes.

The Clinical Laboratories are modern laboratories with state-of-the-art automation and robotics and are located in 670 Albany Street.  Newly refurbished offices for residents are located in an adjoining building.


 Boston is a lively cultural center with a fine arts museum, numerous art galleries, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, theater, groups, opera and a heavy concentration of educational institutions. The New England countryside is easily accessible and there are opportunities for a wide variety of winter and summer sports. The medical center is located on an attractive campus in Boston’s historic South End.

Stipends and Other Benefits

The presence of a strong house officer union at Boston Medical Center ensures that residents receive premium pay and benefits. Residents receive not less than $54,217 per annum (2011) with stipends increasing approximately $1,500 for each additional year of training. Residents are given four weeks of paid vacation a year and medical and dental insurance are available at low group rates. The hospital also provides short-term disability, long term disability and malpractice insurance at no cost to the resident.

Parking is available at reduced rates in our recently completed parking deck. For those residents who elect not to drive, the hospital offers discounted rates on public transportation passes.


Department of Pathology, Boston Medical Center (Mallory Institute of Pathology)

Daniel G. Remick, MD, Chair and Professor, asthma and immunology;  Michael J. O’Brien, MD, MPH, Chief, Anatomic Pathology, Professor, GI and liver disease;  Carl J. O’Hara, MD, Chief, Laboratory Medicine and Hematopathology, Professor;  Antonio de las Morenas, MD, PhD, Chief, Cytopathology, Professor; Christopher Andry, PhD, Executive Director, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Vice Chair for Operations and Management, Associate Professor;  Thomas G. Christensen, PhD, Electron Microscopy, Associate Professor, pulmonary disease ; Ivana Delalle, MD, PhD, Associate Professor; neuropathology;  Karen Quillen, MD, Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine,  Associate Professor; Nancy S Miller MD, Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, Assistant Professor;  Raveen Basran, PhD, Molecular Genetics, Assistant Professor;  Sandra Cerda, MD, surgical pathology and cytopathology, Assistant Professor ; Shu-Ling Fan, PhD, Associate Director Chemistry Laboratory, Assistant Professor; John Cho Lee, MD, Medical Director Clinical Hematology, Assistant Professor; Robert W. Pistey, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, surgical pathology and cytopathology;  Carmen Sarita-Reyes, MD, Anatomic Pathology, Assistant Professor, pediatric pathology;  Huihong Xu, MD, Assistant Professor, surgical pathology and cytology;  Qing (Grace) Zhao, MD, PhD, Anatomic Pathology, Assistant Professor ; Thomas Maher, MS, Lab Manager, Molecular Genetics, Instructor; Adrianne E. Rogers MD, Professor Emeritus, experimental carcinogenesis and nutritional pathology.

Consultant Staff

Jag Bhawan, MD, Professor, Dermatology/Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, dermatopathology; Lynne Goldberg, MD, Professor, Dermatology/Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,  dermatopathology; Meera Mahalingam, MD, PhD, FRCPath, Professor, Dermatology/Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,  dermatopathology;  Daniel Miller, MD, Assistant Professor, Dermatology,  dermatopathology;  Deon Wolpowitz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dermatology/Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, dermatopathology.

Scientific/Research Staff (see Faculty Profiles)


Residency candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the US or Canada. Graduates of foreign medical schools must have an ECFMG certificate. Applicants must apply through ERAS for this program. The deadline for submission of applications is November 1 for appointments beginning the following July.

Address inquiries to:

Sandra Cerda, MD
Director of Residency Training Program
Dept. of Anatomic Pathology
Biosquare 3
670 Albany Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 414-5314; Fax (617) 414-5315 (Mark Uva, Residency Program Coordinator)

Program Strengths

  • Structured curriculum supported by didactic lectures and seminars.
  • Strong subspecialty exposure in AP, especially GI, Cytopathology, Gyn, and Hemepath.
  • Excellent Dermpath training under the direction of Dept. of Dermatopathology, which has an independent Fellowship program.
  • Medical Examiner’s Office housed adjacent to campus.
  • Autopsy numbers adequate for board certification.
  • Ample opportunities for performance of bone marrow biopsies.
  • A national reference laboratory for hemoglobinopathies.
  • An internationally recognized Amyloid treatment center.
  • Participation in ASCP teleconferences and CAP PIP, Autopsy and Digital Slide programs.
  • Excellent work environment with state-of-the-art equipment and brand new office space.
  • Attendance at regional and national pathology meetings encouraged and supported.
  • Every resident at BMC enjoys the benefits of the Committee of Interns and Residents such as:
    • Lowest resident parking rates of all area hospitals
    • Highest resident salary in the state
    • 100% paid disability
    • Lowest health insurance cost for individuals AND their families
    • Access to CIR staff support for any problems with your residency program