Surgical Pathology with Breast Emphasis

This is a one-year program designed to build expertise in Breast Surgical Pathology. The University of Iowa is a tertiary medical center with a robust NAPBC-accredited Breast Health Center offering advanced multidisciplinary care to patients. Our Breast Health Center is part of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in Iowa, with 4 breast oncologic surgeons, 4 breast oncologists and a busy breast imaging center. The Department of Pathology examines over 1,900 breast specimens annually, including in-house biopsies, resections, and consultation cases.

The fellowship offers intensive educational exposure to breast specimens, encompassing benign lesions, high-risk lesions and malignant breast diseases of varying levels of complexity. Cases include post-neoadjuvant therapy resections, common and rare entities as well as challenging extra-mural consultations. The fellow will present at our weekly multidisciplinary breast Tumor Board and will participate in our educational conferences. It is the intention of the program to involve the fellow in case sign out later in the year and acting as a junior faculty member assuming certain guidelines are met. This fellowship represents the “Breast track” within our larger Surgical Pathology Fellowship and the fellow will rotate through preliminary diagnosis (‘hot seat’) and a busy frozen section service. There is flexibility in scheduling to accommodate individual interests as patient care and service requirements allow. Research is highly encouraged with various opportunities for clinical translational research and collaborative projects. Teaching and collaborative opportunities are available through continued interactions with the Multidisciplinary Breast Surgery Fellow.

The goal of the program is to graduate well-rounded, independent surgical pathologists, able to excel in an academic or community practice setting.


Applications will be accepted from residents who will have had three years of straight Anatomic Pathology training or four years of combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training. Board eligible applicants are preferred.


Amani Bashir, MBBS
Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology
Director, Breast Surgical Pathology Fellowship Track
Phone: 1-319-467-5706

Laila Dahmoush, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Pathology
Phone: 1-319-356-4440