Surgical Pathology with Genitourinary Emphasis


The Department of Pathology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) is offering a one-year Surgical Pathology with Genitourinary (GU) Emphasis Fellowship with advanced training in diagnostic urologic pathology, starting July 1, 2025

We receive 50,000 surgical pathology specimens each year, including 3000 GU specimens, encompassing urinary bladder, prostate, kidney, testicular and penile biopsies and resections.  In addition, we receive consultations from the affiliated Veterans Hospital and extramural consultations.  We have an active group of 6 GU oncologic surgeons, 2 GU oncologists, who are part of the NCI-designated Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

The fellowship is designed to prepare the fellow to practice as a consultant in GU pathology in an academic or private practice setting.  The fellow will review in-house cases, consultation cases and participate in frozen sections of urology specimens.  It is the intention of the program to involve the fellow in case sign out later in the year, acting as junior faculty member assuming certain guidelines are met.

The fellow is expected to present at the multidisciplinary GU Tumor Board, to actively participate in resident teaching and is strongly encouraged to pursue research projects.  The university of Iowa is considered a national leader in diagnosing and treatment of bladder cancer, providing ample research opportunities.

This fellowship represents the “GU track” within our larger Surgical Pathology Fellowship and will include rotations in preliminary diagnosis (hot seat) and a busy frozen section service.  Opportunities to rotate on other subspecialty areas in surgical pathology will be available.


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.

Stipends and Benefits:

Commensurate with level of training. The Graduate Medical Education Office website contains specific information regarding stipends and benefits.


Laila Dahmoush, MD
Clinical Professor of Pathology and Urology
Director, Genitourinary Surgical Pathology Fellowship Track
Phone: (319) 356-4440

Amani Bashir, MBBS
Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology
Phone: (319) 467-5706

Application Process

Please send or email a cover letter, CAP Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application, current curriculum vitae, personal statement, medical school dean's letter, 3 letters of recommendation, USMLE scores, copy of ECFMG certificate (if applicable), copy of permanent visa (if applicable), and copy of medical school diploma to:

Donna Palmer, BBA
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Pathology (C684 GH)
University of Iowa Health Care
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242