Surgical Pathology with Head and Neck Emphasis

This one-year program is designed to give in-depth experience in head & neck pathology to prepare the candidate for future work in either an academic head and neck pathology setting or in community practice with strong proficiency in head and neck pathology. 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. 

The Department of Pathology serves the 800-bed University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics providing a rich variety of over 2350 head and neck pathology cases from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry. The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is consistently in the top 10 training programs in the country.  We receive consultative material from the affiliated Iowa City Veterans Hospital.  The fellowship includes rotations in head and neck focused cytopathology and a CLIA-certified Molecular Pathology Laboratory. Head and neck rotations will include review of a diverse mix of cases (biopsies, minor and major otorhinolaryngologic resections for nonneoplastic and oncologic conditions) and material from referred patients. The fellow will work up cases from our national Consult service in head and neck pathology and work closely with colleagues in Oral Pathology in the University College of Dentistry where there is abundant cross-sharing and viewing of odontogenic cases.  The department has a very strong cytopathology program providing the fellow exposure to cytologic diagnoses in head and neck. The fellowship represents the head and neck pathology track within our larger Surgical Pathology fellowship and includes 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. 

The Head and Neck fellow will have a major role in presentations and participation in the weekly Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Head & Neck Tumor Board. The fellow will be expected to develop a clinical translational research project at the direction of a faculty member. The Department can support studies in molecular techniques, immunohistochemistry, or case review. 


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.


Anand Rajan KD MBBS MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Head and Neck Surgical Pathology Fellowship Track
Phone: 319-353-6541

Robert A. Robinson MD PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology
Phone: 319-356-4163