Fellowships: Hematopathology Fellowship

Welcome to the University of New Mexico Hematopathology Fellowship Program website! We have a top notch training program with outstanding faculty, a wealth of neoplastic and non-neoplastic hematopathology cases, opportunities for research, and an integrated reference laboratory including on-site flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular genetics laboratories. Our program serves New Mexico and the surrounding southwestern United States, as well as having a large national hematopathology consultation practice. Our fellows are highly sought after and go on to academic and community practice positions. Come visit us in the Land of Enchantment.

- Tracy I. George, M.D.
Director, Hematopathology Fellowship Program

Teaching Faculty

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Tracy George, M.D.

Tracy I. George, M.D., Director of the Hematopathology Fellowship Program, did her medical training and residency in anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She completed fellowships in hematopathology and surgical pathology at Stanford University. At the University of New Mexico, Dr. George is the Hematopathology Fellowship Director and Division Chief of Hematopathology. She has an active research program in mast cell disease, >150 total publications, and enjoys mentoring and teaching trainees at all levels. Dr. George is Vice President for Scientific Communications for the International Society for Laboratory Hematology, as well as co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology.

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Devon Chabot-Richards, M.D.

Dr. Chabot-Richards is Medical Director of the Transplant Laboratory and Assistant Director of Flow Cytometry. She has expertise in benign hematology and hemoglobin electrophoresis as well as molecular genetics and cytogenetics. She is an enthusiastic teacher of residents and fellows and won the Pathology Department Faculty Award for Teaching in 2015 and the Resident Appreciation Award in May 2017.

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David Czuchlewski, M.D.

Dr. Czuchlewski received his MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College, followed by fellowships in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology at the University of New Mexico. At UNM he is the associate director of the hematopathology fellowship training program, as well as associate director of the molecular diagnostic laboratory at TriCore and senior director for education in the Department of Pathology. He is the author of numerous articles, textbooks, and book chapters, and enjoys teaching everyone from medical students (as co-course director of the first year Hematology course) to experienced pathologists (as a frequent faculty member at CAP, ASCP, and USCAP meetings). He is currently pursuing a master's degree in education at Johns Hopkins University and actively incorporates best teaching practices into the hematopathology fellowship program.

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Kathy Foucar, M.D.

Dr. Foucar received her BS and MD degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and her specialty training in Laboratory Medicine and Anatomic Pathology at the University of New Mexico Affiliated Hospitals: Albuquerque, NM and the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is a Distinguished Professor of Pathology with over 30 yrs of experience in diagnostic hematopathology.  She is the author/co-author or editor of thirteen books on neoplastic and non-neoplastic hematopathology with an emphasis on blood and bone marrow, and over 120 peer reviewed publications.

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Mohammad Vasef, M.D.

Affiliations: Professor of Pathology, Director of Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory and Program Director of Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center/TriCore Reference Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dr. Vasef graduated from the University of Tehran, Faculty of Medicine. He completed combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and, completed a fellowship in Hematopathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center, in Duarte, California. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, authored several books and most recently was the lead author of "Molecular Oncology" in Diagnostic Pathology Series of Amirsys. Dr. Vasef's areas of research and interest include hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology.

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Carla S. Wilson M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson received her BS degree from Cornell University and her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed medical training and residency in clinical and anatomic pathology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, with fellowship training in hematopathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA. She is the Medical Director of Flow Cytometry for TriCore Reference Laboratories and a Professor in the Department of Pathology.

Research interests have involved gene expression profiling of patients with acute leukemia at the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center and work with plasma cell disorders. She enjoys teaching and is currently on the Curriculum Committee for CAP with prior appointments on the CAP SAM Committee, CAP Hematology and Clinical Microscopy Resource Committee and ASCP Quality Management Hematopathology Committee.

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Qian-Yun Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Zhang received her medical degree from West China University of Medical Science (AKA Sichuan Medical College 1952-1985 or Sichuan University Medical Center 2000-present), and her PhD from University of Sussex, England, UK. She received her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency training from College of Medicine and Life Science, University of Toledo (AKA Medical College of Ohio) and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM. She completed her hematopathology fellowship training at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Zhang is the medical director of the University Hospital Laboratory Hematology, associated director of cytogenetic laboratory, medical director of the Clinical Lab of Clinical & Translational Science Center, University of New Mexico. Dr. Zhang serves on Education Committee of International Society of Laboratory Hematology (ISLH), Instrumentation Resource Committee of College of American Pathologists (CAP), and Compliance & Internal Audit Committee of TriCore Reference Laboratories. Dr. Zhang’s major research interest is B cell chronic leukemias. Dr. Zhang is involved in teaching of all levels and her major roles include steering committee for phase I medical student curriculum Hematology block.

2017-2018 Hematopathology Fellows

Peter Carbone, M.D.

Peter Carbone received his MD degree from The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD and completed his residency at The Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.

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Joanna Conant, M.D.

Joanna Conant received her MD degree from The University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont and completed her residency at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

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Amy Jencks, D.O.

Amy Jencks received her DO degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA and completed her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

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Sarah Kelting, M.D.

Sarah Kelting received her MD degree from The University of Kansas in Wichita, KS and completed her residency at The University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, VA.

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Testimonials from former fellows

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"The experience of working on a consult service in combination with a traditional university academic setting under the guidance of highly renowned diagnosticians is unparalleled. Coming to UNM for my Hematopathology fellowship was the best possible decision I could have made."

- Daniel Babu, M.D.

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“It was an amazing opportunity to work alongside some of the top hematopathologists in the country during residency and fellowship. I can’t imagine getting better training elsewhere. The quality of the bone marrow and lymph node consult cases is phenomenal.”

- James Halfacre, M.D.

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“Doing my Hematopathology fellowship at UNM was the most valuable training experience in my entire medical career. It offered me the unique experience of handling the most complicated cases in the field under the guidance of people who literally wrote the book.”

- Amer Mahmoud, M.D.

Fellowship Alumni and their current positions

Year  Fellow Position after training
2016 Daniel Bustamante, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Texas Tech University, Pediatric Pathologist, El Paso Children’s Hospital, El Paso, TX
2016 Melody Harrison, MD Pathologist, Pathology Laboratories of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
2016 David Lynch, MD Hematopathologist, Brooke Army Medical Center’s Pathology Department, San Antonio, TX
2016 Celina Villa, MD Pathologist, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Austin Pathology Associates, Austin, TX
2015 J. Anthony Halfacre, MD Surgical Pathology Fellowship, UC San Francisco
2015 Nathan Thompson, DO Community HealthCare System. Inc., Topeka, KS
2015 Daniel Babu, MD University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
2015 Michael Reyes, MD Albuquerque, NM
2014 Dorothy Wong, MD, JD Regional Medical Center of San Jose
2014 Nichole Steidler, MD Medford, OR
2014 Benjamin Wetzel, MD Eugene, OR
2014 Julia Boncher, MD Northwest Permanente, Portland, OR
2013 Frank Moore, MD Colorado Pathology Consultants, Denver, CO
2013 Stella Wenceslao, MD PBM/Medfusion Dallas, TX
2013 Elizabeth Chastain, MD University of Mississippi
2013 Amer Mahmoud, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Devon Chabot-Richards, MD Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
2012 Bijayee Shrestha, MD El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
2012 Jennifer Knight, MD Pathology Associates of Greenville, SC
2012 Joshua Coleman, MD University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, UT 
2011 Alexei Bakhirev, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2011 Giovanni Insuasti-Beltran, MD University of Arkansas
2011 Jake Sramek, MD Des Moines, IA
2011 Natalia Golardi, MD Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
2010 Melissa Myrsiades, MD Tri-City Medical Center, CA
2010 Jordan Hall, MD San Antonio Military Medical Center 
2010 Christine Sillings (Norton), MD  WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
2010 Douglas Kingma OncoMetrix, TN
2009 Nathan Shumaker, MD Pathology Consultants of Central Virginia
2009 Clovis Pitchford, MD Walter Reed Army Med Center/Nat. Naval Med. Center, Bethesda, MD
2009 Sara McClintock-Treep, MD ThedaCare Appleton, WI
2008 Heath Worcester, MD Summit Pathology Loveland, CO
2008 Jared Andrews, MD Brooke Army Medical Center San Antonio, TX
2008 Kenneth Spengel, MD MAWD Pathology Group Kansas City, MO
2008 David Czuchlewski, MD Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
2007 Kristin Hunt (Karner), MD  Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
2007 Christine Garcia, MD University of Pittsburgh
2007 Larry Tsao, MD Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH
2007 Jennifer Jastram-Belcher, MD Baton Rouge, LA
2006 Michael Sennett, MD Amarillo, TX
2006 Jason Hyde, MD Legacy Hospital Systems Portland, OR
2006 Mohamed Salama, MD University of Utah
2005 Ayumi Corn, MD InCyte Pathology Spokane Valley, WA
2005 Cindi Starkey, MD Pathology Laboratory Associates, Tulsa, OK
2005 Charles Abbott, MD Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA
2004 Lian Bonds, MD Ameripath Colorado, Arvada, CO
2004 Anne Avery, MD Kaiser, Department of Pathology, Portland, OR
2004 Sanjay Lahiri, MD Pathology Consultants of New Mexcio, Roswell, NM
2004 Kaari Reichard, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2003 April Ewton, MD The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
2003 Michael Wang, MD, PhD Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
2002 Ann Marie Blenc, MD William Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak, MI
2002 Kim Monnin, MD Clinical Pathology Associates, Austin, TX
2001 Lisa Robinson, MD University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2001 Qian-Yun Zhang, MD, PhD University of New Mexico
2001 Shakil Merchant, MD University of New Mexico
2001 Lisa Robinson, MD University of Pittsburgh
1999 Lance H. Evans, MD University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD
1999 Chris (Yap-Yee) Chong, MD Vice Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
1998 Lisa Rimsza, MD University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1997 Cynthia Snyder, MD La Jolla, CA
1996 David Marmaduke, MD Laboratory Medicine Consultants, Las Vegas, NV
1996 David Viswanatha, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
1994 Carolyn Mongeon, MD Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, MA
1993 Sanjeev Deodhare, MD Credit Valley Hospital, Ontario, Canada
1993 Amy Scott, MD Corrales, NM
1992 Cordelia Sever, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
1991 Catherine Leith, MD University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI
1990 Michael Whittaker, MD Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls, WI
1989 Irene Saikevych, MD Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC
1988 Daniel Kerrigan, MD Pathology Consultants, Eugene, OR
1988 Teri Longacre, MD Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Recently Published Books

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Mohammad A Vasef MD, Aaron Auerbach MD FRCPC Dipl. Epid. Diagnostic Pathology: Molecular Oncology. Amirsys, Salt Lake City, 2015.

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J Etzell, A Wong, A Werner, M Clarke, TI George. Body Fluid Benchtop Reference Guide. Northfield, IL: College of American Pathologists; (2013).

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Lamps L, Foucar K, et al. (13 co-authors). Diagnostic Pathology Normal Histology. Amirsys, Salt Lake City, 2013.

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I Pereira, TI George, DA Arber. Atlas of Peripheral Blood. The Primary Diagnostic Tool. Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (2012).

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Foucar K, Czuchlewski D, Karner (Hunt) K, Reichard K, Vasef M, Wilson C, Zhang Q-Y. Diagnostic Pathology: Blood and Bone Marrow, 1st ed. Amirsys, Salt Lake City, 2012.

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Foucar K, Richard K, Czuchlewski D. Bone Marrow Pathology: ASCP Integrative Hematopathology Series 3. ASCP Press, Chicago 2010.

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DP O’Malley, TI George, A Orazi, SL Abbondanzo. Atlas of Nontumor Pathology, First Series, Fascicle 7: Benign and Reactive Conditions of Lymph Node and Spleen. American Registry of Pathology & Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC (2009).

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Foucar K, Viswanatha DS, Wilson CS: Atlas of Nontumor Pathology: Non-Neoplastic Disorders of Bone Marrow. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC, 2008.

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Foucar K: Bone Marrow Pathology: ASCP Integrative Hematopathology Series 2. ASCP Press, Chicago 2001, 30 Chapters, 681 pages.

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Vasef MA, Platz CE. The Pathology of the Spleen. In: The Complete Spleen: Structure, Function, and Clinical Disorders, 2nd Edition. Anthony J. Bowdler (ed). Humana Press Inc, Totowa NJ, 2001, pg. 79-105.

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Foucar K: Bone Marrow Pathology: ASCP Integrative Hematopathology Series 1. ASCP Press, Chicago 1995, 30 Chapters, 564 pages. (Winner of 6th Annual LMP Publication Award, February 1996).

Application Process

Fellowship applicants must have completed a pathology residency training program and be Board eligible in AP/CP.

Hematopathology Fellowship Application Form
Hematopathology Fellowship Application Instructions

  1. E-mail your CV and personal statement to: hemepath@salud.unm.edu
  2. Mail at least 3 signed letters of reference (or e-mail signed pdfs)
  3. Send a photograph (either by mail or e-mail)
  4. E-mail or mail completed application

Must be received no later than October 1st of each year for positions commencing July 1st two years later.

Contact Information

For further information contact either:

Tracy George, M.D.
Hematopathology Fellowship Director

Cynthia Hart
Hematopathology Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 505-938-8456
Fax: 505-938-8414


Hematopathology Fellowship Program: Attention Tracy George
1001 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-2705