Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Welcome to the University of New Mexico Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program. We offer additional in-depth training in surgical pathology in a friendly working environment with close interactions with our faculty and clinical colleagues. We routinely receive a broad variety of interesting, complex, and unusual cases across all major subspecialties that challenge us and our trainees. We are a medium-sized teaching hospital and the only academic medical center in our state. Our surgical pathology faculty are generalists, each with individual additional subspecialty interest and expertise. Our training kicks off with a 3 month rotation comprising a 3 day cycle with grossing of routine and complex surgical cases followed by a designated slide preview day and a third day of signout with the faculty. We offer electives in subspecialties such as GI and breast pathology, neuropathology, dermatopathology, cytopathology, molecular pathology, as well as a frozen section and consult electives. Presentation of cases at tumor boards and other clinical conferences provides additional exposure to challenging cases with clinical correlation. Our fellows also participate in resident and medical school education.Our beautiful state also offers many opportunities for outdoor activities and exposure to a broad cultural diversity.

- Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program

Teaching Faculty

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Marc Barry, M.D., Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship

Marc Barry, M.D. was subspecialty trained in urologic and renal pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is medical director of our renal pathology service.

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Thèrése Bocklage, M.D.

Thèrése Bocklage, M.D. has subspecialty interest and expertise in bone and soft tissue pathology, head and neck pathology, and pediatric pathology. As medical director of our human tissue repository she has expertise in the complex process of tissue banking. She completed a cytopathology fellowship at Baylor Hospital in Houston.

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Joshua Hanson, M.D.

Joshua Hanson, M.D. completed a gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Yale University and shares his GI expertise with us and our trainees on a daily basis.

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Nancy Joste, M.D.

Nancy Joste, M.D., our division chief, trained at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and has subspecialty expertise in gynecologic pathology and cytopathology.

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Lesley Lomo, M.D.

Lesley Lomo, M.D. has special interest and expertise in breast and gynecologic pathology. She completed a cytopathology fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. As a medical education scholar she is especially versed in the newest and most efficient teaching techniques.

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David Martin, M.D.

David Martin, M.D. has special interest in gastrointestinal and liver pathology. He completed a  fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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Samuel Reynolds, M.D.

Samuel Reynolds, M.D. has subspecialty interest in lung and sarcoma pathology. He completed a cytopathology fellowship here at UNM.

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Von Samedi, M.D.

Von Samedi, M.D. has special interest in gastrointestinal pathology. As a medical education scholar he is highly engaged in resident and fellow education and medical school teaching. He completed a cytopathology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

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Karen SantaCruz, M.D.

Karen SantaCruz, M.D. completed her neuropathology training at the University of California Irvine. Her expertise is in brain tumors and the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Marlena Chavez, P.A.

Marlena Chavez, P.A. is our junior pathology assistant and brings great enthusiasm and passion into training residents and fellows.

2016-2017 Surgical Pathology Fellow

Nour Yadak, M.D.

Nour Yadak received her MD degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan and completed her residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.

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Testimonials from former fellows

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“The number of interesting and challenging cases was surprising and that provided great material for learning. Faculty members were always approachable to review interesting cases. The frozen section elective was a particularly valuable and fun experience as a preparation for future practice.”

- Amer Mahmoud, M.D.

Fellowship Alumni and their current positions

Year Fellow Position after training
2014 Amer Mahmoud, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2013 Mona Elsakka, MD Pathologist, Phoenix, AZ
2012 Giovanni Insuasti-Beltran, MD Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR
2011 Carmen Frias Kletecka, MD Assistant Professor of clinical pathology, LSU, New Orleans, LA
2010 Arthur D. Somoza, MD Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, OH
2008 Melissa A. Myrsiades, MD Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, CA
2007 Allen H. Leung, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine
2006 Nancy Kang-Davis, MD Pathologist, Slidell, LA
2004 Lian Bonds, MD Pathologist, Denver, CO

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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T.J. Bocklage, R.H. Quinn, B.P. Schmit, C.F. Ver schraegen. Bone and Soft Tissue Tumours: A Multidisciplinary Review with Case Presentations. JP Medical Publishers, 2014.

Minimal Criteria for Acceptance:

Successful completion of a combined Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) or AP only Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited pathology residency program. US citizenship, permanent residency (green card), or J-1 visa required. UNM does not accept H1-B visa status for residents or fellows.

Application Details:

Interested eligible pathologists should contact Jeanne Lay, Residency Coordinator:

To Apply, Submit:

  • CAP Standardized Fellowship Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of USMLE Step I, II, III scores
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, one of which should come from your program director
  • ECFMG certification, if applicable

Personal interviews will be scheduled for selected candidates once all required application materials are received. The UNM Department of Pathology will provide one night’s lodging and transportation from the airport.