Fellowships: Hematopathology Fellowship

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The University of New Mexico Hematopathology Fellowship training program instills diagnostic excellence through a team-oriented approach to challenging cases. We are an academic practice based at TriCore Reference Laboratories, where we perform and interpret all testing necessary to support a contemporary hematopathology service — including 10-color flow cytometry, comprehensive cytogenetic and molecular offerings, and in-house next generation sequencing for myeloid and other neoplasms. Our fellows take graduated responsibility for all cases, including the especially stimulating and educational cases seen in our national consultation service. Our faculty members are enthusiastic teachers, prominent authors, and lecturers at the national level — and our collegial environment ensures that fellows derive full benefit from these resources. At graduation, our fellows are confident hematopathologists with expertise in all aspects of the discipline, especially the integration of morphology with molecular, cytogenetic, and flow cytometric data in bone marrow and lymph node cases. We hope you will consider joining us in the “Land of Enchantment” for a rewarding and enjoyable fellowship year!

Teaching Faculty

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Czuchlewski

David Czuchlewski, M.D.

Dr. Czuchlewski, Director of the Hematopathology Fellowship Program, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received his M.D. degree from the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by fellowships in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology at UNM. He currently directs the Hematopathology Division and serves as Medical Director of the Genetics and Cytometry Laboratories at TriCore. Dr. Czuchlewski has twice been awarded the UNM School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award for residency/fellowship education, and recently received his Master of Education in the Health Professions degree from Johns Hopkins University. He has served on education committees for the College of American Pathologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the Society for Hematopathology. Dr. Czuchlewski also co-directs the medical student Hematology course at the UNM School of Medicine.

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Foucar

Kathy Foucar, M.D.

Dr. Foucar received her B.S. and M.D. degrees from the Ohio State University, and completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at UNM and the University of Minnesota. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Pathology with over 30 years of experience in diagnostic hematopathology. She is the author/co-author or editor of thirteen books on neoplastic and non-neoplastic hematopathology, including the landmark textbook Bone Marrow Pathology, and has contributed over 120 peer reviewed publications to the literature. A renowned teacher and diagnostician, she is a former president of the Society for Hematopathology, and was recently awarded the Berard-Dorfman Founders Award from the Society for Hematopathology and the H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator from the American Society for Clinical Pathology for her outstanding contributions to the field.

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Wilson

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

Dr. Wilson received her B.S. degree from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed medical training and residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at UNM, with fellowship training in hematopathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA. She served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas before moving to UNM, where she is currently Medical Director of the Flow Cytometry Laboratory at TriCore. Her research has concentrated on plasma cell neoplasms and gene expression profiling of patients with acute leukemia. She is co-author of the AFIP fascicle Non-neoplastic Disorders of the Bone Marrow. Dr. Wilson is the recipient of the UNM School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award for residency/fellowship education, and has served on multiple education and curriculum committees for the College of American Pathologists. She is currently a member of the Hematopathology Test Development and Advisory Committee for the American Board of Pathology.

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Vasef

Mohammad Vasef, M.D.

Dr. Vasef received his M.D. from the University of Tehran, and completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. After fellowship in hematopathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, he joined the faculty of the University of Iowa, where he was co-director of the molecular pathology laboratory. At UNM he is currently Professor of Pathology and Director of the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship program. Dr. Vasef has published widely on the application of molecular techniques in diagnostic hematopathology. He is the lead author of the textbook Molecular Oncology in the Diagnostic Pathology Series of Amirsys/Elsevier.

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Zhang

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

Dr. Zhang received her medical degree from West China University of Medical Sciences/Sichuan University Medical Center and her Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. After post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan, she trained in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and at UNM, where she also completed her hematopathology fellowship. She is currently Medical Director of the University Hospital Hematology Laboratory, the clinical laboratory of the Clinical and Translational Science Center, and the Cytogenetics Laboratory at TriCore. Dr. Zhang’s major research interest is B-cell chronic leukemias. She has served on national committees for the College of American Pathologists and the Centers for Disease Control, and on the Education Committee of the International Society for Laboratory Hematology. She received the UNM School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award for her work teaching medical students, including co-directorship of the medical school Hematology course.

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Rollins-Raval

Marian A. Rollins-Raval, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Rollins-Raval graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her anatomic and clinical pathology residency and her hematopathology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She then joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina before being recruited to UNM, where she currently leads the Coagulation Laboratory at TriCore. She has published extensively on both hematopathology and coagulation medicine, and has served on multiple national committees for the American Society for Apheresis. She is the recipient of the Phil Blatt Clinical Pathology Faculty Teaching Award at UNC.

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Chabot-Richards

Devon Chabot-Richards, M.D.

Dr. Chabot-Richards graduated cum laude from UNM, where she also received her M.D. degree and completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency and fellowships in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology. She is currently Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and Associate Director of the Transplant and Histocompatibility Laboratory at TriCore. Dr. Chabot-Richards, an enthusiastic teacher of residents and fellows, is Associate Director of the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship program. She has received multiple teaching awards, and has served on committees devoted to furthering resident and fellow education for the Association for Molecular Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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Babu

Daniel Babu, M.D.

Dr. Babu graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, and received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the Cleveland Clinic and fellowship in hematopathology at UNM. Dr. Babu served as Medical Director of Laboratory Hematology at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake and Harford Memorial Hospitals before returning to UNM, where he is currently the Associate Director of the Flow Cytometry Laboratory at TriCore. He is the recipient of the George C. Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award from the Cleveland Clinic.

Current Hematopathology Fellows

Chelsey Deel, M.D.

Residency: 2014-2018, AP/CP, University of Oklahoma HSC, Oklahoma City, OK
MD: 2014, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

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Deel

Jonathon Gralewski, D.O., M.S.

Residency: 2014-2018, AP/CP, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock, AR
DO: 2014, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, Kansas City, MO
MS: 2010, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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Gralewski

Audrey Sato, D.O.

Teaching Appointments: 2014-2018, Chief of Anatomic Pathology, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, CO
Residency: 2010-2014, AP/CP, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
DO: 2010, University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX

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Sato

Laura Toth, D.O.

Residency: 2014-2018, AP/CP, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
DO: 2013, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA
MPH: 2014, The Dartmouth Institute, Lebanon, NH

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Toth

Testimonials from former fellows

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Conant

“I can't imagine a better way to gain experience and knowledge than by working directly with world-renowned hematopathologists, in a supportive setting that fosters growth and independence. The diversity and complexity of the cases on the consult service coupled with those from a busy university academic service is exceptional.”

- Joanna Conant, M.D.
UNM Hematopathology Fellow 2017-2018

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Halfacre

“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.
UNM Hematopathology Fellow 2014-2015

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Mahmoud

“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.
UNM Hematopathology Fellow 2012-2013

Sample teaching conference: Challenging Cases with Dr. Foucar

UNM Hematopathology Fellowship: Challenging cases

Fellowship Alumni and subsequent positions

Year  Fellow Position after training
2018 Peter Carbone, MD Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
2018 Joanna Conant, MD UNM Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2018 Amy Jencks, MD Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI
2018 Sarah Kelting, MD University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
2017 M. Brandon Allen, MD Arkansas Pathology Associates, Little Rock, AR
2017 Simone Davion, MD Billings Clinic, Department of Pathology, Billings, MT
2017 Payal Sojitra, MD Advocate Sherman Hospital, Dept. of Pathology, Elgin, IL
2017 Jie Yan, MD Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
2016 Daniel Bustamante, MD Texas Tech University, El Paso, TX
2016 Melody Harrison, MD Pathology Laboratories of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
2016 David Lynch, MD San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
2016 Celina Villa, MD Aurora Diagnostics Austin Pathology, Austin, TX
2015 J. Anthony Halfacre, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2015 Nathan Thompson, DO Valley Pathology Associates, Twin Falls, ID
2015 Daniel Babu, MD UNM Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2015 Michael Reyes, MD NM Veterans Affairs, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Dorothy Wong, MD, JD Regional Medical Center of San Jose, San Jose, CA
2014 Nichole Steidler, MD Vista Pathology, Medford, OR
2014 Benjamin Wetzel, MD Valley Pathology Services, Corvallis, OR
2014 Julia Boncher, MD Northwest Permanente, Portland, OR
2013 Frank Moore, MD Ameripath Colorado, Denver, CO
2013 Stella Wenceslao, MD PBM/Medfusion, Lewisville, TX
2013 Elizabeth Chastain, MD St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi
2013 Amer Mahmoud, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Devon Chabot-Richards, MD UNM Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Bijayee Shrestha, MD El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
2012 Jennifer Knight, MD Pathology Associates of Greenville, Greenville, SC
2012 Joshua Coleman, MD University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT
2011 Alexei Bakhirev, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2011 Giovanni Insuasti-Beltran, MD Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
2011 Jake Sramek, MD Iowa Pathology Associates, Des Moines, IA
2011 Natalia Golardi, MD Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
2010 Melissa Myrsiades, MD Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, CA
2010 Jordan Hall, MD San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
2010 Christine Sillings (Norton), MD  WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
2010 Douglas Kingma OncoMetrix, Memphis, TN
2009 Nathan Shumaker, MD Pathology Associates of Central Virginia, Lynchburg, VA
2009 Clovis Pitchford, MD Pathology Associates of Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
2009 Sara McClintock-Treep, MD ThedaCare Regional Medical Center, Neenah, WI
2008 Heath Worcester, MD Summit Pathology, Loveland, CO
2008 Jared Andrews, MD Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
2008 Kenneth Spengel, MD MAWD Pathology Group, Kansas City, MO
2008 David Czuchlewski, MD UNM Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2007 Kristin Karner, MD  University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT
2007 Christine Roth, MD Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
2007 Larry Tsao, MD Quest Diagnostics, Teterboro, NJ
2007 Jennifer Jastram-Belcher, MD Pathology Group of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
2006 Michael Sennett, MD Amarillo Pathology Group, Amarillo, TX
2006 Jason Hyde, MD Legacy Hospital Systems, Portland, OR
2006 Mohamed Salama, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2005 Ayumi Corn, MD Incyte Diagnostics, Spokane Valley, WA
2005 Cindi Starkey, MD Regional Medical Laboratory, Tulsa, OK
2005 Charles Abbott, MD Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA
2004 Lian Bonds, MD Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO
2004 Anne Avery, MD Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR
2004 Sanjay Lahiri, MD Pathology Consultants of New Mexico, Roswell, NM
2004 Kaari Reichard, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2003 April Ewton, MD Houston Methodist, Houston, TX
2003 Michael Wang, MD, PhD Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
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 UNM Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2001 Shakil Merchant, MD South Texas Pathology Associates, San Antonio, TX
1999 Lance H. Evans, MD Vista Health Center East, Waukegan, IL
1999 Chris (Yap-Yee) Chong, MD Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
1998 Lisa Rimsza, MD Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ
1997 Cynthia Snyder, MD UC San Diego Health, 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, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
1993 Amy Scott, MD Albuquerque, NM
1992 Cordelia Sever, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
1991 Catherine Leith, MD University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1990 Michael Whittaker, MD ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI
1989 Irene Saikevych, MD Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC
1988 Daniel Kerrigan, MD Pathology Consultants, Springfield, OR
1988 Teri Longacre, MD Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA


Selected books by faculty members

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Kathryn Foucar, Devon Chabot-Richards, David R. Czuchlewski, MD, Kristin Hunt Karner, Kaaren K. Reichard, Mohammad A. Vasef, Carla S. Wilson, Qian-Yun Zhang, and Karissa Culbreath. Diagnostic Pathology: Blood and Bone Marrow. 2nd ed., Amirsys/Elsevier, 2018.

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Kathryn Foucar, Steven H. Kroft, Robert W. McKenna, and LoAnn C. Peterson. Tumors of the Bone Marrow (AFIP Atlas of Tumor Pathology, Series 4). American Registry of Pathology, 2016.

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Mohammad A. Vasef, Aaron Auerbach, David R. Czuchlewski, Therese Bocklage, Devon Chabot-Richards, Nadine Aguilera, and Kristin Hunt Karner. Diagnostic Pathology: Molecular Oncology. Amirsys/Elsevier, 2016.

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Attilio Orazi, Kathryn Foucar, Daniel Knowles and Lawrence M. Weiss. Knowles’ Neoplastic Hematopathology. 3rd ed., Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

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Kathryn Foucar, Kaaren K. Reichard, David Czuchlewski, Qian-Yun Zhang, Carla S. Wilson, Mohammad A. Vasef, and Kristin E Hunt. Diagnostic Pathology: Blood and Bone Marrow. 1st ed., Amirsys, 2012.

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Kathryn Foucar, Kaaren Reichard, and David Czuchlewski. Bone Marrow Pathology. 3rd ed., American Society for Clinical Pathology Press, 2010.

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Kathryn Foucar, David S. Viswanatha, and Carla S. Wilson. Atlas of Nontumor Pathology: Non-Neoplastic Disorders of Bone Marrow. American Registry of Pathology, 2008.

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Kathryn Foucar. Bone Marrow Pathology. 2nd ed., American Society for Clinical Pathology Press, 2001.

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Kathryn Foucar. Bone Marrow Pathology. 1st ed., American Society for Clinical Pathology Press, 1995.

Accreditation

The UNM Hematopathology Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME # 3113421013).

Certification

Graduates of the program meet eligibility and subspecialty training requirements for Hematopathology certification from the American Board of Pathology.

About New Mexico

Fellows enjoy exploring our unique and beautiful state during their time with us. Start your explorations with the resources at www.newmexico.org.

Application process

Download the CAP Standardized Application

  1. E-mail your completed CAP Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowship form, CV, and personal statement to: hemepath@salud.unm.edu. (Note: if possible, please omit the photograph from the CAP form; if a photo is included, it will be removed for purposes of application evaluation.)
  2. Three signed letters of reference should be submitted as pdf documents to hemepath@salud.unm.edu, or mailed to the physical address listed below.

Because we maintain a rolling admissions process, early applications are encouraged for best consideration.

Visiting resident rotations

In addition to our fellowship positions, the Hematopathology division frequently welcomes visiting pathology residents for 1 or 2 month “away rotations” during the course of their residency training. Please contact Dr. Czuchlewski or Ms. Hart by email to inquire about availability and scheduling.

Contact Information

For further information contact either:

David Czuchlewski, M.D., M.Ed.
Hematopathology Fellowship Director
DCzuchlewski@salud.unm.edu

Cynthia Hart
Hematopathology Fellowship Coordinator
cahart1@salud.unm.edu

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

Address:

Hematopathology Fellowship Program
1001 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-2705