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Hematopathology Fellowship

Hematopathology Fellowship

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The ACGME accredited hematopathology fellowship is a one-year program, designed to provide eligilibity for the American Board of Pathology specialized examination in hematology. It is available to qualified, licensed pathologists who are board-eligible or diplomates of the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and/or clinical pathology. The program is designed to complement the existing Residency Training Program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology within the Department of Pathology. The fellow will be exposed to the full range of hematopathology including bone marrow biopsy and aspirate morphology, lymph node biopsy interpretation, body fluid and peripheral blood smear morphology, flow cytometric immunophenotyping, immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology, and coagulation. Hematopathology faculty members and the hematopathology fellow work in close collaboration with our clinical hematology/oncology faculty at the Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center to provide a comprehensive, integrated learning experience.

As the diagnostic consultants in a robust multidisciplinary leukemia & lymphoma treatment team at Loyola, we read over 1200 bone marrow specimens including 150-200 lymph node biopsy specimens over a year. Marrow biopsy, aspirate and flow cytometry data are typically integrated at the same before finalizing marrow and flow reports. Apart from bone marrow flow cytometry, we process over 500 peripheral blood flow cytometry specimens yearly. Notably, Loyola Medicine is a prominent hematopoietic stem cell transplant center and our diagnostic services support the evaluation of all post-transplant marrow and flow cytometry specimens, including STR engraftment analysis which are read on the ABI 3500 capillary electrophoresis platform.

The director of hematopathology and flow cytometry, Ameet R. Kini, MD PhD discusses the integral role of the hematopathologist as a member of the healthcare team in this video:

Hematopathology Fellowship Faculty

Milind M. Velankar, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Program Director, Hematopathology Fellowship

Ameet R. Kini, MD PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology
Director of Hematopathology & Flow Cytometry

Kamran M. Mirza, MD PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Medical Director, Molecular Pathology Laboratory
Graduate Program Director, M.S. Program in Medical Laboratory Science

Jawed Fareed, PhD
Professor, Department(s) of Pathology & Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Jeanine Walenga, PhD
Professor, Department(s) of Pathology, Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Cell and Molecular Physiology
Associate Director, Point of Care Testing,
Medical Director, Clinical Coagulation Lab/Urinalysis Lab

Jiwang Zhang, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Stem Cell Program (Oncology Institute)

Dr. Patrick Stiff, Director of the Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center discusses Loyola's Bone Marrow Transplant Program:



Responsibilities of the Hematopathology Fellow

The fellow is expected to become proficient, not only in clinical and laboratory evaluations of patients with hematologic disorders, but also in the evaluation of blood, bone marrow, and lymph node specimens. This will be achieved by longitudinal exposure to clinical material throughout the year with graduated responsibility.

In developing necessary skills, the fellow will have teaching responsibilities which involve the education of pathology and medical residents and technologists in bone marrow morphology, coagulation, cytochemistry, hemoglobin analysis, molecular pathology, and lymph node pathology. This educational service is invaluable to a state-of-the-art hematology laboratory which functions to serve an active, growing hematology-oncology, molecular pathology and bone marrow transplant service.

The fellow is expected to and will be responsible for:

  • The daily monitoring of the routine hematology laboratory and special hematology areas and bringing any problems to the attention of the Section Chief.
  • Efficient operation of the bone marrow service, which requires reading out material with the hematopathology faculty, accurate recording of data, preparation of bone marrow reports, handling of specimens, and accurate filing and storage of material.
  • Close interaction with the hematopathologist in the interpretation of the morphological and immunological data.
  • Spending time in coagulation learning techniques and tests applicable to hematology.
  • Interaction with clinicians to obtain accurate clinical information, slides from outside cases, and additional material if needed.

Thank you for your interest in the hematopathology fellowship at Loyola University Chicago. We look forward to receiving your application!

We are currently accepting applicants for fellowship cycle 2020-2021

For initial application we will need three letters of recommendation, Step III results, and a CV. Please forward the following items to the attention of Ela Stekala by November 30th.

  1. Current CV with personal statement 
  2. Completed application form 
  3. Two (2) wallet size photographs
  4. Official Graduate School/Medical School transcripts
  5. Copy of Graduate School/Medical School Diploma, if awarded.
    (Foreign medical graduates must have a medical degree from a school listed in the World Health Organization Director of Medical Schools, have fulfilled all educational requirements to practice medicine in the country where the degree was obtained, and hold a valid license for same)
  6. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from clinical faculty members addressed to the Program Director, Milind Velankar, MD
  7. Sample of writing skills (i.e. abstracts, articles, etc.), if available
  8. Copy of valid license to practice (if available)
  9. USMLE Scores, I, II, and III 

All foreign medical graduates must provide copies of:

  1. A valid ECFMG Certificate
  2. A valid VISA or proof of U.S. Citizenship
    (we sponsor J1 visas only)

A valid Illinois state license is mandatory for you to begin training here at Loyola. The licensure process will begin after acceptance in the program. If you would like preliminary information regarding the licensure procedure and requirements, it can be obtained from:

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St.
, 3rd Floor

Springfield, IL 62786



A listing of our previous fellows

17'-18' Moiz Vora, MD

16'-17' Reeba Omman, MD

15'-16' Moon-Woo Nam, DO

13'-14' Saim Qazi, MD

12'-13' Shahid Bokhari, MD

11'-12' Yanxia (Cathy) Li, MD

10'-11' Bryce Higa, MD

09'-10' Sadiq Zaman, MD

08'-09' Archana Bargaje, MD

07'-08' Ranjitha Veerappan, MD

06'-07' Parag Patel, MD

05'-06' Gladell Paner, MD

04'-05' Dragos Luca, MD