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Cardiovascular Pathology Fellowship

Cardiovascular pathology fellows will develop their diagnostic ability and confidence in evaluating cardiovascular pathology specimens, increase their general knowledge of cardiac and vascular pathology, and have the opportunity to develop one or more investigative/research projects in an area of cardiovascular disease.

The Cardiovascular Pathology Division provides support for an active cardiac transplant service through the interpretation of more than 600 endomyocardial biopsies and the evaluation of approximately 20-25 explanted hearts per year. In addition, several hundred removed native and prosthetic valves, aortic segments and cardiac tumors are received as surgical specimens, and approximately 100 autopsies involving primarily cardiac diseases are performed annually.

Surgical pathology specimens and autopsy hearts are received in consultation from other institutions and the Boston Medical Examiner's office.

To accomplish the goal, the fellow will:

  • Preview and provide diagnoses for the rush endomyocardial biopsies and sign out other cardiovascular surgical pathology with the designated senior cardiac pathologist
  • Perform diagnostic evaluation of all cardiac valves, explanted hearts and large vessels
  • Serve as the primary consultant to the autopsy service for cardiac/vascular cases, including hearts received in consultation (with backup by a senior cardiac pathologist)

In addition, fellows on the rotation dedicated to cardiovascular pathology will:

  • Review a brief teaching slide set of biopsy specimens with a staff member upon joining the rotation
  • Subsequently, review a formal teaching set of other cardiac and vascular pathology
  • Review all cardiac and vascular pathology on the Autopsy Service arising during the period
  • Review specimens in the cardiac pathology museum collection in the autopsy room, as interested, and with coordinated staff review, as necessary
  • Review and provide diagnoses for a self-assessment teaching slide set during the last week of the rotation, and review those with a cardiac pathology staff member
  • Teach in various courses and conference opportunities involving cardiovascular pathology

Research interests of the group include valvular, ischemic and myocardial pathology, substitute valves and other prosthetic devices, transplantation pathology and immunopathology.


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