Neuropathology Fellowship

The Neuropathology Fellowship is a program dedicated to providing excellence in clinical service, research, and teaching. Our faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts, particularly in the fields of neurodegenerative neuropathology and gene regulation of nervous system development and function. The goal of the neuropathology training program is to prepare our fellows for all aspects of a highly successful career in academic neuropathology. One new fellow is accepted into the program every other year. The program requires a two-year commitment.

Education and Research

Concentration is directed to the diagnostic aspects of neuropathology. The fellow gains familiarity with both common and rare neuropathologic diseases, morphologic diagnosis, and ancillary techniques, such as immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and molecular diagnostics. Approximately 1500 specimens come through the combined clinical services each year, including autopsy, surgical, and consultation material.

A wide spectrum of both clinical and neuroscience research opportunities exist within the division and the medical school environment. The individual may begin a specific area of investigation with the aim of developing a viable, ongoing research program. Extension of the lab training time may be possible, depending on the candidate’s long-term career goals, availability of an appropriate mentor, and funding.

Clinical Experience

The neuropathology fellow coordinates and participates in case presentations at the monthly Neurology Clinical Case Conference and at the bi-weekly Neuro-oncology Case Conference.

Feinberg has a general AP/CP pathology residency program, and these residents rotate on Neuropathology with the neuropathology fellow. The neuropathology fellow functions as mentor/teacher to the Pathology residents, as well as to residents from Neurology and Neurosurgery who also rotate on Neuropathology. The neuropathology fellow also acts as consultant to pathology residents and staff on the autopsy service, surgical pathology, cytopathology, and other sections of clinical pathology.

Eligibility and Requirements

The candidate must be board eligible or certified in either anatomic pathology or anatomic and clinical Pathology, or in some other medical specialty such as neurology and have had one year anatomic pathology training. Candidates for combined training in anatomic pathology and neuropathology will be considered.


The stipend is determined by previous pathology training and experience. Find stipend information via the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

Application Process

Please send your application package, with the following components, to 

Application packages can be sent via email or to the address below.

Department of Pathology
Northwestern University
Ward 6-204 W127 Pathology
303 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

**2016-18 position has been filled**  We are accepting aplications for 2018-20

Program Director

Neuropathology Fellowship Director Eileen Bigio, MD

Eileen Bigio, MD

Program Faculty

Christina L Appin, MD
Craig M Horbinski, MD, PhD
Qinwen Mao, PhD, PhD
Warren Tourtellotte, MD. PhD