Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pathology

Chief Resident's Message

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to learn about our residency program. At Northwestern, we have a long tradition of graduating top-notch physician pathologists. This is because our residents benefit from diverse anatomic and clinical learning environments, high-volume services, robust didactics, and a wide set of opportunities in research and leadership training with outstanding faculty. 

The clinical breadth available to a Northwestern resident is truly astounding. Within just the several block radius of our Downtown Chicago campus, we rotate through the hospital's main pavilions and are truly integrated into the hospital's system. Galter houses the majority of our department on its 7th floor and serves as our primary site with surgical pathology, cytopathology, and hematopathology areas, as well as our blood bank, chemistry, and other labs. Feinberg contains most of the hospital's ORs and our gross room adjacent (Prentice, Northwestern's women's hospital, has a smaller satellite gross room by those ORs). Olson houses our neuropathology and autopsy areas, as well as our microbiology, molecular, and cytogenetics labs. Arkes contains our dermatopathology area. Lurie, Northwestern's standalone children's hospital, offers a spot to our residents for both anatomic and clinical pediatric pathology rotations. For our medical examiner's rotation, we rotate off-site at the Cook County office (still within Chicago). Our program offers a genuinely full-service experience in close association with other physicians that prepares trainees to excel as consultant pathologists. 

The benefits of completing residency here at Northwestern do not end when you leave the hospital! Chicago is a world-class city that offers something for everyone. A rich cultural life in each neighborhood, an excellent dining scene, an endless number of festivals, and professional sports teams keep the city alive and excited throughout every season. Chicago is located on beautiful Lake Michigan which provides great outdoor space for numerous recreational activities. All these luxuries are amazingly within short walking distance of our campus. Additionally, each year our program hosts a welcome party for incoming residents, a resident-fellow holiday party, happy hours during the year, and a residency-fellowship graduation dinner. Our residents have plenty of time to enjoy this elite city and all that it has to offer.   

After residency, what does a Northwestern graduate do? Whatever he/she chooses. Our residents successfully obtain competitive fellowships and jobs across the nation, in both private practice and academic settings. As a testament to our program and the culture of our department, many of our graduating residents stay at Northwestern for their fellowship training. 

We hope you now have a good sense of Northwestern Pathology. Please contact us with any questions you may have about our program. We wish you the best of luck during the application process and hope to meet you in Chicago!


Brannan Griffin, MD - Chief Pathology Resident

Brannan Griffin, MD

Chief Pathology Resident

Melanie Hakar, MD - Chief Pathology Resident

Melanie Hakar, MD

Chief Pathology Resident