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Pediatric Pathology

The pediatric pathology program provides comprehensive training in both diagnostic and investigative pediatric pathology in the reputable and nurturing setting of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. One fellowship spot is offered annually.

Meet the department's fellows

Chou, Pauline

Program Director

Pauline Chou

Professor of Pathology (Pediatric Pathology)

Byrd, Robert H

Associate Program Director

Robert H Byrd

Assistant Professor of Pathology (Pediatric Pathology)

Program Information

 Program Components

Clinical Experience

  • Participate in daily clinical activities in anatomic, clinical and perinatal pathology
  • Formulate preliminary diagnoses and autopsy reports based upon gross and histological findings
  • Participate in the interpretation and reporting of fine needle aspirations and frozen sections
  • Review non-gynecology cytopathology
  • Communicate with clinicians and report critical diagnoses


Fellows participate in one or two research projects, present abstracts at national meetings and prepare manuscripts.

Recent fellows' publications:


  • Supervise and guide rotating residents
  • Teach residents on rotation, medical students and histotechnologists
  • Facilitate lectures and microscopic conferences
  • Participate in Interdepartmental conferences: surgery-pathology conference; oncology tumor boards; cardiology, PICU and NICU M&M conferences; firm rounds and pathology grand rounds
  • Organize teaching sets and update resident manual
  • Evaluate rotating residents

Lab Techniques and Management

  • Participate in clinical pathology rotation and learn laboratory techniques
  • Participate in daily anatomic pathology QA
  • Perform cytopathology-histology correlation
  • Participate in CAP self-inspection and accreditation programs

 Clinical Experience

There is exposure to all aspects of pediatric pathology, including general surgical pathology, neuropathology, hematopathology, cytology, perinatal pathology, molecular techniques and pathology informatics. The material is diagnostically challenging. The department evaluates approximately 7,000 complex surgical specimens, 1500 non-gynecologic cytology, 700 cytogenetic studies, 425 outside consults, 200 fine needle aspirations/core biopsies and 40 autopsy cases per year.

The perinatal pathology rotation takes place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where approximately 3,500 placentas and 100 perinatal autopsies are evaluated annually. Additional study materials include a collection of 2,500 congenital cardiac specimens in the Farouk Idriss Cardiac Registry, and a comprehensive registry of 53,000 pediatric renal tumor cases, part of the Children’s Oncology Group Renal Tumor Pathology Center.

 Rotation Schedule

  • Thirty-two Weeks — Anatomic Pathology (including rotation in gastro-intestinal pathology)
  • Six Weeks — Perinatal Pathology (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
  • Six Weeks — Clinical Pathology: Hematopathology, Molecular Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Lab Management
  • Four Weeks — Elective rotation
  • Four Weeks — Vacation


Candidates must have completed at least two years of training in an ACGME-accredited residency program in anatomic and clinical pathology or anatomic pathology, in accordance with current ABP stipulations, be eligible for board examination and be eligible for Illinois State License.

 Application Process

Interested candidates should send the following information to Division Administrator Bradley Lynk:

  • A letter of interest
  • CV
  • Three letters of reference

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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