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Westchester Medical Center
Residency in Pathology - Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Director
Humayun K. Islam, M.D., Ph.D.


Westchester Medical Center is a 668 bed hospital located on the campus and near the Basic Sciences Building of New York Medical College, which houses the research and undergraduate teaching facilities of the Department of Pathology. The Medical Center serves as a referral center for the region comprising seven counties to the north of New York City. Approximately 16,000 surgical specimens, 110 autopsies, and approximately 8,000,000 clinical laboratory tests are accessed each year. The new Maria Fareri Children's Hospital which opened in September, 2004, adjoins the main hospital and is an architecturally unique, "kid-friendly" three story building of 200,000 sq. ft. with 114 acute care beds.

Programs Offered

Fully approved pathology residency programs are offered in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology (three years) and combined anatomic and clinical pathology (four years). The residents are assigned to anatomic pathology or clinical pathology in alternate years. Anatomic pathology training includes surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, hematopathology, renal pathology, and neuropathology, immunohistochemical and electron microscopic applications in diagnostic pathology, and rotations in cytopathology, cytogenetics including molecular genetics, and forensic pathology. The integrated two-year program of clinical pathology encompasses clinical chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine, transplant immunology, flow cytometry, medical microbiology, immunology, serology and laboratory management.

All pathology residents are expected to undertake some investigative studies during the four-year program, some of which may lead to publication. For residents who wish to gain additional experience in pathology research, the Valhalla campus and the Cancer Research Institute offer the opportunity to participate in a number of ongoing projects under the direction of a departmental faculty member. The residents have full access to the library facilities of New York Medical College and access to medical literature through computers in the Residents' room. They attend monthly meetings of New York Pathological Society and Westchester Pathology Society in addition to daily departmental conferences and certain clinical conferences. In their senior year residents may attend a national meeting at hospital expense; expenses may be covered by the department for other national meetings at which the resident presents research papers or posters. The Chief Resident and qualified senior residents may receive appointments as Instructors in the Medical College and participate in the education of sophomore medical students.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

Twelve positions are available at the Valhalla Campus: generally two PGY-1 openings are offered each July. Residents in the Valhalla program are assigned full time to Westchester Medical Center. All elective and required rotations including forensic pathology and cytogenetics are offered within the campus.

Stipends and Maintenance

Stipends are competitive with other academic institutions. A limited number of on-campus apartments are available for married house staff at the Westchester campus. All staff members are provided with professional liability insurance, hospitalization and medical care, uniforms and uniform laundry.


Iradge Argani, M.D.
Praveen Chander, M.D. Nephropathology
Humayun Islam, M.D. – Hematopathology and Anatomic Pathology
Liying Han, Ph.D.. M.D.
Fouzia Alam Shakil, M.B.B.S.
George Kleinman, M.D. - Neuropathology
Kunjlata Ashar, M.D. - Forensic Pathology
James Brassel - Director of Clinical Pathology
Minghao Zhong, M.D., Ph.D. - Molecular Pathology
Julia delaGarza-Jordan, M.D.
Marie-Laure Desormeaux, M.D.
Patrick Lento, M.D.
Yasmin Yusuf, M.D.


Candidates must be graduates of approved schools in the U.S. or Canada, or foreign medical graduations of approved schools and have passed Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 of the USMLE. Foreign medical graduates must have an appropriate Visa. Satisfactory references are required. Applicants for the first year positions should apply through ERAS. We participate in the NRMP Those applications with USMLE scores above 80 in each part will be given favorable consideration. July 1 is the normal beginning date for residencies.

Address inquiries to:

Program Director
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road - Macy Pavilion
Dept. of Pathoology
Valhalla, NY 10595


Basic Sciences Building
Valhalla, New York 10595