Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship


Yongjun Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor | Director, Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship Program

Paul E. Swanson, MD

Professor | Interim Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program | Service Leader of Gastrointestinal, Hepatic, and Pancreatic Pathology | Director, Gastrointestinal Pathology Laboratory

Joseph P. Rank, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Deepti M. Reddi, MD

Assistant Professor

Annie N. Samraj, MBBS

Annie N. Samraj, MBBS

Acting Assistant Professor

Matthew M. Yeh, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Program Description

The gastrointestinal pathology fellow participates in all activities of the GI pathology service. The fellow evaluates gastrointestinal specimens from the University of Washington Medical Center, including liver, small bowel and pancreatic transplant specimens, with the pathology residents under faculty's supervision, and communicates the results to the gastroenterology/surgery/oncology fellow or attending. The fellow has primary responsibility for the evaluation and work up of outside consultation cases (approximately 1,500 annually), including dictation of reports to the consulting pathologist/clinician and responding to telephone calls/pages about the cases.

The fellow is responsible for presenting at hospital-wide clinical conferences and teaching, including liver transplant conference, liver tumor boards, GI Tumor Board, Pancreatic Tumor Board, Pathology QA conference and GI histopathology conference. Each fellow is expected to complete one or more significant scholarly projects. These can be either clinically oriented studies using patient case material, or they can be done in collaboration with researchers and involve laboratory bench work, usually in the area of molecular biology. The latter usually requires an additional year of training and a funding source. 2 positions/year.


Program Goals and Objectives

Typical Schedule

Program Aims

  • Educate fellows to be competent in diagnosing routine GI and liver pathology specimens and be ready to consult on challenging cases in these disciplines from general pathologists.
  • Train fellows on how to refine their investigative skills in scholarly activities, including critically reviewing scientific papers, performing research projects, presenting research results, and writing manuscripts.
  • Provide the fellows with teaching opportunities and experience to help them become effective educators.
  • Provide guidance to develop fellows’ communication skills when interacting with clinicians.


Prospective candidates are anticipated to have fulfilled the training prerequisites for certification in Anatomic Pathology as mandated by the American Board of Pathology. This requirement may be waived by the Fellowship Selection Committee for exceptionally qualified international graduate applicants with ECFMG certification.

Stipend & Benefits

Appointment is for one year. Stipend and benefits are based on the schedule for residents at an equivalent level. Fellows are encouraged to apply for extramural funding if additional research training is desired.

For More Information

Dr. Yongjun Liu, MD, PhD
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
University of Washington
Box 356100
Seattle, WA 98195-6100

Application & Instructions for Pathology Fellowships

UW GI and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship is participating in the Unified Approach to Fellowship Recruitment for surgical pathology and subspecialties. 

Applications: 2025-2026 position openings will accept applications April 1, 2023

Virtual Interviews: Beginning August 15, 2023. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted by the program coordinator to arrange for a mutually suitable time.

Earliest Offer Date: October 3, 2023

We do not accept the APC Standard Application Form

If you have questions or problems, please contact our Academic Programs Coordinator.