Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship


Maria Tretiakova, MD, PhD

Professor | Director, Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship Program | Director, Immunohistochemistry Laboratories | Co-Chief of Service, Harborview Medical Center

Lawrence D. True, MD

Professor | Service Leader of GU Pathology | Co-Leader of Prostate Cancer Biospecimen Core

Funda Vakar-Lopez, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Program Overview

The genitourinary (GU) pathology fellowship program is a one-year program designed to provide an intensive, comprehensive and diverse experience in diagnostic GU pathology. The GU service is the 2nd busiest pathology service offering a wide range of non-neoplastic and neoplastic cases from prostate, kidney, bladder, testis, adrenal and other GU organs. The fellow will be involved in every aspect of GU service with focus on clinical consults, teaching junior trainees, organizing and presenting at multiple weekly tumor boards and teaching sessions. GU pathology fellows are encouraged to engage in translational and/or basic research projects with the expectation to present their work at national meetings and to publish it. Our faculty has proven track records of both diagnostic and research excellence, running an active consultation service, biospecimen collection, rapid autopsy program, digital pathology facility and with extensive involvement in large institutional grants including the prostate SPORE program.

The fellowship is based primarily at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) within the Division of Anatomic Pathology. Two months of required selectives are located at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). The faculty of HMC and UWMC Anatomic Pathology provide an extensive knowledge and experience base for the teaching of GU and general surgical pathology.

Program Goals and Objectives

Typical Schedule

Program Aims

  • In-depth training of pathologists in genitourinary pathology so that they develop excellent clinical skills, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice and are well attuned to the advances and changing demands of the profession.
  • Mentoring the trainee in translational research projects with the goal of presenting their work at a national meeting(s) and publishing their work in a peer-reviewed journal(s).
  • Providing training and experience in organizing, managing, completing and presenting results of laboratory-based quality assurance projects.
  • Developing subspecialty-focused teaching skills to enable the fellow to serve as a competent mentor to junior trainees.


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 and 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. Maria Tretiakova
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
University of Washington
Box 359791
Seattle, WA 98104

Application & Instructions for Pathology Fellowships
We do not accept the APC Standard Application Form

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