The liver and gastrointestinal pathology fellowship is a one-year program aimed at focusing on and training individuals for academic practice.


The liver/GI fellowship program was started at Washington University School of Medicine in July 2010 by Elizabeth Brunt, MD. Dr. Brunt was the program director until she retired in 2015. Xiuli Liu, MD, PhD is the current program director. 


This is a heavily clinically-oriented program with three months of electives, including two weeks of clinical rotations and research time. The fellowship is designed to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the presence of strong clinical programs in hepatology, GI, liver surgery and transplant, colorectal and hepatobiliary/pancreatic surgery sections at Washington University.

Fellows will also be allowed to participate in the monthly to weekly interdisciplinary conferences shared amongst our departments. Fellows may attend additional GI research conferences to further expand their knowledge base in their field. By the end of this year, the fellow should be comfortable with the evaluation, clinical correlations and future research questions pertaining to a wide variety of specimens related to liver and gastrointestinal diseases.

Clinical material

The clinical material for the program includes all liver/pancreas/ luminal GI biopsy material at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as all cases from Barnes Jewish West County Hospital and consult cases. The material from St. Louis Children’s Hospital is separate, but the liver/GI fellow has an opportunity to avail themselves of pertinent material. There are over 7,500 specimens and 1,000 FS specimens for the adult and pediatric liver/GI services.

The liver/GI fellow will gain experience by, oversight and specimen handling of the GI/pancreatobiliary/liver specimens.

The liver/GI fellow will participate in the in-house liver/GI sign-outs, in liver transplant coverage (one or two weekends during the second half of the year with available back up) and in the weekly and monthly clinicopathologic conferences involving hepatology, GI, hepatobiliary surgery, colorectal surgery and hepatic imaging. Consensus conferences for challenging liver/GI cases are held everyday, although faculty members are available at any time for questions/consults. Fellows also present a monthly GI journal club. Participation in one or more research projects during the year is also strongly encouraged. 


Training for the fellowship occurs in state-of-the-art facilities at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  The liver/GI section is located in the 680,000 square-foot BJC Institute of Health (BJCIH) at Washington University School of Medicine, which is an 11-story research building housing laboratories and support facilities and is Washington University’s largest building.


NEW: For fellows entering in 2024 (recruiting in 2022), this fellowship program has agreed to participate in the APC-PRODS initiative for a unified application timeline (more information at this link). According to this timeline, 

  • Applications will be formally reviewed starting July 1 – September,  2022.
  • Interviews will start being offered on August 15 – October, 2022
  • The earliest date to extend an initial offer to an applicant is October 3, 2022.
  • Applicants will have 72 hours to accept/decline their offer.

Applicants must be board-eligible or certified in anatomic and/or clinical pathology.

Applications for the 2024-2025 position will be available in the spring of 2022. Please apply at

Xiuli Liu, MD, PhD
Program Director 
Washington University School of Medicine 
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110

For general questions, contact Kim Green at

Faculty and trainees


Current trainees

Contact information

Kim Green
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-747-8159