Liver/GI Pathology Fellowship

The Liver and Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine is a one year program aimed at focusing on and training individuals for academic practice.


The Liver/GI Fellowship program began at Washington University School of Medicine in July 2010 with Dr. Elizabeth Brunt. Dr. Brunt was the program director until she retired in 2015.Dr. Nalbantoglu is the current program director since 2015. To date there have been seven fellows with a seventh fellow scheduled to graduate in June 2017.


This is a heavily clinically-oriented program with 3 months of elective including 2 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. The Liver/GI Fellow will spend 2 weeks rotating through clinical services of their choice; possibilities include liver surgery and/or transplant, GI surgery, HPB surgery, IBD clinic and/or surgery, advanced endoscopic procedures, etc.

Fellows will also be allowed to participate in the monthly to weekly interdisciplinary conferences shared amongst our Departments. Additional GI research conferences can be attended for further expansion of the Fellow’s knowledge base in the 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 in Barnes-Jewish hospital, all inflammatory bowel disease biopsies from Barnes West County Hospital and a part of the “outside” referral biopsies. The material from St. Louis Children’s hospital is separate, but the L/GI Fellow has an opportunity to avail themselves of pertinent material. There are over 7500 specimens and 1000 FS specimens for the adult and pediatric L/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 L/GI sign-outs, in Liver Transplant coverage (one or two weekends during second half of the year with available back up) and in the weekly and monthly clinico-pathologic conferences involving Hepatology, GI, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Colorectal Surgery and Hepatic Imaging.. Consensus conferences for challenging L/GI cases are held twice a week, although faculty members are available at any time for questions/consults.


Training for the fellowship occurs in the state of the art facilities of 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.


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

The application period for 2019-2020 begins on July 1, 2017 (2 years prior to the start date for the fellowship) with a deadline of October 13, 2017.

The following information should be sent by email as pdf documents to Sue Pagano, Fellowship Coordinator at

  1. Completed Fellowship Application
  2. Statement of interest and goals
  3. CV
  4. Statement of ability to be licensed in Missouri
  5. Three reference letters

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Ta-Chiang Liu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology


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Ladenson Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Section Head, Surgical Pathology
Director, Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship




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Claudine Habib, MD

For further information please contact Sue Pagano.
Phone: (314) 747-0687