The Department of Pathology at UT Health San Antonio offers a one-year, fully accredited fellowship in hematology/hematopathology. Training includes laboratory hematology, interpretation of tissue biopsies performed for hematolymphoid disorders and experimental hematology. The fellowship training includes core training in the clinical hematology laboratory at University Hospital and the flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics and cytogenetics laboratories in the South Texas Reference Laboratories at UTHSCSA.
Clinical training includes interpretation of peripheral blood films, body fluid preparations, bone marrow aspirates and biopsies, lymph node and other tissue diagnosis, work-up of patients with hemostasis/thrombosis disorders, flow cytometry immunophenotyping, cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics, and immunohistochemistry. The fellow actively participates in teaching medical students and residents. There is potential for an optional non-accredited second year of fellowship. The optional second year of non-accredited fellowship training is principally dedicated to research in hematopathology.
Requirements: Board eligibility or certification in anatomic and clinical pathology.
Types and Numbers of Appointments: 2 appointments per academic year.
· Academic year 2024-2025: Filled
· Academic year 2025-2026: 2 positions available
Facilities: University Hospital, South Texas Reference Laboratories, Mays Cancer Center
Community: The purpose of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is to provide the best in health careers education, biomedical research, patient care and community service to San Antonio and the South Texas/Border Region. Through undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, the faculty is committed to educating health professionals who will provide excellent patient care and research that can be applied to treat and prevent disease.
Stipends: Commensurate with level of training,
Current Hematopathology Fellows
Jake Ritter, MD
Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, 2019
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at San Antonio, 2014
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
1. “Why Pathology” I’ve been a huge fan of mystery novels and TV shows since I was younger. I read all the Sherlock Holmes stories, I’ve watched WAY too many detective shows, and once I discovered medical thrillers I was sold on wanting to go into medicine and pathology especially. Outbreak by Robin Cook was the first I read (He might not be the best writer, but his stories are really exciting). Everywhere you look there’s a mystery to solve, and it’s really fun to get to do a little detective work with every case you get.
2. Why did you choose UT Health San Antonio? Two big reasons. I was lucky enough to do a lot of pathology rotations here as a med student. Because of that, I ended up working with almost every attending in the department at least once. When I looked back on it, and realized that I enjoyed working with every single one of them, I knew it was the place for me. The other big reason is the case volume and variety. For me, it’s the perfect number of cases to keep busy and get to see lots of cool cases. And we get a lot of cool cases thanks to the really large area that the hospital serves.
3. What do you like about living in San Antonio? It’s really spread out, but it’s still one of the biggest cities in the country. That means you can find any kind of specialty store you might want (for groceries, hobbies, or whatever you might need) but because everything is spread out, it doesn’t feel nearly as crowded as any other city this size. It’s a great balance. Also, being centrally located in Texas means it’s a short trip to get to Austin or down to the beach.
Kenneth Holder, M.D. (Director)
Russell Higgins, M.D.
Edward Medina, M.D., Ph.D
Gopalrao Velagaleti, Ph.D
Alia Nazarullah, M.D.
Hongxin Fan, Ph.D
Marsha Kinney, M.D.
Wieslaw Furmaga, M.D.
Leslie Greebon, M.D.
Raina Flores, M.D.
Send inquiries to:
Kenneth N. Holder, M.D.
Director, Hematopathology Fellowship
Department of Pathology
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC 7750
San Antonio, TX 78229