Surgical Pathology Fellowship

This one-year program is designed to give the fellow experience working at the junior faculty level. The fellowship is based at University Hospital, with annual surgical pathology volume of approximately 24,000 specimens. Clinical duties include daily review of rush and state cases, frozen section interpretation, organization and presentation of conferences, serving as first-line consultant to resident trainees in surgical pathology, participation in surgical pathology quality improvement activities and review of faculty consult cases. Participation with faculty in scholarly activities is essential. Electives are available in bone and soft tissue pathology, cytopathology, pulmonary pathology, hepatopathology, nephropathology, and neuropathology.

Number of positions: Two per academic year.

Recruitment Status:
Academic year 2021-2022: One position remaining
Academic year 2022-2023: Two position remaining

Requirements: Three years of straight AP training, or four years of combined AP/CP training.

Stipends:  Commensurate with level of training,

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Current Surgical Pathology Fellows

Apeksha Agarwal, M.D.
Residency:  APCP – UT Health San Antonio, 2019-2020
Medical School: Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India  2007
Undergraduate School: Ramnivas Ruia College, Mumbai, India
Hometown:  Mumbai, India

1. “Why Pathology”   Specialty which gives answers and is colorful as well. Bonus Pathologists are cool!!!
2. Why did you choose UT Health San Antonio? It is an excellent program which has a strong AP and CP which helps in overall development of the resident and getting ready for practice. There are several highly desirable fellowships available including surgical pathology, cytopathology, blood bank, clinical informatics and hematopathology which the program.
3. What do you like about living in San Antonio? San Antonio is a big town with a small town vibe which I love.   There are a lot of things to do in San Antonio along and the housing is affordable.
Apeksha Agarwal, M.D.

Francisco Zaldana, D.O.
Residency: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School New Brunswick, 2019
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences of Osteopathic Medicine, 2018
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, 2008
Hometown: Houston/San Antonio, Texas

1. “Why Pathology”:  During medical school I would always “hunt zebras.”  I was initially on track for an internal medicine residency and even interviewed at about 8 programs, but a rotation through the VSAS (Visiting student application service) which was supposed to be Heme/Onc accidentally turned into a rotation in hemepath.  It was the most educational experience in medical school filled with what I thought at the time were zebras which opened my eyes to the world of pathology.  I then searched out more opportunities in pathology and realized how naive I was in regards to many diseases and disease processes and completely switched to Pathology as my residency of choice and decided even if I had to scramble I did not want any other specialty.
2.  Why did you choose UT Health San Antonio?:  I grew up all over but primarily in Houston with my life bringing me to San Antonio for undergraduate studies and 3/4 of nursing school which I dropped out of in pursuit of medical school.  I felt the programs in Houston where my family is were to specialized with the presence of MD Anderson, while the San Antonio program appeared to be a referral center for a large area so my exposure different diseases would be more complete incorporating benign and malignant processes as well as late stage cases for people who come from the border towns.  I felt this would not have been exposed to the variety at any one program in Houston.
3.  What do you like about living in San Antonio? I like living in San Antonio because I like warm weather.  It is also a lower cost of living.  It is also a big city #7 in the USA but has the feel of a smaller city (I like to emphasize this because most people want a big city for the amenities they provide).  There is a wide variety of things to do from dine in movie theaters, theme parks (Fiesta Texas, sea world), historic landmarks (Alamo), outdoors activities, shopping, breweries, and riverwalk.  The airport is also one of the most well run and fastest to get thru that I have been to, which is important especially since during residency many are subjected to the Match which may take them far away from their loved ones (my residency was in New Jersey, but my wife was here and it was easy to fly home to see her when I got a chance, and fly back when my time was up).  Properties are also cheaper than a lot of the United States so if you have a family it’s easier to rent or buy.
Francisco Zaldana, D.O.


Daniel Mais, M.D. (Director) Philip Valente, M.D.
Sarah Hackman, M.D. Andrea Gilbert, D.O.
Josefine Heim-Hall, M.D. Alia Nazarullah, M.D.
James Henry, M.D. Yanli Ding, M.D..


Send inquiries to:

Daniel Mais, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Surgical Pathology
Department of Pathology
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Voice: (210) 567-4010
Fax: (210) 567-4637


Maria Gomez
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC 7750
San Antonio, TX 78229
Voice:  210-567-4010
Fax:  210-567-4637