Pathology Fellowship Programs

The Department of Pathology offers one-year fellowship positions in the following areas:

Cytopathology Fellowship Program:

This fellowship provides for one full year of advanced training in diagnostic cytology. The experience includes daily sign-out of gynecologic and nongynecologic specimens as well as training in the performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsies. Participation in conferences and teaching of pathology residents and cytotechnology students is required. Involvement in clinical research is also encouraged. Cytology specimens from the University Hospital and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division, approximate total 20,000 annually, of which 5,000 are nongynecologic specimens. The latter group includes approximately 1,000 fine needle aspiration biopsies.

Applicants must have completed a four-year AP/CP residency or a straight anatomic pathology residency.


Cytopathology Goals and Objectives


Number of positions: Two

Stipends: Commensurate with level of training, (Click here to view current Benefits)

Information on Living in San Antonio.


Current Cytopathology Fellows

Photo of Reima El Naili Reima El Naili, MD

Medical School: Al-Arab University, Benghazi, 2004
Undergraduate: Alfateh High School
Hometown: Benghazi, Libya
I enjoy all aspects of pathology. In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and kids, cooking, and shopping. I also like to travel and enjoy trying new foods.

Photo of Whitney McCarthy Whitney McCarthy, MD

Fellowship: Women's Pathology, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, 2017
Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2016
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2012
Undergraduate: Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, 2008
Hometown: Rio Hondo, TX
I've wanted to be a pathologist since I was in high school--I watched a lot of forensic TV shows and read tons of Patricia Cornwell books, thinking that I would ultimately become a forensic pathologist. Although my subspecialty interests have shifted to gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, my passion for pathology both as a calling and as a career has never wavered! I also love teaching medical students and residents; as such, I hope to work in academics after my second and final fellowship incytopathology. I am thrilled to be back in Texas (and specifically, San Antonio) after living in Rhode Island for a year during my first fellowship. In my spare time, I enjoy long distance running, cooking, baking, exploring/enjoying this beautiful city, and spending time with my husband, cat, family, and friends.


STVHCS Faculty

Shiwen Yang, MD, MS, PhD (Director) Lisa Radkay-Gonzalez, MD
Aamir Ehsan, MD  


Send inquiries to:

Philip T. Valente, MD
Professor and Director of Cytopathology
Department of Pathology
University of Texas Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Voice: (210) 567-4010
Fax: (210) 567-4637

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