Thomas Jefferson University

Cytopathology Fellowship Program

This one year ACGME-approved fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital provides extensive training in diagnostic cytopathology, under the supervision of five staff cytopathologists.

The goal of the program is to train fellows to become competent cytopathologists capable of practice in an academic institution or a private practice setting. The fellow will develop expertise in diagnostic cytopathology including the interpretation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology, performance and interpretation of superficial fine needle aspiration, and rapid assessment of specimen adequacy (deep CT and ultrasound guided FNAs). The fellow will also learn the applications of ancillary studies such as flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, immunohistochemistry and image analysis on cytology specimens.  After an introductory period where the fellow has an opportunity to examine a large collection of teaching glass slides (approximately 4,000 glass slides study sets on various cytology specimens with histologic correlation), the fellow is given gradually increasing responsibility in cytopathology with appropriate supervision. The fellow is responsible to prepare for daily sign-out all non-gynecologic and selected gynecologic specimens. These cases are previewed and researched for all clinically relevant information. The fellow performs superficial fine needle aspirations and evaluates specimens for adequacy in image guided FNAs from radiology, GI and pulmonary services.

The fellow has the opportunity to attend weekly didactic lectures in general and system pathology including cytology and to actively participate in teaching residents and medical students rotating in cytopathology.

The fellow is expected to participate in research projects,  present at national meetings, and complete one to two manuscripts for peer review publication.


Candidates must have completed 4 years of combined anatomic and clinical pathology or three years of anatomic or clinical pathology residency in ACGME accredited program. In addition, applicants must be board eligible or board certified in AP or combined AP/CP, and must be eligible for a license to practice medicine in the state of Pennsylvania.   Applications should be submitted prior to November 30th, 19 months preceding the beginning of the Fellowship.

Cytopathology Faculty

Charalambos C. Solomides, MD Director of Cytopathology

Kim HooKim, MD Director, Fellowship Program

Marluce Bibbo, MD Attending Surgical and Cytopathologist Emeritus

Stacey Gargano, MD Attending Surgical and Cytopathologist

Allison Goldberg, MD Attending Surgical and Cytopathologist


The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a 957 bed acute care facility, with full range of clinical specialties. In 2010 the Cytology Laboratory processed 10,158 gynecologic and 7,300 non-gynecologic specimens, including 2,600 fine needle aspirations.   Ample materials are received from Jefferson University Hospital and various outpatient clinics, and physician offices in the greater Philadelphia areas.


Support is commensurate with the candidate's (PGY) level of training.

Current Fellow


Yanina Nikolaus, MD

Medical College: Universidad Adventista del Plata Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Argentina
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Professional Interests: Forensic Pathology
Outside Interests: Visiting museums, reading mystery books, cooking, traveling