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About the Fellowship

The Harvard-Mass General Brigham (MGB) Dermatopathology Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited training program that draws on the facilities of the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), with didactic input from faculty at Boston Children's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The Harvard Dermatopathology Fellowship is overseen at BWH by Dr. George Murphy, Program Director and Dr. Alvaro Laga, Co-Director, and at MGH by Dr. Mai Hoang, Institutional Director.

The normal period of training is one year, but two-year training is considered in some circumstances. Research and/or clinical fellowships are also available. Residents enter the program eligible for board certification in dermatology or pathology and receive six months of complementary training in pathology or clinical dermatology, respectively.

Additionally, fellows take required training in:
  • Basic dermatopathology
  • Dermatoimmunopathology
  • Immunofluorescence
  • Microbiology/mycology
  • Tissue processing for both routine and specialized microscopy
  • Diagnostic electron microscopy
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Laboratory management
Clinical and basic research are conducted throughout the program. Residents and fellows have the opportunity to attend varied clinical and pathological diagnostic conferences, and teach in the training programs offered to students, residents, and postgraduates.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

Two dermatopathology fellowship positions are available. Fellowships in research are also available with staff at the various institutions of Harvard Medical School.


Applicants must be Board-certified or eligible for certification in Pathology or Dermatology and have a full Massachusetts license prior to starting the fellowship, and, if an international medical graduate, have a valid ECFMG certificate and visa.


Mass General and Brigham & Women’s Hospital provide total program resources of 150,000 surgical pathology specimens, of which approximately 30,000 are skin biopsies. Research facilities available at each participating institution include specialized histology laboratories, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, and laboratories for immunocytochemistry, including immunofluorescence and molecular biologic studies and laser capture microdissection and genetic profiling using microarrays. There are libraries in all participating Pathology and Dermatology departments and at the individual institutions. The Harvard Medical School’s 500,000-volume collection, housed at the Countway Library, is adjacent to the Longwood area hospitals.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by October 15 of the previous year (19 months prior to start date; Fellowships usually commence on July 1).

2022 Application Packet

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. George Murphy
Attn: Elaine Garland
Harvard Dermatopathology Fellowship Program
Program in Dermatopathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
401 Eugene Braunwald Research Center
221 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Email: hmsdermpathfellowship@partners.org


  • Kristine Cornejo, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lyn Duncan, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ruth Foreman, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Eleanor Russell-Goldman, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • John Hanna MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Mai Hoang, MD, Institutional Program Director, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Alvaro Laga, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Christine Guo Lian, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • George F. Murphy, MD, Program Director, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Rosalynn Nazarian, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Brigitta Schmidt, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Anna Stagner, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ears Infirmary