Clinical Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship - Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

The David G. Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory offers a one- or two-year fellowship for ophthalmologists or pathologists preparing for an academic career. The main preceptor will be Dr. Frederick A. Jakobiec of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, with teaching and research oversight on a case-by-case basis also provided by Drs. Rebecca Stacy and Thaddeus P. Dryja, both of whom are eye pathologists in the Cogan Laboratory. The combined didactics, specimens, consultations, and laboratory resources of Mass. Eye and Ear and MGH will be made available to trainees.

Program Directors

Frederick Jakobiec, MD, Program Director

Other Available Faculty


Thaddeus P. Dryja, MD
Rebecca Stacy, MD, PhD 

Years in Existence

8 years

Length of Program

One year

Fellows per Year

One to two

Funding Sources

Institutional Funding

Selection Criteria

Academic career objectives; an institutional position as an eye pathologist available in advance; letters of recommendation; prior publications; interest in research and research publications

Overall Education Objectives

Goal I. To obtain an understanding of the microscopic anatomy of the eye and the ocular adnexa 

Goal II. To learn the histologic features of the responses of ocular tissues to injury and/or diseases 

Goal III. To develop skills necessary to evaluate surgical specimens with the aim of formulating differential diagnoses that include ophthalmic diseases that are common in a modern clinical practice, or that are rare, but especially important because of their life-threatening or vision-threatening potential 

Goal IV. To learn the traditional and newest, modern methods and techniques (immunohistochemical, immunoperoxidase, electron microscopic, etc.) used by pathologists to analyze specimens and how those methods help to distinguish a specific diagnosis among a long list in a differential diagnosis 

Goal V. To develop research projects in the laboratory and/or based on clinicopathologic material available through the David G. Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory, MGH Pathology Department, and community-based clinical practices affiliated with Mass. Eye and Ear and its full-time hospital-based staff

General Activities

  1. Participation in daily slide read-out sessions in the David G. Cogan Laboratory of Ophthalmic Pathology 
  2. Participation in monthly tutorials, Pathology Rounds, Grand Rounds, Fellows’ Course, and Pathology Lecture Series 
  3. Supervision and teaching of residents, other clinical fellows, and medical students rotating in the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory 
  4. Attendance and presentations of research material at regional and national meetings 
  5. Assistance in the preparation of presentations for attending pathologists, residents, and fellows

Specific Description and Activities

Weekday afternoon supervision of a resident who evaluates the 10-15 eye pathology cases generated each day. Collaborates in the generation of microscopic description and a tentative diagnosis. After the fellow and resident have interpreted the set of cases, all slides will be reviewed by an attending pathologist and the fellow’s and resident’s diagnosis will either be confirmed or revised according to the attending’s recommendation.

After this one-on-one review and discussion of each case, a preliminary diagnosis is reported to the surgeon by telephone, and the final results will be entered into the MGH CoPathPlus reporting system. Cases of exceptional diagnostic difficulty or of special educational value will be additionally reviewed with appropriate subspecialty pathologists at Massachusetts General Hospital when requested by the attending eye pathologist, the surgeon, the resident, or the fellow. The fellow will oversee this activity and order and collate any special stains to finalize the diagnosis.


The fellow functions under the attending pathologist’s supervision during daily slide-read-out responsibilities, and ultimately reports to the Director of the Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory.

Duty Hours

40 hours per week, without moonlighting

Evaluation Process

Monthly progress reviews and written evaluations twice a year by the Director of the David G. Cogan Laboratory of Ophthalmic Pathology


Marion Athanas
Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-573-3319
Fax: 617-573-3168

updated 8/10/15