Neuropathology Fellowship

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine Neuropathology Fellowship is a comprehensive two-year training program in neuropathology,  with the aim of Board certification and preparation for a career in academic neuropathology, that begins annually on July 1.Under supervision, fellows are responsible for the primary diagnosis of all neurosurgical, muscle and nerve biopsies, as well as any brains, spinal cords, nerves and muscles removed during all Department-sponsored autopsies. They will also sign-out cases daily; participate in brain-cutting conferences held twice weekly; and attend weekly neurosurgical pathology and neuropathology clinical pathology conferences.

Date of Next Available Position: July 1, 2026; the appointment is for one year subject to renewal for a second year.

Benefits: Benefits are commensurate with level of training. Visit the UF Administrative Affairs Housestaff Benefits Web page for more information.

Director: Marie L. Rivera-Zengotita, M.D.


Additionally, fellows are expected to participate in continuing or original research and train in the immunocytochemical, electron microscopy, enzyme histochemical and molecular biological techniques routinely used in neuropathology. Opportunities for research are enriched by the broad clinical and investigative interactions between our unit and the UF Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience and the McKnight Brain Institute. Participation in teaching medical students and housestaff is required as well.

Mission and Goals

The overall aim of the neuropathology fellowship is to provide trainees with the knowledge base and experience necessary for the practice of neuropathology (including neuromuscular and ophthalmic diseases) in either an academic, private practice or military setting.

The Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine aligns its mission and goals with the University of Florida College of Medicine. The College of Medicine strives to improve health care in Florida, our nation and the world through excellence and consistently superior leadership in education, clinical care, discovery and service.

The overall Neuropathology Fellowship program goal is to provide high quality postgraduate education leading to board certification and to accomplish this is an environment that provides the intellectual and emotional support necessary to become a skilled and effective neuropathologist.

Applicant Requirements

Successful fellowship candidates must be certification-eligible or certified in anatomic, or anatomic and clinical pathology, by the American Board of Pathology. Applicants are required to have passed the first three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

For International Medical Graduates

The Department requires that all IMG applicants have valid certificates from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The University of Florida supports J1 visas but does not support H1B visas.


Completed application packets must be received by December 1 of the year preceding the start of the fellowship and must include a:

Interviews for the fellowship will be completed by March 1 the year before the start of the fellowship.

For more information, contact:

Marie L. Rivera-Zengotita, M.D.
Director, Neuropathology Fellowship Program
University of Florida College of Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610

Send completed application packets to:

Margo Kramer, Sr. Secretary

  • Phone: 352.627.9240
  • Fax: 352.627.9242