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MetroHealth offers an approved, four-year program in both anatomic and clinical pathology. In anatomic pathology, training is offered in tissue diagnosis (autopsy and surgical specimens), cytopathology, cytogenetics, dermatopathology, electron microscopy, molecular pathology, immunopathology, immunocytochemistry, neuropathology, and perinatal pathology. Appropriate training is also provided in forensic pathology and toxicology.

The clinical pathology division offers training in clinical chemistry, hematopathology, (including gene molecular testing and flow cytometry), laboratory immunology (serology and cellular immunology), microbiology, and transfusion medicine. Residents participate in the teaching of medical students from Case Western Reserve Medical School. Fellowships are also available in surgical pathology and cytopathology. 

Types and Number of Appointments

There are eight resident positions, including two categorical first-year positions. The categorical first-year positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program. One fellowship position in surgical pathology and one cytopathology fellowship are offered annually.


MetroHealth Medical Center is a principal teaching hospital of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU). All members of the pathology faculty have appointments to the faculty of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University.

MetroHealth has 731 beds, 81 bassinets, nearly 30,000 hospital admissions, and delivers roughly 3,000 newborns every year. Annual pathology statistics are: approximately 100 autopsies, more than 7.5 million laboratory tests, approximately 19,000 surgical specimens, and approximately 32,000 cytology cases.

Staff and facilities are available for service and development in postmortem and surgical pathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, dermatopathology, immunopathology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, hematopathology, cytochemistry, cytogenetics, cytopathology, microbiology, clinical immunology, blood bank, serology, and clinical chemistry.

The department has a dedicated staff and a laboratory computer with peripherals in all laboratories and nursing stations. The department maintains a working library of selected current pathology journals and textbooks. The hospital library subscribes to 480 journals, and has accessions of 28,000 books and bound journals, as well as an up-to-date collection of pathology texts. The Cleveland Health Sciences Library and Allen Memorial Medical Library are available to all house officers.


Joseph F. Tomashefski, Jr., MD, Professor Pathology and Chairman
(Anatomic Pathology, Pleuropulmonary)


Timothy Beddow, MD, Assistant Professor Pathology
(Anatomic Pathology, Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine)


Dan Cai MD, PhD, Assistant Professor Pathology
(Anatomic Pathology, Neuropathology)


Ronald Cleveland, PhD, Associate Professor Pathology
(Clinical Immunology, Microbiology, Molecularbiology, Flow Cytometry)


Michael Ip, PhD, Associate Professor Pathology
(Clinical Chemistry)


Lawrence Kass, MD, Professor Medicine and Hematopathology
(Hematopathology, Cytochemistry)


Amer Khiyami, MD, Assistant Professor Pathology, Head of Surgical Pathology, Program Director for the Surgical Pathology Fellowship
(Anatomic Pathology, Cytopathology)


Brenda Nicholes, PhD, Assistant Professor Pathology 
(Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology)


Rania Rayes-Danan, MD, Assistant Professor Pathology
(Hematology, Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology)


Joram Sawady, MD, Assistant Professor Pathology 
(Anatomic Pathology, Perinatal, OB/GYN Pathology, Uropathology, Cytopathology)


Santhi Ganesan, MD, Assistant Professor Pathology, Head of Cytopathology, Program Director for the Cytopathology Fellowship 
(Anatomic Pathology, Cytopathology, Renal Pathology)


Stipends begin at $46,500 for the first year postgraduate level. Stipend levels are re-evaluated annually effective July 1. An additional stipend of $1,200 per annum is provided for chief resident(s). Residents are entitled to three weeks vacation during the year. All house officers are provided with uniforms and laundry service. House officers receive professional liability, and hospitalization insurance plans are available at low group rates.


Cleveland is the home of the internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Karamu Theater, and the Cleveland Opera. Academic institutions, in addition to Case Western Reserve University, in this area are: Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace College, and Cuyahoga Community College.

Professional sports are represented by the Cleveland Indians (baseball), Cleveland Browns (football), the Cleveland Cavaliers (basketball), and the Cleveland Gladiators (arena football).

An extensive metropolitan park system surrounds the Cleveland area and offers boating, swimming, horseback riding, golfing, hiking, fishing, and camping facilities.

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