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Neuropathology Training Program

Program: SUNY Downstate’s fully accredited program ( five year accreditation by ACGME in 2007) offers an exciting opportunity for those interested in a rich training experience in neuropathology. The department is chaired by neuropathologist Suzanne S. Mirra MD, The training program has a faculty of three additional neuropathologists as well as a molecular pathologist and several neuroscientists based at the College of Medicine and our two major teaching affiliates, University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Medical Center. Neuropathology training under Program Director, Jenny Libien, MD PhD, provides exposure to a wide array of material that is further enhanced by specialty rotations. These include rotations in ophthalmic pathology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, in neuromuscular pathology at Columbia University Medical Center, in forensic neuropathology in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, and in community neuropathology at Staten Island University Hospital.

Trainees have many opportunities to conduct research. Downstate is recognized as an international center for basic and clinical investigation on hippocampal function and pathophysiology with implications for epilepsy and memory disturbance. Within the department, trainees may work with faculty members on research projects related to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, synaptic function, neurogenesis, and basic mechanisms of memory formation.

Requirements: Board-eligibility or certification in Anatomic Pathology preferred. Two years of Anatomic Pathology are required. A combined anatomic and neuropathology AP/NP program is offered (see ABP website for certification requirements).

Stipends: Based on postgraduate level of trainee

Applications: Jenny Libien, MD, PhD
Director, Neuropathology Training Program
Department of Pathology, MSC 25
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203
FAX 718-270-3313

For further information, contact Ms. Denise Leggard, Program Coordinator, 718-270-1288 or



Jenny Libien, MD, PhD, Director, Autopsy Service, UHB, and Assistant Professor of Pathology

Charles Shao,MD, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology

Suzanne Mirra, MD, Chair, Department of Pathology, Professor of Pathology and Neurology

Hernando Mena, MD Forensic Neuropathology Chief Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME).

Kurenai Tanji, Professor of Clinical Pathology & Cell Biology, Director Neuromuscular Pathology Laboratory, Columbia University

Steven McCormick, MD Ophthalmic Pathology New York Eye & Ear Infirmary