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Meet The Faculty

Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the largest clinical laboratories in the world. A highly skilled team of medical professionals including physicians, scientists, medical technologists, medical technicians, lab assistants, biologists, chemists, microbiologists, geneticists, and other specialists work collaboratively. 

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is the referral center for Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic Laboratories specializes in esoteric laboratory testing for health care organizations throughout the United States and around the world. Mayo Clinic Laboratories' mission is to support the local delivery of laboratory services through the provision of exceptional reference laboratory services and by providing support services that facilitate and augment community integration efforts.

From the program director

Diva Salomao, M.D.Thank you for your interest in our program. I believe we have one of the best cytopathology fellowships in the country. The breadth of material and volumes in our practice provide an immersive setting for our fellows not only to become competent in Pap smears, fluids, exfoliative specimens, and fine-needle aspirations but to develop early expertise in uncommon and rare entities. Our curriculum encompasses many hands-on experiences and allows the fellows to progress from signing out with supervision at the start of their fellowship, to signing out independently towards the end of the program. Our fellows participate in every aspect of every case, including preliminary assessment for adequacy and participating in ROSE procedures; selection and integration of ancillary studies, and consulting with subspecialty experts, if needed.

The consult service provides exposure to additional diagnostically challenging material and allows the fellow to participate in cases from the perspective of nationally recognized cytopathology experts. The close collaborations we have with other colleagues in anatomic pathology, molecular pathology, hematopathology, and molecular genetics are unique to our training. Our core faculty are very engaged in education and research and have additional expertise in several other complimentary subspecialties, including gynecologic, breast, soft tissue, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and head and neck pathology. Our fellows are also involved in presenting at tumor boards and intradepartmental conferences and have the option to participate in several educational lectures and conferences available to the residency program. Mayo Clinic is a unique workplace where the interests of the patient are at the center of all we do, which fosters deep collaboration and teamwork with our clinical colleagues.

Take a moment to look around this website to learn more about what we have to offer and reach out with any questions you might have about the Cytopathology Fellowship. 

Diva Salomao, M.D.
Program Director

From the associate program director

Christopher Hartley, M.D.Welcome to the Cytopathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic! Our program is unique in that, despite a large volume of cases, it maintains a streamlined and consolidated workflow, allowing you to have a seamless and immersive integration into the daily work. I can say this is truly special, having previously trained at a variety of institutions prior to starting my position here at Mayo Clinic as an assistant professor of pathology.

I hope you take a few minutes to look around our website to learn more about our program.

Christopher Hartley, M.D.
Associate Program Director


One of the greatest advantages to training at Mayo Clinic is the approachability, accessibility, and collegiality of the faculty. Our faculty are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

The Division of Anatomic Pathology has over 60 pathologists with subspecialty expertise covering the entire field of surgical pathology. The division is organized around working groups dedicated to specific organ systems, but all members contribute service to general areas as well, such as frozen section lab, autopsy, and cytology.

Charles Sturgis, M.D.Charles Sturgis, M.D.
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

"Dr. Sturgis is a core faculty member in the Cytopathology Fellowship as well as the program director for the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is an enthusiastic teacher and greatly enjoys one-to-one exchanges involving microscopy and clinical context. His pager, telephone, email, and office door are always open for consults and conversations. In his free time, he enjoys going to aquariums, doing yard work, walking in the woods, and spending time with family and friends."
View Dr. Sturgis' publications


The Division of Anatomic Pathology is supported by full-service laboratories in histology, immunohistochemistry, molecular genetics, and cytogenetics.

Advisers and mentors

Fellows are assigned dedicated faculty mentors who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Trainees meet with their mentors periodically throughout the fellowship to review progress and career goals, and ensure that their educational needs are being met. Mentors also serve as a contact point for introducing fellows and their families to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures and participate in hospital rounds and informal discussions with trainees. Fellows are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.