Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Combined Renal Hepato-Biliary and Transplantation Pathology

Dr. Benjamin Adam
Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
5B4.24 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440-112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2B7
Phone: 780-407-4580


The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology offers one-year clinical fellowship position, which is designed for the training of board-eligible candidates who desire to practice renal pathology, hepato-biliary pathology, and transplantation pathology. This fellowship provides training for the interpretation of renal and liver pathology specimens in all areas of nephropathology and hepatopathology, including native medical renal diseases, renal transplant pathology, native medical and neoplastic liver and biliary tract diseases, liver transplant pathology as well as heart transplant pathology. However, individual candidates might agree with the program supervisor to focus on one of the above areas during their fellowship. 

The Department receives a mix of adult and pediatric biopsies and complex surgical specimens, including, but not limited to, medical native kidney and liver biopsies, neoplastic liver surgical or biopsy specimens , and transplant biopsies from kidney, liver, and heart allografts. Each year, the pathology laboratory at the University of Alberta Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital receives approximately 1200 liver biopsy and resection specimens (native and allograft), 600 kidney biopsies (native and allograft), 300 cardiac allograft biopsies. The program is enhanced by the strong clinical services in nephrology, hepatology, and transplant services and the well established interdisciplinary relationship with the nephrologists, hepatologists, transplant physicians and surgeons. The large number of interesting cases and extensive database allow the Fellow the opportunity to pursue academic interests. Although this is primarily a clinical fellowship, protected time will be available for scholarly work. 

Fellows will attend and participate in the weekly clinicopathological nephropathology and hepatopathology rounds. The fellows’ responsibilities will include slide review and preparation of reports of selected cases, presenting at interdepartmental clinicopathological conferences, and teaching and supervision of pathology residents. The fellow will be supervised and guided by subspecialty trained attending pathologists. There are multiple research opportunities in both nephropathology and hepatopathology, ranging from basic science to translational to clinical. The fellow is encouraged and expected to participate in a scholarly project during the year. 

Requirements: Board eligible/certified in anatomical pathology or general/clinical pathology. Successful applicants must meet the English language requirements outlined by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Stipend: Commensurate with level of postgraduate training.

Applications: Please email your curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of professional goals to  

Detailed program description for download here