John M. Lee, MD, PhD

Department of Pathology Evanston Hospital, NorthShore University Health System 2650 Ridge Ave Evanston, IL 60201-1783

Tel: (847) 570-2019 Fax: (847) 570-1938


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency ProgramEdit

Program Director

  • John M. Lee, MD, PhD

Other Notable Faculty

  • Karen Kaul, MD, PhD - department chair; current American Board of Pathology president; well known in molecular pathology field
  • John M. Lee, MD, PhD - current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
  • Linda M. Ernst, MD, MHS - perinatal pathology, author of many textbooks and papers
  • Jerome B. Taxy, MD
  • William G. Watkin, MD
  • Richard B. Thomson, PhD

Program Info

  • ACGME Accredited? Yes
  • Sponsors Visas? Yes (J1 and H1B visas)
  • Allows External Electives? Yes. How many? 3
    • Residents can also rotate at University of Chicago's main hospital for some core rotations or as internal electives at the program director's discretion
  • Number of residents (per year / total): 3, 12 total
  • Vacation Time (annually): Four weeks
  • Core rotations done at which hospitals? Evanston Hospital
  • How many core rotations at each hospital? All
  • Are you allowed to do external rotations? Yes
  • AP/CP Call Schedule: Relatively light

Comment 1 (10/29/2018):


  • Friendly culture and very accessible attendings. You will get to know your attendings very well.
  • Rotations all done in one place (except peds path and medical examiner).
  • Very good balance of AP and CP. The lab is all on one floor and provides residents with easy access to both AP and CP.
  • Good academic opportunities: daily conferences (AP lecture, autopsy gross and slide conference, CP conferences, weekly derm path conference, unknowns), ample opportunities for resident presentations.
  • Great research and conference attendance support: can attend multiple conferences per year if presenting posters.
  • Surg Path 4 day cycle is very doable, lots of biopsy cases and ample preview time.
  • Tons of GI, gyne, breast, GU, and derm biopsies.
  • Excellent women's hospital so tons of gyne specimens and perinatal.
  • No lack of complicated specimens including ENT resections, Whipples, etc.
  • Adequate autopsy cases. Most residents easily get more than 50.
  • Very highly educational perinatal autopsy and perinatal pathology service. Probably one of the best perinatal pathologists in Dr Ernst. Has improved our perinatal path immensely.
  • Residents match into excellent fellowships including at Northwestern, MD Anderson, Stanford, UWash, and matching into desired subspecialties (GI, molecular, breast, cyto, general surg path, etc).
  • Location in Evanston: only a short walk from the Purple Line to downtown Chicago. Two major airports in the city with easy international connections. Evanston itself is a beautiful college town (Northwestern is here) right on Lake Michigan with lovely beaches in summer.
  • In house molecular genetic pathology and microbiology fellowships (approximately half at Evanston and half at University of Chicago Medical Center), in house surgical pathology fellowship (at Evanston).
  • Very friendly and helpful support staff (PA's, etc).


  • General sign outs in surg path, but subspecialized in derm, neuro, and perinatal. Depending on who you ask, this may be a pro or a con.
  • Relatively small number of in house fellowships. No in house AP subspecialty fellowships.
  • Lack exposure to bone tumor cases and transplant.
  • Currently no overnight CP or blood bank calls.
  • The affiliated medical school and medical center (University of Chicago) is almost one and a half hours away, so you don't really feel like you are affiliated, but elective rotations are possible and often done.
  • Attendings are very nice and will not pressure you too much, so you have to be self-motivated.
  • Winter lasts too long, but one can easily adapt.

Comment 2

The residency program has a total of twelve residents. Three new residents are accepted each year.

This program is an excellent combination of community and academic practice. The residency is based at Evanston Hospital, in Evanston, IL. It is a part of NorthShore University HealthSystem, a group of 4 private hospitals in the northern suburbs of Chicago. It is affiliated with the University of Chicago, but the pathology residency program is separate, with its own Program Director.

The website goes into detail about the various rotations and the way they are managed.

For AP, we get a variety of large cases from every organ system. We also are exposed to a significant number of small biopsy-type specimens from community practices. Our exposure to dermatopathology is particularly strong, with a weekly conference and month-long rotation.

Our CP rotations are all well structured. We have one-on-one teaching time with the CP attendings almost every day on our assigned rotations. We have four molecular pathologists (two full time molecular attendings, one molecular/hemepath, and one molecular/GI) running an integrated molecular lab.

Research is encouraged but not mandatory, and ample funding for projects and travel is provided. Residents also get to take advantage of the many pathology meetings that take place in Chicago. Attendance at pathology meetings is considered an academic activity and is not taken from vacation time.

Many residents take external electives, both within Chicago and around the country. The department is supportive of external rotations, with 5 of our 12 residents doing external rotations during the 2010-2011 year.

Because the department is relatively small and the residents are all in one location, there is a collaborative atmosphere. The attendings work together well, and our CP attendings often join a group of residents for lunch.

Fellowship opportunities include a surgical pathology fellowship at Evanston, and joint fellowships with the University of Chicago in molecular genetic pathology and medical microbiology.

Our residents have matched well in their desired specialties for the past several years. For academic year 2011-2012, our residents accepted fellowships in Dermatopathology (St. Louis University), Molecular Genetic Pathology (University of North Carolina), and Neuropathology (Northwestern University) and for academic year 2010-2011, Cytology (University of Pennsylvania), Medical Microbiology (Mayo Clinic), and Pediatric Pathology (Children's Memorial Hospital). A comprehensive list is available online.

Do you feel you have:

  • Adequate preview time? Yes
  • Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)? Yes
  • Adequate AP Teaching? Yes
  • Adequate CP Teaching? Yes
  • Average work hours on surg path? 60 per week

Pros: Close relationship with attendings, wide variety of specimens

Cons: No transplant pathology exposure

Comment 3</p>

  • Date Posted: 10/2011

Do you feel you have:

  • Adequate preview time? No, (PGY1). Yes, you are good in previewing (PGY2 and after).
  • Adequate support staff (P.A.’s, secretarial, etc.)? Yes
  • Adequate AP Teaching? Yes
  • Adequate CP Teaching? Yes
  • Average work hours on surg path? within ACGME limits

Pros: 1) Strong balance of AP and CP 2) Good congenial environment between attendings and residents 3) Program pays entirely for residents to attend any number of conferences if you are presenting a poster or platform presentation (no cap)

Cons: Weak on neuropath | bone and soft tissue path | peds path

  • Date Posted: 10/2011

Surgical Pathology FellowshipEdit