Residency in Pathology at North Shore-LIJ Health System


The highly trained faculty members at the North Shore-LIJ Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are committed to preparing residents to practice in either an academic or community-based setting, while providing an excellent clinical experience in a supportive environment.

Resident training is a vital part of providing outstanding patient care. The department works as partners with residents in utilizing the latest technologies, research disease processes and developing new program initiatives to improve educational offerings – all things that are essential to maintaining high standards for care. Our program has been fully accredited for the past 30 years and our residents receive comprehensive combined training in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Our greatest strengths include a chair who is a nationally recognized leader in pathology education, research and lab directorship, as well as a program director and coordinator whose primary focus is serving as advocates for our trainees. This is an exceptionally transparent program and residents have multiple avenues for evaluating the program and faculty, which we encourage. These evaluations are scrutinized by the program director and used to improve the effectiveness of the educational experience. We also meet with the pathology house staff once a month to discuss any issues that arise. Our residents are our partners in providing the best educational experience available.

Residents rotate through two large tertiary hospitals (Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital), a state-of-the-art health system core laboratory, as well as the North Shore-LIJ Anatomic Pathology Services, a stand-alone surgical pathology office suite located in the Lake Success Quadrangle. 

Research opportunities are available within the department and in collaboration with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. With more than 80,000 surgical specimens and more than 10 million billable tests, overseen by more than 40 anatomic and clinical pathologists, this team-oriented department offers extraordinary opportunities in pathology residency education.

We are very excited about our involvement with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The department faculty is extensively involved in the integrated two-year structure course and incorporates many of the active learning strategies utilized at the medical school into our residency program didactic sessions.

This is a department with an experienced, dedicated faculty, committed to excellence in patient care and graduate medical education, set in a nurturing and friendly environment. It’s challenging and a lot of fun!

Michael J. Esposito, MD

Program facts

Highlights of our residency program include:

  • Proven track record of graduating house staff into competitive fellowship programs and successful careers in pathology
  • Convenient location on the border of Queens and Nassau counties — an easy commute to Manhattan
  • Approachable and readily-available program leadership, open to suggestions by house staff on improving the program
  • Accredited cytopathology, hematopathology and surgical pathology fellowships
  • Volume and variety of specimen material
  • Resident assignments that allow them to maximize their educational experience without the burden of an excessive workload.
  • PA positions within the program to ensure that residents can concentrate on their education and not on large volumes of specimen processing.
  • Complete AP subspecialty service based in an offsite anatomic pathology services office suite
  • Protected didactic time (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.) utilizing active learning strategies that emphasize critical thinking skills and resident participation
  • One-month “Introductory Rotation” in anatomic pathology, with two weeks at each tertiary hospital
  • The Cohen Children’s Medical Center generates high-quality material for the pediatric pathology rotation and clinical pathology rotations.
  • The Department of Dental Medicine generates a large and varied oral and maxillofacial pathology case load, especially due to its extensive outreach program.
  • Exposure to hospital-based laboratories (Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital) and a reference laboratory (Core Lab)
  • Increased opportunity for clinical consultation and interaction with the medical and nursing staff during clinical laboratory rotations.
  • Residents are exposed to specialized laboratory activities in electron microscopy, immunopathology, telepathology, flow cytometry, and special coagulation.
  • Clinical lab management rotation
  • Aperio Slide Scanner with a virtual slide study set containing greater than 1,200 slides

Leadership & faculty

Program director

Michael John Esposito, MD

  • Program Director, Pathology Residency Program,
    North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Associate Professor,
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Department chair

James M. Crawford, MD, PhD

  • Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Laboratory Services,
    North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,
    North Shore University Hospital
  • Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Department vice chair

Tawfiqul Alam Bhuiya, MBBS

  • Vice Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Associate program director

Maria Delcarmen Navarro, MD

Fellowship directors

Maria Navarro, MD – Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program
Judith Brody, MD – Hematopathology Fellowship Program
Alice Laser, MD – Cytopathology Fellowship Program

Core faculty

Tawfiqul Bhuiya, MBBS – Director, Breast Pathology Service
Judith Brody, MD – Senior Director, Hematopathology Division
Sheng Chen, MD, PhD - Chief, Division of Dermatopathology
Vishesh Chhibberm MD - Medical Director, Blood Bank North Shore University Hospital
Kasturi Das, MBBS – Senior Director, Cytopathology Division
Scott Duong, MD – Assistant Director, Infectious Disease Diagnostics
Morris Edelman, MBCHB – Senior Director, Pediatric Pathology Division
Leonard Kahn, MBBCH – Chief, Head and Neck Pathology
Jordan Laser, MD – Senior Director, Molecular and Cytogenetics
Sharon Liang, MD – Chief, Gynecologic Pathology
James Louie, MD – Medical Director, Blood Bank
Nasim Mansoor, MBBS - Co-Director, Neuropathology
Maria Navarro, MD – Frozen Section
Rebecca Thomas, MBBS - Chief of Gastrointestinal Pathology
Alex Williamson, MD – Chief, Autopsy Service
Jian Yi Li, MD - Co-Director, Neuropathology