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Histo-Cytopathologists

Histo-Cytopathologists

Dr Adeline Tan

Dr Adeline Tan

BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRCPA

Dr Tan joined St John of God Pathology in November 2012. She graduated with first class honours degrees in both Medical Science and Medicine from the University of Tasmania. After completing her internship and residency at Royal Perth Hospital, she commenced her Anatomical Pathology Fellowship training in Sydney where she completed rotations at Royal North Shore Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.

Dr Tan has special interests in gynaecological and placental pathology and cytopathology, in particular Fine Needle Aspiration biopsies. She is a committee member of the Australian Society of Cytology.

In 2015, Dr Tan joined the St John of God Cancer Research Group and helped establish the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group. Her research team is working on a number of translational projects in gynaecologic oncology and has established a research database incorporating the Western Australian Gynaecological Oncology (WAGO) biobank. The main focus of her current research is clinicopathologic aspects of uterine and ovarian cancers. She has a clinical appointment (Senior Lecturer) with the School of Surgery at the University of Western Australia.

Dr Tan is a member of the gynaecology, cytopathology and HNE subspecialty teams.

Dr Ai Renee Kee

Dr Ai Rene Kee

MBBS, FRACGP, FRCPA

Dr Kee is a graduate of the University of Sydney (1992). She initially trained as a general practitioner, obtaining the FRACGP in 1997. She subsequently undertook training in Anatomical Pathology in Western Australia and attained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2004.

She has since worked as a pathologist in both the public system (in QEII PathWest and King Edward Memorial Hospital) as well as in the private sector. Dr Kee is a member of the dermatopathology, gynaecology, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal subspecialty teams.

Dr Anastasia Backhouse

Dr Anastasia Backhouse

MBBS, FRCPA

Dr Backhouse studied medicine at the University of Western Australia. She trained in Anatomical Pathology in Perth and has spent time training in Orange in country NSW as well as in Sydney at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

After obtaining her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Anastasia joined St John of God Pathology in February 2015. Her interests include dermatopathology, breast pathology, gynaecological pathology including placental pathology, and cytopathology.

Dr Backhouse is a member of the gynaecology, breast, dermatopathology, ophthalmic and cytopathology subspecialty teams.

Dr Bridget Cooke

Dr Bridget Cooke


MBBS, FRCPA, FIAC

Dr Cooke studied medicine at the University of NSW and has held appointments as a Staff Specialist Pathologist at the Royal Prince Alfred and Prince of Wales Hospitals. Dr Cooke joined St John of God Pathology in January 2002, and served as Pathologist-in-Charge prior to 2014.

While Dr Cooke has a broad base of experience in most aspects of pathology, her particular interests include breast, ophthalmic and respiratory pathology as well as cytology, especially fine needle aspiration cytology.

Dr Cooke is a member of the International Academy of Pathology, the International Academy of Cytology, the Australasian Society of Cytology, the Australasian Dermatology Society, the Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the Australian Society for Breast Disease. She is a member of the breast, gynaecology, cytopathology, respiratory, ophthalmic and HNE subspecialty teams.

Dr Christine Hemmings

Associate Professor Chris Hemmings

BHB, MBChB, FRCPA

Clinical Director of Anatomic Pathology (Western Australia) and Head of Molecular Oncology.

Associate Professor Hemmings has worked in New Zealand and Canberra and undertook sabbatical fellowships in London and Boston, before joining St John of God Pathology in July 2013, initially as Head of the Molecular Oncology Division and a member of the St John’s Cancer Research group.
She was appointed to the newly established position of Clinical Director of Anatomic Pathology, Western Australia in August 2015.

Dr Hemmings’ subspecialty expertise includes soft tissue and gastrointestinal pathology and cancer biology, and she has a particular interest in rare cancers including sarcoma, neuroendocrine tumours and gastrointestinal stromal tumour.

She belongs to several professional interest groups in these areas including Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group, Australasian Sarcoma Study Group, European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society, Australia/New Zealand Neuroendocrine Tumour Group and the European Society of Pathology. Dr Hemmings serves on the ASSG Scientific Advisory Committee, the Western Australian Colorectal Tumour Collaborative Group and the Clinical Advisory Group of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Most of her current research projects focus on colorectal cancer.

In November 2015 Dr Hemmings was appointed State Councillor for Western Australia at the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA). She is a former Honorary Secretary of the RCPA. An examiner in Anatomic Pathology, she also sits on the RCPA’s Cancer Services Advisory Committee, and chairs the Bone and Soft Tissue Expert Committee. She is a founding member and foundation Secretary/Treasurer of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.

A reviewer for several journals in the fields of pathology and cancer, Dr Hemmings is a member of the Editorial Board of Pathology and in 2015 edited a special themed edition on soft tissue pathology. Dr Hemmings has a clinical appointment with the School of Surgery at the University of Western Australia and in 2015 was co-convenor of a new course in Surgical Sciences.

Dr Hemmings is a member of the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, ophthalmic and head, neck and endocrine (HNE) subspecialty teams, as well as the Molecular Oncology Division.

Dr Claire Unwin

Dr Claire Unwin

B Med Sci, MBBS (Hons), FRCPA

Dr Unwin is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (2002). She undertook her Anatomical Pathology training in Western Australia, completing rotations at several Perth hospitals.

She obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2013 and joined St John of God Pathology in January 2014. Dr Unwin is currently on extended leave and on her return will rejoin the dermatopathology and cytopathology subspecialty teams

Dr Unwin is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (2002). She undertook her Anatomical Pathology training in Western Australia, completing rotations at several Perth hospitals.

She obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2013 and joined St John of God Pathology in January 2014. Dr Unwin is currently on extended leave and on her return will rejoin the dermatopathology and cytopathology subspecialty teams.

Dr Colin Stewart

Dr Colin Stewart

BSc, MBChB, FRCPath, FRCPA

Dr Stewart trained in pathology in Glasgow and worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1992. After seven years' teaching hospital experience in Glasgow, he returned to Australia in May 2000 to work at PathCentre in Perth. He took up his current post with St John of God Pathology in November 2001. Dr Stewart is a recognised expert in gynaecologic pathology and is widely published in this area.

Colin is a member of the gynaecology, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal subspecialty teams.

Dr Elham Amini
Dr Elham Amini

MD, FRCPA

Dr Amini studied Medicine at the Azad Medical University and the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. After specialising in Clinical and Anatomical Pathology, she worked as a staff specialist and Director at various hospitals and pathology laboratories in both the public and private sectors.

In 2010, Dr Amini immigrated to Australia where she furthered her training at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, including research in breast and colorectal cancer.

She obtained her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2013 and in 2014 she joined St John of God Pathology in Perth.

Dr Amini is a member of the gynaecology, respiratory, cytopathology and dermatopathology subspecialty teams.

Dr Hein Sonnendecker

Dr Hein Sonnendecker

MBBCh, DipRCPath (London), DTM&H, FCPath(SA)Anat, FRCPA

Dr Sonnendecker studied Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in South Africa. After specialising in Anatomical Pathology, he worked at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg for five years, before moving to Perth in 2000.

Whilst working at PathWest (Nedlands), Hein obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and joined SJOG Pathology as a consultant pathologist where his interests include tropical medicine as well as cytopathology and histopathology.

Hein is a member of the cytopathology, dermatopathology, respiratory, neuropathology and haematolymphoid subspecialty teams.

 

Dr Kim Cheah

MBBS, FRCPA

Dr Cheah studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and worked at Fremantle Hospital before commencing his training in anatomical pathology in Perth where he completed rotations at PathWest, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital. He also trained at Western Diagnostic Pathology and St John of God Pathology as a registrar.

After he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia, Dr Cheah joined St John of God Pathology as a Consultant Pathologist in October 2015.

Dr Cheah has a special interest in digital and molecular pathology, emerging technologies, medical education and research. Dr Cheah is a member of the gastrointestinal, soft tissue sarcoma and dermatopathology subspecialty teams.

Dr Marcus Dabner

Dr Marcus Dabner

FRCPA, MBBS (Hons), BMedSci (Hons), MEd

Dr Dabner graduated with MBBS and BMedSci qualifications, both with First Class Honours, from the University of Tasmania. He relocated to Perth and subsequently completed his specialist training in Anatomical Pathology, which included a period of time at St John of God Subiaco as a Registrar.

He is a former Chair of the RCPA's Trainee Advisory Committee and recipient of the AMA (WA) Dr Camille Michener Legacy/Junior Doctor of the Year Award. In 2014 Dr Dabner returned to St John of God Pathology as an Anatomical Pathologist. He has a particular interest in medical education, and obtained a Masters of Education in addition to his medical training.

Dr Dabner is currently undertaking additional postgraduate training in haematolymphoid pathology and neuropathology in the UK. On his return to St John of God Pathology in 2016 Marcus will rejoin the haematolymphoid, neuropathology, musculoskeletal, cytopathology and molecular oncology subspecialty teams.

Dr Simon Hillery

Dr Simon Hillery

MBBS (Sydney), BSc (Hons) (Sydney), FRCPA

Dr Hillery joined St John of God Pathology in Western Australia in December 1999 and is trained as a General Pathologist. Dr Hillery graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1990. He also holds a science degree with honours in Pharmacology and has worked in Sweden and Sydney.

In 1999, Dr Hillery obtained his Fellowship and moved to Perth. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal histopathology and is involved in the Western Australian Colorectal Research Group. He is a member of the gastrointestinal subspecialty team.

Dr Tony Laden

Dr Tony Laden

FRCPath (UK), FRCPA, MD

Dr Laden is an experienced histopathologist and cytopathologist, having worked as a pathologist for over 40 years in the UK, Israel, USA, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
In Australia he has worked in both private and public pathology services, mainly in Western Australia but also in Victoria and New South Wales. Dr Laden has a wealth of experience in all aspects of diagnostic histopathology and cytopathology including FNA cytology.
Dr Laden is a member of the dermatopathology, gynaecology and gastrointestinal subspecialty teams.

Dr Vince Caruso

Professor Vince Caruso

OAM, MBBS, FRCPA, FRCPath, MBA,FAMS(Hon), FCMSA(Hon)

Professor Caruso joined St John of God Pathology in January 2007 as Director of Cancer Services Pathology and Director of Histopathology at the Subiaco.

Professor Caruso has a wealth of experience in laboratory testing and management, having previously served as Director of Pathology for Western Diagnostic Pathology and as President of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

In 2013 he was awarded an OAM for Services to Medicine in the Field of Patholog. He holds a teaching professorship at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Caruso is a member of the breast, dermatopathology, gastrointestinal and HNE subspecialty teams.

Dr Yu-Wei Goh Dr Yu-Wei Goh

MBBS, FRCPA

Dr Goh studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and trained in Anatomical Pathology in Perth, gaining her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2001. She joined St John of God Pathology in 2013, having previously worked at Fremantle Hospital and Western Diagnostic Pathology.

Yu Wei is a member of the gastrointestinal, gynaecology, HNE and dermatopathology subspecialty teams.

 


For further information about our Pathologists please contact:

Tel: 1300 367 674
Email: info.pathwa@sjog.org.au