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In Western Australia

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 Chea (105x143px)

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 Mala Gera

Dr Mala Gera

FRCPA

Dr Mala Gera completed her resident training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth before entering into the Anatomical Pathology training programme, where she completed rotations in various teaching hospitals including QEII, Royal Perth Hospital, Princess Margret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospital, as well as St John of God Pathology in Subiaco.  In addition, Dr Gera also spent part of her training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and in Gosford NSW.

After completing her FRCPA, Dr Gera undertook a postgraduate fellowship year at St John of God Pathology, furthering her interest in breast pathology.  She then joined the department as a consultant pathologist in January 2015.

Dr Gera’s special interests include breast and endocrine pathology and cytopathology. She is a member of the breast, cytopathology and head, neck and endocrine 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 Yancey Wilson

Dr Yancey Wilson

BSc, BVMS, MBBS, FRCPA

Dr Wilson studied medicine at the University of Notre Dame Western Australia. She was initially trained as a veterinarian and worked in small animal practice in the United Kingdom and Western Australia before switching to the medical field. After completing medical school she trained in Anatomical Pathology in Perth, rotating through several Perth hospitals and laboratories which included a period of time at St John of God Subiaco as a Registrar.

After obtaining her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Dr Wilson joined St John of God Pathology in January 2016. Her interests include gynaecological pathology including placental pathology, breast pathology, respiratory pathology, HNE and cytopathology.

Dr Wilson is a member of the gynaecology, breast and cytopathology 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.

 

 

In Victoria

 Bassam Tawfik  

Dr Bassam Tawfik

MB ch B, FICMS, FRCPA

Dr Tawfik graduated from the University of Al-Mustanseriyah in Baghdad, Iraq in 1994 and trained as a general surgeon before emigrating to Australia.

He was certified by the Australian Medical Council in 2005 and trained in anatomical pathology at the Royal Women’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Dorevitch Pathology, Frankston.

Prior to joining the anatomical pathology training program, Dr Tawfik worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peninsula Health in surgical and emergency medicine rotations including one year in the emergency department of Frankston Hospital.

He received a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in February 2013 and shortly after commenced working at St John of God Pathology. Dr Tawfik has wide

experience in most areas of anatomical pathology and his special interests include gastrointestinal pathology, lymphoma pathology and cytology.

 Chris Angel  

Dr Chris Angel

Dr Angel is a registered medical and dental practitioner with post graduate fellowships in anatomical and oral pathology.

He lectures at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, is involved in teaching pathology to oral and maxillofacial surgery registrars and is responsible for reporting all cases from the oral pathology diagnostic service at the University of Melbourne.

His particular interests in anatomic pathology are head and neck, breast and skin pathology.

 Deborah Clarke  

Dr Deborah Clarke

MBChB FRCPA

Dr Clarke graduated MBChB from the University of Otago Medical School in 2001 and trained in Anatomical Pathology in New Zealand. She received Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2010. She then worked at laboratories in both New Zealand and Australia, and joined St John of God Pathology in 2013.

Dr Clarke's special interests include dermatopathology, cytopathology, genitourinary and gynaecological pathology. She also enjoys medical student teaching, with previous roles as Clinical/Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Otago and University of New South Wales.

 Harry Armstrong  

Dr Harold Armstrong

MBBS, FRCPA

Dr Armstrong has been providing histology diagnoses for 39 years. After graduating from Monash University he trained as an anatomical pathologist at the Geelong Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne.

He was Director of Anatomical Pathology at Barwon Health and former director of Pathcare which merged with St John of God Pathology in 2004. Until recently, he was a member of the Medical Staff Group Executive Committee and the Mortality Review Committee at the University Hospital Geelong, the longest-serving member of both. He has been a pathologist of BreastScreen Geelong and South West Barwon since its inception.

Dr Armstrong’s special interest is forensic pathology and he served as a Barwon region specialist forensic pathologist for 27 years.

He has lectured at Monash, Melbourne and Deakin universities, the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, the Forensic Society of Deakin University, and in many scientists and nursing courses.

 Jane Kho  

Dr Jane Kho

MBBS, FRACP

Dr Kho is a Histopathologist and Cytpathologist. She studied medicine at the University of Melbourne before undertaking further training at The Alfred Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. In 2006 Dr Kho was appointed as a registrar at St John of God Pathology where she completed her pathology training.

 Dr Jordanco Nizamovski (105x143)  

Dr Jordanco Nizamovski 

Doctor of Medicine, FRCPA

In 2009 Dr. Nizamovski emigrated to Australia and joined Bendigo Base Hospital where he worked on various rotations for the next two years.

He commenced his pathology training in 2011 at St John of God’s Anatomical Pathology laboratory in Geelong, followed by Monash Medical Centre.

In 2015, Dr Nizamovski returned to St John of God Pathology to complete his final year of pathology training and immediately after receiving Fellowship with Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, he joined the Anatomical Pathology team.

Dr Nizamovski’s areas of special interest include gastrointestinal pathology, urological pathology, gynaecological pathology and cytopathology. His research has been published in medical journals.

He is involved in teaching of anatomical pathology and radiation oncology registrars.  

 Mark Pilbeam  

Dr Mark Pilbeam

MBBS, B Med Sc, PhD, FRCPA, MIAC

Dr Pilbeam graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1977. Following his residency he returned to the University to pursue research interests and obtained his PhD in 1983. Subsequently he enrolled as a trainee in Pathology and obtained his FRCPA in general pathology in 1987.

Since1988 Dr Pilbeam has practiced as a pathologist in his home town of Ballarat, initially at the Ballarat Base Hospital and since 1995 at St John of God Ballarat Hospital.

He has served on the RCPA Board of Education and as Chairman of the Education Subcommittee of the RCPA Victorian State Committee.

Dr Pilbeam’s major interest is in the provision of quality pathology services to rural areas.

 Dr Matthew Facey (105x143)  

Dr Matthew Facey

MBBS (Hons), FRCPA

Dr Facey graduated from Monash University and subsequently completed internship at Ballarat Base Hospital. He began training in anatomical pathology at St John of God Pathology Ballarat and subsequently spent three years training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. In 2015, Dr Facey returned to St John of God Pathology to complete his training and is the newest addition to our national team of pathologists.

Dr Facey has been involved in teaching medical students at both Melbourne University and Deakin University and is currently involved with supervision of medical students on pathology rotations from the University of Notre Dame. Dr Facey is a member of the Australian Cytology Society and his interests include head and neck (ENT), gastrointestinal, thoracic, breast, and general neoplastic (tumour) pathology.

 Mike Robson  

Dr Mike Robson

Dr Robson trained in general pathology at Geelong Hospital, Addenbrooks Hospital (UK) and Westmead Hospitals. His special interests include breast pathology, fine needle aspiration, cytology and dermatopathology.

 Paul Kerdemelidis  

Dr Paul Kerdemelidis

Dr Paul Kerdemelidis trained in Anatomical Pathology at Canterbury Health Laboratories (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Prince Henry Hospital (Sydney), obtaining the FRCPA in 1993.

Dr Kerdemelidis was appointed Deputy Director of Pathology at Goulburn Valley Health Pathology in Shepparton in 1994, before becoming Director in 1996. He relocated to Melbourne in 2006 and has worked in private pathology for Dorevitch Pathology, Pathology Victoria, Focus Pathology and Healthscope Pathology (Knox Private Hospital laboratory).

He joined St John of God Pathology in 2013. Dr Kerdemelidis has experience in all areas of histopathology, with particular emphasis on gastrointestinal, skin, urological, and breast pathology .

 Ranjula Liyanage  

Dr Ranjula Liyanage

MBBS, MD (Histopathology), FRCPA

Dr Liyanage studied medicine at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She completed her pathology training at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka and obtained a MD in pathology in 1996.
After completing a year of fellowship she was retrained in anatomical pathology at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and Dorevitch Pathology, Ballarat. She gained her Australian Fellowship(FRCPA) in 2010 and commenced working at St John of God Pathology, Ballarat in 2011.

Dr Liyanage is also involved in training pathology registrars at the St John of God Ballarat Hospital. Her special interests include dermatopathology, cytopathology, lymphoma, gastrointestinal pathology, uropathology and lung pathology.

 Robert Spokes  

Dr Robert Spokes

MBBS, FRCPA

Dr Spokes trained in pathology at Geelong Hospital, The Austin Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital. His interests include registrar training and breast, lymph node, pigmented skin lesion, gastrointestinal and gynaecological pathology.

 Sharon Wallace  

Associate Professor Sharon Wallace

Clinical Director of Anatomical Pathology, Victoria

MBBS, B Med Sc, FRCPA

Dr Wallace trained at The Alfred, Heidelberg Repatriation and The Austin hospitals, followed by an appointment as Staff Specialist at The Austin Hospital after attaining her FRCPA in 1993. She has practiced in Ballarat since 1996 and is currently Clinical Director of Anatomical Pathology, St John of God Pathology, Victoria.

She has appointments as Clinical Associate Professor at both Deakin University Medical School and the University of Notre Dame Medical School. Dr Wallace supervises RCPA trainees at St John of God Ballarat Hospital and is involved with teaching medical students.

Dr Wallace is extensively involved in multi-disciplinary meetings both in Ballarat and at other regional centres. She is currently a member of the Grampians Integrated Cancer Services Lead Clinicians’ Group.

While she has broad experience in most aspects of pathology, Dr Wallace’s special interests include breast, gastrointestinal, skin and tumour pathology in general.

   

Dr Stephen Lade

Dr Lade trained at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Alfred and Queen Victoria Hospitals. He has substantial experience in anatomical pathology having worked with Melbourne Pathology for 14 years. Dr Lade has a special interest in lymphoma and gastrointestinal pathology.

 Dr Tiffany Symes (105x143)  

Dr Tiffany Symes

B App Sci, BSc (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRCPA

Dr. Symes commenced her training in Anatomical Pathology at The Austin and Mercy Hospital for Women, where she spent three years. Following this, she did one year of training at the Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, specialising in paediatric, perinatal and gynaecologic pathology.

She completed her training at St John of God Pathology, and has worked as a fellow at the Ballarat campus since 2010. Although she enjoys the broad range of specimens encountered in a regional setting, Dr Symes’ main interest areas are breast, gynaecologic and placental pathology.

Dr Symes has a keen interest in teaching both pathology trainees and medical students. She has been an honorary clinical lecturer with Deakin University since 2010.

   

Dr William Murray

Dr Murray trained in anatomical pathology at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He has worked mainly in the public hospital system, and is currently Head of Anatomical Pathology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

 

For further information about St John of God Pathology please contact:

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

In Victoria
Tel:
1800 676 832
Email: info.pathvic@sjog.org.au