In Western Australia
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
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
Dr Tan is currently on maternity leave.
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
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
Dr Anastasia Backhouse
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
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
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
Associate Professor Chris Hemmings
BHB, MBChB, FRCPA
Clinical Director of Anatomic Pathology (Western Australia) and
Head of Molecular Oncology Division
Assoc Prof Hemmings worked in Auckland, Christchurch and
Canberra and undertook sabbatical fellowships in London and Boston
before joining St John of God Pathology in 2013, initially as Head
of Molecular Oncology 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 (WA) in 2015.
Dr Hemmings has subspecialty expertise in soft tissue,
gastrointestinal, and head, neck and endocrine pathology and she
has a particular interest in rare cancers including sarcoma,
neuroendocrine tumours and GIST, and in tumour biology as it
informs the multidisciplinary management of cancer.
She belongs to several professional interest groups in these
areas, including COSA, AGITG, ASSG, ENETS, ANZNET and the European
Society of Pathology. Dr Hemmings serves on the ASSG
Scientific Advisory Committee, the WA Colorectal Tumour
Collaborative Group and the Clinical Advisory Group of the National
Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, and she is a founding member and
foundation Secretary/Treasurer of the Australasian Gastrointestinal
Pathology Society. Dr Hemmings is a former Secretary of the
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and is the
current State Councillor for WA. She also sits on the RCPA’s
Cancer Services Advisory Committee and represents the College on
the COSA Council.
Dr Hemmings has a longstanding commitment to research and
teaching, serving as an examiner for the RCPA and chairing the
anatomic pathology programme committee of the RCPA’s annual
educational meeting, “Pathology Update”. A reviewer for
several journals in the fields of pathology and cancer, Dr Hemmings
is a member of the Editorial Board of Pathology and has more than
30 publications as well as numerous oral and poster presentations
and invited lectures at national and international
Most of her current research projects focus on colorectal cancer
and she is currently working towards a PhD with the School of
Surgery and the St John of God Cancer Research Group based in
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 Hein Sonnendecker
MBBCh, DipRCPath (London), DTM&H,
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
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
Hein is a member of the cytopathology, dermatopathology,
respiratory, neuropathology and haematolymphoid subspecialty
Dr Kim Cheah
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 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
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.
Associate Professor Norman Firth
BDS MDSc FRACDS FFOP(RCPA) MRACDS(Oral Med) FFOMP(RCPA) FIAOO
Dr Firth completed his BDS undergraduate training at the
University of Adelaide in 1983 and postgraduate training in Oral
Pathology and Oral Medicine at the University of Melbourne in
1988. He was a reporting oral pathologist for the Oral
Pathology Diagnostic Service, University of Melbourne and
consultant in Oral Pathology for Melbourne Pathology.
He was awarded an inaugural Fellowship in the Faculty of Oral
Pathologists, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and
subsequently awarded a Fellowship with the Faculty of Oral and
Maxillofacial Pathology for forensic odontology.
In 1998 Dr Firth moved to the University of Otago and was a
consultant oral pathologist for Medlab Dental until returning to
Australia in January 2016. He is both a Member of the Royal
Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Oral Medicine and Fellow of
the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the Oral
Medicine Academy of Australasia and the International Academy of
Oral Oncology. Dr Firth has served on committees with both
the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Royal College
of Pathologists of Australasia and is currently convenor for the
RCPAQAP Oral Module. He is currently Associate Professor in
Oral Medicine and discipline Lead and Program Convenor Oral
Medicine and Oral Pathology, University of Western Australia.
He is a member of the Oral Oncology Research Group University of
Dr Shivani Singh
MBBS, MD, FRCPA
After graduating from medical school, Dr Singh emigrated to
Australia where she trained in anatomical pathology in Perth. She
completed rotations at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital, Royal Perth
Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Western Diagnostic
pathology. She obtained her Fellowship of the Royal College
of Pathologists of Australasia and started as a consultant
pathologist at Fremantle Hospital in 2013.
Currently Dr Singh consults at St John of God Pathology in
Subiaco and Fiona Stanley Hospital. Her special interests include
urological, gastrointestinal and endocrine pathology.
Dr Singh is a member of the International Academy of
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
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
Dr Laden is a member of the dermatopathology, gynaecology and
gastrointestinal subspecialty teams.
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
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 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
Yu Wei is a member of the gastrointestinal, gynaecology, HNE and
dermatopathology subspecialty teams.
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
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.
Dr Deborah Clarke
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
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.
Dr Harold Armstrong
Dr Armstrong has been providing histology diagnoses for more
than 40 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
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.
Dr Jane Kho
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
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
He commenced his pathology training in 2011 at St John of God’s
Anatomical Pathology laboratory in Geelong, followed by Monash
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
He is involved in teaching of anatomical pathology and radiation
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
Dr Pilbeam’s major interest is in the provision of quality
pathology services to rural areas.
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
Dr Robert Spokes
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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