The Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is a part of the statewide NSW Health Pathology network. It is located at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) and is in close proximity to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and the University of Sydney.
The diagnostic work of pathologists influences a vast majority of all medical and surgical decisions. Hence, at the Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology at RPA, we strive to:
Clinical and Consultation Work
The Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology provides diagnostic histology, cytology and intra-operative consultative services on approximately 50,000-55,000 specimens annually. These include:
Education and Research
The department leads and participates in several aspects of clinical and translational research in melanoma and non-melanocytic skin, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, head and neck, bone and soft tissue, pulmonary, haematolymphoid, gynaecological, transplant and molecular pathology. The departmental faculty has attracted significant research funding and has collaborative networks with premier research institutes in Australia as well as overseas. Several members of the faculty serve on a large number of international and national committees and bodies, such as:
The Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology at RPA is a rich training ground for pathology Fellows and registrars due to:
Long History of Excellence
The Department of Pathology through its association with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney is steeped in history and tradition of innovation and education since 1883. Its past faculty includes internationally renowned pathologists such as Professor Vincent McGovern, Professor Stan McCarthy (AO) known for their excellence in melanoma diagnostics and Professor Susan Dorsch who was the first female appointed to Professorship in the Faculty of Medicine (1983) at the University of Sydney. Our alumni include heads of prestigious departments of pathology in Australia as well as pathologists internationally recognized for their sub-specialty expertise.