Professor Richard Williams

Director of Anatomical Pathology


After graduating MB, BS from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, Richard spent 51/2 years in clinical medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before beginning Anatomical Pathology training at Flinders Medical Centre.  Here he developed strong interests in gastrointestinal pathology, dermatopathology and the use of morphometric and other quantitative methods to achieve reproducibility in diagnostic pathology.  During this period he also participated in the provision of the Coronial autopsy service to South Australia.

On completion of the RCPA Fellowship he spent a year as Senior Registrar at Flinders before taking up a position at Wangaratta District Base Hospital, becoming Director of this service in 1988 and Director of the NEV Cytology Service. From 1993 till 1996 he was Director/Owner of the Wangaratta and District Pathology Service.

He continued his research interests during his time in Wangaratta, publishing a textbook on Pathology of the Vermiform Appendix and obtaining his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1995 for his work on the quantitative pathology of melanocytic skin neoplasms.

In 1996 Richard was appointed Associate Professor (Academic and Teaching) in the Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne and Principal Specialist at St. Vincent's Pathology.  He has a keen interest in teaching and assessment as well as being actively involved in a variety of research projects, and is a previous member of the Cytopathology Advisory Committee and Academic Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a past Chief Examiner in Anatomical Pathology for the RCPA.  He currently has over one hundred publications, including a textbook, book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles and presentations to his name.

Richard was appointed Director of Anatomical Pathology at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne in 2000. He is a current Member of the Medical Workforce Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth and is a Member of the Statewide Pathology Executive, Department of Health, Victorian Government and Chair of the Statewide Pathology Executive Medical Workforce Working Group. He is a regular presenter at International Meetings especially in the Asia-Pacific region and is a co-ordinator of the annual Shanghai-Osaka-Melbourne Histopathology Conference. In 2011 he was appointed Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Pathology, Chang Hai Hospital and the 2nd Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.