Anatomical Pathology

The Department of Anatomical Pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is NATA and RCPA accredited to provide a comprehensive range of histopathology and cytopathology services, as well as solid tumour molecular testing by fluorescence in situ hybridisation and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). 

Our Services

Frozen Section:
Frozen section are performed at our Fitzroy laboratory site during normal working hours (8am to 6pm)
All frozen sections should be booked with the laboratory in advance by calling 9231 4578

Expert Opinion:
Our areas of expertise include bone and soft tissue, neuropathology, eye, skin, breast, lung, lymphoma and GI. To request a consult on your case, please download the Expert Opinion Request Form and forward the completed form together with your slides to the Department of Anatomical Pathology.

Expert Opinion Request Form

Retrieval of Diagnostic Material:
Archival retrieval of diagnostic material service for additional testing is available. Please fill in the diagnostic material consent form and please send to the Department to Anatomical Pathology.

Retrieval of Diagnostic Material Request Form 

Molecular Testing:

We offer somatic molecular testing by Fluorescence in situ Hybridisation and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). Further information regarding gene targets and NGS panels can be found on the Molecular Pathology webpage.
Please download the Molecular Request Form and forward the form together with the tissue sample to the Molecular Laboratory - Department of Anatomical Pathology.  

SVHM Molecular Testing Request Form

For any general molecular enquiries please contact +61 3 9231 1049 or email 

Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) Bookings:
Our Cytology scientists are able to attend FNA procedures between the hours of 8:30am - 4pm.
Please contact the laboratory on +61 3 9231 4098 to make a booking for attendance. At least one day's notice prior to procedure is required for bookings.

Our Team

Acting Director of Anatomical Pathology:

A/Prof John Slavin
Ph: +61 3 9231 4290

Our Anatomical Pathologists:

Laboratory Contact Details:


Atha Palios
Principal Scientist
Ph: +61 3 9231 4289

Shou Chen
2nd in charge
Ph: +61 3 9231 4012

Geetha Warrier
Supervising Clinical Scientist
Ph: +61 3 9231 4114

Huong Pham
2nd in charge
Ph: +61 3 9231 2238

Dr. Asif Alam
Supervising Clinical Scientist
Ph: +61 3 9231 4561

Kerryn Stafford
Office Supervisor
Ph: +61 3 9231 4290

Richard Athuam
Mortuary Attendant
Ph: +61 3 9231 4113


For general enquiries please contact us on:
Ph: +61 3 9231 4583
Fax: +61 3 9231 4580