About Us

Histolab Pty Ltd is an independent, pathologist-owned and managed pathology laboratory and practice, specialising in  tissue pathology (histopathology).  

The laboratory was established in 2009 and commenced testing in February 2010.  The laboratory is fully accredited for the provision of histopathology services by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities), in conjunction with the RCPA (Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia).  The laboratory is also enrolled in the relevant modules of Quality Assurance Programme (QAP) of the RCPA.  

The Pathologists and staff are committed to providing the highest quality pathology service possible to our referring doctors and patients.

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Our Anatomical Pathology Services
Skin Tumour Pathology
Inflammatory Dermatoses
Special histochemical staining
Direct Immunofluorescence
Frozen section examination
Intra-operative diagnosis
Our Pathologists
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Dr Andrew Ryan

Pathologist, Managing Director
MBBS, FRCPA, Associate Member ACD, GAICD

Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1987. He completed his training and satisfied the examination requirements of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 1996, and was awarded Fellowship in 1997. In 1997, he started employment as a histopathologist at Melbourne Pathology at the main laboratory in Collingwood. He held positions as Head of Cytopathology and Head of Histopathology during his time there and was Medical Director from 2005 to 2009. He left at the end of 2009 to open Histolab Pty Ltd. Andrew's main professional expertise and interest is in Dermatopathology. He has been actively involved in the teaching of skin pathology to Dermatology Registrars and Plastic Surgery Registrars, in preparation for their fellowship examinations for two decades. He was awarded Associate Membership of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2005.

Andrew participates in the Continuing Professional Development Programme of the RCPA, and is a regular attender at local and international skin pathology meetings and courses. He is a former Board Member and Past President of the Australasian Dermatopathology Society.

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Dr Vanessa Fahey

MBBS (Hons), BMedSci (Hons), FRCPA

Vanessa is a full-time dermatopathologist at Histolab. She graduated from Monash University Medical School in 1998, where she also completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in Forensic Pathology. She obtained Fellowship of the RCPA in 2005. She has had a decade of Dermatopathology reporting experience at a large private laboratory in Melbourne where she was the lead and coordinating pathologist for a dermatopathology service aimed at servicing skin cancer clinics and general practitioners. She has also been involved in Dermatology Registrar training and has completed a course in dermoscopy, 'Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy for Pathologists' and is a regular participant at The Australasian College of Dermatologists' clinical meetings.

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Dr Shane Battye


Shane is a full-time anatomical pathologist at Histolab. He graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 2006, where he also completed a Bachelor of Medical Science. He obtained fellowship of the RCPA in 2013. He has a broad depth of experience across diverse organ systems, including skin, but with special interest in Gastrointestinal and Urological Pathology. He is active in research and has contributed to a number of publications in peer reviewed journals; most recently on the topics of prostate cancer and digital pathology. He has been an invited speaker to international conferences and was awarded a RCPA Grant-in-Aid for pathology research in 2017. Shane's reports include diagrams, images and annotated 3D specimen models as well as volumetric mapping for selected malignancies.

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Dr Sant Khan

MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRCPath

Sant is a full-time anatomical pathologist at Histolab. He graduated from Guy's Hospital Medical School in London in 1979 where he also completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry. He was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists UK in 1986. Sant trained in histopathology and cytopathology at Charing Cross, Royal Marsden, St Bartholomew's and St Mark’s Hospitals in London.

He has held positions at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and as Deputy Director of Anatomical Pathology at the Alfred Hospital. Sant was part of the Executive Team at a large private laboratory in Melbourne prior to joining Histolab in 2019. He has extensive anatomical pathology experience with special interests in Gastrointestinal, Dermatopathology, Breast and Lymphoma Pathology.

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Dr Daniel McKay


Daniel is a part-time histopathologist with Histolab. He received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2013. Daniel is also a practising ophthalmologist and holds public hospital positions with Monash Health, Eastern Health and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He is Chief Examiner in Ophthalmic Pathology for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He enjoys providing personalised histopathology services for ophthalmic colleagues.

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Dr Karen McGlaughlin

MBBS, BMedSc (Hons), FRCPA

Karen is a part-time histopathologist with Histolab. She graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 2005, where she completed a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours). She obtained fellowship with the RCPA in 2012. Karen has worked in private laboratories reporting a range of work including skin, Breast and Gastrointestinal cases with a special interest in DermatopathologyShe has previously been involved in the teaching of Anatomical Pathology and Dermatology trainees. Karen is a member of the Australasian Dermatopathology Society and the International Society of Dermatopathology.