Our Pathologists

Dr Andrew J Ryan

Pathologist, Managing Director 

MBBS, FRCPA, Associate Member ACD, GAICD

Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1987. After several years of clinical medicine, he commenced his pathology training in 1992. He held registrar positions at Wangaratta and District Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women's/Royal Children's Hospitals. 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 Skin Pathology. 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 over a decade. 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 on the Board (formerly Committee) of the Australasian Dermatopathology Society.








Dr Vanessa Fahey Pathologist 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.













Dr Shane Battye Pathologist MBBS, BMedSc, FRCPA

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.