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Our people

Our people

Leadership Contact Details

General Manager

Email
vicki.mcknight@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0201


Vicki McKnight

General Manager


Medical Director

Dr Richard H. Steele

MbChb (University of Otago) 1989
FRCPA (2000), FRACP (2000)

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Richard has extensive experience in laboratory services both here and in Australia. He works currently in a significant number of tertiary, community and hospital based laboratories across New Zealand. He also has experience all aspects of clinical immunology and immunopathology including allergy, autoimmune diseases, primary immunodeficiency and HIV. He has written a large number of papers in the area of clinical immunology and immunopathology. Dr Steele has a particular interest in autoimmune disease and quality assurance. He also has had extensive laboratory experience both in New Zealand and Australia

Dr Steele was previously the New Zealand Vice President of the College of Pathologists Australasia

He is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Clinical Immunology and Allergy Group and sits on the Medical Advisory Committee for IANZ. Dr Steele also is a member of the RCPA/RACP Joint College Training Committee for Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology. He is also an examiner for the RCPA.

He holds academic positions with the University of Otago (senior lecturer) and Victoria University Wellington (Adjunct Professor)

Dr Steele has a passion of laboratory services and delivering high quality and relevant results for the people of New Zealand.


Chief Anatomical Pathologist

Dr Vladimir Osipov

MD, FCAP, FRCPA

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Dr Osipov trained in pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by a subspecialty training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Pathologists, and of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Dr Osipov’s areas of interest include gastrointestinal, skin, lung, urologic and orthopaedic pathology.

Vladimir’s hobbies include trail running, tramping and body surfing. He enjoys beautiful Wellington in a company of his wife, kids and a cat.


Meet Our Pathologists

We are proud to employ a team of internationally recognised and qualified pathologists. Many of our pathologists have served with testing authorities such as IANZ and NATA, and advisory committees for the AMA, RCPA and NPAAC. They are Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and several hold Fellowships at academic institutions throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

There are real benefits to having such a large team of experts. By building a quality team of professionals we endeavour to enhance our relationship with medical staff and patients.

Dr Rachel Barber

Anatomical
Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0280

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Dr Barber has worked for HVDHB and CCDHB over the past 10 years with a special interest in breast and medical renal pathology. She is a Breast Screen Pathologist for Breast Screen Central and she enjoys working closely with the Wellington regional breast team of surgeons, radiologists, radiation and medical oncologists, and breast care nurses. She also works closely with renal physicians from the Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Wellington presenting cases at the weekly renal team meetings. Dr Barber has been a tutor and lecturer at the Wellington School of Medicine and is on the Royal College of Surgeons Pathology Committee for the setting of the Surgical Sciences Exam.

Rachel enjoys living in Wellington where she can be guaranteed to escape to the Wellington International Film Festival every year.

Dr Michelle Balm 

Clinical Microbiologist/Infectious Diseases Physician

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0253

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Dr Balm has special interests in epidemiology and control of communicable diseases especially multidrug resistant organisms, and innovative diagnostic strategies including molecular diagnostics.


Dr Samuel Benison

BSc (Microbiology), MBChB (Otago), FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist,

(Hutt campus)

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 02586

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Sam completed his pathology training in Wellington and is now involved with both the regional lymphoma group and the bowel screening programme.  He also has an interest in gastrointestinal and breast pathology.

Away from the microscope he enjoys sports and family life.

Dr Peter Bethwaite

MBChB, DCH, PhD, FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist


Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 02587

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Dr Peter Bethwaite trained in pathology in Wellington with post-graduate training in Oxford UK. He was for many years one of the principal pathologists in Medical Laboratory Wellington and later Aotea Pathology and additionally worked as a cytopathologist for Capital and Coast Health and as an academic pathologist with University of Otago Wellington.  As well as his work as a surgical and cytopathologist Dr Bethwaite has held many roles within the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the International Academy of Pathology [IAP]– he is the current President of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Dr Bethwaite has special interest in cytopathology, urologic, endocrine and gynaecological pathology.  

Outside of work Dr Bethwaite is a hobby farmer living on a rural property in Pauahatanui where he has a horse stud with his fellow pathologist wife Dr Catherine Koleda.


Dr Tim Blackmore

Clinical Microbiologist/Infectious Diseases Physician

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz

Dr Max Bloomfield

Clinical Microbiologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 381 5900


Dr Catherine Koleda

MBChB, FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0281


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Dr Catherine Koleda completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Sydney.  She moved from Australia to Wellington, NZ in 1999 where she commenced and completed her Anatomical Pathologist training. During her training and early consultancy she held positions including Lecturer in Pathology at the University of Otago Wellington School of Medicine and Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.  Her professional interests include breast, gynaecological and lymphoma pathology as well as cytology.   The mother of two daughters (aged 7 and 12 in 2017), her additional personal interests include a love of NZ rural life in particular equestrian competition and equine husbandry.

Dr Helen Brasch

MBChB (Otago), BMedSc, FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 570 9737


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Dr Brasch began her pathology training in Auckland, and completed it in Wellington. She has been a pathologist at Hutt Hospital since 2000. Her areas of special interest include breast pathology, head and neck tumours and vascular anomalies. She is member of ISSVA.

When not at Hutt Hospital, Helen is a Research Fellow at the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, where she adds her expertise to the research team in the projects they undertake.

When not at work Helen attempts to keep her family and house organised.


Dr Juliet Elvy

Clinical Microbiologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0248

Dr Alwyn D’Souza

Clinical Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221


Dr Stuart
Johnson

Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 570 9423

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Stuart finished his specialist pathology training in Wellington Hospital and has worked at Hutt Hospital since 2008, including clinical head of department under the DHB, and lead anatomical pathologist at Hutt site under Wellington SCL.

He is part of the regional melanoma multidisciplinary group and also has an interest in Head and Neck, and Breast Pathology.

Associate Professor Diane Kenwright

Anatomical Pathologist
MBChB (Auck), MHB, FRCPA, FNZSP, FAcME.

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz


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Diane is a histopathologist with special expertise in renal, gynaecological, eye and breast pathology.

Diane is also Deputy Dean and Head of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington.


Dr Christopher Pease

MBChB, FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0285

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Dr Pease trained in medicine in London at the Royal Free Hospital and Anatomic Pathology in Wellington Hospital. Worked as Consultant in Wellington, London and the ‘Home Counties’ around Greater London over the last 30 years. His areas of interest are Dermatopathology, Gastroenterologic Pathology, Gynaecologic Pathology and Neuropathology.

Dr Pease trained in medicine in London at the Royal Free Hospital and Anatomic Pathology in Wellington Hospital. Worked as Consultant in Wellington, London and the ‘Home Counties’ around Greater London over the last 30 years. His areas of interest are Dermatopathology, Gastroenterologic Pathology, Gynaecologic Pathology and Neuropathology.

In his spare time, Chris works in ceramics and sculpture and is an exhibiting Member of The Royal College of Arts, Piccadilly, London, and of the New Zealand Academy of Arts.

Dr Rupa Maitra

MBChB, FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0278

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Dr Maitra qualified as a pathologist in 2002. Her areas of interests are in dermatopathology, GI pathology and soft tissue pathology. Rupa works part time as a histopathologist.

Her other job is as violinist, performing with Duo Tapas and Orchestra Wellington and teaching violin at her studio in Wadestown. In her spare time, Rupa, who holds an MA in creative writing from the IIML at Victoria University, writes fiction.


Dr Vanaja Mutharajah

MBChB, FRCPA
Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0279

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Dr Mutharajah received her Medical degree from Australia. She have had the opportunity of doing pathology training both in Australia and New Zealand. Since 2010, she has been working as a pathologist at Wellington Hospital. Her special areas of interest are lymphomas, CNS tumours and interstitial lung disease.

Outside of work, she enjoys the Wellington city life, and a highlight is attending cricket or rugby (Union!) matches. She enjoy travel, including in New Zealand with its natural landscape of glaciers, volcanic lakes and hot springs.

Dr Robert Weinkove

MA MBBS PhD FRACP FRCPA
Consultant Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221

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Dr Weinkove studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and Kings College London, and trained in haematology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London and the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover in Germany. He has practiced clinical and laboratory haematology at Wellington Blood & Cancer Centre since 2012, and holds a joint cancer immunotherapy research position at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.


Dr Melissa Yssel

Chemical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0318

Dr Huib Buyck

Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221


Dr Zoe Dent

Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 570 9224

Dr Russell Barker

Immunopathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0277


Dr Andrew Tie

Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0273

Dr John McCafferty

Anatomical Pathologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0274


Dr Michelle Dickson

Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221

Dr Anup George

Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221


Dr Travis Perera

Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221

Dr Catherine Tang

Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221


Dr Victoria Campion

Haematologist

Email
pathologist@wellingtonscl.co.nz
Phone
04 245 0221