Southern Sun is the largest dedicated skin cancer lab in Australia.

We are the first commercial lab in Australia to use digital scanning as part of our process. We are working to integrate this into our diagnostic process to enhance our pathology services to you. Watch this space for exciting developments.

We use Technology to augment our specialist services. With this expertise we work with treating doctors as partners to achieve the best results for their patients.

At Southern Sun our state of the art skin cancer diagnostic capabilities are as advanced as they are comprehensive. We provide histopathology and advanced immunohistochemistry techniques and Clinicopathologic correlation for every specimen. Evaluation of margins is standard for every excision.


Helix Pathology Joins Southern Sun Pathology

We are pleased to welcome Helix Pathology to our group of dedicated Histopathology services. Our offering to doctors, now includes a state of the art laboratory in Southport on the Gold Coast headed by Dr Lloyd McGuire.

This new addition to our Integrative Specialists Services ensures the highest quality results, using the latest technology in digital reporting with the assurance of local logistics for our Queensland clinics.

Find out more.

Our Services Include

Meet Our Dermatopathologists

Treating doctors have direct access to our team of highly esteemed dermatopathologists to discuss their patient diagnostic outcomes and assist with clinical training and support.

Dr Ian Katz



Ian founded Southern Sun Pathology in 2002 and since then has focused exclusively on the clinical and pathological diagnosis and management of skin cancer.

Dr Robert Pennisi

MBBS (UQ), M Phil (Medicine) (UQ), FRACGP, FRCPA, AFRCMA, Dip Practical Dermatology (UW) GAICD

Commercial Pathologist

Robert will spearhead our clinical correlation network via our digital diagnostic and reporting process. Our new technology in combination with Robert’s clinical and dermatopathologist experience will provide complete patient care.

Dr. Raghwa Sharma


Consultant Pathologist

Senior Staff Specialist Westmead Hospital; Associate Professor University of Western Sydney.

Dr. Teresa Yung


Consultant Pathologist

Teresa Yung worked at a number of private pathology practices before joining Southernsun Pathology in 2014. Since then, Teresa has focused exclusively on the clinical and pathologic diagnosis of skin cancer.

Dr. Valli Shanti Thanni


Consultant Pathologist

Shanti migrated to Australia in 2007 and joined Southern Sun Pathology in 2015. She has always had a passion and great interest in dermapathology.

  • Check out our latest updates and hear from our Pathologists

    Dr. Ian Katz

    Dr. Robert Pennisi


    As part of our on-going commitment to being at the forefront of skin cancer detection technology, Southern Sun has partnered with Dempath.AI to extend our focus on applications of artificial intelligence to dermatopathology.

    Visit the website to learn more


    Southern Sun provide pathology reports via Secure Messaging Service, Secure Website, Fax, Hard Copy or Eclair.

    (Eclair is the report repository employed by Southern Sun Pathology for access to diagnostic reports via external web-based user access. If you require a Login and Password please contact: [email protected]).

    Results are usually ready in 24 hours after receipt in the laboratory. We usually recommend that patients make an appointment to see their doctor for results about 1 week after the specimen is taken. We ensure the secure delivery of our pathology reports via the specific method of transmission that is preferred by your practice.


    “Dear Ian,

    Just a quick note to let you know how much I and my patients enjoy and appreciate the working relationship we have established over the past years.

    I consider you very much part of the team here which looks after our skin cancer patients, and your occasional clinical presence on-site while I’m operating on patients is appreciated by all.

    Obviously, this would mean little if the rest were not up to scratch: your reports are a picture of clarity, diagnostically precise and to the point, and rarely of a vaccilatory nature – unless the (in)adequacy of my biopsies forces you to hedge your bets. As a clinician, of course, you have a great advantage over many histopathologists, and this is reflected in the nature and quality of your reports.

    The service in terms of specimen pick-up and turnover-time, and the fascinating topical newsletters you provide for your referring doctors, are exemplary.

    The most satisfying aspect of working with you, however, is your ready availability to discuss patients and reports, and your willingness to ‘go back’ and review slides in the light of further information which may be generated by those chats.
    Once again, many thanks for your spontaneous team-spirit, and your utterly professional approach to providing accurate and user-friendly reports to doctors working in the frontline of our battle against the national Australian scourge.”

    With best regards,

    Dr Hein Vandenbergh from Forestville

    “Southern Sun Pathology has some of the most detailed reports I have come across in my time. These guys definitely know what they are doing.”

    Norton Street Medical Centre

    Southern Sun Pathology specialises in Anatomical Pathology – Histology.

    As an Anatomical Histology Specialist we do not process nor collect blood products.

    Find out why more and more clinics are turning to Southern Sun

    Get in touch today to find out more about our comprehensive range of services.