Associate Professor Vanathi Sivasubramaniam MBBS, FRCPA completed her medical degree at the University of Queensland and obtained her Fellowship in Anatomical Pathology in 2011. Her specialist training was predominantly at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney), with rotations at Liverpool Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and the Department of Forensic Medicine, Glebe. She concluded her training by completing the Geraldine Colby Zeiler Fellowship in Lung and Cytopathology at the Mayo Clinic, Arizona.
She was appointed as a Staff Specialist at St. Vincent’s in May 2011, where she continues as a Senior Staff Specialist. A Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW Medicine & Health, Vanathi is passionate about the education of future medical practitioners and has been actively involved in admissions, undergraduate teaching and examinations since 2006. She has been keenly engaged in the training of specialist registrars over many years, including roles as joint registrar supervisor within Anatomical Pathology at SydPath, and as an examiner for the RCPA.
Vanathi’s areas of sub-specialty expertise and research include cardiovascular and pleuropulmonary pathology, covering both tumour and non-tumour related disease, with a deep focus on transplant related pathology, with additional interests in mediastinal pathology, and cytopathology. Her extensive experience in PD-L1 immunohistochemistry and trial work in the setting of non-small cell lung cancer led her to becoming an integral part of establishing protocols and reporting regimes for PD-L1 immunohistochemistry in lung carcinomas in Australia, with a lead role in the training of other pathologists, (both in Australia and New Zealand), and in establishing a framework for ongoing quality assurance practices in conjunction with the RCPA.
Vanathi is a member of the International Academy of Pathology, the Pulmonary Pathology Society, the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the Australian Society of Cytology and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Her participation with the ISHLT has expanded to include significant international research collaboration, involvement in several subcommittees looking at upgrading international transplant consensus guidelines, and her appointment as the sole Pathology Professional Community Representative to the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant (AHFTX) Interdisciplinary Network Steering Committee for 2024-2027.