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Updates From The Lab

In the past three months we have been very fortunate to welcome five excellent Victoria-based pathologists to our organisation. They are working from Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Clayton and will provide great expertise for our medical community.


Dr Showan Balta, M.B.Ch.B., FRCPA

Anatomical Pathology, Ballarat

Dr. Showan Balta obtained his M. B. Ch. B. from the University of Baghdad in Iraq. He finished his medical internship in Iraq and worked for a year as a rural general practitioner. He then moved with his family to Australia and was certified by the Australian Medical Council in 2010. After working for two years in the emergency department at Ballarat Base Hospital, he undertook Anatomical Pathology training at Ballarat Base Hospital, St John of God Hospital (Ballarat) and St. Vincent Hospital (Melbourne). He obtained his fellowship in Anatomical Pathology in 2017 and commenced working with Australian Clinical Labs at St. John of God Hospital in Ballarat. His special interests include genitourinary, gastrointestinal, lung pathology and dermatopathology.

P: 1300 134 111  E: showan.balta@clinicallabs.com.au



Dr Frances Lee, B. Sci (Hons) MBBS, FRCPA

Anatomical Pathology & Cytopathology, Geelong

Dr Frances Lee obtained her MBBS from Flinders University in Adelaide and her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2017. After completing two years as a junior doctor at University Hospital in Geelong, she undertook Anatomical Pathology training at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Hobart Pathology before completing her training with Australian Clinical Labs in Ballarat, Victoria.

P: (03) 5225 1170   E: frances.lee@clinicallabs.com.au




Dr Gabriel Scripcaru, FRCPA, MD

Anatomical Pathology & Cytopathology, Clayton

Dr Gabriel Scripcaru studied medicine at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr.T.Popa”, Iasi Romania. After graduation he commenced training in neurosurgery working in Cluj, Romania and Newcastle, England. He subsequently became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh upon completion of the required examinations. Gabriel’s clinical experience prior to anatomical pathology also included working in emergency medicine, intensive care and surgery both in Australia and Scotland. His training in anatomical pathology comprised rotations at the The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Women’s and Royal Children’s Hospitals in Melbourne. Before joining Australian Clinical Labs, Dr Scripcaru worked at Southern Sun Pathology in Sydney where he gained experience in dermatopathology. His main interests include dermatopathology, head and neck and soft tissue pathology.

P: 1300 134 111   E: gabriel.scripcaru@clinicallabs.com.au




Dr Kate Stewart, B.Sc.B.Med.FRCPA

Anatomical Pathology & Cytopathology, Clayton

Dr. Kate Stewart obtained a Bachelor of Science with a pathology major at the University of Melbourne and then a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle (NSW), qualifying in 1998. She began Anatomical Pathology training in 2000 at Austin Health (Vic). After rotations at the Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospitals and The Alfred Hospital, she obtained Fellowship of the RCPA in 2005. As a consultant, she has gained experience in a number of subspecialty areas in both the public and private sector in Melbourne, including the Victorian Cytology Service, Monash Medical Centre, St. Vincent’s Pathology, St. John of God Pathology, Tissupath and Cabrini Pathology. She began working at Australian Clinical Labs in Clayton in 2018.

P: (03) 9538 5624   E: kate.stewart@clinicallabs.com.au


Dr Sagarika Tripathy, MBBS, FRCPA

Anatomical Pathology, Bendigo

Dr Sagarika Tripathy has been appointed to the role of Anatomical Pathologist based at the Bendigo Health through Australian Clinical Labs. Dr Tripathy holds a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery from MKCG Medical College, India and a Doctor of Medicine (Pathology) from B. J. Medical College, India, graduating in 2008. She completed her General Pathology training in India and was employed as a Consultant Pathologist at B. J. medical college, before relocating to Australia in 2013. Dr Tripathy then undertook further Anatomical Pathology training at Monash Health and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She obtained her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in August 2017. Dr Tripathy has also held various research and teaching roles as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Tutor at B. J. Medical College and Civil Hospital, India.

P: (03) 5454 6398 E: sagarika.tripathy@clinicallabs.com.au