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Assoc. Prof. Nirmala Pathmanathan



Anatomical Pathology


Cytopathology, Histopathology

Special interests

Breast pathology


Macquarie Park


Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan is an anatomical pathologist with expertise in breast diseases. She is the Service Director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in Sydney, a comprehensive multidisciplinary breast cancer program covering Western Sydney. Assoc. Prof. Pathmanathan worked from 2002 to 2016 as a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Pathology West. She is also the Designated/Lead Pathologist for BreastScreen, Sydney West, the Director for BreastScreen Program for Sydney West, a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney and Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Western Sydney.

Assoc. Prof. Pathmanathan is the recipient and chief or principal investigator on a number of grant-funded projects and is an executive committee member of the Australian Breast Cancer Tumour Bank. She is a Member of NBOCC Sentinel Node Biopsy Subgroup and was involved in the development of recommendations for use of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer. Recently, Assoc. Prof. Pathmanathan has been a steering committee member in the development and presentation of breast cancer workshops, aimed at improving the quality of breast cancer pathology and HER2 testing in several countries across the Asia Pacific Region. She sits on the Executive Committee for the Australasian Society for Breast Diseases and is a National Clinical Advisory Board Member for BreastScreen Australia. Her primary research interests are in HER2 testing, prognostic markers in ER positive breast cancer and borderline/atypical lesions of the breast. Assoc. Prof. Pathmanathan joined Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology in November 2016.