Dr Juan Ortiz



Anatomical Pathologist

Phone number

02 6620 1202

Email: juan_ortiz@snp.com.au

Special interests: ophthalmic pathology, dermatopathology and general pathology

Dr Juan Ortiz is a histopathologist at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's Lismore laboratory. He completed his medical training in Colombia before moving to Australia where he undertook specialty training in anatomical pathology at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, the Mater Hospital, the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in Brisbane.  It was there he expanded his interest in dermatopathology and ophthalmic pathology. He gained Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Fellowship in 2013.

Dr Ortiz worked in private pathology in Newcastle before undertaking a one-year clinical fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the Houston Methodist Hospital, recognised as a leading residency training hospital in the USA. There, he trained with some of the world's leaders in their specialties. He was able to acquire expertise in the latest diagnostic approaches of periocular, orbital and intraocular pathology, including intraocular cytology techniques and pathology of corneal diseases, uveal melanomas and retinoblastomas referred to the Retinoblastoma Center of Houston.

Dr Ortiz returned to Australia and joined Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in 2017. Based at the Lismore laboratory he is passionate about patient care, research and teaching.  He publishes in his fields of interest and in 2018 contributed to the chapter on ophthalmic pathology in the third edition of the text book Clinical Cytopathology, Fundamental Principles and Practice.  He has lectured at the University of Queensland Medical School and taught medical students, pathology and ophthalmology residents rotating at HMH in Houston. He has presented at conferences nationally and internationally and is a member of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists (AAOOP).

As a pathologist at the only private pathology laboratory in Lismore, Dr Ortiz plays a key role in local healthcare. He is strongly committed to the delivery of high quality regional pathology services as well as taking an active role in the local community.