Dr Rod Conrad

BVSc, MBBS, FRCPA

Specialty

Gastrointestinal, Histopathology, Uropathology

Phone number

07 3377 8324

Email: rod_conrad@snp.com.au

Dr Rod Conrad is one of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's most senior histopathologists and known for his extensive expertise in gastrointestinal pathology.

His first interest was veterinary science and in 1977 he graduated from The University of Queensland with the University Medal in Veterinary Science. He undertook internships in small animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University before making the decision to return to Queensland to enter medicine. In 1985, he graduated in Medicine from The University of Queensland winning the University Medal for Medicine. He went on to a medical registrar position at The Royal Brisbane Hospital before training in Anatomical Pathology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

In 1994, he moved to London spending the next 18 months on staff at the Royal Free Hospital, which had established itself as a world centre of excellence in hepatology. There he developed interests in gastrointestinal pathology and liver pathology while working under Professor Peter Scheuer one of the world's leading hepatopathologists.

Dr Conrad joined Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in 1995 and was for nine years Partner-in-Charge of the laboratory at the Greenslopes Private Hospital. He is now based at the main laboratory at Bowen Hills where he undertakes GI investigations with a focus on luminal biopsy specimens to provide reports to referring clinicians. Known for his approachability, he enjoys the collegiate nature of pathology and provides consultation and second opinions to his colleagues across the practice.

Dr Conrad is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a Member of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathologists. With a longstanding commitment to bringing on new generations of pathologists he continues to enjoy training registrars and is also involved in training sessions for advanced GI physician trainees. He strongly believes that mentorship has an essential role to play in the continuation of good medical practice, citing Professor John Kerr former Professor of Pathology at UQ and Professor Trevor Heath, Dean of Veterinary Science at UQ as important influences on his own career.

Dr Conrad credits his family background for his decision to move from physician training to pathology early in his post graduate years. He is a member of the Duhig family, who for three generations has been a dominant force in the development of pathology services in Queensland, and is regarded as one of the greatest medical dynasties from any one specialty in Australia. Twelve of the family went into medicine and six into pathology. Dr Conrad's uncle, Professor JV Duhig, was the founder of the pathology departments of the Mater and Brisbane hospitals, a founder of the University of Queensland Medical School and its first Professor of Pathology. He established the State's first Blood Bank and was a strong advocate for vaccination. JV's sons Robert and James followed in his footsteps, each making their own contributions to the speciality. Robert's children James and Edwina continue the family passion for pathology and they too, are with Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology. The practice acquired its first Gold Coast laboratory from the late Dr James Duhig.