Dr Bev Rowbotham





Haematology, coagulation, malignant haematology


(07) 3377 8632








Dr Bev Rowbotham is a consultant haematologist and the former Director of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology’s Haematology Department.  A respected leader in the medical profession, for the past two decades she has played a prominent national role in Australian healthcare and holds numerous key professional, government and board appointments.

After graduating in Medicine with First Class Honours from The University of Queensland in 1978, Dr Rowbotham trained in haematology in Brisbane and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. In 1992, she was awarded the higher degree of Doctor of Medicine by The University of Queensland for her work in thrombosis research. 

Dr Rowbotham joined Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in 1995 and was made Director of Haematology in 2000.  She moved forward with the founding partners’ strategic vision for the department and took decisions that would see it evolve into Australia’s largest specialist haematology laboratory. In particular, she oversaw the significant growth of the practice’s cancer diagnostic services, including the establishment of the Wesley Hospital Stem Cell Laboratory – the first privately operated stem cell laboratory in Australia.

Dr Rowbotham is an Associate Professor of The University of Queensland School of Medicine.  She has been a ministerial appointment to four Federal Government peak bodies and is the current Chair of the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council.  In this role, she has led the shift in standard setting and accreditation from a compliance focus to a risk-based approach, focused on the prevention of patient harm.  She gave the Eva Raik Plenary lecture at RCPA Pathology Update in 2018:First do no harm - challenges to be overcome in the modern practice of pathology”.

She was President of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), and in 2018, she was awarded the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s highest award, the Distinguished Fellow, in recognition of her services to the profession of pathology.  She has five times been elected as Chair of the Federal Council of the Australian Medical Association.  She is a member, by invitation, of the International Commission of the American Society of Clinical Pathology; a member of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO); and a member of the National Patient Blood Management Program.   She is also by Ministerial appointment, a member of the Medical Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce and a member of the Quality Use of Pathology Committee.

Dr Rowbotham has also served on the World Medical Association Declaration of the Ethical Considerations of Health Databases and Biobanks, drafting Committee and the Australia Government Department of Health Genetics Working Party.

She is an elected Director of the Avant Mutual Group, Australia’s largest medical indemnity insurer, and the Boards of Avant Insurance Ltd and private health insurer, Doctors Health Fund. She is also a director of Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Programs Pty Ltd, a national and international provider of laboratory quality assurance programs.

Dr Rowbotham has a long-held commitment to innovation and the use of technology to provide solutions.  She holds current appointments to the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Advisory Board of the University of Queensland’s Institute of Molecular Bioscience, and is the immediate past Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Foundation Research Grants Committee.

She has spent 15 year serving on boards of organisations that provide education and disability services to children. She is currently a Director of AEIOU Foundation for children with autism.

An advocate for good governance, she has established the Bev Rowbotham Doctors on Boards scholarships which are awarded to University of Queensland medical students, to promote governance skills in the next generation of Australia’s doctors, and the Pathology Leaders Scholarship awarded by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

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