Dr Margreth van Aartsen
MBChB FRCPA Cert Dermatoscopy IBCD
07 3377 8364
Dermatopathology and lymphoproliferative disorders
Dr Margreth van Aartsen is a histopathologist at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane. She obtained her MBChB from the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa), graduating in 2000 and migrating to Australia in 2003.
After spending several years working as a clinician predominantly in public hospitals in South Africa and Australia, she decided to pursue her interest in pathology. She joined the anatomical pathology training program in Queensland and worked in various laboratories in Southeast Queensland, gaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2011.
Before joining SNP, Dr van Aartsen worked as a staff specialist in anatomical pathology in Albury-Wodonga for six years, where she performed the duties of Pathologist-in-Charge during the final three and a half years. She reported a broad range of specimens, including cases from general practitioners as well as more complex general and specialist surgical cases and diagnostic biopsies. Having participated in frequent multidisciplinary meetings during this time she values the importance of good and open communication among interdisciplinary colleagues.
Dr van Aartsen has a keen interest in ongoing education and training of junior staff. She was the primary supervisor for anatomical pathology registrars while at Albury-Wodonga and has been actively involved in teaching pathology to medical students in Queensland and at the UNSW Rural Clinical School, Albury Campus.
In 2017, after "a wonderful and rewarding experience" on the NSW-Victorian border she, her husband and two sausage dogs decided to return to Brisbane. She joined SNP in order to pursue a long-standing interest in dermatopathology.
In 2018, Dr van Aartsen was awarded the prestigious International Board Certificate in Dermatopathology. A maximum of only 35 applicants are accepted each year to sit for the stringent three-part examination, which is organised under the auspices of the International Committee for Dermatopathology (ICDP) and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).