Dr Sobhana Arianayagam







(02) 6648 2100 


Special practice responsibilities

Pathologist-in-Charge Coffs Harbour and Grafton region




























Dr Sobhana Arianayagam graduated from Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, India, in January 1972. After two years as resident junior house surgeon, she gained experience in emergency, obstetrics and gynaecology, in regional hospitals in Malaysia, before holding the position of honorary senior house officer at Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex UK. 

Having decided to pursue a career in pathology, Dr Arianayagam worked as medical officer/trainee in the pathology department at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1982 to 1985, followed by a lectureship in pathology at the University of Malaya from 1985 to early 1989. 

She was an honorary registrar in histopathology at the Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge, UK, during 1989. After moving to Australia with her family, Dr Arianayagam was a senior registrar in histopathology at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Adelaide, from January 1990 until January 1991. For four years, from 1991 to 1995, she held the position of senior consultant in histopathology at the Royal Darwin Hospital, NT, before moving to Coffs Harbour.

Dr Arianayagam joined Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in 1995 and assumed the role of supervising pathologist for the Coffs Harbour region in 1999, extending to Grafton in 2002. She has a special interest in breast and skin pathology. Since 2004, she has taken an integral role in the training and mentoring of regional medical students as honorary conjoint lecturer, UNSW School of Rural Medicine, Coffs Harbour. 

Working in a regional laboratory, Dr Arianayagam has developed a broad expertise in general histopathology, with special interest in breast and skin pathology. She attends regular multidisciplinary breast meetings with colleagues at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and has served for more than 10 years on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Baringa Private Hospital. She regularly attends national and international meetings.

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