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Dr David Kanowski

BSc (Hons 1st Class) MBBS FRCPA




Clinical chemistry, Endocrinology, Toxicology


Bowen Hills QLD


As one of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's senior pathologists, Dr David Kanowski reports across all aspects of biochemistry including clinical chemistry, endocrinology and toxicology.

Dr Kanowski first studied science at The University of Queensland (UQ), graduating with First Class Honours in Biochemistry in 1979. He was offered a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake a PhD in biochemistry, but elected to study medicine instead. After graduating from UQ School of Medicine in 1985, and spending two years at Toowoomba Base Hospital, he moved to the UK to take up a training position in anaesthetics at Basingstoke Hospital, a district hospital with a large catchment covering North Hampshire. Here, he gained experience in a full range of surgical procedures in a busy emergency department/intensive care unit setting.

He returned to Australia in1989 and worked in emergency at Toowoomba Base Hospital. It was here he made the decision to return to his first interest - biochemistry. He went on to train in chemical pathology at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital, gaining Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Fellowship In 1993. He then worked in private practice, joining SNP in 1997.

SNP is the Sonic Healthcare referral laboratory for biochemistry and endocrinology testing and, together with his colleagues, Dr Kanowski has been responsible for ensuring the practice maintains its position at the leading-edge of scientific innovation. This includes introducing new technology such as mass spectrometry for trace elements/metals and drug testing, and more recently testing for Perfluorinated Compounds (PFOS and PFOA). The department has also validated and introduced many new tests to Australia, such as anti mullerian hormone (AMH) and HE4 and was the first laboratory globally to offer the Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF) test to assess the severity of liver fibrosis.

Dr Kanowski has a long-standing interest in expert systems, having studied computer science, maths and physics while at university. SNP was an early adopter of laboratory information systems and Dr Kanowski has been actively involved in writing automated investigation protocols from the start. He has a particular interest in the harmonisation of reference intervals and has been involved in the joint Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia/Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists harmonisation committee. The group is actively working to harmonise and standardise reference intervals for common biochemical analytes - an issue of increasing importance in the era of the electronic health record when clinicians and patients face reporting variations between laboratories. Dr Kanowski publishes in his fields of interest and presents at Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia annual meetings.