Professor John Bell retires

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

After more than 39 years at Mater as a specialist pathologist Professor John Bell announced his retirement in 2008.

Until 2001 Professor Bell was Director of Pathology Services, when he relinquished this position to take up the role of Director of Anatomical Pathology, allowing him to pursue his passion for histopathology and further develop that division.

During his career, Professor Bell grew Mater Pathology from a small laboratory of 12 staff (half of whom were Sisters of Mercy), to an organisation of 280, led by 11 nationally and internationally recognised specialist pathologists.

Professor Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom. He gained his postgraduate experience in Boston and developed life-long friendships with some of the world’s top paediatricians and paediatric pathologists. Over the years he has collaborated with colleagues at the Bringham and Women’s Hospital, the Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 1992 the University of Queensland made him a full Clinical Professor, an honour bestowed on only a handful of practising pathologists in Queensland.

In 2005, Professor Bell took up a part-time position as a consultant anatomical pathologist and handed over the leadership of the department to Associate Professor Jane Armes.

Associate Professor Armes qualified in medicine at Nottingham University in the United Kingdom and completed a PhD at the University of London, before immigrating to Australia in 1990. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and is both a diagnostic and research anatomical pathologist, with a special interest in the molecular pathologic aspects of breast, gynaecological and familial cancers.

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    Professor John Bell was a specialist pathologist for 39 years at Mater.Professor John BellProfessor John Bell with his pathology team.

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