MIA Co-Medical Director Professor Richard Scolyer AO was recently awarded the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) Australasian Division‘s 2023 Distinguished Pathologist Medal, to honour his enormous contributions to pathology in Australasia and beyond.


The Distinguished Pathologist Medal

The Distinguished Pathologist Medal is awarded annually by the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) Australasian Division to a pathologist who has made an outstanding contribution to the discipline of anatomical pathology.

It is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a pathologist by the IAP and recognises not just an individual’s contribution and accomplishments over the course of their career to date, but also their dedication to advancing the field of pathology.

Prof Scolyer was awarded the IAP 2023 Distinguished Pathologist Award by fellow pathologist Clinical Assoc Prof Fiona Maclean, President of the IAP Australasian Division.

When bestowing the award, Assoc Prof Maclean highlighted that “not only has Richard conducted groundbreaking research, but he also exemplifies leadership and mentorship for future generations of pathologists. Richard’s personal qualities of humility, commitment to patient care, integrity and kindness are just as important to recognise as his professional achievements.”

In his acceptance speech, Prof Scolyer paid tribute to the brilliant and dedicated multi-disciplinary team “united in our goal to reach zero deaths from melanoma”, including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) Pathology department where there is an “atmosphere of collegiality, goodwill and support.” Prof Scolyer also thanked his mentor Professor Stan McCarthy AO, his family and his wife.

Watch the video below to see the full online presentation, including Prof Scolyer’s inspiring acceptance speech.