Professor Richard Scolyer AO


Co-Medical Director

Professor Richard Scolyer AO, BMedSci, MBBS, MD, FRCPA, FRCPath, FAHMS is Senior Staff Specialist, Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; Co- Medical Director, Melanoma Institute Australia; and Conjoint Professor, Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney.

Richard provides a clinical consultation service for the diagnosis of difficult pigmented lesions and receives more than 2000 cases for opinion from Australasia and beyond annually. Richard effectively integrates his clinical practice with co-leading an award winning translational melanoma research laboratory. His record includes co-authoring more than 800 peer reviewed publications, books and/or book-chapters including in prestigious journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature, Cell, Nature Genetics, Lancet Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute and Cancer Discovery with >63,508 citations and a H-index of 120 (Google Scholar as at 3 August 2022). Richard has presented on more than 400 occasions at conferences throughout the world.

In June 2021, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the field of melanoma and skin cancer, and to national and international professional organisations by The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. In January 2024 Professor Scolyer and his colleague Professor Georgina Long were jointly named as 2024 Australians of the Year.

In 2020, Prof Scoyer received the NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Distinguished Fellow Award 2020, The University of Sydney’s 2020 Alumni Award for International Achievement and Clarivate Web of Science Group Highly Cited Researcher in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Richard has received the NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Research in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021, Thomson Reuters 2015 Citation Award in the Clinical Medicine category, the 2018 William O. Russell/Joanne Vandenberge Hill Award for Lifetime Achievement in Anatomical Pathology from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Australia’s 2018 GSK Award for Research Excellence, the 2019 American Society of Dermatopathology’s Elson B Helwig Award for excellence in dermatopathology, the 2021 University of Tasmania Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2021 University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor Award for Outstanding Research. In May 2023 Richard received the 2023 Founders' Award from The American Society of Dermatopathology, recognising his outstanding contribution to the field of dermatopathology, and the 2023 Distinguished Pathologist Award from the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) Australasian Division, to honour his enormous contributions to pathology in Australasia and beyond. In November 2023 he received 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society for Melanoma Research. 

According to Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge, Richard is the highest ever published scientist in the world in the field of melanoma pathology and he also has the highest H index in this field. The Fame Report (2011) published by Medical Experts International ( ranked him the 6th leading melanoma expert in any field or discipline worldwide and the highest ranked melanoma pathologist worldwide. In June 2022, he was ranked the world’s 6th leading melanoma expert in any field or discipline and the world’s leading melanoma pathologist ( In September 2019, Richard was ranked as the leading Australian Pathologist in the entire field of pathology (

Richard is an expert member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Blue Books Editorial Board for the 5th edition of the WHO Classification of Skin Tumours series and was an editor of the 4th Edition of the World Health Organisation Classification of Tumours Skin Tumours volume in which he was the responsible editor for 3 of the 6 sections and authored/co-authored more than 30 chapters.He has also been an invited contributing author to 6 other volumes of the WHO Classification of Tumours including for Soft Tissue and Bone, Digestive System, Thoracic, Female Genital Tract and Paediatric tumours. He is also Vice Chair of the Melanoma Expert Panel of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) for the 8ᵗʰ and 9ᵗʰ editions of AJCC Cancer Staging System, co-leads the Australian Melanoma Genome Project (part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium), was lead pathologist for the NIH funded The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Melanoma Project (Cell, 2015), chairs the Melanoma Expert Panel for the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting, lead pathologist/member of the overseeing Management Committee, Multidisciplinary Working Party and Author for the Australian Melanoma Clinical Practice Guidelines and co-lead author of the College of American Pathologists Melanoma Reporting protocol. He is Editor-in-Chief of Pathology and is also an editorial board member of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Modern Pathology and Histopathology and several other international journals. Richard is a Past President of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology and is the current International Vice President representing Australasia on the International Academy of Pathology International Council. In 2019, Richard was the RCPA visiting Professor/Lecturer to Asia. Together with other MIA colleagues, Richard has been chief investigator on 3 consecutive 5 year NHMRC program grants (2006-2021) and has received multiple personal Fellowships from the NHMRC and CINSW. He has on multiple phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials and a frequently sought-after advisor to industry.

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Prof Scolyer Recent News

Prof Scolyer Recent Publications

The Impact of Next-generation Sequencing on Interobserver Agreement and Diagnostic Accuracy of Desmoplastic Melanocytic Neoplasms

2024-06-13T16:07:01+10:00April 9th, 2024|

Chen A, Sharma N, Patel P, Olivares S, Bahrami A, Barnhill RL, Blokx WAM, Bosenberg M, Busam KJ, de La Fouchardière A, Duncan LM, Elder DE, Ko JS, Landman G, Lazar AJ, Lezcano C, Lowe L, Maher N, Massi D, Messina J, Mihic-Probst D, Parker DC, Redpath M, Scolyer RA, Shea CR, Spatz A, Tron V, Xu X, Yeh I, Jung Yun S, Zembowicz A, Gerami P. Am J Surg Pathol, doi:10.1097/pas.0000000000002226.


Pembrolizumab versus placebo as adjuvant therapy in resected stage IIB or IIC melanoma: Outcomes in histopathologic subgroups from the randomized, double-blind, phase 3 KEYNOTE-716 trial.

2024-05-09T12:13:11+10:00March 13th, 2024|Tags: , , |

Schadendorf D, Luke JJ, Ascierto PA, Long GV, Rutkowski P, Khattak M, Del Vecchio M, de la Cruz Merino L, Mackiewicz J, Chiarion-Sileni V, Kirkwood JM, Robert C, Grob J-J, Dummer R, Carlino MS, Zhao Y, Fukunaga-Kalabis M, Krepler C, Eggermont AMM, Scolyer RA. Journal of Immunotherapy of Cancer.


Cutaneous melanoma

2023-08-16T11:29:16+10:00July 24th, 2023|

Georgina V Long, Susan M Swetter, Alexander M Menzies, Jeffrey E Gershenwald, Richard A Scolyer. Lancet 2023 Jul 24;S0140-6736(23)00821-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(23)00821-8.


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