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Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown


  • Director of Pathology Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Director of Chemical Pathology, PAH

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+ 61 7 3176 2377

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  • FRCPA, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Australia, 1989
  • Dip RACOG, Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australia, 1984
  • MB BS, University of Queensland, Australia, 1980
  • BSc(Med), University of Queensland, Australia, 1977


Dr Nigel Brown obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in 1980. He worked as an Intern, Junior, Senior, and Principal House Officer at Cairns Base Hospital until December 1984. In 1985, he took up the position of Pathology Registrar in the Department of Chemical Pathology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Herston.

In 1988, Dr Brown worked in the role of Acting Chemical Pathologist in the Royal Brisbane Pathology Department, while completing his final year of Chemical Pathology training. He continued as a consultant from 1989.

In May 1993, he spent a month working as Locum Head of Chemical Pathology at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before returning to Brisbane to continue the role as Chemical Pathologist at Royal Brisbane Hospital Pathology Department/Queensland Health Pathology Service, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He was the pathologist in charge of the Endocrinology section, and one of the supervising pathologists of the Molecular Genetics section. From 1989 until the appointment of a third chemical pathologist in 1998, Dr Brown was pathologist in charge of the Therapeutic Drugs and Toxicology section, which included the Divisional GC/MS facilities.

Dr Brown was responsible for the establishment of a DNA diagnostic service within Chemical Pathology from its beginnings in 1990 to its amalgamation with Haematology’s section to create a Departmental Molecular Genetics section in 1996.

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As Acting Director of Chemical Pathology at The Prince Charles Hospital Pathology from September 1996 to December 1997, he supervised aspects of Chemistry laboratory testing and reporting. He was onsite at Prince Charles laboratory approximately half-time for this period.

Dr Brown worked from 1999 to 2000 for QML as Staff Chemical Pathologist, Head of Molecular Pathology and Supervising Pathologist at St Andrew’s Hospital Stat Lab.

At Laverty Pathology, from 2009 until 2011, Dr Brown fulfilled several roles including: Head of Chemistry: Responsible for pathologist management and supervision of central North Ryde (Sydney) Chemistry Laboratory and oversight of regional and branch laboratory Chemistry testing. Regional and branch laboratories cover NSW, ACT and suburban Sydney including co-located and nearby Sydney hospitals (St George Private Hospital, Dalcross Private Hospital, and Kareena Private Hospital). He supervised an overseas trained pathologist undertaking Chemical Pathology accreditation and a Chemical Pathology registrar. Deputy Medical Director: Supervising the Laverty document control system and filling the role of Acting Medical Director when Medical Director, Dr Greenberg, was not available. Head of Molecular Genetics: Coordination of non-infectious molecular genetic testing and supervision of Chemistry molecular testing. He supervised the expansion of this area as it separated from the previous combined service covering both infectious and non-infectious testing.

Currently, Dr Brown fulfils the roles of both, Director of Pathology, Queensland, and Director of Chemical Pathology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.  He is directly responsible for all services provided by the Pathology Queensland PAH Laboratory.

Awards and grants


Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland Research Scholarship
Australian National University Vacation Scholarship (John Curtain School of Medical Research)
National Heart Foundation of Australia Vacation Scholarship
IFMSA Population and Environment Essay Prize
AMA - AMSA Student Award

Top publications

  • Dimeski G, Jones BW, Brown N. Carryover can be a cause of false positive results with Beckman AccuTnI assay. Clin Chem Lab Med 2012;50(6):1135-6.
  • Dimeski G, Bird R, Brown N. Measurement of glycated hemoglobin in a patient homozygous hemoglobin E on the Bio-Rad Variant II and D-10 systems. Clin Chem Lab Med 2012;50(8) in press
  • Brown NN. Re: Severe hyponatraemia as a result of primary polydipsia in labour. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2005 Jun;45(3):259.
  • Hill BD, McManus AC, Brown NN, Playford CL, Noble JW. A bovine stress syndrome associated with exercise-induced hyperthermia. Australian Veterinary Journal 2000; 78:38-43.
  • Brown N. Statistical extraction of factors contributing to variations in plasma biochemistry in an ambulatory population. 1998; Poster at the 1998 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
  • Kobayashi Y, Sharpe H, Brown N. Single-cell analysis of intercellular heteroplasmy of mtDNA in Leber hereditary optic neuropathy. American Journal of Human Genetics 1994; 55:206-9.
  • McCombe PA, McLaughlin DB, Chalk JB, Brown NN, McGill JJ, Pender MP. Spasticity and white matter abnormalities in adult phenylketonuria. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 1992; 55:359-61.
  • Thomson DM, Brown NN, Clague AE. Routine use of hair root or buccal swab specimens for PCR analysis: advantages over using blood. Clin Chim Acta 1992; 207:169-74.


More publications are available on PubMed

Professional memberships and associations

Current RCPA e-Health Taskforce representative to Standards Australia IT-014 Health Informatics Committee
Current Standards Australia, IT - 014-13 Clinical Decision Support Working Group, Member
Current Pathology Units and terminology Standardisation Project RCPA Working Group - Biochemistry, Member
Current RCPA Queensland State Committee, Secretary
Current Pathology Queensland, CaSS Credentialing & SoCP Committee, Chair
Current Pathology Queensland, Molecular Genetics Working Party, Member
Previous Australiasian Association of Clinical Biochemists LOINC Working Party, Member
Previous RCPA Genetics Advisory Committee, Member
Previous RCPA Queensland State Committee, Member and Secretary
Previous RCPA Pathology Informatics Working Party, Member
Previous Association for Computing Machinery
Previous Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law