Chair IHMRI Board 

Dr Stephen Andersen OAM is celebrated in the Illawarra community for his business skills and community service.

Dr Stephen Andersen OAM

Dr Stephen Andersen OAM

After graduating from medical school in 1967 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, Steve moved to Tasmania to undertake his junior residency at Royal Hobart Hospital. Following completion of his senior residency with St George Hospital a year later, Steve undertook his specialist training in Pathology at Sydney Hospital from 1969 to 1971. During this period, he accepted a secondment to Goroka Hospital in Papua New Guinea.

He founded Southern Pathology in 1979, starting from scratch with only four staff, his hard work and astute business acumen guided and grew the organisation now known as Southern Pathology to its current state. 

Dr Andersen’s services were recognised with a University of Wollongong Fellowship in 1998 and, in 2012, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to medical education, to the specialty of pathology, and to the community of the Illawarra region.

Steve has served on many advisory boards and panels over the past four decades, including the Wollongong City Mission, the Salvation Army, Lifeline South Coast and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board. He has also made significant contributions to the University of Wollongong’s history: as an advisor, an educator, a Council member and Deputy Chancellor.