About us

Pathologists

Our specialist pathologists are based at Labtests in Auckland and are available to provide expert advice to practitioners. Many of our pathologists also have District Health Board appointments.

Our team can be contacted to discuss urgent or clinically significant results as required. Practitioners wishing to discuss test results with one of our pathologists can call 09 574 7399.

Chemical Pathologists

Dr Charles Ng

Dr Ng is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, and trained in Chemical Pathology at the Prince of Wales, Queen Mary and Princess Margaret Hospitals in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Labtests, he worked in the Department of Chemical Pathology at Hong Kong’s Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr Ng is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a member of the Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry

Dr Samarina Musaad

Dr Musaad is a graduate of Khartoum University, Sudan. She trained in Chemical Pathology in Auckland. Prior to settling in New Zealand, she had started basic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the North of England which she continued for some time at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland before entering Pathology.

Dr Musaad is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and a Fellow of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB). She also serves as a member of the Chemical Pathology advisory committee of the RCPA and examiner in the College. Dr Musaad has a special interest in Point of Care testing and is a member of the New Zealand Point of Care Advisory Group. Dr Musaad is also Chairperson of the New Zealand branch of the AACB and is the Chemical Pathology representative in the NZ Society of Pathologists.

Dr Cam Kyle

Dr Kyle graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1980 and received his specialist pathology (FRCPA) qualification in Chemical Pathology in 1993. During his training he also completed a PhD degree at the University of Utah in Physiology (with emphasis in Endocrinology and Genetics).

Dr Kyle has been involved in the provision of community pathology services in Auckland since 1993, first as Director of Biochemistry at Medlab (1993-1999), then as Co-Director and later Director of Biochemistry/Immunology at Diagnostic Medlab from 1999 to 2013. He has also been employed as a part time Chemical Pathologist at LabPlus since 2010. He has been a visiting specialist in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology within ADHB since 1992; has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Molecular Medicine with the University of Auckland since 1995 and involved with provision of pathology education nationally through BPAC since 2005.

Haematology Pathologists

Dr Fransisca De Silva

Dr De Silva is a graduate of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Faculty of Medicine. In 2003 Dr De Silva completed Post-Graduate training in General Pathology at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, obtaining her Diploma in General Pathology.

Dr De Silva worked at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital and the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka. She completed her MD (Haematology) in 2006 through the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Sri Lanka. She then moved to Australia where she completed her haematology training at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Dr De Silva is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Dr George Chan

Dr Chan completed his medical degree at the University of Hong Kong, followed by training in haematology in the Department of Pathology (Haematology), University of Hong Kong. and was a Commonwealth Medical Fellow in Oxford, UK.  Dr Chan became a member of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australiasia (FRCP) in 1985. 

In 1988 Dr Chan relocated to New Zealand and worked as a specialist haematologist and Head of Department at Green Lane and National Women’s Hospitals then Auckland Hospital, becoming Clinical Head of Haematology, Laboratory Services (LabPLUS).

Dr Chan has been an examiner for haematology specialist certification (NZIMLS and FRCPA.  He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific publications and presentations.

In addition to working for Labtests Dr Chan continues as a laboratory and clinical haematologist at Auckland City Hospital and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer in molecular medicine and pathology with the University of Auckland.

Dr Lochie Teague

Dr Teague is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School. He completed training and fellowships in Paediatrics and Haematology in Auckland with further post graduate training at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

He has been Paediatric Haematologist since 1992, and since 1998 been Clinical Director of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Unit at Starship Hospital. Dr Teague is a member and councillor of the Australia and New Zealand Children’s Oncology Study Group (ANZCHOG), and Principal Investigator for Children’s Oncology Group. Special interests include Paediatric Haematology, Stem Cell Transplantation and Haemophilia.

Dr Teague holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.



Dr Lesley Overend

Dr Lesley Overend is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed training and fellowships in clinical and laboratory Haematology in Christchurch Hospital/Canterbury Health Laboratories and Middlemore hospital.

Special interests include Laboratory Haematology, Red cell disorders and Medical education.

Dr Lesley Overend holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Dr James Liang

Dr James Liang is a clinical and laboratory haematologist with special interest in adult haematological cancer while also managing general haematological conditions such as thrombosis and haemostasis.

After completing his medical degrees in 2005 from the University of Auckland, James continued his medical training in the Auckland region.  In 2015 he was awarded a research fellowship from Cancer and Palliative Network (Perth, Australia) and spent 2016-2017 at the University of Western Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  During this time his research mainly focused in the field of myeloproliferative neoplasm and development of novel method of blood-based cancer detection.

Apart from his clinical research interest, James believes in the importance of disseminating knowledge and has lectured undergraduates, and been an invited speaker in community events, GP seminars and international conferences.

Microbiology Pathologists

Dr Arlo Upton

Dr Upton is a graduate from the University of Otago Medical School. She trained in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Auckland. She then completed her training with a two-year research fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, USA. Dr Upton has been with Labtests since its inception in 2009 and was medical director from October 2015 to May 2018. 

Dr Upton’s interests include viral hepatitis, the epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, medical education and health economics.

Dr Upton holds joint fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Infectious Diseases) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (Clinical Microbiology).


Dr Gary McAuliffe

Dr McAuliffe is a graduate of Imperial College School of Medicine in the UK.  He trained in microbiology in Christchurch, Auckland, and Darwin.  Relevant areas of clinical experience include: paediatrics, adult infections and tropical medicine.

In addition to being Medical Director of Labtests and Northland Pathology Laboratory, Dr McAuliffe works eight tenths at Labtests as a clinical microbiologist, and two tenths in the microbiology department at LabPLUS, Auckland Hospital.  His areas of special interest within microbiology include diagnostics and gastrointestinal infections.

Dr McAuliffe is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Dr Matt Blakiston

Dr Matt Blakiston graduated from University of Otago medical school.  He has completed an MSc in Tropical Infectious Diseases (Liverpool) and Medical Microbiology (LSHTM).  He trained in Clinical Microbiology in the Auckland region.  In addition to working at Labtests, Dr Blakiston works as a clinical microbiologist at Auckland City Hospital.   His areas of particular interest within microbiology include the epidemiology and control of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and mycobacteriology.  Dr Blakiston is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and the Australian Society for Antimicrobials.



Dr Max Bloomfield

Dr Bloomfield trained in microbiology and infectious diseases at Wellington Hospital and University College London Hospital, UK, leading to fellowship with RCPA and RACP.  Whilst in the UK he completed two masters degrees: an MSc in clinical microbiology at Queen Mary, University of London and an MPhil in epidemiology at the University of Cambridge.  He works as a clinical microbiologist at Wellington SCL, in addition to Labtests.   Dr Bloomfield has a wide range of interests within microbiology and infectious diseases, including diagnostic stewardship and antimicrobial resistance.

Immunopathologist

Dr Miriam Hurst

Dr Hurst is a graduate from the University of Otago Medical School. She trained in Clinical and Laboratory Immunology.

Dr Hurst currently works part time at Labtests as well as part-time at Auckland City Hospital. She has a speciality interest in anaphylaxis and primary immunodeficiency. She holds joint fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.