Dr Jan Kencian


Special Practice Responsibilities
Pathologist-in-Charge Cairns Member of Executive Advisory Committee


Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology

Phone number

07 4053 0726

Email: jan_kencian@snp.com.au

Special Interests: Skin, gastrointestinal and breast pathology

Dr Jan Kencian has been Pathologist-in-Charge at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Cairns since 2004, additionally in 2014 extending the practice's histopathology services to the Northern Territory.

Dr Kencian gained her medical qualifications at the University of Newcastle, graduating with honours and second in year in 1985. She went on to train in Anatomical Pathology at Royal North Shore Hospital, gaining Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Fellowship in 1992. She has published a number of articles related to anatomical and forensic pathology. Her interest in skin pathology was sparked during a time working with Professor David Weedon at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Southport in 1993.

She has lived and worked in Far North Queensland since 1994 and is strongly committed to the provision of quality regional pathology services as well as taking an active role in the local medical community.

Dr Kencian drew on her experience in forensic pathology to perform Cairns coronial autopsies through the 1990s. She was a long term secretary of the local medical women's group (FNQLDA) and continues to be involved as an active committee member. For the last five years she has been a member of the Cairns Private Hospital Medical Advisory Committee.

Dr Kencian has maintained a long standing commitment and connection to the wider pathology community. She served for a number of years as the designated Pathologist for FNQ with Breast Screen Queensland and the Cairns representative on the Queensland Breast Screen Q Group. She was also the North Queensland representative on the Queensland Cervical Register Working Party designing and implementing the State's Pap smear registry.

In 2014, she retired from the Board of the International Academy of Pathologists - Australasian Division (IAP-AD) after 10 years, the last four as honorary treasurer.