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Skin Health Institute

Spot Diagnosis presenters



Associate Professor Alvin Chong graduated MBBS and obtained a Master of Medicine degree by Research from the University of Melbourne. In 2003 he became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He served on the Board of Examiners for the College of Dermatologists as Victorian Censor from 2016 to 2018.

Assoc. Professor Chong's public clinical appointments are Specialist Dermatologist and Director of Education at the Skin Health Institute and Director of Dermatology Education at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. He is also the Head of the Transplant Dermatology Clinic at the Skin Health Institute. He has an appointment at the University of Melbourne as Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, where he has a profile as an international authority on skin cancers in immunosuppressed patients. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, textbook chapters and was associate editor of the sub-specialty textbook "Transplant Dermatology: Skin Disease in Organ Transplant Recipients", published by Cambridge University Press. He has been invited to present on this topic nationally and internationally.

Assoc. Professor Chong is a member of the Skin Cancer Prevention Framework Steering Committee and Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Expert Working Group, Department of Health, Victoria, where he helped to draft the optimal care pathway for people with non-melanoma skin cancer. He was part of the Working Party to establish the Australian Cancer Network Guidelines for the Management of Non-melanoma Skin Cancers.

Assoc. Prof. Chong is strongly committed to undergraduate and post-graduate education. He is a member of the prestigious Melbourne Medical School Academy of Clinical Teachers and has coordinated and facilitated many workshops upskilling doctors on the management of skin cancer and skin diseases.

Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont, MBBS (Hons)

Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont is a Dermatology registrar in Victoria. He completed a Transplant Dermatology research and education fellowship at the Skin Health Institute, and a Rheumatology clinical trials fellowship at Monash Health in 2019. Prior to commencing Dermatology training he completed Basic Physician Training, working as a registrar in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases. In 2018, he successfully passed the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' (RACP) Written and Clinical Examinations.

Dr Kovitwanichkanont enjoys medical education and holds an academic teaching appointment at Monash University School of Medicine, where he also serves as a board member of the MD course advisory committee.

other contributors

We would like to also acknowledge the work by Madi Chwasta for podcast editing and music, as well as the post-production work by Riordan Davis.  

Special thanks as well to the executive production work by Joanne Coughlin and Peter Monaghan at the Skin Health Institute.

Thanks also to Karen Freilich from Humerus Hacks. We owe her a debt of appreciation for her inspiration and counsel in helping us get Spot Diagnosis underway, and we highly recommend that podcast series for medical students.