Dialog Box

Skin Health Institute

Spot Diagnosis presenters

A/PROF ALVIN CHONG A/PROF PETER FOLEYDR TOM KOVITWANICHKANONTA/PROF VICTORIA MARDR BELINDA WELSH

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALVIN CHONG, MBBS, M.Med, FACD 

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.

Associate Professor Peter Foley, MBBS, BMedSc, FACD

Associate Professor Peter Foley is a clinical dermatologist, and has a wealth of experience in dermatology particularly in the treatment of psoriasis. He is Australia’s only councillor on the International Psoriasis Council and served on the steering committee of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).

A/Prof Foley currently holds the positions of Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Dermatology) at The University of Melbourne, Director of Research at the Skin Health Institute and Head, Dermatology Research, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. He is a visiting dermatologist at the Photobiology, Phototherapy and Biologics Clinics at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, and the Phototherapy and Biologics Clinics at the Skin Health Institute.

As the Director of Research, A/Prof Foley directs the Institute's rapidly expanding clinical trials program and is co-convenor of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry. To date he has been an author on well over 100 peer reviewed publications, including the reports of many of the pivotal trials of biologics in psoriasis and has been an investigator in over 100 clinical trials, many for new therapies for psoriasis. He is a world renowned expert on psoriasis and has been invited to speak at numerous meetings in all corners of the globe.

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.


Associate Professor Victoria Mar,  MBBS, FACD, PhD 

A/Prof Victoria Mar is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and Director of the Victorian Melanoma Service at the Alfred Hospital.

She is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. A/Prof Mar completed her PhD at Monash University/VMS and Peter MacCallum entitled ‘Clinical and molecular characteristics of aggressive melanoma’ (2014).

A/Prof Mar is a board member of the Skin Health Institute and the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials Group through which she is involved in a number of investigator led clinical trials. She has authored and co-authored a number of chapters for the Cancer Council Australia Melanoma Guidelines and is Clinical Lead for the Melanoma Clinical Outcomes Registry.

Dr Belinda Welsh, MBBS, MMed, FACD

Dr Belinda Welsh is a dermatologist with 20 years experience in treating acne in all age groups.

She has broad experience in using medical treatments and laser technology to manage acne in all it’s various forms particularly acne scarring and understands the significant impact this condition can have on patients self esteem and quality of life. She works in both the private and public systems and has been involved in training and teaching. She is the current vice president of the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists.


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.

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