DR KATHERINE ARMOURAssoc. PROF ALVIN CHONG Assoc. PROF PETER FOLEYDR ESTHER FREEMANDR MICHELLE GOHDR TOM KOVITWANICHKANONTDR ANNELIESE WILLEMSAssoc. PROF VICTORIA MARDR BLAKE MUMFORDDR AARON ROBINSONPROF KANADE SHINKAIDR BELINDA WELSHMs SHANNON JONESAssoc. PROF ROSEMARY NIXON PROF ANDREW STEER Assoc. PROF John Su Dr Michelle Rodrigues Dr Mark Darling Dr Sarah Brennand Dr Susan Robertson Assoc. Prof Erin McMeniman Dr Naveen “Sunny” Singh Dr Karen Freilich Prof Allen Cheng DR JACK GREEN DR JANE LI PROF JOHANNES KERN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALVIN CHONG, MBBS, M.Med, FACD
Assoc. Prof 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. Alvin's public clinical appointments are Specialist Dermatologist 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.
Alvin 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.
Alvin 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.
Alvin was also the Director of Education (Medical) at the Skin Health Institute before handing over the reins to Dr Aaron Robinson in 2021.
Dr Blake Mumford MBBS (Hons)
Dr Blake Mumford is currently a dermatology research fellow at the Skin Health Institute.
Prior to working at the Skin Health Institute, Blake worked as a registrar in a variety of medical specialties as part of Basic Physician Training, and successfully passed the RACP Written Examination. He was the recipient of the Australasian College of Dermatologists Victorian Faculty Prize in Dermatology and The Alfred Residents' and Graduates' Association Prize, and was a finalist for the Robert Power Surgical Prize Exam, twice. Apart from dermatology, his particular interests include technology in healthcare and software development.
Dr Aaron Robinson BBiotech (Hons), MBBS, PhD, FACD
Dr Aaron Robinson is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He undertook his Dermatology training through multiple Victorian and International institutes, including the National Skin Centre in Singapore. Prior to his training as a Dermatologist, he completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide and postdoctoral studies through the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and was engaged in collaborative clinical research at various institutes throughout his specialist training. He has published and presented his research work nationally and internationally.
Aaron is a general dermatologist with a range of interests in medical and surgical dermatology, including skin cancer surveillance and management, acne, alopecia, and inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Aaron works at the Skin Health Institute in the Transplant and Skin Cancer assessment clinics, and is also involved in clinical research with the Skin Health Institute. Aaron has an appointment as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and has public appointments as a Consultant Dermatologist at St. Vincent's Hospital and The Northern Hospital. Aaron is also the current Director of Education (Medical) at the Skin Health Institute.
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.
Tom 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.
Dr Anneliese Willems,FRACGP
Dr Anneliese Willems is a Melbourne-based general practitioner with a special interest in dermatology. She is passionate about enhancing education in skin disease and promoting interprofessional collaboration between treating practitioners. As a part of her enthusiasm for education, she has worked as a medical educator in both general practice training and undergraduate medical education over the past 5 years.
dr sarah adamson
Dr Sarah Adamson is one of the co-hosts of Season 4 of the Spot Diagnosis Podcast. She is also a Research & Education Fellow at the Skin Health Institute, Dermatology Fellow at the Royal Women’s Hospital, and Dermatology Research Fellow at Eastern Health and ISHI Dermatology, and Plastic Surgery Research Fellow at Austin Health. In 2023, she will be a Registrar at the Victorian Melanoma Service whilst completing a Masters of Philosophy in Melanoma Research at Monash University and Alfred Health.
Dr Katherine Armour MBCHB, FACD
Dr Katherine Armour is a medical and cosmetic dermatologist. Her sub-speciality interests include biologic treatments to treat inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis, urticaria, and atopic dermatitis; immunobullous diseases; and prevention and treatment of skin aging through the use of cosmeceuticals and energy-based devices.
She has posts at the Skin Health Institute, and the Alfred Hospital, where she attends biologics, photobiology, and general dermatology clinics. Katherine is a member of the Australasian Psoriasis Collaboration, the International Psoriasis Council, and has worked in the field of biologics since 2003.
Associate Professor Peter Foley
Assoc. Prof 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).
Peter 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, peter directs the institute's rapidly expanding clinical trials program and is co-convener 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 ESTHER FREEMAN MD PHD
Dr Esther Freeman is Chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and a member of the AAD COVID-19 Task Force. Esther also directs the COVID-19 Dermatology Registry, an international effort supported by both the AAD and the International League of Dermatological Societies. Dr Freeman has authored seminal publications on the cutaneous manifestations of COVID-19.
Dr Michelle Goh, MBBS, BMEDSCI, FACD
Dr Michelle Goh is a consultant Dermatologist at the Skin Health Institute. She also works in several public hospitals, including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Austin Health, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Alfred Health.
Her areas of interest are complex skin cancers especially in patients who are immunosuppressed, cutaneous adverse reactions to drugs including immunotherapy, and biologics therapy in inflammatory skin disease.
Associate Professor Victoria Mar,MBBS, FACD, PhD
Assoc. 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. Victoria completed her PhD at Monash University/VMS and Peter MacCallum entitled ‘Clinical and molecular characteristics of aggressive melanoma’ (2014).
Victoria 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.
PROFESSOR KANADE SHINKAI, MD PHD
Prof. Kanade Shinkai is a faculty member of the UCSF Department of Dermatology and is a full professor of dermatology. She specializes in medical dermatology and inpatient dermatology consults. She is passionate about medical education and has recently served as residency program director at UCSF; she now serves as vice-chair for education for the department. She has served as the current editor-in-chief of JAMA Dermatology since July 2018.
Associate Professor John Su, MBBS M.Epi MA M.St MBA FRACP FACD
Assoc. Prof John Su is both a specialist dermatologist and paediatrician. He undertook medical training at the University of Melbourne, where he subsequently completed a master’s in epidemiology; he also holds master’s degrees from Cambridge and Durham universities. Following specialist training, he was awarded the Florence bequest for post-fellowship training at the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. He is head of dermatology at Eastern Health and consults at the children’s skin services of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Austin Health, Peninsula Health, Monash Health and Western Health. He holds adjunct positions at Monash University, Eastern Health and at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne.
John has been a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials and has published in diverse areas including atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, birthmarks (including haemangiomas), and genetic and systemic skin diseases. He also has a special interest in childrens’ quality of life.
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 its 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 currently Vice-President of the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists (ASCD).
Ms Shannon Jones
Ms Shannon Jones is the Health Professionals Program Manager for SunSmart where she works with GPs and other Health Professionals in developing strategies to improve the early detection and prevention of skin cancer. Shannon has a background in corporate health, health promotion and education. Combined with over 15 years with SunSmart, Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. Shannon is passionate about making a difference to GPs and their patients in skin cancer early diagnosis and prevention. The successful development and rollout of the Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program which has seen over 250 GPs provided with dermoscopy equipment and upskill in skin cancer is one of Shannon’s major achievements. Shannon studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion) at Deakin University and has undertaken postgraduate studies towards a Masters’ in Public Health at Monash University.
Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon
Assoc. Prof Rosemary Nixon qualified as a dermatologist in 1988 and as an occupational physician in 1994, being the only person with Australian qualifications in both specialties. Rosemary started the Occupational Dermatology Clinic in 1993, initially at Monash Medical Centre where she was Head of the Dermatology Unit from 1991 to 2001, and then at the Skin Health Institute. Rosemary established the Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre, a small research group, at the Institute in 2001.
Following her return from the UK in 1989, A/Prof Nixon organised the monthly Update meetings for the Faculty until 2015, a period of 26 years. Rosemary has also served as Censor (examiner) for the Australasian College of Dermatologists for 5 years and as Chair of the Victorian Faculty for 2 years, in 2012.
Rosemary holds the honorary positions of Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Monash University and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the peak international group for contact dermatitis, the International Contact Dermatitis Research Group and has published over 50 scientific papers. Rosemary has served on the Board of the Institute from 1989 to 2001 and more recently since 2009. She was appointed President in 2020.
In 2017 she was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia, and also the highest award of the College, The Silver Medal.
Professor Andrew Steer
Prof. Andrew Steer is based in Melbourne, Australia, and is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne; Director of the Infection and Immunity Theme, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. He is Director of the World Scabies Program.
Dr Michelle Rodrigues
Dr Michelle Rodrigues is a Dermatologist with globally renowned expertise in pigmentary disorders and skin of colour. She is the founder and director of Chroma Dermatology, Australia’s first and only dedicated centre for pigmentary disorders and people with skin of colour. She holds a senior lecturer position at the University of Melbourne, is the co-founder of the Skin Health Institute's vitiligo clinic and is a senior consultant at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Michelle has authored numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters and lectures locally and internationally. She is also involved in scientific clinical research in her areas of expertise and works with established not-for-profit organisations to provide dermatology outreach services abroad.
Dr Mark Darling
Dr Mark Darling is a consultant clinical Dermatologist at the Skin Health Institute. He has a special interest in men's health, sexual health, skin cancer and surgery. Mark also has public appointments at Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic and Peter MacCallum Hospital. Mark has over 10 years of experience in managing complex genital dermatoses in addition to a broad range of inflammatory dermatoses and skin cancers.
Dr Sarah Brennand Bsc, MBBS, FACD
Dr Sarah Brennand is a dermatologist at Austin Health and the Skin Health Institute. Her interests include general dermatology and skin cancer assessment in transplant recipients and other patients who are immunosuppressed. Sarah has been teaching dermatology trainees about topical therapies for 12 years, and has also been invited to speak on topical therapies at GP workshops at the Skin Health Institute.
Dr Susan Robertson FACD
Dr Susan Robertson is a consultant dermatologist and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD). An expert in both adult and paediatric dermatology, Dr Robertson is also a skilled laser practitioner and has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies and genetic skin diseases. Dr Robertson holds public appointments at The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, as well as working in her private consulting rooms. She is passionate about dermatology education and is Supervisor of Training at the Royal Children's Hospital. Dr Robertson is actively involved i
Associate Professor Erin McMeniman BSc, MBBS, FRACGP, MPH, FACD, PhD
Assoc. Prof Erin McMeniman practices at Central Brisbane Dermatology and at Princess Alexandra Hospital where she conducts medical dermatology clinics, and MDTs in cutaneous lymphoma and Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Erin completed her PhD in genotypic and phenotypic correlations in patients with multiple primary melanoma. Erin is Chair of the QLD faculty of Dermatology, she also coordinates the Dermatology teaching program at University of QLD Medical school, is on the Australasian College of Dermatology Academic Research committee, and Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee.
Dr Naveen ‘Sunny’ Singh
Dr Naveen “Sunny” Singh graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1993 and completed the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1998. He has also been an examiner for the FRACGP since 1998 and has been a GP registrar supervisor since 2005.
Dr Karen Freilich
Dr Karen Freilich is an Academic GP Registrar who is passionate about sexual and reproductive health rights, access and equity. She has recently completed a Masters of Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Karen is currently a PhD Candidate at Monash University researching The ORIENT Study: Improving rural and regional access to long acting reversible contraception and medical abortion through nurse-led models of care. She is a passionate medical educator, and hosts one of Australia’s top medical education podcasts, “Humerus Hacks”. Currently, Karen is a regular host on Sammy J’s ABC Breakfast radio and provides sexual health education through Elephant Ed.
Professor allen cheng
Prof. Allen Cheng is an infectious diseases physician and the former Victorian deputy chief health officer. He is Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and is Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health. He has a PhD (Flinders University), a Master of Public Health (Monash University) and a Master of Biostatistics (University of Queensland). He is current Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and a previous member of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (advising the Therapeutic Goods Administration on vaccine and drug regulation issues), and Co-Chair of the Australian Technical Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). He is also a member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.
dr jack green
Dr Jack Green is a Specialist Dermatologist who runs the Hair Clinic at the Skin Health Institute. He has published widely on the sub-specialty of hair diseases and has also presented on this topic both nationally and internationally. Dr Green is Visiting Specialist at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. Dr Green is also in private practice as Principal Dermatologist of Western Dermatology in Werribee, Victoria.
dr jane li
Dr Jane Li is an Australian-trained Consultant Dermatologist and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatology (FACD).Dr Li undertook dermatology training at major hospitals in Victoria, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Austin Hospital, the Alfred Hospital, Box Hill Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Her academic achievements throughout training include being awarded the President’s Medal for Pharmacology, the Kossard Award for Dermatopathology, and an international scholarship from the American Academy of Dermatology. During dermatology training Dr Li undertook a PhD at the University of Melbourne focussing on skin immunity and on the hair loss condition alopecia areata. She has published widely and her work has been presented at international conferences. In addition to private practice, Dr Li also holds appointments at the Skin Health Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and Box Hill Hospital.
Prof Johannes Kern MD, PhD, ICDP-UEMS (Dermpath), FEBDV, FACD
Prof. Johannes Kern is a trained as dermatologist and dermatopathologist, including skin surgery at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He successfully completed the Skin Health Institute’s Advanced Surgical Training Program and is accredited for advanced surgery. He has an interest in nail disease including surgery of the nail unit. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Head of Clinical Research Dermatology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne
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 for Season One and Balloon Tree Productions for Season Two.
A special thanks to our Education Team at the Skin Health Institute - Joanne Coughlin and Radhika Julka.
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.