Our team of Dermatology clinicians provides treatment of skin diseases through inpatient and outpatient care.
On this page:
- Prof George Varigos
- Dr Vanessa Morgan
- A/Prof Anna Braue
- Dr Ryan De Cruz
- A/Prof Con Dolianitis
- Dr Rebecca Dunn
- Dr David Gill
- Dr Michelle Goh
- A/Prof Anne Howard
- A/Prof Johannes S Kern
- Dr Jenny Nicolopoulos
- Dr Matthew Palmer
- Dr Susan Robertson
- Dr Gayle Ross
- A/Prof Laura Scardamaglia
- Dr Tami Yap
Head of Dermatology
Professor George Varigos has been committed to public hospital dermatology, research and academic medicine throughout his distinguished career.
He has been the Head of Dermatology at the RMH since 1984 and is also an Honorary Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Melbourne.
Prof Varigos trained in medicine before undertaking his residency at the RMH.
In 1978 he completed his Fellowship in Dermatology, followed by a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) where he remains an Honorary Research Scientist.
He was previously the Head of Dermatology at the Royal Children’s Hospital (1987-2012) where he pioneered new nurse-led approaches to treating eczema.
Prof Varigos and his RMH team have the largest cohort of psoriasis patients on biologics in Australia. He has been the principal investigator on phase three trials using this treatment approach.
Prof Varigos maintains an active role in immunological disease research and supervises numerous research projects.
Recent research includes:
- cytokines in atopic disease
- low GI diet and eczema
- digitalised dermoscopic tools for moles and melanoma
- hair follicle immunology
- vitamin D
- the psychology of itch in eczema
- coeliac disease and psoriasis
- using alpha MSH analogs in Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) patients
BS PhD, FACD
In addition to his clinical services at the RMH, his current interests include: research, the emotional health of the medical workforce, and the supervision and education of medical students.
Dr Vanessa Morgan has worked at a senior Dermatologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and is a specialist dermatologist with a broad range of expertise including: skin checks, skin cancer, acne, eczema, psoriasis, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and rosacea.
She also practices in women's and children's dermatology, including: vascular lesions, surgical procedures and some laser dermatology.
Dr Morgan studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and attended The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) clinical school.
She completed her dermatology training in 2001 and was the top graduate in Australia in procedural and surgical dermatology.
Dr Morgan holds public hospital appointments at the RMH, the Royal Children's Hospital and the Skin & Cancer Foundation.
She is active within the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Associate Professor Anna Braue was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2010.
She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.
Throughout her career as a dermatologist, A/Prof Braue has amassed extensive clinical experience and research expertise.
She undertook a Master of Medicine by research with the Victorian Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory (VIDRL), which she completed in 2005.
Her research work, focusing on conditions including acne and biological therapies for psoriasis, has been published in Australian and overseas journals, and advisory boards have sought her clinical and research expertise.
A/Prof Braue is involved in the RMH Complex Dermatological Conditions clinic.
She is currently the RMH Supervisor of Training and is actively involved in the teaching of dermatology trainees and medical students.
She is Honorary Secretary of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and serves on a number of college committees.
MBBS, BSc, MMed, FACD
Dr Ryan De Cruz is a specialist dermatologist with expertise in: eczema, acne and rosacea, psoriasis, skin cancer, laser treatment and hair loss disorders.
He graduated from his medical degree from The University of Melbourne in 2009 with Honours.
Dr De Cruz received the Australasian College of Dermatologist’s Hermann Lawrence Prize in Dermatology and completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in hair disorders.
He has a broad range of experience working in tertiary hospitals in Australia and the United Kingdom (UK), including consultant positions at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and Monash Medical Centre.
His research has been published in leading medical journals and presented at peak international conferences.
He has been awarded The Paul Eddington Scholarship from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. and the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ FC Florance Bequest Fellowship.
In 2016 he received a Victoria Fellowship from the Victorian State Government. He undertook research into the role of immunosuppression on the skin, with a particular focus on bone marrow transplant patients.
Dr De Cruz is also passionate about teaching medical students.
MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FACD
A/Prof Con Dolianitis is an experienced dermatologist who studied medicine at the University of Melbourne.
He specialises in: biologic treatments for psoriasis, phototherapy, eczema, acne and the early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers.
In addition to his clinical work, A/Prof Dolianitis teaches, supervises and trains medical students and dermatology trainees. He has also been an examiner for the Australasian College of Dermatology.
A/Prof Dolianitis has conducted research into melanoma and medical dermatology that is published in peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded a grant by the Australasian College of Dermatology’s Scientific Research Fund for his melanoma research.
He has also served as a reviewer for medical journals, a medical advisor to pharmaceutical companies and as a committee member of the Victorian Faculty of Dermatology.
A/Prof Dolianitis regularly attends local and international dermatology conferences. He was also the convenor of the 2014 Australasian College of Dermatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne.
MB, BS, BA, MMed, FACD
Dr Rebecca Dunn is a dermatologist who is skilled in skin cancer detection and management.
She also has expertise in dermatologic surgery and laser, and the diagnosis and management of common dermatologic conditions, including: eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
Dr Dunn also has a particular interest in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in the prevention and treatment of skin disorders.
She is certified by Medicare to inject botulinum toxin for primary axillary hyperhidrosis.
Dr Dunn graduated from a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) with honours.
Her clinical training included working at The Alfred hospital, RMH and The Royal Children’s Hospital.
She also gained experience in dermatologic surgery and sub-speciality clinics at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc.
In 2010 she was awarded the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ travelling scholarship and undertook training in the United Kingdom.
Dr Dunn keeps up to date with the latest medical research and has been published in Australian and international medical journals.
Dr David Gill is a specialist dermatologist skilled in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. He is an expert in Mohs surgery, a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer.
Dr Gill completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne in 1991.
While working as a general practitioner, he developed an interest in treating skin disease and skin surgery. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology at Monash University in 1998.
Dr Gill attained his Fellowship from the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2001.
Dr Gill completed his training in Mohs surgery in 2007 and was later awarded a Fellowship of the American Society of Mohs Surgery.
He is part of an elite group of dermatologists who are approved by the Australasian College of Dermatologists to perform Mohs Surgery. He is also accredited as a Mohs surgery trainer by the college.
Dr Gill presents at the Australasian College of Dermatologists General Practitioner Skin Cancer workshop. He has also been an external examiner for the dermatology exams in Sri Lanka.
Dr Michelle Goh graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed her specialist dermatology training in Victoria. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dr Goh specialises in:
- complex skin cancer management
- cutaneous lymphoma
- dermatology in organ transplant recipients and immunosuppressed patients
- use of biologic immunomodulatory therapies
- adverse cutaneous drug reactions.
In addition to her role at the RMH, Dr Goh is a visiting Consultant Dermatologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital, The Alfred hospital and the Austin Hospital.
MBBS (Hons), BMEDSCI, FACD
After completing her training in general medicine and dermatology A/Prof Anne Howard joined the faculty of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
She was the first female chairman of the Victorian faculty and in 2005 she became the first female president of the college.
A/Prof Howard teaches medical students and dermatology trainees and was a censor (examiner) of the college where she helped transform the curriculum and examination system.
She was appointed Associate Professor of Dermatology (Clinical) at the University of Melbourne.
As Head of the Dermatology Department at Western Health, A/Prof Howard is involved in training and teaching registrars, medical students and surgical trainees.
She helped establish the Vulvar Disorders and Dermatology Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital, and has been the head of dermatology since 1993.
In addition to her clinical role at the RMH, Dr Howard is involved with the hospital’s training program.
A/Prof Howard also runs the country’s only nail clinic at the Skin & Cancer Foundation, which receives tertiary referrals from other dermatologists, and teaches dermatology registrars.
MBBS, FRACP, FACD
Consultant Dermatologist and Head of Research
A/Prof Kern Johannes Kern is a specialist dermatologist with expertise in:
- general dermatology (children and adults)
- skin cancer (including skin surgery)
- autoimmune and blistering skin disease
- pathology of the skin basement membrane
- skin cancer-stroma interaction
He is currently the Head of Research at the Department of Dermatology, RMH and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.
A/Prof Kern graduated from specialist dermatology training at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany in 2012, as a Fellow of the European Board of Dermatology and Venereology.
After relocating to Melbourne, he became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
He has written more than 65 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and he has been the recipient of multiple research awards.
MD, PhD, ICDP-UEMS (Dermpath), FEBDV, FACD
Dr Jenny Nicolopoulos is a dermatologist specialising in biologic therapy for psoriasis and general medical dermatology with a focus on complex clinical cases.
Dr Nicolopoulos studied at the University of Melbourne and completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), marking the start of her longstanding affiliation with the hospital.
Since 2004 she has practised as a Consultant Dermatologist at the RMH outpatient clinic.
Dr Nicolopoulos has been involved in clinical trials at the RMH, teaches registrars and medical students, and was a Supervisor of Training from 2005-2014.
Her awards include the Roger Melick prize in General Medicine and the Alison Howarth prize in Rheumatology at the RMH.
She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dr Matthew Palmer leads the Department of Dermatology’s Rapid Access Clinic and is responsible for training junior doctors and dermatologists at the RMH.
He has broad interests in general and surgical dermatology including:
• inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis
• acne treatment
• skin cancer management
• hair loss disorders
• paediatric dermatology
Dr Palmer completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, and Bachelor of Science (with Honours) at the University of Melbourne, before undertaking graduate medical training at the University of Queensland.
He has worked in major adult and paediatric tertiary hospitals in Brisbane, Melbourne and the United Kingdom, gaining broad experience in all aspects of dermatology.
Dr Palmer is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
He is at the forefront of his field, publishing papers in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and international journals, and presenting at national dermatology conferences.
MBBS, BBiomedSc, BSc (Hons), FACD
Dr Susan Robertson is a dermatologist with extensive expertise in treating adult and paediatric patients.
She has a subspecialty interest in the diagnosis and management of vascular malformations and genetic skin diseases, particularly the genetic disease epidermolysis bullosa.
Dr Roberston is actively involved in clinical research activities and is the lead investigator for epidermolysis bullosa clinical trials in Melbourne.
She is skilled at skin cancer diagnosis and management, and laser and dermatologic surgery.
Dr Robertson also has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of general dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
She is currently a Consultant Dermatologist at the RMH, Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital.
After graduating from medical studies at the University of Melbourne, Dr Susan Robertson began specialist dermatology training.
She completed her postdoctoral training, a fellowship in paediatric dermatology and genetic skin diseases, in the UK.
Her academic awards include: the Roche Travelling Fellowship and the F.C Florance Bequest Fellowship.
Dr Gayle Ross has extensive experience in dermatology with a special interest in porphyria and photodermatology, eczema and genetic skin diseases.
She completed her medical studies at Monash University, graduating in 1999 with first class honours.
In 2007 she became a fellow of Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dr Ross has been active with the ACD and was previously Director of Training.
She was also on the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ (ACD) National Training Committee and a committee member for the Victorian Faculty of the ACD.
Previously, Dr Ross has held appointments at Australian and international public hospitals.
She has considerable experience in research, including studies into: genetic changes in eczema and paediatric mastocytosis and biologic medications in severe atopic dermatitis.
MBBS (Hons), FACD
A/Prof Laura Scardamaglia has worked as a Consultant Dermatologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) since 2004.
She has a special interest in complex medical dermatology including: immunobullous diseases, connective tissue diseases, vascular anomalies and immunological dermatology disorders.
A/Prof Scardamaglia graduated from the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne in 1994. She completed medical residencies at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is the Head of Unit at Western Health and a consultant at The Royal Children’s hospital.
In 1999 A/Prof Scardamaglia was awarded the Cleveland Young Investigator of the Year while she was the Immunology Registrar at the RMH and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
She graduated as the most meritorious dermatology candidate in 2003, obtaining the Travelling Fellowship.
A/Prof Scardamaglia lectures medical students at the University of Melbourne and has published in medical journals and books.
She is actively involved in clinical research and regularly presents at dermatology conferences.
A/Prof Scardamaglia is a Supervisor of Training for the Australasian College of Dermatologists and was recently awarded a Presidential Citation.
MBBS, MD, FACD
Oral Medicine specialist
Dr Tami Yap is a specialist in Oral Medicine at the Department of Dermatology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).
Dr Yap completed a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2006.
In 2013 she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. She returned to postgraduate training in the specialty of Oral Medicine, a dental specialty that includes treating individuals with skin conditions within the mouth.
Dr Yap completed a PhD in molecular diagnostics in oral cancer.
Currently she is an academic at the Melbourne Dental School at the University of Melbourne and enjoys teaching and conducting research.
Dr Yap also has appointments at the Skin Cancer Foundation, The Alfred hospital and The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
She is part of the Interdisciplinary Immunobullous Dermatology Team at the RMH.
BDSc (Hons), DCD, PhD, FRACDS, FOMAA