As Dermatologists we specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin disease and skin cancers.To become a Dermatologist it is firstly necessary to complete a medical degree. Thereafter, general training in medicine and surgery is undertaken followed by a four-year training programme in Dermatology. Only after a doctor has successfully completed this programme as well as passed the examination set by the Australasian College of Dermatologists can they call themselves a Dermatologist. This is signified by the letters FACD. However, our training often doesn’t end there, with many Dermatologists obtaining further experience in specific areas such as Mohs’ surgery, laser therapy or paediatric skin conditions. In total, it usually takes a minimum of 11 years of medical training to become a Dermatologist. All practicing dermatologists have an obligation to maintain professional standards and participate in the Australasian College of Dermatologists Continuing Professional Development Program.
Dr Michelle HuntMBBS MMed FACD FACMS
Specialising in Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology, and Mohs’ surgery.Dr Hunt is the Director of Inner Sydney Dermatology. With over 25 years of clinical experience she is widely regarded as one of Sydney’s leading Dermatologists and specialises in laser and cosmetic Dermatology as well as Mohs' surgery. Michelle graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1989 and worked at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals before undertaking research in skin cancer, which lead to the degree of Master of Medicine in 1992 through the University of Sydney. In 1998 Michelle undertook a twelve month Fellowship in Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery and Laser Dermatology at the Skin & Cancer Foundation, Westmead, obtaining membership with the American College of Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery. She is a published author in the international dermatology literature, a reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. Michelle is a senior Mohs’ Surgeon and Laser Specialist at the Skin & Cancer Foundation (Westmead) and also an Emeritus Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She also plays an active role in the teaching of Dermatology Trainees and GPs. Read Michelle’s full CV
Dr Nghi HuynhMB BS BSc (Med) MMed FACD
Specialising in Medical Dermatology and Skin Cancer Management.Nghi graduated in Medicine from the University of NSW in 1997 and worked in general medicine for a number of years before completing a Master of Medicine degree researching the role of peptides on immune function at the University of Sydney. Her findings were published in the prestigious international journal of Immunology in 2003. Nghi also played an important role in the co-ordination of the Australian Mohs’ surgery database, now the largest in the world. She completed the 4 year Dermatology specialist training program and was admitted as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2008. Outside of Medicine, Nghi’s other interest is meditation, and she runs regular meditation classes.
Dr Andrew MingBSc (Med) MBBS (Hons) DCH FRACP FACD
Specialising in Paediatric and Adult Dermatology.Andrew graduated in Medicine with honours from the University of New South Wales in 1997. He commenced studying Paediatrics at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, working as a Paediatric Registrar and obtaining his Diploma of Child Health. Andrew’s training led him abroad to London, after which he returned to Australia and completed his training as a Paediatrician. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Andrew then pursued further specialist training in Dermatology, obtaining his fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and completing a 12 month fellowship in Paediatric Dermatology at The Children’s Hospital University of Colorado. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
Dr Geetha SivapirabuBSc (Med), MBBS, MPhil (Med), FACD
Specialising in Paediatric and Adult Dermatology.Geetha graduated in Medicine from the University of NSW in 2002 and worked in most adult and paediatric tertiary hospitals in Sydney, including both Westmead and Randwick Children’s Hospitals. She completed her Masters of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2009 after undertaking ground-breaking research into the role of Nicotinamide in preventing UVB-induced immunosuppression, her findings being published in international Dermatology journals. Geetha then worked in general medicine for 18 months before undertaking her Specialist Dermatology training. She is also currently completing a Masters of Health Law. Geetha is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and fully trained in all aspects of medical and surgical dermatology. She is also a Staff Specialist at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
Dr Haady FallahBSc (Med) MBBS (Hon 1) MMed (Clin Epi) FACD
Specialising in Medical Dermatology and Skin Cancer Management.Haady graduated in Medicine with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in 2005. He worked in General Medicine before obtaining a Master of Medicine degree from the University of Sydney in 2008, and became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2012. At the completion of his Dermatology training, Haady was awarded an International Scholarship for the American Academy of Dermatology Meeting in the United States and undertook a further rotation in complex medical dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, before returning to practice in Australia. Haady is actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of Dermatology trainees. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Dr Shawn RichardsMBBS (Hons), FACD, FACMS
Specialising in Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology.Dr Shawn Richards graduated with first class honours in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1978, becoming a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 1985. He undertook a Fellowship in Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, USA in 1988-1989, where he trained in Mohs’ surgery, advanced skin surgery and laser therapy. On his return to Australia Shawn commenced practise in Mohs’ surgery at the Skin and Cancer Foundation at Westmead, Sydney. He became the co-director of the Mohs’ Surgery programme at Westmead and director of the laser clinic. With over 30 yrs of clinical experience Shawn is regarded as one of Sydney’s leading laser Dermatologists. Having stepped down from his roles at the Skin and Cancer Foundation at the end of 2018, Shawn elected to work at Inner Sydney Dermatology. He now works exclusively in the area of laser and cosmetic dermatology.