College Advocates

Advocate Program

The College has appointed key people to represent the College as advocates. Advocates have a belief in the cause of raising the level of health literacy in the community regarding dermatology and dermatologists. They may also possess leadership skills and currently be involved with the local community.

Advocates are located in all state Faculties and assist College in the following manner:

  • By becoming an advocate for College in their state
  • Assisting the College with strategic initiatives
  • Engaging with their local community on health
  • Assisting College patient support groups
  • Responding to queries and disseminating information about the College to other Fellows in their state
  • Presenting at health industry conferences
  • Responding to media enquiries
  • Being active on social media
  • Providing feedback to the College on health.

If you have a question about College, please don’t hesitate to contact an advocate in your state.


Dr Stephanie Arnold

Dr Stephanie Arnold is a consultant dermatologist at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, England where she spent a year in dermatopathology research. She has also trained at St Vincent’s Hospital and The Skin and Cancer Foundation in Sydney.

Dr Arnold has a broad range of interests including skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, medical dermatology, patch testing for contact allergic dermatitis and vulval dermatology. She is a lecturer for the Cardiff University MSc in Clinical Dermatology, and an educational supervisor for UK-based dermatology registrars.

Dr Pamela Brown

Dr Pamela Brown has practised dermatology in Mona Vale for almost 30 years and is currently the Supervisor of Training at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She has also worked in New Zealand and the United States of America at Kaiser Permanente.

Dr Brown is involved with College on the A-Z of Skin Committee and the Choosing Wisely Program. She has served the Director of Training for New South Wales (NSW) and Chair of the NSW State Faculty and was previously a Director on the Board of College and the Dean of Education.

Dr Brown is a clinical dermatologist with a strong interest in registrar teaching, patient care delivery and the achievement of appropriate outcomes for each individual; believing patient education is integral to achieving this goal.

Dr Ludi Ge

Dr Ludi Ge is a registrar undertaking her specialist dermatology training. She is currently doing an overseas training placement at University College London Hospital.

Dr Ge previously worked at John Hunter Hospital and was a research fellow at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has a keen interest in refugee health, loves teaching and has been heavily involved in teaching medical students as an associate clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Dr Monisha Gupta

Dr Monisha Gupta has over 20 years of international experience as a dermatologist. She is currently the Head of the Dermatology Department at Liverpool Hospital and also works in private practices in Sydney.

Dr Gupta is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of New South Wales. She has been involved with the activities of the College in her roles as Supervisor of Training, State representative on the Teaching Learning and Curriculum Committee, Director of Training (New South Wales) and as a Co-Convenor for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2017.

Dr Gupta set up and supervises Australia’s first Pigmentary Disorders Clinic at The Skin Hospital in Darlinghurst. Teaching and training remain a passion with her and she believes that teaching is the best form of learning.

Dr Ritu Gupta

Dr Ritu Gupta is a specialist dermatologist with a broad range of skills encompassing medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.

Her research into Vitamin D and the skin has led to the publication of local and international journal articles and conference presentations.

Dr Gupta’s special areas of interest are cosmetic dermatology, management of acne and scarring, skin cancer detection and treatment and medical and surgical dermatology. Her goal is to provide excellence in medical care combined with a caring and holistic approach to the patient and their healthcare.

Dr Ian Hamman

Dr Ian Hamman spent over 10 years working in rural general practice, before training to become a dermatologist in Sydney and Edinburgh. He currently practices in Port Macquarie and is the Visiting Medical Officer at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

Dr Hamann has served on College and New South Wales (NSW) Faculty rural committees and was previously a Secretary and Chair of the NSW Faculty.

He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of New South Wales, teaching medical students from the Rural Medical School in Port Macquarie, and has been involved in rural private practice training for dermatology registrars. Dr Hamann has a special interest in the provision of dermatology services to rural and regional Australia.

Dr Anita Patel

Dr Anita Patel is currently working in a private dermatology practice and a predominantly tertiary referral cosmetic dermatology practice in Sydney.

Before commencing specialist dermatology training, she spent a year working in the Northern Territory. Dr Patel’s work there included communicable disease control with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) unit. After completing her dermatology training, she provided a fly-in consultative dermatology service to Darwin and Wagga Wagga.

Dr Patel’s interests include surgical and non-surgical skin cancer, treatment of sun damaged skin and acne scarring. She also enjoys paediatric and medical dermatology and has expertise in the use of laser treatments and other cosmetic modalities for the treatment of both skin disorders, skin deficit or skin enhancement.

Dr Deshan Sebaratnam

Dr Deshan Sebaratnam works as a Staff Specialist at Liverpool Hospital and a Visiting Medical Officer at the Skin Hospital in Sydney. He is a Conjoint Lecturer with the University of New South Wales and has a strong background in research.

Dr Sebaratnam also has a dedicated interest in teaching, offering lectures to medical students, junior doctors, dermatology registrars and general practitioners.

Dr Jo-Ann See

Dr Jo-Ann See is a dermatologist in Sydney. She is a member of the College Public Affairs Committee.

Dr See is also a founder of the All About Acne website which provides patient information on acne and is ranked number 1 on Google. Acne and skin care are her main areas of speciality, but she also has an interest in skin cancer, pre cancer and photodynamic treatments.

Professor Stephen Shumack

Professor Stephen Shumack is a general clinical dermatologist who has 30 years’ experience in a broad range of dermatological conditions. He has private practices in Sydney and is a senior Staff Specialist at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

Prof Shumack is Chairman of the Board of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia and is on the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal of Dermatology. He was previously President of College.

Prof Shumack runs a clinical research arm under the umbrella of Probity Medical Research from Canada. He has published and spoken widely on many aspects of dermatological care including psoriasis, eczema and skin cancer diagnosis, management and research.

Associate Professor Saxon Smith

Associate Professor Saxon Smith is an Australian trained dermatologist and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently completing a PhD through the University of Sydney exploring the “Assessment of treatment confounders and interventions to reduce treatment non-adherence in paediatric atopic dermatitis”.

A/Prof Smith is a consultant dermatologist in private practice in Gosford and a staff specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards. He is a clinical supervisor for dermatology trainees, higher degree by research students (PhD, masters, and Honours) and University of Sydney Doctorate of Medicine (MD) research supervisor/tutor.

A/Prof Smith’s current areas of interest in research, publications and presentations include adult and paediatric psoriasis and its comorbidities, adult and paediatric atopic dermatitis, skin cancer awareness and sun protection behaviours, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer management in advance disease, medical education and the medico-legal interface in dermatology. He is also currently involved in several pharmaceutical trials from phase II to phase IV.

A/Prof Smith is on the AMA (Australian Medical Association) Federal Council, the AMA NSW Council and the AMA NSW Board of Directors. He is also on the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board of Director and is a member of the NSW Government’s Centre for Medical Cannabis Research and Innovation Advisory Council, the Federal Government’s Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare Clinical Care Standards Advisory Committee and MDA National’s President Medical Liaison Advisory Committee.

A/Prof Smith has a particular interest in public health advocacy having performed over 700 media interviews in the past five years. He is involved in campaigns with a number of key organisations and the State Government to reduce the incidence of preventable disease and injury, primarily in raising awareness about skin cancer and the management of skin conditions.

Dr Robert Stephens

Dr Robert Stephens has been principal of a private dermatology practice in Sydney for over 15 years and has held Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) appointments in London and at Hornsby and Hawkesbury Hospitals in Sydney. More recently, he has undertaken training in high resolution sub-surface skin imaging using optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the USA and in Germany.

Dr Stephens has a special interest in management of non-melanoma skin cancers as well as laser and light therapies. His particular focus is to raise the profile of dermatologists as the leaders in the field of skin cancer management. Dr Stephens feels that this can be achieved through more directed public education as to the different types of skin cancer and raising awareness that treatments other than excision can be used to remove less aggressive types of skin cancer. College is in the unique position in that it provides training to its members in all aspects and modalities of skin cancer management. The training of Australian dermatologists is not limited to surgical removals.


Associate Professor Christopher Baker

Associate Professor Christopher Baker is currently Director of Dermatology at St Vincent’s Hospital and has private practices in Melbourne. He was previously President, Chief Examiner and Dean of Education with College.

A/Prof Baker was also President of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc. where he was co-founder of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry, an online Australian and New Zealand registry established for psoriasis patients on systemic and biologic therapies.

He is a clinical dermatologist with interests in advanced psoriasis therapies, photodermatology, phototherapy, skin cancer and clinical trials. A/Prof Baker’s current research interests include goals of care and quality of life studies and he is involved in a collaborative projective developing biofabrication of skin and 3D printing.

Dr Barbara Breadon

Dr Barbara Breadon has over thirty years’ experience in general dermatology and currently works in private practice. She was one of Victoria’s pioneering female dermatologists.

Dr Breadon’s special areas of interest include acne, sun damage and cosmetic procedures. She has developed many minimally invasive techniques for removing skin lesions with as little scarring as possible.

Dr Diana Norris

Dr Diana Norris is currently undertaking specialist dermatology training in Melbourne. She completed her resident training at St Vincent’s Hospital, before working in roles in dermatology research at Royal Melbourne Hospital and with the Victorian Melanoma Service at The Alfred Hospital.

Dr Norris is the current Victorian State Trainee Representative. She has been published in Australian and International journals and has participated in conferences in Vancouver and New Zealand. Dr Norris has also been a tutor at Monash University Medical School.

Dr Yan Pan

Dr Yan Pan is a consultant dermatologist at the Victorian Melanoma Service at The Alfred Hospital, Melanoma Service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and Department of Medicine.

Dr Pan has had a longstanding interest in melanoma, has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and presented papers, both locally and internationally.

His primary interests are in the early detection and management of melanoma in high-risk individuals, as well as oncodermatology.

Dr Leona Yip

Dr Leona Yip currently works in private practice in Canberra, and is honorary visiting dermatologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. 

She has completed subspecialty training in the management of hair and scalp disorders in England and Melbourne. Dr Yip sits on advisory committees for international hair research meetings and her work has been published widely and presented in national and international meetings. She regularly speaks at dermatology conferences and reviews articles for The Australasian Journal of Dermatology, The British Journal of Dermatology and Journal of The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Dr Yip remains heavily involved with the supervision and training of dermatology registrars and the education of general practitioners through invited lectures and clinical attachments.


Dr Benjamin Carew

Initially practising as a general practitioner, Dr Benjamin Carew is now a visiting dermatologist at the Mater Hospital where he supervises training dermatologists and junior doctors.

He has worked as a Medical Educator at the University of Queensland, as well as with Queensland Rural Medical Education and more recently with the Australian Skin Cancer Academy (ASCA). In his role with ASCA, Dr Carew has been involved in the development and delivery of the Practical Dermoscopy course for College.

He is a general dermatologist with a special interest in the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis and cutaneous malignancies, as well as medical education and teledermatology. Dr Carew also provides a range of laser and cosmetic treatments.

Dr Kathryn DeAmbrosis

Dr Kathryn DeAmbrosis owns a private practice in Brisbane and is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Her research interests and publications are in the field of vulval malignancies and perineural invasion in non-melanoma skin cancer. Dr DeAmbrosis has a keen interest in vulval and pregnancy related dermatoses, as well as paediatric dermatology.

Dr David Francis

Dr David Francis MBBS FACD has been a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) for more than 25 years,  previously having  graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland. He is a Visiting Consultant Dermatologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, where he teaches Dermatologic Surgery. Dr Francis is also in private practice, working at the Dermatology Specialist Centre in Brisbane, which is a College recognized training centre for Mohs Micrographic Surgery. He has previously been a guest examiner for the Australian College of Dermatologists and serves on their Board of Directors. He is presently the President-elect of the ACD.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs surgery and a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland Medical School.

Dr Francis is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Russell Hills

Dr Russell Hills is trained in Mohs Micrographic surgery and has completed his Preceptorship in Cosmetic Surgery.

He regularly lectures and gives presentations on Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Cancer Surgery to registrars and other specialists. Dr Hills also has many publications and attends national and international meetings to keep abreast of any new developments in Cosmetic Surgery and Skin cancer surgery.


Dr Rachel Manifold

Dr Rachel Manifold is a consultant dermatologist in private practice and a Visiting Medical Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. She is also an anatomical pathologist.

Dr Manifold is involved in teaching dermatology registrars, junior doctors and medical students.

Her interests are general dermatology, paediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology, and she is keen to bring a holistic approach to her work as a dermatologist.

Dr Yu-Chuan Lee

Dr Yu-Chuan Lee has trained in London and Australia. She holds a position as a Visiting Medical Specialist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Dr Lee has interests in general dermatology in particular the management of acne, eczema, hair loss disorders, excessive sweat disorders, laser and cosmetic dermatology.


Dr Catherine Reid

Dr Catherine Reid is a dermatologist in private practice in Adelaide. She trained in Oxford, London and Adelaide.

Dr Reid was previously Head of Dermatology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Board member and Honorary Secretary of College. She has been the Principal Investigator on clinical trials on acne, psoriasis and skin cancer.


Dr Austen Anderson

Dr Austen Anderson completed her internship and residency at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth and then trained as a specialist Dermatologist at Sir Charles Gairdner, Royal Perth, Fremantle, Fiona Stanley and Princess Margaret Hospitals in Western Australia. She enjoys practicing all aspects of general adult and paediatric dermatology including the management of acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer.

Dr Anderson has published articles in several international peer reviewed journals including the ‘Australasian Journal of Dermatology’, ‘Pediatric Dermatology’ and ‘Pathology’. She has also been a reviewer for the ‘Australasian Journal of Dermatology’ and ‘Pediatric Dermatology’.  She is married and has a young daughter and son and when not practicing dermatology or being with her family, enjoys yoga, surf club and horse riding.

Dr Clare Tait


Dr Clare Tait trained in London before working in New Zealand and then moving to Western Australia as a rural and remote General Practitioner.

Following her dermatology training, she worked at Royal Perth Hospital, where she has been for nearly 20 years, and co-founded a large group private practice. Dr Tait has maintained her love of rural work and is the visiting dermatologist to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

She is currently on the Reconciliation Action Plan task force and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee at College. Dr Tait is also a past Dean of Education and Board member and has served on many of the education committees over the last 15 years.

She has a long held interest in education and is committed to teaching medical students, junior doctors, specialist trainees and General Practitioners. Dr Tait publishes regularly in peer review journals and is a reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.