A./Prof. Christopher McCormack
Assoc. Prof. McCormack is the founding Dermatologist of Caulfield Dermatology and the lead Dermatologist within our practice. He firmly believes that Dermatologists are in a unique position of having an excellent overall grasp of skin health and disease, and are the physicians who are best placed to manage cutaneous diseases and cancers. He is passionate about delivering personalised healthcare in a caring and efficient manner, and he operates on the principle that understanding a patient’s individual needs is the paramount goal in providing a professional, balanced service. To this end, he ensures that the expert colleagues, nursing staff and support staff that he recruits into the Caulfield clinic all share his vision for providing an unsurpassed, premier dermatology service.
Assoc. Prof. McCormack has over 25 years of experience in the field of Dermatology. After graduating from Monash University Medical School in 1986, he worked for two years at The Alfred before embarking on a career in the RAAF. He gained his fellowship from the Australasian College of Dermatology in 1996 and was awarded the prize for obtaining the highest mark in the fellowship exams.
In 1998, Assoc. Prof. McCormack started the dermatology service at Australia’s leading cancer hospital, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC), and is now their Chief Dermatologist. At the same time, he began running the cutaneous lymphoma service at St Vincent’s hospital in conjunction with the PMCC. Assoc. Prof. McCormack is now considered Australia’s leading expert in the field, and has developed the cutaneous lymphoma service into one of the foremost research and clinical units in the world.
Assoc. Prof. McCormack is also an expert in the field of skin cancer, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, and has extensive experience in inflammatory dermatoses such as eczema and psoriasis. He has written numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals has been involved in multiple research projects in each of these fields. As a result of this work, he is frequently an invited speaker at both Australian and international dermatology meetings. The Caulfield dermatology service was started by Assoc. Prof. McCormack in 1998 and the clinic was located in Hawthorn Rd for the following 16 years. In December 2014, we moved to new, purpose-built premises at 232 Kooyong rd, Caulfield, to help support our vision for providing the community with a premier dermatology service.
Dr Ajay Chauhan
M.B.B.S., FRACS (PLAS)
Dr Ajay Chauhan is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon dedicated to excellence in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. He has a special interest in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction as well as aesthetic surgery of the face and body.
He is a member of the following organisations:
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
He is also a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Monash Health and the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria
Dr Ryan De Cruz
M.B.B.S.(HONS), B.MED SCI, F.A.C.D
Dr Ryan De Cruz undertook his medical degree at The University of Melbourne, graduating with Honours in 2009. During medical school he was awarded the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ Hermann Lawrence Prize in Dermatology, whilst also completing a Bachelor of Medical Science in hair disorders. He published his findings in the British Journal of Dermatology and presented an oral lecture at the International Congress of Hair in 2010. After completing his internship and residency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Ryan was selected to undertake part of his dermatology training at St. George’s Hospital NHS, London, United Kingdom.
Throughout his training, Ryan has worked in variety of tertiary referral hospitals across Melbourne and the United Kingdom. He gained vast experience across a range of medical, surgical, adult and paediatric fields of dermatology. He has been appointed Consultant positions at both The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, and has a keen interest in teaching medical students and junior doctors. In 2015, Ryan was awarded two prestigious awards – The Paul Eddington Scholarship (endowed by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.) and the FC Florance Bequest Fellowship. Ryan intends to undertake further study in the role of immunosuppression on the skin, particularly in the field of bone marrow and solid organ transplant recipients.
Dr De Cruz is passionate about providing personalised, holistic and efficient Dermatological care. His interests include eczema, acne and rosacea, psoriasis, skin cancer management, laser treatment and hair loss disorders. Ryan takes pride in his clinical acumen and communication, and is committed to providing excellent care to all his patients.
Dr Friyana Bhabha
Dr Friyana Bhabha completed her Medical Degree at Monash University in 2008, and spent four years completing her basic training in adult medicine at Monash Health. She then embarked on her dermatology training, and has worked at various hospitals throughout Victoria including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Austin Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Skin and Cancer Foundation and Royal Melbourne Hospital. Friyana also spent six months at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania.
Friyana’s areas of interest include skin cancer management, medical dermatology, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema and prides herself in providing a holistic approach to dermatological care.
She has published articles in both domestic and international Dermatology journals, and has previously presented her work at the Australian College of Dermatology Conference. Friyana is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.