Dermatology is a speciality of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity and genitals.

The Dermatology Dept. at RNSH hospital has been established to provide evidence based and cutting edge care for a wide range of skin diseases. This includes rare and very severe conditions, that require treatments not accessible to the public elsewhere in NSW. We are a tertiary referral service, consisting of highly qualified Doctors and specialist Nurses and are an internationally recognised for our research into skin diseases. We are also the main referral service for Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Our specialist clinics include; Mohs micrographic surgery (for the removal of non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck), the Vulval clinic, where we are able to offer a range of services including laser therapy and Paediatric Dermatology; which supports children and their families suffering from skin disorders.

The department runs a Phototherapy Unit (PUVA / NBUVB) onsite for patients suffering with a variety of skin issues such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Vitiligo and skin lymphoma. Access to Biologic treatment is also available for patients with certain conditions not responsive to conventional therapies.


Specialised Clinics:

  • Mohs micrographic surgery  - for skin non-melanoma skin cancers on the head and neck.

  • Vulval clinics – for general dermatology concerns as well as laser therapy for vulvo-vaginal disease.

  • Male genital Dermatology clinics - tertiary referral clinic for sexual health physicians and Dermatologists.

  • Hidradenitis suppurativa.

  • Post-transplant clinics – for patients who are immunosuppressed as a result of undergoing an organ transplant.

  • Paediatric Dermatology – to treat patients up to the age of 18 with skin complaints including eczema, psoriasis, birthmarks, acne and skin infections

  • General Dermatology – inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis from different causes, skin infections, wound management including acute and chronic wounds associated with diseases that involve the skin, such as; Pyoderma gangrenosum, chronic venous disease and pressure ulcers.

  • Phototherapy – UVA/UVB light therapy for a wide range of skin disorders, including oral PUVA.

  • Biologics –systemic treatments for patients with disabling inflammatory skin concerns not responsive to conventional therapies.  

  • Skin surgery clinics – surgical management of cutaneous tumours.

  • Neurofibromatosis skin clinics – run with the genetic department to treat the skin problems found with Neurofibromatosis patients.


Outpatient Clinic referrals are triaged by our nursing & medical staff. Please send as much information as possible to assist us with managing your referral.

Referrals must include :

  • Level of urgency
  • Name, age, date of birth
  • Address
  • Contact telephone numbers
  • Medicare number
  • Specific clinical problems requiring consultation
  • Preferred Language. Please indicate if interpreter is needed
  • Copy of results of relevant investigations (such as biopsies) performed within the previous 12 months
  • List of current medications

Referral Email:

Urgent cases

For urgent referrals, please phone the Royal North Shore Hospital switchboard on 02 9926 7111 and ask for the Dermatology Registrar on call or ask the patient to present to our Emergency Department.

Our staff

Head of Department:

  • Professor Alan Cooper


  • A/Professor Gayle Fischer (Staff specialist – Vulval & Paediatrics)
  • A/Professor Stephen Shumack (Staff specialist - General)
  • A/Professor Saxon Smith (Staff specialist – Hidradenitis Suppurativa, skin cancer surgery & renal transplant )
  • Dr Adrian Lim (Staff specialist - General)
  • Dr Esther Hong (Staff Specialist – General)
  • Dr William Ryman (Staff specialist – Mohs Micrographic Surgery)
  • Dr Pam Brown (Visiting medical officer - General)
  • Dr Rebecca Saunderson (Visiting medical officer – General & Neurofibromatosis)

Registrar positions:

  • 3 Dermatology Registrars
  • Dermatology Research Fellow


  • Erin Mewton (Dermatology Clinical Nurse Consultant)
  • Simmy Sidu (Clinical Nurse Specialist / Phototherapy)
  • Jayne Pirola (Phototherapy Nurse)
  • Yun Xie (Phototherapy Nurse)

Resources & Patient information:

Australasian College of Dermatologists:

DermNet NZ:

British Association of Dermatology:

American Academy of Dermatology:

Melanoma Institute Australia:


My Psoriasis:

The Australian and New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society:

Hidradenitis suppurativa:


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Dermatology Department
Level 3, Ambulatory Care Centre
Royal North Shore Hospital
Reserve Road, St Leonards 2065

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General clinics: Monday (monthly), 8am - 12pm

                              Tuesday & Thursday, 8am - 12pm then 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Mohs surgery: Tuesday (fortnightly), 7am - 15.30

Vulval clinic: Tuesdays (fortnightly), 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Male genital clinic: Monday (monthly), 8am - 12pm then 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Paediatric Clinic: Wednesdays (7th floor, Clinical Services Building), 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Dermatology surgery: Friday (fortnightly) 8am - 4:30pm  

Phototherapy Unit: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 6.45 am- 3.15pm

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Ph: (02) 94631400 (General enquiries)

Ph: (02) 94631537 (Phototherapy unit)

Ph: (02) 94631538 (Clinical Nurse Consultant)

 (02) 9463 1065  (General enquiries)                                                  

Fax: (02) 9463 1023 (Phototherapy unit)


Referral Email: