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VD&S Introduction Spacer   Spacer

Victorian Dermatology & Surgery is a specialist dermatology centre dedicated to high quality treatment of skin cancers, sun damage, and pre-cancerous spots. Our cohesive team aims to provide the highest quality care available in our state-of-the-art consulting suits in Wattletree Rd, Malvern and purpose built Mohs surgical theatres in The Avenue Hospital, Windsor.

We understand that healthy skin is beautiful skin and aim to improve the health of our patients' skin through early detection and customised management of each patient's skin lesions so as to leave the optimal functional and cosmetic result.

Our priority is to develop a trusting relationship with our patients so that they understand their diagnosis and feel comfortable with their individualised treatment.

 

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What is a Dermatologist? Spacer  

Dermatologists are specialist medical practioners who deal with the diagnosis and management of skin diseases and skin cancers. The intensive training undertaken by Australian Dermatologists makes them uniquely qualified to deal with all skin diseases that occur in our sunny country with particular emphasis being given to the treatment of skin cancers.

After obtaining their medical degree, Australian dermatologists are required to complete at least two years of hospital residency before going on to four years of full time dermatology training by the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Many dermatologists then undergo additional training in a sub-speciality field.

Dermatologists are skilled in the range of surgical and non-surgical treatments that allow customisation of therapy to suit each individual patient.

 
 

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Dr. Tim Rutherford
MBBS (Hons) FACD
Dr. Adam T Sheridan
MBBS FACD FACMS
Dr. Edward Upjohn
MBBS (Hons) MMed FACD
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Tim

Dr. Tim Rutherford completed his undergraduate medical training with Honours at Monash University in 2001 and undertook his hospital residency at St Vincent’s Hospital. During his subsequent specialist dermatology training both in Melbourne and Singapore, Dr. Rutherford developed a strong interest in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

For this reason he embarked upon a fellowship year in advanced cutaneous surgery, Mohs and laser surgery endorsed by the Australasian College of Dermatology in Perth, WA. After his 12 month fellowship Dr. Rutherford went on to work at the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Centre and then Oxford Dermatology and Day Surgery in Perth before returning to Melbourne to settle permanently.

Dr. Rutherford gained extensive experience during his dermatology training, fellowship and private practice in surgery of the skin for both skin cancers and non cancerous “cosmetic” lesions as well as treatment of other forms of sun damage.

A fellow of the Australasian College of dermatologists, Dr. Rutherford is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, Australian Medical Association and is active within the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Whilst predominately working in private practice, Dr. Rutherford teaches dermatology trainees and medical students and participates in the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program to help service rural and remote Victoria.  Dr. Rutherford has spoken at Australian and International Dermatology conferences.

 
Adam

Dr. Adam Sheridan is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and American College of Mohs Surgery.

Dr. Sheridan graduated from The University of Adelaide Medical School and then underwent training as a Specialist Dermatologist in Australia and the United Kingdom.

He was awarded Clinical Research Fellowships in Dermatology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, UK.

He has served as Visiting Consultant and Dermatologic Surgeon at The Skin and Cancer Foundation, VIC; Monash Medical Centre, VIC; Flinders Medical Centre, SA; and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, UK.

Dr. Sheridan has acted as Honorary State Secretary for the Australasian College of Dermatologists; and sits on the Australasian College of Dermatologists Committees for Continued Professional Development and Mohs Micrographic Surgery. He is actively involved in the Australasian College of Dermatologists specialist training and certification programme, and runs the Mohs Surgery Histopathology Quality Assurance Programme. He is a published author and guest reviewer for respected publications including the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.

Dr. Sheridan is a respected expert referred to for management of all aspects of skin cancer, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, acne, rosacea, scarring, melasma and pigment, Asian skin disorders, laser and light therapy; and cosmetic dermatology.

 

Edward

Dr. Edward Upjohn is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and trained at The Royal Children’s and  Royal Melbourne Hospitals, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and also at the prestigious St. John’s Institute of Dermatology in London.

After finishing his training in dermatology he then traveled to Dallas, Texas where he completed a year long fellowship in dermatologic reconstructive and Mohs surgery at the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center. This fellowship program has dual accreditation from both the American College of Mohs Surgeons and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – the preeminent bodies for accrediting Mohs surgery and medical training programs within the United States respectively.

Dr. Upjohn is an expert in managing skin cancer and brings the latest ideas and techniques to this challenging problem. He has published numerous articles on dermatology and dermatologic surgery in peer reviewed journals and has also authored a number of book chapters. He is a regular speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas. In addition to his private practice he has appointments at The Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

   

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Victorian Dermatology & Surgery FAQ Spacer   Spacer

How many doctors does VD&S have?
Where is Victorian Dermatology & Surgery located?
How long does it take to get an appointment?
Do I require a referral from my doctor to make an appointment?
What can I expect at the initial consultation?
How much does the consultation cost?
How much will my treatment cost?
Who can I bring with me to the consultation?
Will I need to have regular checks with VD&S?
Do you accept health insurance?
Where do I park?
What treatments are used by Dermatologists?
Do you perform laser and light treatments?
Do you perform cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Soft Tissue Filler injections?

How many doctors does VD&S have?

We have three doctors, Dr. Adam Sheridan, Dr. Edward Upjohn and Dr. Tim Rutherford of whom are fully qualified dermatologists and Mohs micrographic surgeons. Our multiple doctor practice ensures we are able to see patients promptly.

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Where is Victorian Dermatology & Surgery located?

We are conveniently located at Level 1, 253 Wattletree Road Malvern near the corner of Tooronga Road. The closest public transport is stop number 49 on the route 5 Tram on Wattletree Road visit Metlink for public transport information.

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How long does it take to get an appointment?

Since we are focused on treating skin cancers, we ensure that our wait times as short as possible. Prior to your appointment we require a copy of your referral letter either by fax, post or email, which is then reviewed by the dermatologist to ensure all patients are seen in a timely fashion. Usually, we schedule patients within 1 to 2 weeks but your referring doctor is encouraged to contact us to make an earlier appointment if they feel it is urgent.

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Do I require a referral from my doctor to make an appointment?

Yes, a current referral is required to make an appointment with us.

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What can I expect at the initial consultation?

Our reception staff will greet you and request you complete a patient registration form, or you can print and complete one prior to your visit. The dermatologist will bring you into a consultation room where your presenting concern will be discussed and an examination performed. Following this, the dermatologist will discuss with you your diagnosis and treatments, determining with you the most suitable treatment and discussing alternatives. Occasionally patients require additional tests to confirm their diagnosis. These include having a small skin sample (biopsy) taken and examining the skin with special illumination devices. Minor treatments may also be performed at the time of consultation such as liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, shave excisions and serial curettage. These will be fully discussed with you if they are required.

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How much does the consultation cost?

At the time of making your appointment our staff will advise you about our fee structure. VD&S keeps its fees at a level that we believe is fair and reasonable with discounted rates for health care card holders and pensioners. Department of Veterans Affairs Gold and White card holders receive no out of pocket cost.

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How much will my treatment cost?

Treatments for skin cancers and pre-cancerous spots vary from creams, cryotherapy (freezing), and radiotherapy to a range of surgical procedures. The costs of all of these procedures will be discussed with you at the time of consultation and you will be provided with a written quote. For surgical cases performed at our Day Surgery at The Avenue Hospital, privately insured patients will generally have "no gap" or no out-of-pocket costs on their procedure (policy excesses may apply). Patients without private health insurance requiring surgery will have an out of pocket gap, which will be discussed with you at the time of consultation.

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Who can I bring with me to the consultation?

We encourage you to bring a loved one to your initial consultation. This can help with remembering all of the questions you may want to ask and helping you later recall what was said at the time of consultation. However, as a courtesy to other patients we request that you limit this to only one other person. NB: Please be aware that we do not have facilities for toddlers or small children.

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Will I need to have regular checks with VD&S?

We are a specialist practice that sees and treat patients with skin cancers and pre-skin cancers therefore we need to keep our waiting times as short as possible. Consequently, once your treatment is complete and optimal results are achieved you will be returned to the care of your referring doctor for ongoing surveillance. In some cases, your GP may request we remain involved in your care on an ongoing basis; however this is at your referring doctor's discretion.

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Do you accept health insurance?

Our consultation fees are not covered by insurance except for Department of Veterans Affairs Gold and White card holders. A proportion of the consultation fee can be claimed back from Medicare. Private Health insurance holders may be able to use their insurance if they require surgery.

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Where do I park?

There is limited parking beneath the building on Horace St as well as plenty of free 2 hour street parking in surrounding streets.

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What treatments are used by Dermatologists?

Dermatologists are highly trained in all aspects of skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow up, which places them in the unique position of being able to tailor treatment to suit each patient. Treatments include various prescription cream treatments, cryotherapy (freezing), serial curettage (scraping of surface cancers), photodynamic therapy, shave excision, standard excision, mapped serial excision, Mohs micrographic surgery (for dermatologists with additional training) and appropriate referral for skin-specific radiotherapy.

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Do you perform laser and light treatments?

Yes. Dr Adam Sheridan and the Phoenix Dermatology team expertly deliver various laser and light therapies for conditions including photodamage and pre-cancerous changes of the skin, facial redness and rosacea (broken capillaries of the skin), melasma (hormonal pigment), acne and post surgical scarring. Laser and light therapies may also be used to remove unwanted hair.

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Do you perform cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Soft Tissue Filler injections?

Yes. Dr Adam Sheridan and the Phoenix Dermatology Team offer expert and balanced advice regarding various cosmetic treatments including Botox, soft tissue filler injections and chemical peels. These treatments effectively target various conditions such as sun damage and age related lines and wrinkles; abnormal skin texture, tone and pigment; dilated capillaries and post-acne scarring. Botox injections are also used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

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