Our Board

Dr Robert Pennisi (President)

MBBS (UQ), M Phil (Medicine) (UQ), FRACGP, FRCPA, AFRCMA, Dip Practical Dermatology (UW) GAICD

Dr Robert Pennisi is the President of the College and has experience in Medical Administration, Dermatopathology, General Practice, Clinical Dermatology and Dermatological Research.

He brings a wealth of knowledge from the clinical governance sphere to the Board and is an experienced clinical manager and executive leader, with a track record of leading and re-shaping healthcare service.

Robert is a graduate of the University of Queensland and has gained a wide range of experiences working in several rural posts in Queensland Health, which included non-training registrar’s positions in Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He went on to join a general practice in Mackay and was heavily involved with providing skin cancer services to all patients. In 2000, Robert was awarded the FRACGP and passed the Part 1 from the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He continued to expand his clinical dermatology skills by completing the Diploma in Practical Dermatology from the University of Wales, which he honoured with Distinction in 2002. He was invited to do research in Dermatopathology at the University of Queensland, where Robert completed his thesis and was conferred Master of Philosophy (in the field of Medicine) in 2006. Robert completed his Anatomical Pathology training with Queensland Health. He has published several journal articles and regularly attends National and International meetings and conferences for General Practice, Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Medical Administration.

Aside from his professional interests, Robert is a dedicated family man with keen interests in comedic theatre and his family pets, particularly his show-award winning dog Outback Jack.

Dr Franz Strydom

MB ChB, BSc, HonBSc(Med Sci), MSc(Med Sci), FRNZCGP, FSCCA

After discovering his first melanoma as a 4th year medical student, Franz has been hooked on skin cancer ever since. Before doing medicine, he worked as a postgraduate researcher in medical physiology.

Franz was fortunate to undertake his medical degree in South Africa. This allowed a wide spectrum of experience. After immigrating to New Zealand in 2000 he has lived and worked in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Keith Monnington and Franz worked together on the clinic committee for the Ministry of Health pilot project in skin cancer. This was a very successful project that was later devolved into primary care. Franz was also involved in a similar project with Southern Cross, the major health insurer in New Zealand.

Franz is the owner of Skinspots Skin Cancer Clinic, one of the largest primary care skin cancer clinics in New Zealand. This clinic has paved the way for nurses to work as nurse specialist dermoscopists in New Zealand. Academically, Franz has been a presenter at every SCCA Congress and symposium. He would like to see the academic structure of the college grow both in stature and academic recognition. He has been actively involved in the training and up-skilling of GPs interested in skin cancer throughout New Zealand. Franz has been a lecturer for the Advanced Clinical Certificate of Dermoscopy, the Certificate of Dermoscopy and the Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.

One of his goals is to facilitate transparency of the board functions to all members. This, he believes is the only way that members can truly know if the board members they had voted for are acting responsibly. During the past 15 years Franz has worked towards accredited training and recognition of skin cancer by other colleges and medical councils. He believes this as the main goal for the college to achieve in the near future.

Dr Angeline Barker

MBBS FRACGP FSCCA DPD

Dr Angie Barker was born and bred in Perth, Western Australia. She studied medicine at University of Western Australia, graduating in 1989.

She has had a special interest in skin cancer medicine for over ten years, completing a Diploma Practical Dermatology at University of Cardiff in 2009. Angie completed her Fellowship with Skin Cancer College Australasia in 2015 and is a current tutor for our Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Angie is the owner and principal of The Woods Medical Centre Scarborough, Western Australia.

Dr Helena Rosengren

MBChB, FRACGP, FACSCM, FSCCA, Master of Medicine, MPHTM, DRCOG

Having completed general practice training in the UK, Dr Helena Rosengren immigrated to Australia in 1994 and has worked in skin cancer medicine since 2004, establishing the Skin Repair Skin Cancer Clinic in Townsville in 2009.

She is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of General Practice and the Skin Cancer College Australasia and has published a number of skin cancer research papers in medical journals. Helena is the chair of the SCCA Research Committee and a member of the SCCA Education Committee.  As a member of a Cancer Council of Australia working party, Helena was closely involved in helping to develop the new keratinocyte skin cancer guidelines for Australia that were published in November 2019.

Passionate about teaching, Helena is a senior lecturer at James Cook University, provides in-house extended skills training in skin cancer medicine for doctors and teaches at SCCA skin cancer workshops. She is also frequently invited to present at medical conferences overseas.

Professor Michael Kimlin  

BAppSc, MAppSc, GradDipEd (Further Education & Training), PhD

Professor Kimlin is an internationally renowned radiation epidemiologist with specific expertise in environmental health (UVR and human health outcomes).

He currently holds the position of Foundation Professorial Chair in Cancer Prevention at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and was the inaugural Director of the Health Research Institute at USC.

He was Cancer Council Queensland Professor of Cancer Prevention, and prior to that was the Director of Research in the School of Public Health at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has worked in the US undertaking research at the University of Georgia. In 2004 he moved to QUT where he established the world-recognised AusSun Research Laboratory.

Professor Kimlin has received over $21M in Category 1 competitive research funding and has over 198 publications, many in the top ranking journals in his field. He has a proven track record of undertaking large, multidisciplinary research programs on sunlight and its impact on human health – the projects that he has led include some of the largest and most complex ever conducted in Australia. He has supervised 21 PhD students to completion.

He has led large project teams in his roles as director of the AusSun research laboratory and the CRE in Sun and Health, and Chair of the Queensland Skin Cancer Prevention Working Group. Professor Kimlin currently Chairs (was a prior member of) the NHMRC Partnerships peer review panel, and have been a peer-review panel member for the NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence (2017-current) and NHMRC Project Grants (Public Health & Epidemiology) 2010-2016. He has expertise and strength in cancer research, providing leadership, as well as the introduction of innovative ideas and methodologies into complex research problems.

Dr Chris Ho

MBBS, PhD MBA, GAICD, PGDP Dermatology, Adv C Med & Surgery, Adv C Dermatoscopy

Dr Chris Ho began full-time skin cancer practice in 2003. He graduated from Melbourne University in 1994, a PhD Surgery from UQ and trained several years as a Surgical Registrar in Brisbane.

He is a foundation member of the Skin Cancer Society Australia (SCSA 2005), and one of its first Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Advanced Certificate of Dermatoscopy alumni. SCSA evolved into SCCANZ and now SCCA (2012). He has a Postgraduate Diploma of Practical Dermatology (Cardiff UK), and the SCCA Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery.

Chris brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience in research, business management, ethics and governance. He has a MBA and GAICD. He was the State Medical Director of the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics (ASCC, 2017-2019 and its Lead Clinician before that from 2005. and since 2017. As Lead Clinician and Medical Director of ASCC he had mentored many doctors into Skin Cancer medicine and taught surgical techniques such as grafts and flaps over the years.

Chris is passionate about ethical clinical practice, ethics governance and collaborative endeavours of the College with government and all stakeholders. He is now Chair of the Governance Committee SCCA (2021). He is on the Steering Committee of the Australia Ethical Healthcare Alliance (AEHA) and represented Australia for AEHA and SCCA at the 2019 APEC Forum. As a member of the Medicare Working Party he advocates for the SCCA at the Dermatology and Skin Services MBS Advisory Group (DASAG).

He also has experience in research (PhD), published in high impact factor international medical journals, co-written and won a research grant. He is keen on teaching, education and advocacy for members in all levels. He is approachable and welcomes communication from all members.

 

Dr Sarah Boxley

MBBS, BSc(Hons), MRCGP, FRACGP, FSCCA, FACAM, FCPCA

Dr Sarah Boxley studied medicine in the UK, gaining an undergraduate degree in Pathology, and graduating from the University of London in 2002. She has vast experience in skin cancer medicine and aesthetic/cosmetic medicine, working solely in these fields since 2009. 

Sarah has been a member of SCCA since its inception and has progressed through the entire education pathway, gaining Fellowship in 2015. Sarah is a long-term tutor for the College, delivering both online and face-to-face teaching. She also on the international teaching faculty of the Allergan Medical Institute and is currently undertaking a Masters in Facial Rejuvenation.

Sarah believes that skin cancer medicine should be recognised as a discrete medical speciality in Australasia and that training in this field should be standardised to the highest quality. She has significant communication, leadership and business skills owning and managing two separate, successful skin clinics in Western Australia.

Dr Vin Rajeswaran

MBBS, FRACGP, Adv Cert Skin Cancer Medicine & Surgery, Cert Adv Dermoscopy & Histopathology

Dr Vin Rajeswaran studied medicine in India and completed surgical training in both the UK and Australia

Vin became a Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2014 and is a passionate educator and advocate of mentorship in skin cancer medicine.

Vin owns and runs one of the largest AGPAL accredited teaching skin cancer clinics in Australia. This practice is leading the way in AI and full body mapping of skin lesions with the most up to date technology available.

Vin brings to the SCCA board his valuable experience guiding skin cancer clinics to run profitably and efficiently. He is passionate about facilitating skin cancer clinic accreditation, skin cancer business mentorship and Clinical Attachments for Doctors doing advanced clinical certificates.