North Shore Dermatology

& Specialist Skin Cancer Centre

What is a dermatologist ?

A dermatologist is a medical doctor with specialised training in diseases of the skin, hair and nails.

Dermatologists have a medical degree from a university, they then work and train in the hospital system. After 4 years of specialist training they have to pass a rigorous series of examinations before they are qualified to call themselves a dermatologist.  Many dermatologists have also done scientific research in skin diseases

In Australia the only specialist dermatology college is the Australasian College of Dermatologists. When dermatologists are properly qualified and have passed their exams they will have FACD in their qualifications to show this

You need to have a referral from your GP (or another specialist) to see  a specialist in Australia if you wish to get a rebate back from Medicare.  If you do not need a referral you may not be seeing a properly qualified specialist.


Dermatologists deal with all diseases of the skin , hair and nails.

· Skin Cancers

They are specifically trained to advise and treat skin cancers using many different techniques including surgery and other treatment modalities.

The other common problems they deal with include

· Acne

· Psoriasis

· Dermatitis

· Rashes

· Hair loss

· Nail problems

Many dermatologists also deal with a variety of cosmetic treatments such as

· Laser for broken blood vessels and redness

· Injections for wrinkles

· Chemical Peels

· Filler agents for wrinkles and lip enhancement


The Medical staff at NSD are medical doctors with recognised specialist qualifications in Dermatology. They are all fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.


Dr Tanya Gilmour           MBBS (Hons), MMed Sci, FACD

In 1993 she completed her MBBS with honours at the University of Tasmania. She then completed her intern and resident years at RPA before embarking on a masters of Science in Medicine at St Vincents Hospital. Her dermatology training was at RNSH, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge UK, Prince of Wales Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital. She completed her fellowship from the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2001. In 2003 she undertook a Fellowship in Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia. She worked for many years as a Dermatologist & Mohs’ Surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital and currently is a Moh’s surgeon at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia. Her special interest is in the surgical management of recurrent or difficult skin cancers.


Dr Mike Bannister               MBBS (Hons), FACD

Completed his undergraduate degree with honours in 1988 at the University of NSW. He worked as a junior medical officer at RNSH, later working in Emergency at Mona Vale Hospital for many years. He did a year of laboratory based cellular research in psoriasis at the Sutton Laboratory at RNSH before embarking on his clinical dermatology training. He was a registrar at Westmead, Royal Newcastle, St Vincents and Prince of Wales Hospitals. He completed his fellowship from the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2000. He has been a VMO at St Vincents Hospital and a consultant at The Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia. He also works at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology at Bondi Junction. His special interests include psoriasis, acne, dermatoscopy and the management of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.