About Auckland Dermatology
Auckland Dermatology is the largest dermatology practice in New Zealand. We pride ourselves on providing quality care to all our patients. This includes children, adolescents or adults with general medical, cosmetic or surgical problems.
Our aim is to provide a service that is empathetic to the patient in a clinical situation, where we listen to the patients concerns and try to provide appropriate evidence based care, the patient determining their treatment rather than being physician directed.
We have a wide range of practitioners. We provide the only fully trained paediatric dermatologists (Nick Birchall and Diana Purvis) in the country, a highly skilled Mohs micrographic surgeon (Paul Salmon) and general dermatologists (Sonya Havill, Nick Turnbull). We also provide a range of cosmetic and laser treatments. Cosmetic services are headed by Amanda Child. Laser treatments are directed by Susan Smith, offering treatments with the Enlighten laser, the most advanced pico/nano second laser for the management of tattoos and pigmented lesions, Excel V and V beam tuneable dye laser for management of vascular lesions in conjunction with our leading expertise in the treatment of hair removal with the Alexandrite laser which still remains the gold standard laser for this purpose.
We are affiliated providers for Southern Cross, but also fully approved treatment providers for all other health care insurance providers.
Outlined below is a short synopsis of the bibliographies of the consultants in our practice.
- General dermatology
- Acne treatment
- Psoriasis and eczema treatment
- Cosmetic appearance medicine
- Skin cancer expertise and surgery
- Laser treatments for hair removal, nail fungus, scars, veins and tattoos
- Mohs surgery
- Paediatric dermatology
- Patch testing
- UVB Light treatment
Dr Nick Birchall
MB, ChB, FRACP (Paeds and Derm)
Dr Birchall graduated from Bristol University in the UK and then immigrated to New Zealand in 1978. He trained initially as a paediatrician, then as a dermatologist. Dr Birchall completed his dermatology training at Yale University, USA. His special interest is the treatment of paediatric and adolescent skin problems, in particular, acne and eczema. Dr Birchall is a visiting Dermatologist at Starship Childrens Hospital and also regularly visits Whangarei at his satellite practice.
Dr. Sonya Havill
MB, ChB, FRACP
Dr Havill studied at Auckland and received her advanced training at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow and Concord Hospital, Sydney. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and specialises in womens dermatology.
Dr Nick Turnbull
MB, ChB, FRACP
Originally from Auckland and having graduated from Auckland Medical School in 2002, Dr Turnbull has worked in all the major public hospitals in Auckland in various medical and surgical roles including subspecialty positions in pharmacology, cardiology and rheumatology amongst others. This training developed his interest in hospital and academic medicine. His dermatology training was undertaken in Auckland and completed in London. He then studied for his Fellowship in Dermatopathology in Warwick, England. Dermatopathology involves reviewing and interpreting skin biopsies and correlating with the patients clinical presentation. He has achieved accreditation in dermatopathology with the International Society of Dermatopathology and European Union of Medical Specialists. During his overseas training he has presented at regional, national and international meetings and has been published in international journals. He has specific interests in medical dermatology, skin cancer and surgery and male genital dermatology.
Dr Diana Purvis
MB, ChB, FRACP (Paeds and Derm)
Dr Purvis was trained in New Zealand and the UK, with two years specialising in paediatric dermatology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London. As well as her expertise in childrens skin diseases and birthmarks, she is also proficient in adult skin problems including neo-natal and pregnancy-associated skin disorders. She is involved with both the Starship Childrens Hospital and teaches at the University of Auckland Medical School.
Dr Paul Salmon
BhB, MBChB, FRACP, FACMS
Dr Paul Salmon graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1987. He completed four years of specialized dermatology training as a registered specialist dermatologist. Two years of his specialist training were at the University of California, San Francisco working with some of Americas top cosmetic surgeons. Dr Salmon founded the Skin Centre in 1997. He is an International fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is in demand to speak internationally at Dermatology meetings. In 2009 Dr Salmon arranged and chaired the core symposium of Cutaneous and Surgical Dermatology at the World Congress of Dermatology in Prague, a great honour and a first for a New Zealand dermatologist.
He is one of the few New Zealand Dermatologists trained to perform advanced facial reconstructions for difficult Mohs procedures for multiply recurrent tumours of the face and is registered to perform category I invasive cosmetic surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty, facelifts and fat grafting.
Pauls Practice has always been driven by the twin goals practicing his specialty at the highest level on the one hand and care and attention to his patients as individuals on the other. Pauls firm belief that no patient should be disfigured by skin cancer surgery is the philosophy that drives his pursuit of excellence in the performance of Mohs Surgery and Reconstruction.
Paul works in collaboration with five other Dermatologists in the Tauranga Practice and four other Dermatologists in the Auckland Practice. His association with The Skin Centre and Auckland Dermatology helps to provide care for patients from Whangarei through Tauranga, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Nelson.
Through his pursuit to the dedication of Academic Excellence Paul is the Director of a Post-Doctoral Training Program in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery (only one of five American College of Mohs Surgery Training posts outside the USA) preparing and training other Dermatologists committed to providing the highest standard of Facial Skin Cancer surgery and care to their patients.
He has been an invited guest speaker on many occasions at the American Academy of Dermatology Meetings, The World Congress of Dermatology, Australian College of Dermatology and New Zealand Dermatology Society Annual Meetings over the last 20 years. He has been Chair or Co-Chair of sessions at the World Congress of Dermatology in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. In 2009 he was asked to oversee the entire Cutaneous Oncology program for the World Congress meeting in Prague. Dr Salmon is the past Chair of the Dermatology Training committee of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.
He continues to be New Zealands most prominent Mohs Surgeon both internationally and nationally.
To make an appointment please call us on 09 524 9915