Committee

Professor Alan James Cooper OAM MBBS | FACD | FAAD | FAICD | BSC

AlanProfessor Alan Cooper is the Head of the Department of Dermatology at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, and the Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney.  In 1997, he was the Secretary General of the 19th World Congress of Dermatology, which attracted more than 6,500 delegates. 

He is actively involved in clinical and laboratory research through Royal North Shore Hospital, and is the current chairman of Epiderm, the Australian Dermatology Research and Education Foundation, which supports dermatology research centres throughout the country. He also served on the board of the Dermatology Research Foundation of the University of Sydney from 1996 to 2011. Throughout his career, he has regularly organised regional, national and international clinical and scientific meetings for dermatologists and dermatology trainees. Prof Cooper has been an invited speaker on dermatology meetings and scientific programs throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America.

From 1992 to 2002, he served on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation of Dermatology and the International League of Dermatological Societies.

Dr Greg Crosland

GregDr Crosland has served as Honorary Secretary of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and has chaired and worked on several College Committees. He was the Deputy Secretary General of the 19th World Congress of Dermatology in 1997. He has also been a Board Member of the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Australia, a Board Member of Epiderm, and is a past Head of the Department of Dermatology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Dr Crosland provided Dermatology services to rural areas of New South Wales for some 26 years and is currently an honorary lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, and works in a private dermatology practice in Sydney.

Dr Allan Halpern

Halpern headshot (002)Dr. Allan C. Halpern is Chief of the Dermatology Service and co-Leader of the Melanoma Disease Management Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, USA. Dr. Halpern is an internationally recognized expert in melanoma and pigmented lesions with a special interest in nevi as precursors and risk factors for melanoma. He is among the pioneers of the application of total body photography for melanoma surveillance in high risk individuals and of the application of novel technologies, including reflectance confocal microscopy, to aid melanoma detection and diagnosis. Dr. Halpern has held many leadership positions and is currently president of the International Society for Digital Imaging of the Skin, Vice President of the Skin Cancer Foundation, and a member of the executive board of the International Dermoscopy Society. Dr. Halpern initiated and leads the International Skin Imaging Collaboration, an exciting effort to create standards and resources that will help leverage computer science and medical informatics as aids to melanoma diagnosis.

Professor Stephen Shumack OAM

StephenProfessor Stephen Shumack is currently Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Medical Director of the Skin Hospital, Sydney, Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney, and in private practice in Sydney and Kogarah. He is a past President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and has previously served as both Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the College. He has previously been the Co Editor in Chief of he Australasian Journal of Dermatology.  He has spoken and published widely on common dermatological conditions, the non-surgical treatment of skin cancer, education, and teledermatology.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division (Australia Day 2011) for services to medicine in the field of Dermatology and the community. He has also been a director of the Skin & Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Dr David Wong

David WongDr David Wong graduated in medicine from Sydney University with First Class Honours in 1983. He was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 1988. Since then he has worked mainly in private practice in Sydney whilst maintaining a position as Visiting Medical Officer to the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr Wong is a serving director on the board of Epiderm (formerly the Australian Dermatology Research and Education Foundation), a not for profit organisation involved in improving the standard of dermatological care for all Australians. He has also qualified as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Past appointments include:
Honorary Secretary Australasian College of Dermatologists (1996 to 1999)
Assistant Honorary Secretary Australasian College of Dermatologists (1999 to 2004)
Director – Board of Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia (2001 to 2007)

Dr Wong’s areas of clinical interests include:
The early diagnosis and management of skin cancer
Management of skin disorders in immunocompromised patients
Low impact aesthetic treatments

International Vice President, Dr Christoph Hoeller

Christoph - international vice presidentChristoph Hoeller, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine at the Medical University of Vienna. He is a dermatology specialist, and his research is focused on the treatment of melanoma and other dermatologic malignancies.

Dr. Hoeller received his education from the Medical University of Vienna, where he earned both his medical and doctoral degrees, as well as specialty training in dermatology and venereology from the university’s department of dermatology. During this time, Dr. Hoeller began his work in melanoma research, which earned him a scholarship from the Max Kade Foundation and 2 years abroad, working as a visiting professor at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.

He is currently leading the melanoma study team, the outpatient center for melanoma treatment and serves as coordinator of the skin cancer center at the Medical University of Vienna. He is a board member of EADO and ADO as well as a member of the EORTC and ESMO melanoma groups.

International Vice President, Professor John Hawk BSc MD FRCP FRACP Hon FACD

John HawkProfessor John Hawk BSc MD FRCP FRACP Hon FACD is Emeritus Professor and recent Head for twenty-five years of the Photobiology Department, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and King’s College, London, having qualified in medicine at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand, then worked in general practice in Sydney, Australia, before training in dermatology at St Mary’s and Guy’s Hospitals, and the St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, and at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He has written hundreds of scientific papers, book chapters and books, was formerly editor of the journal, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, and lectures extensively by invitation worldwide.

He importantly initiated the campaign in England counselling care in the sun and with sunbeds in the 1980s and frequently appeared then and still does in all forms of the public media, serving too for many years as British Association of Dermatologists’ Press Liaison Officer. He was a founder in 1988 of the British Photodermatology Group and then its president, and a founding member of the American Photomedicine Society. He was also until recently President of the European Society for Photodermatology, of which he was again a founder member, and is now an Honorary Life Member.

He is a member of the politically influential American Dermatological Association and similar European Dermatology Forum, a former Deputy President and Scientific Committee Chairman of the 2005 London European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress, a Past President of the Scientific Committee of the EADV and a regular adviser to UK statutory and government committees, to include recently a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) committee on the advantages and disadvantages of sunlight exposure. He was also Congress President of the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2014, and was recently elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Finally, he has many sporting and cultural interests, and speaks excellent French and German.