Dr Tai Phan
BSc(Med) MBBS (Hons) MMed MPH MHM FACDConsultant Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon
Dr Phan provides expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and management of all skin cancers. For many Australians, the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun have already caused irreparable damage to their skin, placing them at higher risk of skin cancer. Sun protection using protective hats and clothing as well as daily application of an SPF 50+ sunscreen help to reduce the risk of skin cancer, but does not completely remove the risk. Regular and thorough skin checks with a qualified dermatologist are vital to detect these skin cancers early. If a pre-cancer or skin cancer is found, Dr Phan will guide you through the various non-surgical and surgical treatment options, and tailor the treatment to suit your skin.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the two most common skin cancers in Australia. Mohs micrographic surgery may be the ideal treatment if you have a BCC or SCC in a cosmetically sensitive area such as your face, or if you have a recurrent, incompletely excised or aggressive BCC or SCC. Mohs surgery is the gold standard in skin cancer treatment.
After the Mohs surgeon cuts out the skin cancer, the Mohs surgeon uses a microscope to look at 100% of the tumour margin. If the skin cancer is not completely removed, only the areas where there is remaining skin cancer are precisely removed, sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. This allows for the highest cure rates for the treatment of BCC and SCC whilst leaving the smallest defect hence maximising the aesthetic result after repair of the wound. This can be all done in a single visit in a day surgery setting under local anaesthesia.
Having trained at the Mohs Centre at the prestigious University of Toronto in Canada, Dr Phan continues to offer his patients a meticulous approach to treating and reconstructing skin cancers almost exclusively on the face using the Mohs micrographic surgery technique. Dr Phan is an Australasian College of Dermatology approved Mohs Micrographic surgeon and an Associate Member with the American College of Mohs Surgery.
A variety of laser and light devices can be used to treat many dermatological and cosmetic conditions with vascular, pigmentary or textural changes. Dr Phan has over ten years experience treating patients with vascular conditions such as rosacea, telangiectasia, spider nevi, venous lakes and capillary malformations (port wine stains); pigmentary conditions such as photodamaged skin, lentigines, tattoos, café au lait macules; textural conditions such as keloid scars, surgical scars and acne scarring.
Dr Phan will give you a realistic understanding of what may be possible to achieve with these treatments. He strives to treat to achieve maximum effectiveness without compromising on safety by choosing the best combination of lasers for your skin.
Skin conditions can often be the cause of itching, scaling, discomfort, pain, and social embarrassment. The trouble is that skin rashes can often mimic one another to the untrained eye. Dermatologists specialise in assessing your skin and medical history so that your condition receives the best treatment.
Dr Phan meticulously provides expert diagnosis and treatment options for all medical skin disorders. To help make the correct diagnosis, Dr Phan may also organise biopsies, swabs, blood or allergy testing. Commonly treated conditions include skin lumps and bumps, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, increased sweating, skin infections, warts, pigmentary skin conditions, hair and nail disorders.
Dr Tai Phan is a highly qualified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. He has a special interest in the surgical treatment of facial skin cancers, and laser treatment of facial vascular lesions and photoageing.
Dr Phan grew up in Sydney, completing his undergraduate medical degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales in 2000. Dr Phan pursued his interest in dermatology and skin cancer through obtaining his Master of Public Health at the University of NSW in 2005, and Master of Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Sydney in 2006. His research has been published in international medical journals, notably his work identifying the specific UV wavelengths causing the most immunosuppression which predisposes humans to skin cancer. Dr Phan completed his third Master degree, Master of Health Management, at the University of NSW in 2012.
Dr Phan became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2011, subsequently joining The Skin Hospital Westmead to perform skin cancer surgery and laser procedures. He supervises and teaches Dermatology Registrars in his role as a VMO at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Dr Phan also provides comprehensive dermatologic care to private patients in Bella Vista.
In 2015, Dr Phan was selected for the Fellowship program in Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) at the University of Toronto, Canada. This program is endorsed by the American College of Mohs Surgery. During his Fellowship, Dr Phan trained at the largest Mohs Centre in Canada under the expert guidance of internationally recognised dermatologists Dr Christian Murray, Dr Nowell Solish and Dr An-Wen Chan. Dr Phan gained considerable experience with the Mohs Surgery technique and the reconstruction of complex surgical defects on the face, head and neck. Dr Phan utilises this surgical expertise to further enhance his practice of skin cancer management at The Skin Hospital and his private rooms at Bella Vista.
Dr Phan also offers a “See-and-Do” same day consultation and Mohs surgery service at The Skin Hospital for patients from rural and outer metropolitan areas.
Dr Phan enjoys playing tennis, skiing and spending time with his young family.
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