Our Principal Doctor
Dr Pradeep Dissanayake
GP Specialist in Dermatology
Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor
Specialist General Practitioner
MBBS, PLAB (UK), AMC Cert, FRAGCGP
Master of Medicine-Skin Cancer (University of Queensland)
Diploma in Practical Dermatology (Cardiff University, UK)
Australian Dermatology Diploma (Australian Institute of Dermatology)
Diploma of Dermoscopy-Skin Cancer Detection (Skin Cancer College of Australasia)
Post Graduate Certificates in:
Skin Cancer Medicine (Skin Cancer College of Australasia)
Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine (University of Queensland)
Skin Cancer Surgery (University of Queensland)
Primary Care Skin Cancer Therapeutics (University of Queensland)
Advanced Dermoscopy & Dermal Imaging-Skin Cancer Detection (University of Queensland)
Advanced Dermoscopy and Histopathology-Skin Cancer Detection (University of Queensland)
Primary Care Dermatology (University of Queensland)
Minor Surgical Procedures (Australasian College of Surgeons)
Pradeep completed his primary medical degree, MBBS, from Sri Lanka in 2000. After a year of internship in General Medicine & Surgery, he spent the next three years working in the field of family medicine. He left Sri Lanka for the UK in 2005 for further medical education and training. Prior to undergoing medical training and working in the UK, he successfully completed the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB-UK) medical examination in London, conducted by the general medical council.
In the UK, Pradeep underwent training in General Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Emergency Medicine. He then moved to Australia in 2006 for a better work-life balance with his wife and two young sons. He then went on to complete the Australian Medical Council Examination (AMC) in 2006 and became a fully qualified, vocationally registered GP by completing his Fellowship in General Practice (FRACGP) from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2008.
After arriving in Australia, Pradeep underwent further medical training in General Medicine, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine as a staff medical officer for over 18 months at the Mt Gambier District Health Services in South Australia. Later, he started working as a full –time rural GP in Wangaratta (Northeast Victoria) for 5 years from 2007. He moved down to Melbourne in 2012 for the education of his two young boys and he spent further 3 years working as a GP at St Kilda Road, in Melbourne.
Pradeep believes the ability to manage skin cancers and skin diseases is an essential part of an Australian GP’s holistic service to their community. Pradeep developed special interests in skin cancer medicine, minor surgical procedures and general dermatology soon after he started practicing in Australia. Therefore, he went on to specialise in primary care skin cancer medicine and general dermatology. He initially started upskilling his knowledge in primary care skin cancer medicine and primary care general dermatology by completing various post-graduate certificate courses through the University of Queensland prior to completing his Master’s Degree and Diplomas in skin cancer medicine and dermatology.
Most recently, Pradeep completed the prestigious Master of Medicine Degree in the field of skin cancer from the University of Queensland. He holds two postgraduate diplomas in dermatology, one from the Australian Institute of Dermatology and another one from the Cardiff University in Wales, UK. He has also completed a Diploma in Dermoscopy (skin cancer detection using a dermoscope) from the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and also undergone a postgraduate certificate course in minor surgical procedures through the Australasian College of Surgeons.
Pradeep has been endorsed as an Accredited Skin cancer Doctor by the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, the peak governing body of primary care skin cancer education in Australasia. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and has been involved with the RACGP as a Clinical Examiner since 2009. He is also a member of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, the International Dermoscopy Society, and the Australian Institute of Dermatology. Pradeep is committed to improve his knowledge and skills in skin cancer medicine and general dermatology and continues in further education, research and training in those areas.