Skin Cancer Surgery Masterclass Online 2021

With Renowned Local experts & Overseas Experts in the field

Video Lecture Series • From 1 September 2021

Live Stream Presentations + Q&A • From October 2021

Tune into a series of exceptional video lectures, live-stream sessions and Q&A with Professors Luc Thomas, Sharad Paul, Adam Riker and other esteemed colleagues.

We are delighted to bring back the popular Skin Cancer Surgery Masterclass – delivered fully online! Join renowned skin cancer experts and skin cancer surgeons, including Professors Luc Thomas, Sharad Paul, Mike Henderson, and other esteemed colleagues via a series of video lectures and live-stream presentations with Q&A.

Presented by pioneers in the field, the Skin Cancer Surgery Masterclass Online 2021 will advance your surgical knowledge to an accomplished level without any travel or out-of-office expenses. You will interact with renowned experts, each sharing with you their vast knowledge, tricks of the trade, mistakes they made, most memorable cases, and more.

Some of the topics covered include sentinel lymph node biopsy and an update on managing invasive melanomas, BEST lines for surgery, perineural invasion and surgical margins, wound management techniques, radiation in the management of skin cancers, biopsies of acral sites (palms, soles, fingers, toes and nails), and much more!

This Masterclass is designed to teach the background and theory of recent advances relating to skin cancer surgery. This masterclass is for medical practitioners who are experienced in skin cancer surgery.

Advance your skills, interact with thought leaders, participate in case discussions, get up to speed with latest research, pick up expert tips, and more from the comfort of your home. The video lectures can be viewed at your convenience from 1 September, 2021. The interactive sessions will be delivered from 1 October, 2021 after hours to fit into your busy schedule.



























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Program From September 2021


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Biopsies of acral sites (palms, soles, fingers, toes and nails)

This topic discusses how to take biopsies of tumours, infectious diseases and inflammatory disorders of the palms, soles and nails. The presentation covers common skin conditions you might see in general practice such as eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, alopecia areata, and more. The topic also looks at some of the alternatives to biopsy, including clinical examination and dermoscopy.

Prof Luc Thomas

Surgical treatment of acral tumours and common nail changes

You might see benign tumours on difficult sites like the palms, soles, fingers, toes, and nails, that are outside your scope of practice but cause your patients a great deal of discomfort and other problems. This presentation explores whether we need to treat these tumours and what the best treatment options might be, including how to achieve good surgical outcomes for patients.

Prof Luc Thomas

BEST lines

This presentation covers BEST lines for skin surgery and much more, including how to translate knowledge of skin lines, skin thickness, neurovascular zones and fascial anatomy into better surgical performance and improved results for you and your patients. The teaching is based on Prof Sharad Paul’s latest research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: ‘Biodynamic excisional skin tension lines for cutaneous surgery presents a new paradigm in skin lines'.

Prof Sharad Paul

urgical management of uncommon cancers - Merkel, AFX, DFSP

This topic will describe the common presentations and management of the more common of the rare non-melanoma skin cancers including a typical fibroxanthoma, pleomorphic dermal sarcoma, undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, dermal leiomyosarcoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and skin appendage tumours.

Prof Mike Henderson

Perineural invasion and surgical margins

Perineural invasion (PNI) is a well known indicator for more aggressive behaviour and worse outcomes with both BCC and SCC. This lecture will examine surgical margins when treating BCC and SCC. The evidence base on the in vivo identification of clues to PNI will be initially discussed. This will be followed by content on how surgical margins need to be adjusted when PNI is found.

A/Prof John Pyne
Dr Simon Clark
Dr Tony Dicker

Radiation in the management of skin cancers

Management of cutaneous malignancies can be challenging and require multimodality and multidisciplinary treatment. This presentation aims to explain the role of radiotherapy in the context of definitive, adjuvant and palliative therapies for skin cancers. It will discuss radiation treatment, its delivery and limitations, as well as the risk factors considered after curative surgery to determine the need for post-operative radiotherapy.

Dr Matthew Mason

Surgical management of melanoma in the USA

This presentation looks at the incidence and mortality of melanoma in the USA and Australia, as well as the causes and risk factors of the disease. It covers melanoma diagnosis through clinical skin exams, including common clues to look for using the ABC method. The topic then focuses on the surgical management of melanomas of various stages under a local anaesthetic within a general practice office, as well as when to refer elsewhere.

A/Prof Adam Riker


Wound management techniques

Wound management is an important and essential aspect of patient management in a community and home setting. This topic will provide you with a clear understanding of both the mechanisms of healing and the factors which impact on healing. It will examine pathophysiology of wounds and an improved knowledge of products and devices used today in the treatment and management of wounds.

A/Prof Geoff Sussman
Sentinel lymph node biopsy and an update on managing invasive melanomas
A/Prof David Gyorki

Live-Stream Presentations + Q&A


When Topic  Presenters

4 August 2020
8pm - 9pm


Dermatoscopy of special sites: Face, volar, nail apparatus
Pattern Analysis: Practical and Conceptual

Prof Cliff Rosendahl
Prof Harald Kittler
11 August 2020
8pm - 9pm

What we can learn from computers and what computers
can learn from us
A review of the in vivo optical characteristics of the skin

Prof Cliff Rosendahl
Prof Harald Kittler
A/Prof John Pyne
25 August 2020
8pm - 9pm

Controversies in dermatopathology:
How they affect our everyday practice
Mistakes, errors and bias

Prof Harald Kittler
Prof Cliff Rosendahl
A/Prof John Pyne
Dr Simon Clark

1 September 2020
8pm - 9pm

Interactive quiz

Prof Harald Kittler
Prof Cliff Rosendahl


Skin Cancer Surgery Masterclass

Video Lecture Series
from 1 September 2021

Live-Stream Presentations
+ Q&A


[EXCLUSIVE] Topic preview

BEST lines for skin surgery

with Professor Sharad Paul

Excellence in delivery - zoom in on sharad a bit more (audience should still be visible)

In this topic of the Masterclass, renowned educator Professor Sharad Paul uses the BEST lines coaching model to help you optimise the results of skin surgery in your everyday practice, based on his ground-breaking research into skin biodynamics.

While you may be experienced in skin surgery and routinely perform flaps and grafts, the new skills you develop in procedural medicine may plateau. Even before you begin a procedure, there are many factors to consider, such as surgical anatomy, placement of scar lines, and avoiding complications. Knowledge of skin biodynamics and the science of treatment have recently evolved, and this Masterclass will help refresh and finetune your skills.

This topic covers BEST lines for skin surgery and much more, including how to translate knowledge of skin lines, skin thickness, neurovascular zones and fascial anatomy into better surgical performance and improved results for you and your patients. The teaching is based on Prof Sharad Paul’s latest research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: ‘Biodynamic excisional skin tension lines for cutaneous surgery presents a new paradigm in skin lines'.

Meet the keynote speakers

The Skin Cancer Surgery Masterclass is presented by a diverse and accomplished team of globally renowned surgical experts. Pioneers in the field of skin cancer surgery, they have developed the methods and approaches which have become the education standard.

Professor Luc Thomas


Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France


Professor Luc Thomas was board-certified in dermatology in 1989 at Lyon 1 University. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and 1991, and obtained his PhD degree at Lyon 1 University in 1993. He became full professor of dermatology in 1996, first class professor in dermatology in 2009, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of Lyon 1 University - Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud in 2003. He obtained his Board certification in Clinical Oncology in 2013.

Luc’s main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002.

Sharad Paul

Professor Sharad Paul  


Senior Lecturer Surgery (Hon) University of Auckland 

Senior Lecturer (Skin Cancer) UQ School of Medicine 

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health and Adjunct Professor Engineering and Creative Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology 

Dr Sharad P. Paul has been in skin cancer practice for 25 years and has been a renowned educator and innovator in the field of skin cancer surgery. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Auckland University of Technology, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Surgery at the University of Auckland, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.

In 1996, he set up the first primary care skin cancer surgery courses at the University of Auckland and helped establish the primary care skin cancer medicine unit at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2004.

In 2012, he was awarded the NZ Medical Association’s highest award, The Chair’s Award, only awarded to one doctor across all specialties at a time. In 2015, he received the APAC Ko Awatea Award for “improving skin cancer management, education and patient-centred care across several countries.” He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books on skin—both for the specialty, and for the general public. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) noted in a review that “Sharad Paul's Biodynamic excisional skin tension lines for cutaneous surgery presents a new paradigm in skin lines.”

Michael Henderson

Professor Michael Henderson


Surgeon Melanoma & Skin Unit
Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Surgery
Professor of Surgery, University of Melbourne

Professor Michael Henderson is a Professor of Surgery with The University of Melbourne and surgeon in the Melanoma and Skin Service, Breast Service and Sarcoma Service at Peter Mac. He graduated in medicine from The University of Melbourne and trained as a general surgeon. He completed his training with a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston. Melanoma makes up a major part of his clinical workload and he is actively involved in clinical and translational research. He maintains an active clinical and translational research interest in melanoma and is supervising several higher degree research candidates.
John Pyne

A/Prof John Pyne

MBBS (Syd), BOptom (Hons 1), MMed, PhD, FSCCA

Associate Professor, Skin Cancer Medicine, The University of New South Wales

John’s undergraduate study was an initial Bachelor of Optometry (Hon 1) at The University of New South Wales followed by Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at The University of Sydney. He holds a Master of Medicine degree (Skin Cancer) and PhD (Thesis on dermoscopy - histopathology correlations in BCC and SCC) from The University of Queensland.

John is also a Fellow and past President of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. A main professional interest has been using optical imaging in the early diagnosis and management of skin cancer including the utility of confocal microscopy. Priority investigation has been allocated to the in vivo identification of skin cancer characteristics with high risk for adverse outcomes.

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A/Prof Adam Riker  


General Surgeon in Annapolis, Maryland
Chair of Oncology at Anne Arundel Medical Center's (AAMC), Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute (DCI).

A/Prof Adam Riker is a committed and dedicated physician leader, who never forgets that his work is ultimately about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive care to all patients that he has the privilege of treating each day. Adam is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained surgical oncologist with a very busy clinical practice, specialising in melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer and sarcoma (soft tissue and retroperitoneal). He has been involved in clinical and translational cancer research for most, if not all, of his career. 

Geoff Sussman

A/Prof Geoff Sussman


Associate Professor, Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University

A/Prof Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University and he has been a faculty member of the summer school on wounds at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research, clinical practice and teaching, and is the founder of the Wound Foundation of Australia. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2000-2004 and the Chairman of the Education Commission of the World Union from 2004 to 2008. He is associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research Journal, and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care education, including Masters of Wound Care at Monash University. He was awarded an OAM in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician and in the sports of gymnastics and diving. He was recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a lifetime achievement award for his work in wound management.

David Gyorki

A/Prof David Gyorki


Associate Professor and Specialist Surgeon in complex surgical oncology

Associate Professor David Gyorki is a consultant surgical oncologist and specialises in the management of patients with melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma. David is one of only a small number of surgeons in Australia with a surgical practice dedicated to the management of cancer patients. This specialised focus allows David to understand the complexity and nuance of each individual patient and to help tailor a multidisciplinary treatment plan. By understanding the role of all treatment options in the management of his patients, he is better able to determine the best surgical approach. Sometimes optimal treatment may involve no surgery at all. During his surgical training, David spent two years undertaking a doctorate at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research studying the interaction of breast stem cells and the immune system. His research was awarded the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Basic Science Scholarship at the world’s premier breast cancer conference. David maintains a focus on understanding the fundamental mechanisms driving cancer progression in order to help develop new treatments and ultimately cures.


Dr Simon Clark

MBChB, FRCPA Specialist

Honorary Lecturer in Pathology, The University of Queensland

Dr Simon Clark runs the pathology component of the postgraduate certificate courses in skin cancer medicine at The University of Queensland and lectures in the Masters of Medicine course. He has been involved in dermatopathology education for more than 20 years, training registrars in dermatology, pathology and plastic surgery. More recently he has been active in GP education. One of the best known dermatopathologists in Australia, Simon was recently appointed a visiting professor in dermatology at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.


Dr Tony Dicker


Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer) & Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer), The University of Queensland

Dr Tony Dicker has practised full-time Skin Cancer Medicine in Melbourne since 2004, and previously practised in Brisbane. He obtained his PhD from The University of Queensland in molecular biology of skin cancer with Professor Ian Frazer's group at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He then spent three years as a dermatology registrar at the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals.

Matt Mason

Dr Matthew Mason

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (United Kingdom), Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists, Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Matt is a Radiation Oncologist with over 10 years of experience in Oncology. After graduating from Nottingham University, he became a Clinical Oncologist, training at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, UK. With interests in technical radiotherapy he completed a two year clinical fellowship at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada. This experience focused on the management of head and neck malignancies, CNS tumours and spinal stereotactic radiotherapy.

Matt worked as a Locum Consultant at St James University Hospital. Having moved to Australia and achieving specialist recognition, Matt worked as a Staff Specialist in Radiation Oncology at the Calvary Mater in Newcastle. Head and Neck cancer management has remained a strong interest of Matt’s. He has also developed interests in the management of Breast and Skin Cancers.

Matt takes an active role in research and has several publications. He has a Conjoint appointment as Lecturer, with the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health and enjoys providing clinical teaching for patients, students and trainees.


Dr Anthony Azzi 

MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer)

Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland
Director at Newcastle Skin Check, Charlestown NSW

Dr Anthony Azzi graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989 and moved to Newcastle, where he spent the next 13 years working in the public hospital system. He now works in private practice as a Skin Cancer Doctor and Assistant Surgeon. He completed a Master of Medicine in Skin Cancer from The University of Queensland, where he is now a Senior Lecturer. He is a member of the Australian Medical Association, Skin Cancer College Australasia, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

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Mr Paul Elmslie

Founder & CEO

HealthCert Education & National Skin Cancer and Skin Repair Centres

Paul has over 20 years' work experience with a focus on skin cancer. An early pioneer in the development of skin cancer clinics, Paul operates Australia's leading network of dedicated skin cancer facilities and continues to lead the industry through HealthCert Education, the world's first integrated university-assured education provider for medical professionals. Paul has authored books and speaks at conferences all over the world. He has completed business programs with Harvard, MIT and London School of Business, and holds an MBA.




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