Dr Rhonda A. Harvey

BSc (Med), MBBS (Hons)(UNSW), PhD, FACD

Principal Dermatologist + Mohs Surgeon

Dr Rhonda A. Harvey (nee Kwong) is a dermatologist who specialises in the management of skin cancer using Mohs micrographic surgical techniques and melanoma. Her special interests include dermatological cutaneous surgery, non surgical skin cancer management such as photodynamic therapy and laser procedural dermatology.

In addition to her private practice, Dr Harvey is also a visiting medical officer (VMO) at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital Sydney, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney and The Skin Hospital.

Background

 

Dr Harvey graduated with honours in medicine from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1999. During her undergraduate period, Dr Harvey undertook clinical placements with the Departments of Plastic Surgery at Radcliffe Infirmary (Oxford Medical School, Oxford) and The Children’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston). These elite placements helped refine Rhonda’s cutaneous surgical skills.

As part of her post graduate training, Dr Harvey was a Basic Surgical Trainee with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons while completing her PhD (Head & Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas) with the Cancer Research Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Before commencing Dermatology training, Dr Harvey consolidated her research by undertaking a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Dermatology Research Laboratories at the University of Sydney (USYD).

Dr Harvey began clinical Dermatology training in 2006 at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and Westmead Hospital hospitals while also completing rotations at the Skin & Cancer Foundation, both Darlinghurst and Westmead locations.

Dr Harvey received a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2010 after completing 4 years of fellowship training and completed a Mohs Surgical & Laser Fellowship at the Skin & Cancer Foundation, Westmead in 2011.

Professional interests include Skin Cancer & Melanoma Management, Mohs Surgery, Non-surgical Skin Cancer Management (including Photodynamic Therapy), Moderate to Severe Acne, Dermatitis & Eczema, Facial Pigmentation, Cosmetic and Non-cosmetic Laser.

With an active involvement in the teaching, Dr Harvey supervises dermatology registrars in surgical clinics at St Vincent’s Public Hospital. She also tutors final-year dermatology registrars in advanced procedural dermatological and holds regular dermatology workshops for general practitioners.

Qualifications

 

Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Laser Fellowship
Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia (2010)
Westmead Australia

Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists – FACD
Australasian College of Dermatologists (2009)
Sydney Australia

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cancer Research – PhD
Garvan Institute of Medical Research (2005)
Sydney Australia

Basic Surgical Training Program – FRACS (Part 1)
Royal Australian College of Surgeons (2001)
Sydney Australia

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS (Hons)
University of New South Wales (1999)
Sydney Australia

Bachelor of Science (Medicine) – BSc (Med)
University of New South Wales (1999)
Sydney Australia

Appointments

 

Visiting Medical Officer, St. Vincent’s Public Hospital, Sydney.

Visiting Medical Officer, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney.

Visiting Medical Officer, The Skin Hospital, Darlinghurst.

Visiting Medical Officer, The Skin Hospital, Westmead.

Memberships

 

Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists

Member of Australian Medical Association (NSW)

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW

Research

 

2005 MEDICAL RESEARCH
Effects of E2F-1 over-expression in Squamous Cell Carcinomas after UVA irradiation.
Effects of E2F-1 over-expression to Gefitinib in SCC9 cell line.

2001-2005 THESIS, PhD DOCTORATE
Molecular markers of prognosis and therapeutic response in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

1999 MEDICAL RESEARCH
Investigation of osteogenic distraction devices on the sheep mandible.

1996 MEDICAL RESEARCH
Comparison of clinical outcome of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in United Kingdom and Australia.

Publications

 

FEBRUARY 2011
LMO4 Expression in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anterior Tongue.
Histopathology, Vol 58(3) February 2011. pp477 – 480.

AUGUST 2008
Histopathological Evolution of a Cutaneous Myxofibrosarcoma.
Australasian Journal of Dermatology, Vol 49(3) August 2008. pp123 – 176.

FEBRUARY 2006
Alopecia Areata masquerading as frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: Pseudo-pseudopelade.
Australasian Journal of Dermatology, Vol 47(1) February 2006. pp63 – 66.

JUNE 2005
p14ARF Protein Expression Is a Predictor of Both Relapse and Survival in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anterior Tongue.
American Association for Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Vol 11 June 1, 2005. pp4107 – 4116.

NOVEMBER 2004
Deregulated Cyclin D1 Expression Is Associated with Decreased Efficacy of the Selective Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Gefitinib in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cell Lines.
American Association for Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Vol 10 November 15, 2004. pp7764 – 7774.

SEPTEMBER 2003
Overexpression of E2F-1 Is Associated with Increased Disease-free Survival in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anterior Tongue.
American Association for Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Vol 9 September 1, 2003. pp 3705 – 3711.

Grants, Prizes + Fellowships

 

2006
St. Vincent’s Clinic Cancer Research Grant.
Schering-Plough Award Fellowship.

2005
Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation Project Grant. Chief Investigator: Dr R.A. Kwong.
Best Oral Presentation at “Australasian Society of Dermatological Research”.

2004
Best Poster Presentation at “Frontiers in Otorhinolaryngology”.
St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation Scholarship.
Di Boyd Cancer Grant. Investigator: Dr R.A. Kwong.

2003
National Health & Medical Research Council Postgraduate Medical Research Fellowship.

2002
Best Poster Presentation at “Frontiers in Otorhinolaryngology”.

2001
Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation Research Fellowship.

1999
University of New South Wales Plastic Surgery Undergraduate Research Fellowship.