Our Team

Our core team is comprised of four dermatologists, four plastic surgeons, and two GPs who specialise in skin cancer management.  For more information on our doctors, please click on the name of the doctor you would like to learn about.

Dr Jim Muir is a dermatologist in public, private, and virtual practice in Brisbane, Australia.  Jim qualified as a dermatologist in 1994 and has worked in the same location ever since.  He is a general dermatologist, but through private practice sees predominantly skin cancer patients.  Jim has been the Director of the Department of Dermatology at the Mater Public Hospital, South Brisbane, since 1995.  He has been extensively involved in the education and training of dermatology registrars over this time.  In 2003, Jim became the Tele-dermatologist with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine on their site TeleDerm National.  In this role he has been involved in providing online consultations and educational advice to doctors Australia-wide.

Jim comments that motivation for founding the Australian Skin Cancer Academy with his colleagues has been to try to provide affordable, and accessible, practical, evidence-based training in the field of skin cancer medicine and general dermatology to Australian medical practitioners.

Jim also has a special interest in medico-legal work, which has given him more insight into the legal pitfalls that confront doctors dealing with skin cancer medicine.

Dr Benjamin Carew is a general dermatologist with a special interest in the treatment of acne eczema, psoriasis, and cutaneous malignancy, as well as medical education and Tele-dermatology.  He also provides a range of laser and cosmetic treatments.

Dr Carew initially trained and worked as a general practitioner in Central Queensland before completing his training as a dermatologist.  He is a visiting dermatologist at the Mater Public Hospital where he supervises training dermatologists and junior doctors.

Dr Carew has worked as a medical educator at the University of Queensland, through the Rural Clinical School of Medicine, as well as with Queensland Rural Medical Education, and more recently with the Australian Skin Cancer Academy (ASCA).  In his role with ASCA he has been involved in the development of the Practical Dermoscopy course for the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Dr Carew is based in Stafford but visits North Lakes and Rockhampton.

Previous positions

  • Board member Capricornia Division of General Practice
  • Chair of steering committee for Capricornia Primary Health and Community Care.  DoHA pilot site for electronic health record.
  • Academic coordinator General Practice (Rural Clinical School of Medicine, Rockhampton Campus).
  • Medical Educator (dermatology): Queensland Rural Medical Education (GP training provider).
  • Facilitator at Healthcert / University of Queensland Primary Care Dermatology Course.

Current Positions

  • Australian Skin Cancer Academy (ASCA): Founding director and senior medical educator.
  • Moderator of the virtual skin cancer clinic for the Australasian College of Dermatologists Practical Dermatology course.
  • VMO at the Mater Public Hospital, South Brisbane, Dermatology Department.
  • Senior Lecturer University of Queensland

Dr Carew enjoys his time away from work with his three children, and partner Claire.

Dan Kennedy is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Brisbane, Queensland.  He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984 and trained in Brisbane and the United Kingdom.  He works in private and public practice and provides training to registrars, residents, and general practitioners. He is the Director of Plastic Surgery at Mater Adult Public Hospital and provides answers to clinical questions on the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine website “Telederm.”

Dr Kennedy has a special interest in facial surgery, both aesthetic and reconstructive, and manages a large volume of skin cancer each year.

Dr Kennedy is a member of:

Dr Kennedy is a past member of:

  • President of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Society of Queensland (PRSSQ)
  • Secretary of ASAPS
  • Secretary of ASPS

Dr Matthew Peters is a Queensland-trained Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons after undertaking training in both General and Plastic surgery.  He is the Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Peters was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia.  He undertook his tertiary studies at the University of Queensland, obtaining a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery.  Since obtaining his Fellowship, Dr Peters has worked in both public and private hospitals across Brisbane.  He was made Director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2014, a position he maintains to date.  He has appointments as a visiting medical officer at the Brisbane Private HospitalSt Andrews War Memorial HospitalNorthwest Private Hospital, the Wesley Hospital, and the Mater Hospital.

Throughout his career Dr Peters has been actively involved in the training of medical students and surgical trainees.  He was the first recipient of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ John Corboy Medal, awarded in 2010 for services to trainees.  In 2014 he was made a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, in recognition of his involvement in surgical education and research.  He maintains an active involvement in the training of the next generation of Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons, both through his work a the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, but also as the Queensland Coordinator of the Plastic surgery registrar tutorial program.

Outside of work Dr Peters enjoys spending time with his wife, herself an accomplished surgeon, and their three children.

Dr Paul Komarowski graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 1986 and undertook residency at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. He spent twenty-one years in general practice where his interest and enthusiasm for skin cancer management developed. In 2007 he decided to leave full time general practice to focus on what had become his professional passion – skin cancer diagnosis and management.
In 2008 he was fortunate to be offered an opportunity to work with the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology, providing in-house surgical services to the patients of the practice, where he continues to date.
In 2016, Paul expanded his practice in joining Dr Ben Carew at Southeast Dermatology Stafford, where he provides the full gamut of Skin Cancer GP services to patients. He also practises at Ashgrove Skin Cancer Clinic.
Paul believes strongly in the premise that skin cancer management education should be provided by experts trained and practicing in Australia’s unique skin cancer environment, and is pleased to be one of the founding directors of Australian Skin Cancer Academy. He enjoys the challenges that everyday skin cancer practice and skin cancer education present.
Outside of medicine Paul is married and has three adult children (and a Cavoodle who thinks he is the fourth). He is a keen sailor and enjoys racing both inshore and offshore, and cruising the waters of southeast Queensland.

Dr Brian De’Ambrosis is a graduate of the University of Queensland.  After completing his specialist dermatologist training with the Australasian College of Dermatologists, he worked at the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Australia in Sydney and obtained his fellowship on Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Advanced Cutaneous Surgery, and Laser Surgery.

Dr De’Ambrosis established South East Dermatology in Carina Heights, Brisbane, and is a senior visiting medical officer in procedural dermatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.  He is also a visiting dermatologist at the Queensland Institute of Dermatology at Greenslopes Private Hospital, and a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland.  At the training institutions he is involved with supervision of dermatology registrars, particularly in the area of specialised skin cancer surgery.  He has several publications and given lectures at a international level relating to skin cancer and general dermatologic disorders.

Dr De’Ambrosis’ special interests include melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, Mohs surgery, laser surgery, and perineural invasion.

Dr Simon Yong-Gee graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992.  In 1997 he commenced his dermatology training in London and Edinburgh before completing his qualifications in Queensland in 2002.  Dr Yong-Gee is also a visiting medical officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and is involved in teaching registrars and medical students.  His interest is in general dermatology.

Dr Lily Vrtik graduated from the Medical Faculty of University of Western Australia in 1999. During her early years of surgical training, she worked at Royal Perth HospitalSir Charles Gardiner Hospital as well as Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She completed her last two years of Plastic Surgery training in Queensland, at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women Hospital.

In 2002, she also spent twelve months working at the world-renowned Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan in their famous plastic and reconstructive unit. During these twelve months, she trained in acute and reconstructive burn surgery, craniofacial, hand and lower limb trauma plastic surgery, as well as cancer reconstructive surgery.

Having spent most of her university life working as a piano teacher, Lily continues her enthusiasm for teaching in the field of Surgery. She is regularly involved in educational session for other doctors, in particular, general practitioners. She also holds a public consultant position at Princess Alexandra Hospital where she participates in the teaching of junior doctors, medical students, and nursing students. Lily has also been an active instructor and faculty member in nation-wide EMSB (Early Management in Severe Burns) courses for the past ten years.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Australian New Zealand Burns Association
Australian Medical Association

Dr Ray Goh completed his medical studies and graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland School of Medicine. Developing an interest in the field of surgery from the very onset of residency, he spent most of his junior doctor years at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, rotating through various surgical subspecialties, and completing his Basic Surgical Training, before progressing onto Advanced Training in General Surgery.

After General Surgery, Dr Goh was immediately accepted into the training scheme of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, working through all the major tertiary hospitals in Brisbane. He then undertook advanced training in Plastic Surgery in Melbourne for two years, working at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, focusing on the specialty of Hand Surgery and Microsurgery.

After attaining his fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2007, Dr Goh undertook a two-year international fellowship in Asia and North America, focusing on the fields of craniomaxillofacial and Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr Goh is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS), the Queensland Hand Surgery Society (QHSS), and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

In addition to ongoing professional development, Dr Goh is also involved in the training of local surgeons through mentorship, registrar teaching, and as a senior lecturer for the University of Queensland School of Medicine. Dr Goh enjoys writing and has published extensively, both informally in community and general practice literature, as well as in international peer-reviewed plastic surgery journals and textbooks.

Whilst his work in Brisbane Australia can be quite consuming, Dr Goh tries to fit in and participate in charity surgery missions abroad whenever he can. With organizations such as Interplast and Operation Smile, Dr Goh joins a team of volunteers to perform reconstructive surgery on children born with facial deformities. Voluntary work that allows Dr Goh to utilise his skills to change the lives of those less fortunate brings him a sense of reality and a greater appreciation for life. Outside of work, Dr Goh enjoys spending time with his wife, eating good food, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Dr Michael Donohue graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978 and has a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist. He is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Dr Donohue joined the Yeppoon Family Practice as a Practice Partner in 1986 and has provided care for the Capricorn Coast community for over 30 years.

Dr Donohue has held numerous medical appointments over his general practice career, including Lecturer for the University of Queensland – Rural Clinical school and is currently a Queensland Government Medical Officer.

He has shared his wealth of general practice knowledge and skills as an educator and supervisor for medical students and Registrars since 1986.

Whilst enjoying every aspect of general practice, Dr Donohue has a particular interest in men’s health, geriatrics, cardiovascular disease, as well as sports and musculo-skeletal medicine.