Dr Alvin Chong’s Profile in The Australasian College of Dermatologists

“I have wanted to be a doctor since I was a child. Our family doctor was helpful as well as deeply respected. I wanted to be like him. My mother encouraged me to be compassionate, kind and to help people. Wanting to help is my core calling,” says Melbourne dermatologist Dr Alvin Chong.

Born in Malaysia and raised in Singapore, Dr Alvin Chong arrived in Melbourne at the age of 18. After brief stints whilst an undergraduate student working as a waiter, kitchenhand and actor, his first medical job was as an intern at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

“My first job as a doctor was as a dermatology resident. I was lucky enough to be mentored by Professor Robin Marks and Dr Harvey Rotstein, senior dermatologists who were encouraging and supportive. I initially wanted to be a psychiatrist, but working with them got me interested in dermatology instead. To be able to visually identify a problem, diagnose and then treat the disease made dermatology the most appealing area of medicine.”

Currently, Dr Alvin Chong is the principal dermatologist at Ivanhoe Dermatology Clinic and runs a public outpatient clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. He is also the Head of the Transplant Dermatology Clinic at Skin and Cancer Foundation Victoria – the first dedicated transplant dermatology clinic in Australia.

Read the full profile on The Australasian College of Dermatologists website.