Prof George Varigos (Dermatologist)

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Dr George Andrew Varigos
MBBS 1971
Scientist - Researcher - Academia
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Professor Varigos trained in Medicine at University of Melbourne and residency at RMH. He completed his Fellowship in Dermatology in 1978 and PhD at the WEHI Melbourne University in 1988. Honorary Clinical Professor by the University of Melbourne in January 2013. Through-out his career, George has continually been involved in public hospital dermatology, research and academic medicine as well as a private practice. He is presently Head of Dermatology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (since 1984) and was also Head at the Royal Children’s Hospital from 1987 to 2012. He has been involved with health care delivery, administration, risk management and quality initiatives, as well as embracing the changes in medical practice in the public hospitals of Victoria. His interest in eczema changed the way care is delivered to eczema in children and established the first Australian Nurse Practitioner model in dermatology for eczema, and instigated the RCH eczema workshops with nurse led education clinics.

George’s research interests range from basic science to clinical research. His PhD was on bullous pemphigoid, and was an original study demonstrating an eosinophil growth factor was involved. Since this time he has maintained a strong interest in immunological skin diseases, including psoriasis eczema lupus and pemphigus pemphigoid, and as well porphyria and epidermolysis bullosa. During a 2001 sabbatical George worked in London and at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where he was in the stem cell epithelial laboratory. He has worked at Walter and Eliza Hall for his PhD and he continues a interest at WEHI as well in the University of Melbourne immunology department

Hospital Affiliations
Royal Melbourne Hospital - Parkville
Affiliated Clinics
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)
Affiliated Organisations
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Affiliated Universities
University of Melbourne
Medical Conditions
Skin cancer
Bullous pemphigoid
Epidermolysis bullosa
Acne vulgaris
Immunological skin diseases

Practice Locations


Melbourne Private Hospital
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Suite 17 & 18 3rd Floor
Royal Parade
Parkville VIC 3052 
03 9347 4233
03 9348 2106