Professional Info

Dr Philip Tong is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists after completing his dermatology specialist training in NSW as the inaugural Dean’s Fellow in Dermatology, a joint initiative with The University of Sydney.

He underwent world class-research and dermatology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Liverpool and Westmead Hospitals. He also completed his PhD in advanced biomedical imaging and skin immunology at Centenary Institute during this time.

Prior to obtaining his specialist qualifications, he also received training in dermatology departments in Perth, Melbourne as well as in London at the world-renowned St John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Special interests

  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Atopic eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Axillary hyperhidrosis
  • Skin cancer
  • Healthy skin care


  • English
  • Mandarin
  • (staff to assist in Korean)

Current Appointments

The Skin Hospital, Darlinghurst Campus
​2018 - present
Oversee research studies including dermatology clinical trials, research governance, and supervision and mentoring of research fellows.

Clinical Lead, Skin Imaging and Inflammation
Centenary Institute
​2018 - present
I lead research studies in the mapping of the skin immune system in 3D using cutting edge microscopy and computational analytical tools. In this role, I collaborate with researchers in Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.

Clinical Lecturer and former Dean's Fellow
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
2011 - present


Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists
​2018 - present

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)
University of Sydney
2011 - 2015

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery with Honours
University of Western Australia
2003 - 2008

Selected Awards

2016 Taiwan Dermatological Association (TDA) Travel Award to attend and present at the 42nd TDA and 8th Asian Society of Pigment Cell Research (ASPCR) Joint Meeting, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2015 Imrich Sarkany Non-European Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, to attend and present at the 24th EADV Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2014 President’s Medal for the Highest mark in the 2014 Pharmacology Examinations for the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

2014 International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies Travel Award to attend and present at the 22nd International Pigment Cell Conference, Singapore, Singapore.

2014 European Society for Dermatological Research Travel Grant to attend and present at the 44th Annual ESDR meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2013 Society for Investigative Dermatology Eugene M. Farber Scholar to attend and present at the 62nd Montagna Symposium on the Biology of the Skin, Washington, USA.

2012 Brenan Prize Presentation at the 33rd Australasian Dermatopathology Society Annual Meeting, Melbourne

2012 Early Career Researcher Prize at the 9th Australasian Society for Dermatology Research Meeting, Sydney.

2011 Centenary Institute Scientific Image of the Year – 1st Place, Centenary Institute, Sydney.

Selected Invited Talks

Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University Hospital (October 2016) titled ‘Imaging Skin: Lessons Learnt at the Bench and Bedside’, hosted by Prof Jin-Ho Chung.

42nd Taiwanese Dermatological Association & 8th Annual Meeting of the Asian Society of Pigment Cell Research, 12-13th November 2016, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Imaging Skin: From Bench to Bedside (and Beyond).

35th Australasian Dermatopathology Society Annual Meeting, 22-24th August 2014, Perth, Australia, titled 'Cutting-edge in vivo imaging of mast cells and implications for dermatopathology.'

College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee (September 2014) titled ‘Cutting edge microscopy to study the immunological and structural composition of skin’, hosted by Prof Irwin McLean.

62nd Montagna Symposium on the Biology of the Skin, 10-14th October 2013, Washington, USA, titled 'The immune atlas: A topographical three-dimensional study of the skin immune system using multiphoton microscopy and multi-parameter flow cytometry.'