Dr Francis Lai is a consultant dermatologist, fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He completed his dermatology training in tertiary hospitals including St Vincent’s Hospital, The Alfred, Monash Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital. During his training, Dr Lai was awarded a scholarship to the world renowned St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London. Here, he undertook a one year fellowship with leading experts in the field in areas including eczema, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, skin cancers, immunobullous conditions, paediatrics, and hair disorders.
Dr Lai achieved the highest mark in Australia in his final dermatology examinations, receiving the prestigious Australasian College of Dermatologists Travelling Fellowship Award, as well as the Ken Paver Medal for Medical Dermatology. He was also awarded the Harvey Rotstein award in recognition for his collegiality, integrity and dedication to patient care.
Dr Lai has a keen interest in academic research and has published in multiple international peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet, JAMA Dermatology and the Medical Journal of Australia. His research has won prizes at the World Congress of Dermatology and at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. In addition to private practice, Dr Lai works at Monash Hospital and the Skin Health Institute where he is involved in teaching dermatology trainees and students.