A/Prof Patrick Mahar

Consultant Dermatologist

Clinical Associate Professor Patrick Mahar is a specialist dermatologist, who holds degrees and experience in medicine, business and law. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Medical training and achievements:
In 2014 he was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia in part due to his contributions to patient safety.

In addition to the above, he holds a Bachelor of Law from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University, a Master of Dermatology from the Australasian College of Dermatologists and a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. He is a non-practicing lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

As well as private practice, A/Prof Mahar holds clinical appointments at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne where he works with the general dermatology and laser team, as well as consulting with the paediatric Burns Unit in complex scar management. He is also the Medical Director of the Skin Health Institute which employs over 80 sessional dermatologists within Victoria. He clinically specialises in adult and paediatric dermatology with a focus on advanced targeted treatments of severe inflammatory skin diseases, scar treatment, severe cutaneous drug reactions, skin cancer treatment and contact dermatitis.

A/Prof Mahar is an active researcher and medicolegal commentator. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature around clinical and medicolegal topics including journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Medical Journal of Australia. A/Prof Mahar holds both a Doctor of Philosophy and a Doctor of Medical Science respectively evaluating clinical outcomes in burn and burn-related dermatological conditions, as well as evaluating professional standards in the medical profession in Victoria, with a particular focus on medical negligence.

He holds a teaching, research and leadership role as a Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry at the University of Melbourne. He is a former member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and a current member of the Clinical Governance Committee at the Skin Health Institute. He is a former member of the New Technology & Clinical Practice Committee and the Human Research & Ethics Committee at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne as well as the Medical Committee of the Medicolegal Society of Victoria.

A/Prof Mahar is a former member of the Board of Directors of MDA National, a prominent medical indemnity provider, a former Faculty Member and Director of the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association and currently serves as a Board Member of the Skin Health Institute, the Medicolegal Consulting Group amongst other positions.

A/Prof Mahar has experience as an expert witness and has consulted on coronial inquests, medical negligence claims for insurers, independent medical examinations as well as workplace assessments.

Registration Details:
A/Prof Patrick D Mahar
AHPRA Registration Number: MED0001208415
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Specialist areas:

A/Prof Mahar enjoys treating both adults and children in clinical dermatology and has a particular interest in advanced targeted therapies for inflammatory skin diseases.
A/Prof Mahar is available for his review patients on a Friday. A/Prof Mahar is not currently taking on new general dermatology patients, but accepts new referrals for patients with severe psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, chronic spontaneous urticaria or hidradenitis suppuritiva. He does not undertake cosmetic dermatology. He has a strong research background and enjoys translating scientific evidence into clinical practice focused on the individual needs of his patients.

A/Prof Patrick Mahar OAM