“Superficial fungal infection, or tinea, is really common. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of infection, affecting up to 25% of humans,” says Associate Professor Alvin Chong. In this episode, Associate Professor Alvin Chong and Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont discuss one of the most common skin problems: fungal infections of the skin, hair and nails known as tinea. Tinea infection has a variety of clinical manifestations and affects all age groups, ranging from tinea pedis in adults to tinea capitis in pre-pubertal children.
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A/PROF ALVIN CHONG
A/Prof Chong’s public clinical appointments are Specialist Dermatologist and Director of Dermatology Education at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is also the Head of the Transplant Dermatology Clinic at the Skin Health Institute. He has an academic appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, where he has a profile as an international authority on skin cancers in immunosuppressed patients.
DR TOM KOVITWANICHKANONT
Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont is a dermatology registrar in Victoria. He completed a Transplant Dermatology research and education fellowship at the Skin Health Institute, and a rheumatology clinical trials fellowship at Monash Health in 2019. Prior to commencing Dermatology training he completed Basic Physician Training, working as a registrar in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases. In 2018, he successfully passed the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ (RACP) Written and Clinical Examinations.
Tom enjoys medical education and holds an academic teaching appointment at Monash University School of Medicine, where he also serves as a board member of the MD course advisory committee.
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