Dr Todd Gunson
Job Title: Dermatologist
He is a consultant dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. He specialises in the assessment and treatment of all skin conditions, and has additional specialised training in Mohs micrographic surgery, for the precise excision and reconstruction of skin cancers. He strives for the best individualised treatment plan for you, and believes the time taken to explain the condition and its treatment options, is as important as the treatment itself. He will advise against surgery, or suggest a more conservative option, if this is in your best interests. He also performs general skin and laser surgery for both skin cancer and non-cancerous conditions of the skin and nails. He offers skin assessment, and tailored practical advice on the prevention and treatment of precancerous sun damage, and early or superficial skin cancer including non-surgical options. He completed his basic medical training at the University of Auckland School of Medicine. A number of years working in both internal medicine and sub-speciality medicine culminated in fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. His specialist dermatology training was completed in Auckland and the United Kingdom. He then undertook an American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) fellowship at Oxford Day Surgery in Perth, Western Australia. He was also awarded fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD). He is the only Mohs surgeon accredited by the ACD, and one of only three ACMS accredited surgeons, in Auckland. His experience in Mohs surgery spans more than 2400 cases. He worked in private and public dermatology practice in Australia prior to returning to New Zealand in January 2012. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Dermatological Society (NZDS), and an affiliated provider to Southern Cross Health Society. He has presented and published numerous medical papers and has wide experience in clinical teaching. He is also a reviewer for an international peer-reviewed dermatology medical journal. His current active research interest is in the prediction and prevention of surgical site infection, with the aim of improving patient outcomes while minimising oral antibiotic use. He has a special interest in the use of a range of established intra-operative and post-operative techniques aimed at optimal surgical scar appearance. He also utilises a number of specific additional techniques to improve the delivery of local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort.