Biography: Professor Gayle Fischer OAM M.B.B.S. (Hons 1) F.A.C.D. M.D.
Gayle Fischer is Professor of Dermatology at Sydney Medical School Northern, a campus of the University of Sydney Medical School. She is Head of the Department of Dermatology at The Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney, where she also heads the Dermatology Research Department and runs a vulval disease clinic and paediatric service. She has a private practice specialising in paediatric and vulval dermatology.
She holds a senior doctorate (Doctor of Medicine) from the University of Sydney for her thesis “Vulval Disease in adults and children.”
She has a 35-year career in researching and publishing on the subject of vulval disease and paediatric dermatology and is the author of over 150 research articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals and textbooks. She is the co-author of a Textbook, The Vulva: A Clinician’s Practical Handbook and a patient-focussed website, CareDownThere. She has been awarded prizes for her work in Australia and internationally.
Her research interests are lichen sclerosus, chronic vulvovaginal candidiasis, mucosal lichen planus and quality of life in vulval diseases. Her paediatric research interests are vulval disease, paediatric psoriasis and corticosteroid phobia. She also has a strong interest in medical education with a focus on online teaching resources. She is co-author of the online undergraduate dermatology modules of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and a dermatology education App, Rash Decisions. Together with her co-researcher Dr Jennifer Bradford she has authored a textbook, The Vulva: Practical Handbook for Clinicians (Cambaridge University Press) and a patient focussed website Care Down There (www.caredownthere.com.au)
She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and has previously been their Chief Examiner and Dean of Education. She was awarded the OAM in 2017 for services to medicine and The Silver Medal of the Australasian College of Dermatologists for her contribution to Austalian Dermatology.