MBChB FRACP FACD FACMS FNZDS
Dr Todd Gunson is a consultant dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. He specialises in the assessment and treatment of 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 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. Fortunately, there have been significant recent advances in both topical and oral methods to reduce the damaging effects of sun on our skin and reduce the risk from pre-existing damage.
Todd completed his 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 fellows, in Auckland. His experience in Mohs surgery spans more than 3700 cases. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Dermatological Society (NZDS) and a member of the executive.
Todd headed the Mohs surgery service for the Auckland District Health Board for nearly ten years.
He is a First Choice provider to nib Health Insurance, and an affiliated provider to Southern Cross Health Society.
Todd is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Auckland. 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. His work in this area has culminated in an Australian Government Clinical Excellence Award, and one of his publications being listed in the NEJM Top 10 International Dermatology Journal Articles of 2014. He is also honoured to have his research incorporated into the 2016 WHO global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection. 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 techniques to improve the delivery of local anaesthetic, minimising discomfort.
He covers a range of medical dermatology and has a special interest in acne, acne scarring, conditions localised to facial skin, nail disease, and nail surgery.