About Us

Dr Peter Cowen M.B.B.S. (Hons), F.A.C.D.

Having gained formal medical and dermatology qualifications from Monash University in Melbourne, Practice Leader Dr Peter Cowen completed post-graduate training in Oxford and Durham in the United Kingdom.

A former Councillor of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and Chairman of its Victorian chapter, Dr Cowen has authored more than 30 articles in medical journals and has led twenty clinical trials, including on the subjects below:

  • Psoriasis
  • Male pattern hair loss
  • Fungal skin infections
  • Acne
  • Non-surgical treatment of skin cancer

Dr Sarah McDonald B.BIOMEDSC., M.B.B.S.(HONS), F.A.C.D.

Brighton Dermatology is delighted to announce that Sarah McDonald has joined the practice, with appointments now available.

Dr McDonald has previously worked in private practice in Sydney and Dubbo prior to relocating to Melbourne in 2018. She is trained in both medical and surgical dermatology and has particular interests in early skin cancer detection and management, eczema, psoriasis, excessive sweating, acne and rosacea.

Having graduated in Medicine with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2008, Dr McDonald completed specialist Dermatology training in Sydney and Newcastle during which time she was awarded the President's medal in Pharmacology. Upon completion of her training she received an international scholarship from the American Academy of Dermatology for her examination results. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Dr Francis Lai M.B.B.S (HONS),F.A.C.D.

Brighton Dermatology is excited to welcome Dr Francis Lai. Dr Lai is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He completed his dermatology training in Melbourne hospitals. During his training, Dr Lai was awarded a scholarship to St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London.

Dr Lai achieved the highest mark in Australia in his final dermatology examinations and was awarded the Australasian College of Dermatologists Travelling Fellowship Award as well as the Ken Paver Medal for Medical Dermatology.

He also won an award for his collegiality, integrity and dedication to patient care. Dr Lai has a keen interest in academic research and has published in multiple journals including the Lancet.

In addition to private practice, Dr Lai works at Monash Hospital and the Skin Health Institute where he is involved in registrar training.