Irshad Essack

Dr Irshad is a is a speaker at the SCFSA online Skin Cancer Update.

Topic: Topical Therapy for Actinic Keratosis & Terbanibulin
for Actinic Keratosis

MBChB (Natal) FCDerm(SA)

Private practice


Mayo Clinic (Main rooms)
Rosebank Netcare and Linksfield Netcare(sessional rooms)

Graduate studies

Department Dermatology

Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
2006 – Fellowship of the College of Dermatologists of South Africa (FCDerm SA)

Medical Officer

Department of Dermatology

Inkosi Luthuli Central Hospital Durban

Community service
2000 – 2002

R.K. Khan Hospital Durban

King Edward VIII Hospital gain experience in internal medicine at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospital

Student days
1998 -1999

University of Natal Medical School

King Edward VIII Hospital internship 1999

Dr Irshad Essack history and accolades

Dr Essack was born in Johannesburg and lived most of his life in Durban.

He completed his undergraduate medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Natal Medical School (now known as the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal) in Durban in 1998.

Dr Essack completed his internship at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban in 1999.

In 2000, he spent a year doing Community Service at R.K. Khan Hospital in Durban.

During this time, he obtained experience in trauma and emergencies, general family medicine, and paediatrics.

The following year, he continued at King Edward VIII Hospital, spending time in the paediatric specialty units for gastroenterology, hematology, endocrinology, neonatology, and ICU.

He then obtained experience in internal medicine at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Durban.

In 2003, Dr Essack joined the Department of Dermatology as a Medical Officer at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.

The following year, he began post-graduate studies at the Department of Dermatology at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.

In 2006, he obtained a Fellowship of the College of Dermatologists of South Africa (FCDerm (SA)).

After spending more than a year as an acting consultant, he continued for a further year as a consultant with responsibilities including teaching undergraduate and postgraduate dermatology.

He moved to Johannesburg in 2009 for family reasons, where he started a private practice. He has an interest in skin cancers and their treatments, dermatological surgery, HIV dermatology, and general medical dermatology.

Dr Essack is called upon regularly to lecture at dermatology workshops and symposia and continues to be involved in the teaching of dermatology to other practitioners.

In addition, he writes regularly for print publications including hospital and health magazines, and has been featured on numerous broadcasts including radio and television, and uses these platforms to educate the public.

He is also a member of the Dermatological Society of South Africa, the South African Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and is a supporter of the Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa.

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