Head of Department YBrs. Dr. Suganthi a/p Thevarajah
Phone 03-26155555 ext 1130/1131
Fax 03-26985927
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Subspeciality development within dermatology services began in 1989 in the field of Phototherapy, Infectious diseases including sexually ransmitted diseases, Dermatosurgery, Contact dermatitis and Pediatric dermatology. By 1989, the treatment of leprosy was decentralised and incorporated into the various Departments of Dermatology in Malaysia. In October 1995, the sexually transmitted disease clinic, also known as the social hygiene clinic (established in 1930) came under the care of the Department of Dermatology, Kuala Lumpur Hospital which then came to be known as Department of Dermatology and Genitourinary Medicine. Henceforth the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) services in Malaysia came officially under the Department of Dermatology in every state. In HKL, Dermatology Clinic is located at Level 6 of the Specialist Complex and Ambulatory Care Centre.


Dermatology in Malaysia had its humble beginnings in history with concern over infectious skin diseases; hence it started with Seamen's clinic in Penang for Venereal diseases and the Leprosarium in Sungai Buloh.
Hospital Kuala Lumpur Department of Dermatology was founded in 1969 by the first head of department, Dr Lee Kwok Ching, in Kuala Lumpur. Similar establishments were then extended to Johor Baru, Ipoh and Penang Hospital by 1972. Presently, every state in Malaysia has a Department of Dermatology.


Malaysia will be a country made up of healthy individuals, families and communities, where skin diseases are not a health problem because the community is already knowledgeble and can share responsibilities towards better health; through high standard, easily accessible and affordable dermatology services.


To collaborate with the public to improve general health, in particular the skin health through health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.


1. To provide comprehensive care of all skin diseases, genitourinary medicine and Hansen's disease in order to reduce the incidence and prevalence of physical, social and cosmetic morbidity, while improving health status and increasing productivity.

2. To improve patient involvement and participation in the management of their diseases through health education and counseling.

3. To train, upgrade the knowledge and expertise of students, paramedics, medical officers and specialists in skin, genitourinary medicine and Hansen's disease.

4. To provide a customer-focused and one-stop centre for the care of patients with skin disorders.



We will provide efficient services which are patient-focused, prompt, courteous and caring.

We strive to achieve:

1. Waiting time for registration ≤ 10 mins.

2. Waiting time to be seen by doctor ≤ 90 mins (from appointment time).

3. Waiting time for appointment ≤ 14 working days for new non-urgent cases

4. We will deliver these services in a comfortable and client-friendly environment for both our internal and external patients.

5. We will practice corporate culture values which are caring, teamwork and professionalism in all our work processes.


The Department of Dermatology provides various services, which include outpatient and inpatient consultation, daycare treatment and counselling.

1. Outpatient Dermatology Clinic

a. General Dermatology Clinic

b. Special Care Clinic

c. Paediatric Dermatology Clinic

d. Hansen's clinic

e. Allergy clinic

f. Genitourinary Medicine Clinic

g. Dermato-Oncology Clinic

f. Individual & Group Counselling

i. Special counseling services to patient with:

ii. Psoriasis

iii. Atopic eczema

iv. Genitourinary Medicine

v. Hansen's disease

vi. Contact Dermatitis

2. Daycare Dermatology Clinic

i. Contact & Occupational Dermatoses

ii. Photodermatology (UVB, PUVA & Topical PUVA)

iii. Dermatosurgery (Cryotherapy, Cautery, Biopsy etc)

iv. Laser Surgery (Pigment, CO2 and Vascular)

v. Topical Immunotherapy

vi. Iontophoresis

3. Inpatient Care in Dermatology Ward

The Dermatology Ward consists of male and female wards at Level 2, Administrative Block, HKL. First , second and third class wards are available, in a total of 28 beds. The patients who require admission are mainly skin disease cases but multidisciplinary care is practiced to ensure optimum care for patients.

4. Genitourinary Medicine

The Genitourinary Medicine Clinic is a separate clinic situated at the Specialist Complex and Ambulatory Care (SCACC), adjacent the Dermatology Clinic. This enables patients to seek treatment in a more acceptable environment and offers more privacy. It is run by an experienced senior medical officer, and all relevant investigations can be done in the same place. Consultation with a dermatologist is within reach for problematic cases.


Research is conducted continuously in the department of dermatology and the findings are presented in seminars, conferences and published in various journals.

We are also involved in industry sponsored researches in the field of psoriasis, urticaria and hidradenitis suppurativa.

Continuous Professional Development for all doctors and paramedics include:

i. Continuous Medical Education

ii. Journal Club

iii. Seminars

iv. Workshops

v. Update sessions

vi. Conferences

vii. Post Basic Nursing Dermatology Care

Structured training programmes are being held for medical students and Advance Master of Dermatology candidates who will be assessed at the end of their training.

Training is also provided for medical officers on rotation from the Department of General Medicine, post graduate students in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pathology and Dental.

In addition courses and workshops are conducted for paramedics and student nurses to improve their skill on the management of dermatology cases.


Hansen Course -  National Level

Hansen’s Disease Active Case Detection (ACD) JKWPKL/P & Dermatology Department HKL

National Skin Health Day 2019

Laser Surgery                           Nail surgery

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