Dr Petunia Malahlela (Skin Doctor)
FC Derm (SA)
Dermatologist (PR No. 1201182)
“I was born and bred in Pretoria. I have been married to Dr Lerato Malahlela since 2003. Together we have been blessed with three beautiful girls.”
Dr Petunia Malahlela is a qualified specialist dermatologist who is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She acquired her undergraduate MBChB degree at MEDUNSA in 2000. In 2005, Dr Malahlela completed her post-graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Medicine at the University of Pretoria. She qualified as a Dermatologist in May 2012 after obtaining the highly acclaimed fellowship with the College of Dermatologists of South Africa FC Derm (SA).
Dr Petunia Malahlela is currently completing her thesis for the Masters of Medicine (Dermatology) titled “Staphylococcal Aureus colonization in children with Atopic dermatitis”.
Continuous professional development is of paramount to most skin doctors and the same could be said of Dr Malahlela. As a skin doctor she believes it is critical to remain updated with the latest developments in the field of dermatology and aesthetic medicine, she regularly attends as many dermatology conferences and seminars as possible. Dr Petunia Malahlela gives academic dermatology presentations to general practitioners for their annual refresher courses and non-academic dermatology talks to community organizations such as schools and churches.
“I am passionate about skin and I always strive to give my patients the best treatment for their skin conditions. I also feel that I have the responsibility of imparting knowledge with regards to the patient’s skin conditions so that they can also teach others along their paths.” Dr Petunia Malahlela has a platform as a resident dermatologist of Thobela FM. This allows her to achieve this goal. She does weekly “question and answer sessions” as well as give talks to the listeners on a broad range of dermatological issues and topics. Dr Malahlela has also been invited as a guest speaker on several local television shows.
“Although I am fascinated by all aspects of dermatology I have a keen interest in th