Dr Petunia Malahlela
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.
I am a qualified specialist dermatologist who is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. I acquired my undergraduate MBChB degree at MEDUNSA in 2000. In 2005 I completed my post-graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Medicine at the University of Pretoria. I qualified as a Dermatologist in May 2012 after obtaining the highly acclaimed fellowship with the College of Dermatologists of South Africa FC Derm (SA).
I am currently completing my thesis for the Masters of Medicine (Dermatology) titled “Staphylococcal Aureus colonization in children with Atopic dermatitis”.
Continuous professional development is of paramount importance to me. To keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of dermatology and aesthetic medicine, I regularly attend as many dermatology conferences and seminars as I can. I also give 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. The platform I have as a resident dermatologist of Thobela FM also allows me to achieve this goal. I do weekly “question and answer sessions” as well as give talks to the listeners on a broad range of dermatological issues and topics. I have 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 the neglected field of Occupational Dermatology hence I chose to further my studies in this field.
Special dermatology interests
- Paediatric dermatology with a special interest in atopic eczema
- HIV and the skin
- Hair loss and hair diseases
- Pigmentation and pigmentary skin diseases
- Skin cancer
- Registered Specialist Dermatologist with the HPCSA, membership number MP 0536741
- South African Dermatology Society
- International Society of Dermatology
- South African Society of Occupational Health and Medicine