Eastern Melanoma Clinic

Eastern Melanoma Clinic is located at Epworth Eastern, Box Hill and offers patients a holistic approach to managing suspected and diagnosed cases of melanoma.


The clinic offers a team of highly skilled specialist and plastic and reconstructive surgeons as well as medical oncologists and provides rapid access the service, within five days of referral.


Specialists will work closely together to manage a patient’s case for both surgical and oncology treatments as well as ensuring a patient’s GP or dermatologist are kept informed, providing a holistic and coordinated approach designed to deliver the best possible patient outcomes.


Patients will also have access to academic research and clinical trials as part of the specialist team’s ongoing commitment to research, with suitable patients given the opportunity to access state of the art facilities located at Epworth Eastern.


Patients who are pensioners will not be charged any out of pocket fees, while other insured patients will have access to extremely competitive out of pocket fees.



Eastern Melanoma Clinic is committed to keeping patients informed of all aspects of procedures, with the highest standard of care provided to patients. The clinic offers: 


  • Excisional biopsy

  • Wide local/excision/sentinel lymph node biopsy

  • Lymph node dissection

  • Metastectomy

  • Systemictherapy – targeted therapy/ immunotherapy

Contact us

Eastern Melanoma Clinic
Epworth Eastern
1 Arnold Street, Box Hill



Mr Dean White

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Mr White is a trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is committed to excellence in surgical practice, ensuring he stays up to date with latest techniques and research.


He strives to run a modern surgical practice - taking the time to explain complex surgical procedures, discussing pros and cons during the decision making process and providing clear written information about surgery and costs. Ultimately he believes that being respectful of patient concerns and wishes leads to both excellent surgical results and a practice of high integrity.


In 2006 Mr White commenced work as a consultant plastic surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital managing complex head and neck cancer reconstructions and complex trauma cases as part of the state trauma centre. He also undertook general plastic surgery at Box Hill, Dandenong, Geelong and Maroondah Hospitals. This involved hand surgery, breast surgery and skin cancer. He was also the supervisor of plastic surgical training at Box Hill Hospital. He worked at the Skin and Cancer Foundation in Carlton working in conjunction with Specialist Dermatologists performing complex reconstructions for skin cancer cases.


In 2008, to further develop his interest in aesthetic/cosmetic surgery, Mr White undertook additional training overseas in London’s Harley Street medical district working with several of the country’s top surgeons. He was appointed to the prestigious Mentor Aesthetic Fellowship to work with Mr Barry Jones – an internationally recognised leader in facial aesthetic surgery. He was also able to complete the renowned Cosmetic Surgery and Rhinoplasty Courses in Dallas, Texas USA. This broad exposure allowed Mr White to compare and contrast the different techniques of the world leaders in aesthetic surgery and to develop his own skills and philosophies as best to apply to the Australian experience.


In late 2009 he returned to Australia to recommence work in the public sector at the Royal Melbourne and Box Hill Hospitals as well as to re-establish his private practice and ongoing work at the Skin and Cancer Foundation.

In April 2012, Mr White was appointed as the Clinical Director of the Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery Unit for the Eastern Health Network. This encompasses the public hospitals of Box Hill, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges and the Angliss.

In April 2015 he was appointed as the Director of the Head and Neck Institute (Plastic Surgery, ENT surgery, OMFS surgery, Dermatology and Ophthalmology) for the Epworth Healthcare group.

Mr Frank Lin

Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

After graduating from Melbourne University in 2001, Frank undertook General Surgery training at St Vincent’s Hospital before embarking on advanced surgical training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. During this period, he worked at major Melbourne hospitals including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospitals. After completing specialist surgical training and gaining recognition as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Frank undertook further overseas fellowship training in to further his subspecialty interest in breast plastic surgery and plastics surgery for Asian patients. Frank undertook travelling fellowship in:


  • Microsurgical breast reconstruction in London with world renowned Prof. Venkat Ramakrishnan.
  • Microsurgery at University of Tokyo. Prof. Isao Koshima.
  • Asian Aesthetic Surgery and Adipose Tissue Transfer. University of Tokyo. Prof. Nakajima
  • Asian Breast Aesthetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery: Shanghai 9th People’s Hospital. Prof. Yu Li.
  • Asian Endoscopic Breast Aesthetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery: Image Clinic in Seoul, South Korea: Prof. Hong Ki Lee.


During this extended period of training, Frank has undertaken further research and has academic publications in areas such as microsurgical reconstructive surgery, craniofacial surgery and hand surgery. Upon returning to Melboune, Frank commenced work as a specialist plastic surgeon with public hospital appointments at Eastern Health and Peninsula Health. In 2013, Frank founded Eastern Plastic Surgery in the new medical precinct at Box Hill in Melbourne’s east. Frank is actively involved in academic conferences and meetings, keeping up to date with the latest advances in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Frank is also involved in the training of junior medical staff and medical students of Monash University medical school through his public appointments. In 2018, Mr Lin developed a revolutionary new technology in upper lid blepharoplasty surgery – the Orbicularis Oculi Turnover Flap Technique.

Dr Phillip Parente

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr Phillip Parente​ trained at Monash University graduating with First Class Honours in 1993. He completed training in medical oncology 2001 and completed a two year fellowship in immunology and melanoma at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at Austin Health.


Initially he worked as a medical oncologist at both Eastern Health and Austin Health, however, since becoming deputy director of medical oncology Box Hill Hospital in 2005, has solely worked at Eastern Health.


Currently, Dr Parente is the Director of Cancer Services Eastern Health and is a consulting medical oncologist at Epworth Eastern since 2005 and is a part of the Epworth HealthCare Clinical Institute for Cancer Services.


Mr Parente’s special interests include lung cancer, melanoma and genito-urinary cancers.