Dr Mathew Ludgate

Dr Mathew Ludgate MBChB, FRACP, FNZDS, FACMS is a specialist dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. He founded the Skin Practice (formerly the Skin Surgery Centre) in 2009 upon his return to New Zealand. Dr Ludgate completed his medical degree with distinction at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Following training in internal medicine and medical oncology at the Dunedin Hospital, Dr Ludgate pursued advanced dermatology and dermatologic surgery training in Auckland.

In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious Mohs surgery and procedural dermatology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, U.S.A. There he gained extensive experience with all aspects of skin surgery including Mohs micrographic surgery, melanoma surgery, advanced facial reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery while working with some of the worlds top dermatologic and facial plastic surgeons.

Following his fellowship, Dr Ludgate was recruited to stay at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor. In recognition of his expertise in skin cancer,  skin surgery and cosmetic dermatology, Dr Ludgate has been invited to lecture at international dermatology conferences and has authored textbook chapters on skin cancer and cosmetic procedures. He is a reviewer for a number of top medical journals and in 2009/2010 was listed as one of America’s best doctors.


Clinical Research

Dr Ludgate is involved in clinical research involving skin cancer and cosmetic dermatology. Some of Dr Ludgate's peer reviewed publications include:

  1. Ludgate MW, Orringer JS. Inflammatory Dermatoses: Acne in: Raulin C, Karsai S, editors. Laser and IPL Technology in Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. Springer Berlin Heidelberg; 2011. Chapter 6.
  2. Raskin L, Ludgate M, Iyer RK, Ackley TE, Bradford CR, Johnson TM, Fullen DR. Copy number variations and clinical outcome in atypical spitz tumors. Am J Surg Pathol. 2011 Feb;35(2):243-52. View on PubMed
  3. Harting MS, Ludgate MW, Fullen DR, Johnson TM, Bichakjian CK. Dermatoscopic vascular patterns in cutaneous Merkel cell carcinoma. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] View on PubMed
  4. Schwartz JL, Mollen E, Ludgate MW, Riba MB, Johnson TM. Pediatric melanoma: an opportunity for psychosocial research. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62:892-3. View on PubMed
  5. M.W. Ludgate, D.R. Fullen, J. Lee, R. Rees, M.S. Sabel, S.L. Wong, T.M. Johnson. Animal-type Melanoma: a clinical and histopathological study of 22 cases from a single institution. British Journal of Dermatology 2010;162:129-36. View on PubMed
  6. Ludgate M Fullen D, Lee J, Lowe L, Bradford C, Geiger J, Schwartz J, Johnson T. The Atypical Spitz Tumor of Uncertain Biologic Potential: A Series of 67 Patients from a Single Institution. Cancer 2009;115:631-641. View on PubMed
  7. Morison IM, Borde EM, Cheesman EJ, Cheong PL, Holyoake AJ, Fichelson S, Weeks RJ, Lo A, Davies SM, Wilbanks SM, Fargerlund RD, Ludgate MW, da Silva Tatley FM, Coker MS, Bockett NA, Highes G, Pippig DA, Smith MP, Capron C, Ledgerwood EC. A mutation of human cytochrome c enhances the intrinsic apoptotic pathway but causes only thrombocytopenia. Nature Genetics 2008;40:387-389. View on PubMed
  8. Ludgate MW, Johnson TM, Wang TS. Skin Cancer. In: Halter JB, Ouslander JG, Tinetti M, Woolard N, Studenski S, Asthana S, and High K, editors. Hazzard’s Priciples of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology Sixth Edition. San Francisco (CA): McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 Oct 2008. Chapter 59.