Dr Michael Stapelberg is a general practitioner specialising in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. His special interests include diagnosis of skin cancer, advanced skin cancer surgery, non surgical skin cancer management and general practice dermatology.

Dr Stapelberg graduated with first class honours in Anatomy from the University of Queensland. He then pursued full-time research at the Dermatology Research Laboratories at the University of Sydney. He received the University of Sydney Postgraduate Award for his research into the molecular events involved in damage to the skin caused by ultaviolet (UV)-radiation contained in sunlight, and was awarded a postgraduate PhD degree in Medicine for this work.


Here at Cairns Plastic Surgery Dr Stapelberg currently runs a skin cancer clinic for diagnosis and management of skin cancer and also performs advanced skin cancer surgery.

Dr Stapelberg consolidated his research by undertaking a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at the world-leading Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology and then Griffith University while completing his Medical degree. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery, and has presented at national and international conferences.
Dr Stapelberg began post graduate clinical training in Queensland at the Princess Alexandra, the Prince Charles, and Gold Coast University Hospitals. He is currently completing his Fellowship with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and specialising in primary care skin cancer medicine and general dermatology by doing advanced course work through the The Skin Cancer College Australasia, and completing the internationally recognised Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University, UK.