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The University of Western Australia – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1983.
Emory University – Resident in Plastic Surgery 1993 – 1994.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic & Reconstruction
The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Dr Vucak has a holistic approach to patient care and understanding as he commenced medicine in general practice. He then he undertook 4 years of general surgery and 4 years of plastic surgery training before completing his cosmetic fellowship at Emory University and Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia where he was under the supervision and guidance of six of America’s best plastic surgeons working in a team. This is where his interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery was kindled and he has continued down this path since that time, over 25 years ago.
Dr Mark Vucak travelled extensively as a child as his father was an aircraft engineer and his mother a flight attendant. His father was working in Kuwait when Dr Vucak was born and he lived in the Middle East as a child because of this. This causes great amusement when travelling as he is continually pulled up by security, especially when travelling in the USA, as his passport shows his birthplace as Kuwait. The Vucak family returned to Perth a few years later where Dr Vucak completed his education.
The first medical experience Dr Vucak can remember is in Lae, New Guinea where his mother worked in the hospital and he did a paper round when he was in grade 5. It was of the smell of the hospital; he says that hospitals all over the world have the same smell.
Dr Vucak’s introduction to plastic surgery was as a patient in the burns unit at Royal Perth Hospital after being caught in a gas explosion whilst fighting a fire on a surfing trip. He managed to get a patients’ perspective on the treatment, which has helped him throughout his career.
Always an active person, Dr Vucak was in the Australian Canoe team while studying at university and represented Australia overseas and at the World Championships where he performed very well. His main interest now is chess and he has travelled all over the world competing in chess competitions.
Dr Vucak has had a very busy working life; he has previously worked as a surgical consultant at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Freemantle Hospital and The Townsville Hospital. He has lectured at international meetings where he has been requested to speak on Breast Surgery and Augmentation. He is also involved in media education and teaches medical students, interns and Surgical Trainees through James Cook University. He attends Peer review and management meetings regularly including the Medical Advisory clinic of the Mater Hospital Townsville. Dr Vucak also advises the hospitals on the equipment needed in the theatres, he was instrumental in bringing Erbium resurfacing laser and reciprocating powered liposuction cannulas for very even and effective procedures into the hospital.
Dr Vucak developed Chrysalis Medispa in the early 2000’s as a response to the North Queensland environment. As we age in North Queensland the environment is not kind and sun damage can advance the ageing process. Dr Vucak became aware of this and has since developed Chrysalis Medispa; which offers a suite of lasers and modern technology including IPL, vascular laser rejuvenation, Cool sculpt, Dermapen, Protégé RF treatment, high intensity LED skin care, acne light treatment, Zimmer cooling machines, Fraxel and Pearl lasers as well as carbon dioxide laser and a range of medical grade skin care. It provides a very comprehensive clinic not often found in any capital city.
The clinic has six staff including two general practitioners, an injectable nurse, a dermal therapist and a skin care therapist. The staff can often diagnose and successfully treat many non-surgical skin diagnoses and provide a range of treatments including.
Personalities in Business – Dr. Mark Vucak: Life is a game of strategy
As seen in Definitive Guide to Breast Augmentation – Reducing Risk
Cosmetic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon
University of Cape Town – Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery – 1978
College of Surgeons of South Africa – Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – 1988
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic & Reconstruction 2001
South African Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Tassan and his family then decided to emigrate to Australia, to enjoy a better quality of life, because violent crime in South Africa poses a constant threat to one’s safety and security. Dr. Tassan arrived in Townsville in July 2000 and joined Dr. Mark Vucak in practice of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeries.
His Practice is General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and includes Skin Cancer Treatment, Hand Surgery, Breast Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Tassan is married to a Medical Doctor who teaches at James Cook University, Townsville.
Dr. Tassan’s interests include music, art, running, cycling and the outdoors.
Bachelor of Science 1975 Monash University
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1979 Monash University
Masters of Surgery 1995 Monash University
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic and Reconstructive 1991
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Malcolm has a rich heritage in the Salvation Army and wanting to ‘make a difference’ has been at his core for many years. At the age of 13, he was inspired to become a Plastic Surgeon following a Plastic Surgical procedure performed on his hand.
Almost 25 years later, he graduated as a Plastic Surgeon becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). He studied at Monash University, initially attaining a Bachelor of Science (BSc) before attaining the basic medical degree, a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and a subsequent Masters of Surgery (MS).
Malcolm spends time to listen and fully understand his patient’s desires before discussing the expected outcome, so that every patient feels heard and fully informed.
Malcolm has recently published his first book, An Ordinary Man, An Extraordinary Life, which parallels his own life with that of one of his patients, Wesley Koni, the story of which was screened on 60 Minutes.
Malcolm is married to Dr Kim Carr, a dentist in Sydney and together they have 4 adult children.