Dr. Sharad Paul
Skin MD • Storyteller • Social Entrepreneur

Walking the Rxevolutionary road

Rxevolution: How Our Past Shapes Our Future Wellbeing
Medicine is not health, law is not justice – health needs an individual to take responsibility and action; but this requires an appreciation of what makes each of us unique. This latest book is an exploration of the laws of nature -- evolutionary biology and genetics, bodily systems, diet, cancer, health and psychology -- it presents medical mysteries, patient stories, original ideas and an understanding of how our health and wellness may indeed depend on us understanding our human and evolutionary pasts. Look out for this new book, due to be published in 2016.

Rxevolutionary man

Dr Paul has been described in the media as "one of the most inspiring, intelligent and compassionate men you are likely to meet". TIME magazine, in 2008, called him "Open Heart Surgeon"

NZ Medical Association

Medical Association's Highest Award, The Chair's Award 2012
Finalist, New Zealander of the Year 2012
Ko Awatea International Excellence Award for Leading (Health) Improvement on a Global Scale, 2015

Dr. Sharad P. Paul was born in England, and grew up in India. He runs a busy medical practice specializing in skin cancer surgery and divides his time between Australia and New Zealand. Sharad holds senior academic positions in skin cancer surgery at the universities of Queensland and Auckland. He is also an author, evolutionary biologist and holds a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Glasgow.

Dr Sharad P. Paul has served on the National Commission of UNESCO, and teaches creative writing to disadvantaged children (by visiting schools personally once a week, and funds school libraries) via his own Baci Foundation. His past businesses, such as Baci Lounge, an award-winning bookstore served as a model of social entrepreneurship by funding literacy programmes in schools. In 2008, his bookstore/café Baci Lounge won Auckland’s Top Shop retail award, beating every other café. No wonder, he was called 'Renaissance Man' by Canvas magazine, and 'Polymath' by Good magazine, Sharad was named 'Open Heart Surgeon' by TIME magazine in 2008.

Sharad is a sought-after speaker at both medical and ideas conferences and recently delivered a keynote at THINK, considered one of the major thinking conferences (speakers included Robert De Niro, Tina Brown, Amitabh Bachchan, VS Naipaul, Dr Alan Russell, Louise Leakey etc) on his widely acclaimed book, Skin, a biography. He featured at the Auckland Writers Festival on May 17th, 2014 (session after Alexander McCall-Smith and alongside Booker-Prize-winner Eleanor Catton) and at the ‘Lit for Life’ literary festival in India in January 2015. In January 2016, he will be a guest at the renowned Jaipur Literary Festival, the world’s largest literary festival (that in previous years has featured Oprah Winfrey) – an event described by the Mail on Sunday (10 August 2008) as "the grandest literary Festival of them all".

Rxevolutionary ideas

Sharad is considered the only author ever to have written, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and a medical textbook in a career. His non-fiction may read like literary prose and his fiction may seem spiritual or political. Who else would write a poetry book on melanoma, the deadly skin cancer with a surreptitious mission to improve patient-doctor communication? His first novel, Cool Cut seemed both raw and real to readers, that it was re-released in an extended version by Harper Collins as The Kite Flyers in 2014.

He has featured at many literary festivals internationally and considered a thought-leader. In April 2015, a dinner was held at Keble College, Oxford, ‘in honour of Dr. Sharad P. Paul.’

Excerpt from Skin, a Biography (Fourth Estate, 2013):

I’m not even sure if the birth of skin qualifi es as a legitimate birth. It was more the gradual evolution of something extraordinary—over millions of years, an omnipresent organ came into being. As time went by, it took on more and more complex functions. Different genes made cameos in its story, like mushrooms or toadstools on clammy clay, creating many new appendages and waxen protrusions. But many of these apparitions had roots in the ancient past, indicative of some grand unseen design scheme. Take, for example, a starfi sh: a heartless, brainless creature that loves to shuck oysters (or should that be heartlessly shucks oysters). Guess what? It has a well-developed spiny skin layer (which, by the way, makes it an ‘echinoderm’). And this was really because, right through evolution, it was clear that skin simply wanted to exist. And in the end, our body ended up getting what it asked for.


"And I fall in love! Head-over-heels. I discover this is a labour of love. An enviable love-story, of the finest kind. The kind we carry in our hearts forever for the playmates of our childhood so that their joys and sorrows, their personal histories and cultural footprints are ours too … This book stirs a sense of faint envy at its brilliance. It humbles me and shames me. Shames, that in my visits to Bylakuppe, the Tibetan settlement in Karnataka, I didn’t go beyond my greed for Thangka paintings and Tibetan silver jewellery. For in the cheerful people and their offers of momos, their serenity and acceptance, lie fragmented the untold stories of devastation and grit that we needed Sharad P. Paul to come and sensitise us to..."

Nandita Bose, IBN review of To Kill a Snow Dragonfly (4th Estate) Sharad’s 2nd novel

"A delightful first novel about the politics of language, the body and the grammar of gender...Perhaps it required a plastic surgeon-writer to drag the body with such charming ferocity into the pages of the Indian English Novel."

Sumana Roy, The Hindu, review of Cool Cut (Picador, 2007) Sharad’s 1st novel

"Here comes the book of the decade, if not the century - and it is all about our skin - the way it has evolved and its' properties and the present and future. Everyone is worried about ageing. There is a whole industry trying to profit on their claims of magic remedies against ageing...Skin-a biography (Fourth estate, 2013) is a remarkable book for layman and common people on everything about human skin."

Dr N Kamat, Panorama, review of Skin, a Biography (4th Estate, 2013) Sharad’s 1st non-fiction work

"Sharad Paul focuses on an increasingly common derangement, the melanoma, and opens us up to a whole new world of description and compassion.

Paul writes, “Underneath we are all same; differences mere figments of our imagination.” A rhyming echo could be “If we eliminate all the various pigments, we would be one nation.” Although perhaps grandiose and ambitious, Paul demonstrates a profound longing for a particular disease for all—-a color blindness that resultsin a wonderful symptom, that of more tolerance for one another."

Dr Rob Norman, author, review of De Natura Melanoma (Middle Island Press 2014) Sharad’s volume of poetry


Rxevolutionary medicine

"Dr. Sharad Paul has developed an impressive reputation as a leader in the field of dermatology, dermato-oncology and skin cancer surgery, and is regarded as unique in the field of medicine because he has mastered the ability to manage so many disciplines. He has been singled out to present his work at many critical conferences all over the world attended by leading authorities in the field. I recently invited him to chair the surgical workshops at the World Dermoscopy Congress in Vienna. He is a remarkably multitalented person. He teaches creative writing to disadvantaged children, he was appointed into the National Commission of UNESCO as literacy adviser, and he is the author of several novels. Having read his books and being interested in literature myself I feel competent to say that he has great writing talents. He also developed interest in narrative medicine and aims at establishing such a program. Please let me explain why this effort deserves special attention.

Nearly 400 years lie between Hamlet’s lament that “the time is out of joint” and Fukuyama’s declaration of “the end of history”. Fukuyama’s diagnosis pertains to the evolution of past events of mankind as a whole that have come to an end in a political sense. Whether one agrees with this diagnosis or not the crucial point is that there is a narrative that holds the world together. If the history of mankind was just a chaotic sequence of events, preposterous and meaningless, the time would be really out of joint not just literally. Numerous historians, philosophers, sociologist and historians-philosophers-sociologists from Hegel to Derrida, from Nietzsche to Foucault and from Hobbes to Fukuyama, tried to set it right and to correct the dislocation. Medicine as a discipline cares as much about mankind as it cares about individuals. Medical history dissolves into individual stories. Each patient history is a unique narrative. Patients, like mankind, can be out of joint too if the narrative is missing …

We need somebody who creates coherence if we are “out of joint” and if we get stuck for the right word we need somebody to tell our story. We need Dr. Sharad Paul. In the same sense as the world needs historians-philosophers-sociologists for the history of mankind the world needs a physician-philosopher-literate for narrative medicine. Only a distinguished physician such as Dr. Sharad Paul with a sense for “stories” understands the importance of narrative medicine in improving patient-physician communication. He is the Sigmund Freud and Arthur Schnitzler of our times. I applaud everybody who supports him personally...""

Dr Harald Kittler, Professor of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, and thought-leader in the field of dermoscopy and skin imaging.


Dr. Sharad Paul has received several commendations for his work in the field of cutaneous surgery and skin cancer medicine, but more importantly has been an advocate for patient-centred care and putting the ‘care’ back into the medical industry.

2001: Clinical Achievement Award for 'outstanding clinical achievement' in the field of skin cancer surgery (Waitemata District Health Board)

2003: Health Innovation Award, NZ Govt. Ministry of Health (for setting up the country's first primary-secondary care integrated skin cancer service that now serves as a model for other projects)

2012: NZ Medical Association Chair’s Award – only awarded to one doctor (at a time) across all specialties for ‘outstanding contribution to healthcare in New Zealand.’

2015: KoAwatea Excellence Award for ‘Leading (health) Improvement on a Global Scale’ -- awarded at APAC, Asia-Pacific’s largest healthcare conference, noting ‘Dr Sharad Paul’s role in improving skin cancer management, education and patient-centred care internationally, across several countries.’

Rxevolutionary skincare
Research & Product Development

For brown skin by brown skin

How many times have you seen cosmetics sold using images of celebrities or 'proven' by self-observation only? Did you know that research and client studies using Dr Sharad Paul’s MikanisTM range was presented at the Hong Kong International Forum on Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic medicine?

It seems like no big deal, but virtually no cosmetics are presented at major medical conferences. Until now, that is.

During a childhood in India, Dr Sharad Paul had noted villagers rubbing oranges on skin. Intrigued by this vision and in the belief that ancient remedies have great wisdom, he researched orange skin and other ancient remedies. It is this fusion of ancient wisdom and modern biotechnology that is the cornerstone of Sharad's development of skincare treatments.

These are NOT fairness creams, as Sharad strongly believes in the uniqueness of brown skin and develops bespoke skin products for different skin types; with a busy skin cancer practice made up of fair-skinned patients, reducing sun-damage is another research focus. With a research team based in Los Angeles, all of his products have a unique anti-pigmentation and anti-aging cocktail made from natural extracts. These products do not use any parabens, any formaldehyde-donors, any urea-derivatives, or any isothiazolinones as preservatives. Importantly, we understand the needs of the modern life - hence the day cream can be used with any make-up product, is non-greasy and long lasting and our sun-screen is of organic origin. These products also have a long shelf-life of 2 years.

Look out for a rxevolutionary sunscreen that has been developed and will be commercialized via a major international brand in 2016.


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