Lecturers

All our lecturers are internationally known specialists working in Paediatric Dermatology and Dermatology. To see which lecturers speak on which courses see individual courses.

Dr Veronique Bataille

Dr Veronique Bataille

Dr Veronique Bataille trained at the Louvain Medical School in Brussels. She moved to the UK after qualifying in 1985 and after her MRCP, did her dermatology training in various London teaching hospitals. She became Senior Lecturer in Dermatology in 1996 at Queen Mary in London. She left QM in 2004 and has since split her time between West Herts NHS Trust and Kings College where she leads the skin programme at the Twin Research Unit , Kings College, London since 2004. Dr Bataille’s focus of research is on melanoma genetic epidemiology. She is also working on the genetics of a variety of skin diseases at the Twin Research Unit. She has published over the last 30 years in many journals and is currently leading young researchers working on the role of the microbiome in predicting responses to immunotherapy in melanoma as well as looking at genes associated with naevi and tanning responses. Her H index is 49. During the pandemic Dr Bataille worked with scientists at Kings College on the COVID symptom app to capture skin manifestations of COVID.

Dr Nigel Burrows

Dr Nigel Burrows

Dr Nigel Burrows is a consultant dermatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. After his postgraduate training he completed an MD in Cambridge on the Molecular Genetics of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS). He runs a genodermatoses clinic with a special interest in the Inherited Disorders of Connective Tissue. He is a past President and Secretary of the BSPD. He is a Medical Advisor for the two UK EDS patient support groups, a committee member of the International EDS consortium and Chair of the International EDS skin working group. He has written the book chapters on Inherited Disorders of Connective Tissue for Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology, Harper’s Textbook of Pediatric Textbook, Dermatology (Bolognia) and the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

Dr Hiva Fassihi

Dr Hiva Fassihi

MA MD FRCP

Dr Hiva Fassihi is a Consultant Dermatologist and the Clinical Lead for the National XP Service at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and has a strong background in translational research. She has expertise in skin cancers and photoprotection, photodermatology, paediatric dermatology and genetic skin disorders.

Dr Mary Glover

Dr Mary Glover

Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London

Mary Glover is consultant and lead clinician in Paediatric Dermatology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), London.  She trained in medicine at Cambridge University, and then in paediatrics, dermatology and paediatric dermatology in London. She leads the complex vascular anomalies service at GOSH.

Prof Alan Irvine

Prof Alan Irvine

Professor of Dermatology

Alan Irvine is a Consultant Dermatologist in Children’s Health Ireland and St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, and Professor of Dermatology, Trinity College Dublin. He trained in Belfast, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and was a Fulbright Scholar in Children’s Memorial Chicago/Northwestern University. He is a recognised expert in epithelial genetics, characterisation of the skin barrier, disease mechanisms in, and therapy of atopic dermatitis. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed papers, many in high impact journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nature Genetics, mostly on atopic dermatitis and genetic skin disease. His international awards include the 2006 Times Higher Education Supplement Research Project of the Year and 2007 Paul Gerson Unna Prize (German Dermatology Society). He has delivered several named/prize lectureships including the MB Sulzberger (AAD, 2018), Watson-Smith (RCP Edinburgh, 2015), Dolovich (AAAAI, 2013) Lectures. Alan was an inaugural director of the International Eczema Council, an international body of experts dedicated to the study and treatment of atopic dermatitis. In 2019 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy.

Prof Veronica Kinsler

Prof Veronica Kinsler

Professor of Paediatric Dermatology and Dermatogenetics

Veronica Kinsler is Professor of Paediatric Dermatology and Dermatogenetics at Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London. As an international expert and researcher in childrens’ skin diseases, she is invited to speak around the world in this field. She has particular expertise in naevi, other birthmarks, problems of pigmentation, rare or undiagnosed skin diseases, and genetic skin diseases. She is President of the European Society of Paediatric Dermatology 2020-2022, and President of the World Congress of Paediatric Dermatology in 2021. She has appeared on BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 and ITV This Morning, talking about childrens’ skin diseases.

Dr Tabi Leslie

Dr Tabi Anika Leslie

Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Free Hospital, London

Dr Tabi Leslie is a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London, where she runs a specialist urticaria service. Her academic and clinical interests include urticaria, angioedema, mastocytosis, mast cell disorders and itch.

Dr Leslie is the Honorary Secretary at the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). She has been on the Council of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Dermatology Section and was a past Secretary of the Section. She is also the past President of the RSM Clinical Immunology and Allergy (CIA) section. Dr Leslie has been an elected Dermatology Board member for the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and is Secretary of the EAACI Chronic Urticaria in Children (CU-Kids) Task Force. Dr Leslie is involved in the European and British guidelines for urticaria and for pruritus. She has published widely and has been an invited author for Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology and Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies.

Dr Anna Martinez

Dr Anna Martinez

Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London

Dr Anna Martinez is a senior consultant in Paediatric Dermatology Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Institute of Child Health, University College London. Anna trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and was appointed as a Consultant in Paediatric Dermatology January 2003. Since her appointment Anna has led the Nationally Commissioned Service for Epidermolysis Bullosa. Anna is a major contributor to research as Chief Investigator and Principal Investigator on a rolling programme of clinical trials into novel therapies in paediatric dermatology.

John McGrath

Prof John McGrath

Professor of Molecular Dermatology

John McGrath is Professor of Molecular Dermatology and head of the Genetic Skin Disease Group. He is also an honorary Consultant Dermatologist for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1985, and trained in dermatology and dermatopathology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London. His research background is in electron microscopy and molecular biology. He is a recent President of the European Society for Dermatological Research and currently serves on the editorial board of 9 international journals, including being the section editor for genetics for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Since August 2018, he has been the Head of St John’s Institute of Dermatology.

Dr Tess McPherson

Dr Tess McPherson

Dr Tess McPherson is consultant dermatologist and clinical senior lecturer in Oxford university hospital where she runs the paediatric services and a specialist adolescent skin clinic. Her specialist interests are adolescent dermatology and patient experiences, education and information. She is an executive committee member of the BSPD and BADBIR and lead clinician on the skins section of patient experiences site healthtalk.org. She is currently writing a book for young people with skin conditions – ‘comfortable in your skin’ to be published 2021 OUP.

Dr Jemima Mellerio

Prof Jemima Mellerio

Professor of Dermatology, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guys and St Thomas’ hospital, London.

Prof Jemima Mellerio trained in dermatology in South London at St John’s Institute of Dermatology and King’s College Hospital. Undertaking her MD at St John’s Institute on Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) sparked an interest in genetic skin fragility disorders that has endured. She has been a consultant dermatologist since 2003 and is based at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London where she is Chief of Dermatology and leads the Adult Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Service which provides clinical care for around 500 individuals with EB. She also worked as the dermatologist to the Paediatric EB Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital for almost 15 years until recently. Jemima’s clinical interests are EB, Mendelian genodermatoses, and general paediatric dermatology. She has established a large tertiary referral service at St John’s for both adults and children with genetic skin disease, overseeing the care of a large cohort of patients with ichthyosis, palmoplantar keratodermas, other disorders of keratinisation and ectodermal dysplasias. She has active clinical and laboratory research interests in many different aspects of genetic skin disease including gene discovery and phenotyping, a longitudinal prospective study in recessive dystrophic EB, and translational research of new therapies for genodermatoses including cell and gene therapy. She has published widely and lectured nationally and internationally on these areas.

Dr Rachael Morris-Jones

Dr Rachael Morris-Jones

FRCP, PhD, PCME Consultant Dermatologist

Rachael Morris-Jones is a Consultant Dermatologist at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. Rachael has a national reputation as an expert in clinical dermatology both adult/paediatric and is international name in cutaneous infection. She teaches on the Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine course at LSHTM both in London and Tanzania.

She is part of the team of Paediatric dermatologists at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. She is particularly passionate about the management of children with atopic dermatitis and reducing the unnecessary use of topical and oral antibiotics.

Rachael has written numerous dermatology textbooks (including ABC of Dermatology, 100 Cases in Dermatology (including paediatric cases) and has over 100 publications in the medical literature. She recently published a book for the public called ‘Dermatologist Tested’ busting common myths about the skin including eczema, sun protection, acne etc.

She has a particular interest in medical education and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer for GKT School of Medical Education, Kings College London, where she was previously the Associate Clinical Dean. She has taught for over 15 years on the Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine course at LSHTM (London and Tanzania) where her emphasis is raising awareness of neglected tropical diseases such as scabies and tinea capitis in children.

Edel O’Toole

Prof Edel O’Toole

Edel O’Toole is a clinical academic at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry with an active research group working on rare and common genetic skin disease biology and honorary consultant dermatologist at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust.  She trained in Medicine at University College, Galway, Ireland, followed by general medical and dermatology training in Dublin and London.  She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow with David Woodley at Northwestern University in Chicago from 1994-1998.  Her specialist clinical interests are ichthyosis and palmoplantar keratodermas.  She is the current clinical lead for the British Association of Dermatologists Dermatology and Genetic Medicine network.   She is Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Ichthyosis Support Group, is on the steering committee of Pachyonychia Project and is actively involved in 100K Genomes, a gene discovery project within the NHS.

Dr Gabriela Petrof

Dr Gabriela Petrof

Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London

Dr Gabriela Petrof, MBBS, PhD holds a substantive Consultant post at Great Ormond street hospital where she is part of the Nationally Commissioned Highly Specialised Service of Epidermolysis Bullosa. She completed her Dermatology specialist training in London and the West Midlands and was awarded a PhD in cell therapies for the genetic condition ‘Epidermolysis Bullosa’ as part of the Genetic Skin Disease Group, King’s College London. Dr Petrof’s research led to numerous publications in high impact factor journals and presentations at national and international meetings.

Dr Satymaanasa Polubothu

Academic Paediatric Dermatologist

Maanasa Polubothu MD PhD is an academic paediatric dermatologist, working in the Paediatric Dermatology department of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children London.  She trained in Medicine at Glasgow University, and in Paediatrics and Paediatric Dermatology in London.  She undertook a laboratory research PhD in Molecular Genetics of paediatric dermatology diseases at University College London.  She has won several awards for her research work, in particular into the genetics of arteriovenous malformations.  She specialises in the clinical management and genetic investigation of AVMs, as well as other mosaic disorders.  

Dr Lindsay Shaw

Dr Lindsay Shaw

Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London

Lindsay Shaw is consultant paediatric dermatologist, dually trained and accredited in Paediatrics and in Dermatology, working in Bristol and Great Ormond St Hospital, London. Her clinical expertise is in inflammatory skin diseases, particularly morphoea/scleroderma, and vascular anomalies. She has a longstanding interest in Paediatric Dermatology training, and has contributed to the UK training curriculum for both paediatricians and dermatologists.

Dr Lea Solman

Dr Lea Solman

Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist

Lea Solman is a Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist at Great Ormond St Hospital for Children London.  She trained in both Paediatrics and Dermatology, as well as in Paediatric Dermatology.  Her specialist interest is in vascular anomalies, both in clinical practice and research, with particular expertise in infantile haemangiomas.