About BSMD

At the 4th annual Medical Dermatology Meeting in 2008, the need for the creation of a specialty group with an interest in the integration of dermatology with general medicine, and the promotion of the role of the dermatologist in hospital medicine was debated. Finding a body of support for the idea, we set about the creation of such a group. BSMD now has a healthy membership, an agreed constitution outlining the aims and objectives and an elected committee. New members are welcome.

Meet the current team

M-Ardern-JonesDr Michael Ardern-Jones – President

Infection, Inflammation and Immunity Division, University of Southampton
President for the BSMD facilitates annual BAD/RCP Medical Dermatology meeting and Medical Dermatology section of Annual BAD meeting

Mike Ardern-Jones trained in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Medical College and subsequently undertook Dermatology training at St John’s Institute of Dermatology and Oxford. His DPhil at Christ Church, University of Oxford explored the immunology of atopic dermatitis and his research in this area is on-going. Other research areas include infection models of skin disease, molecular signalling in cutaneous dendritic cells and a particular focus on drug hypersensitivity reactions.

Dr Andrew CarmichaelDr Andrew Carmichael – Immediate Past President

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT)
Society’s memory

President British Society Medical Dermatology 2014-2016; Consultant Dermatologist STHFT; Honorary Clinical Lecturer Dermatology, University Newcastle upon Tyne; Visiting Lecturer Dermatology, Kumasi, Ghana; Dermatology Representative Part 2 MRCP Board & Dermatology Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) Question Setter and Board member.
Undergraduate & General Medical training Newcastle upon Tyne & the North East. Postgraduate Dermatology training in Durham, Birmingham & Cardiff. Former Northern & Yorkshire Regional Representative and Honorary Treasurer BSMD, British Association of Dermatologists, British Skin Foundation & BSMD & Northern Regional Dermatology Training Advisor.
General Dermatologist with interest in Medical Dermatology, reflected in research which includes Itch; Dermatopharmacology & Genodermatoses.

Shikha Gupta - BSMD SecretaryDr Shikha Gupta – Secretary

Kings’ College Trust (Orpington site)
As Secretary for the BSMD carries responsibility for membership of BSMD and quarterly BSMD Committee meetings.

Shikha Gupta graduated from University of Nottingham Medical School in 2000. After completing her specialist dermatology training and obtaining her CCT in 2010, she undertook a 1-year medical dermatology fellowship at St Johns’ institute of dermatology gaining knowledge and skills in managing inflammatory dermatoses, using systemic therapies and biologics. She is currently working as a consultant dermatologist at Kings’ College Trust (Orpington site) and is passionate about medical dermatology and improving the links between dermatology and general medicine.

Dr Ian CoulsonDr Ian Coulson (Lancashire) – Treasurer

Burnley General Hospital, The Royal Blackburn Hospital and The Rossendale Hub, Lancashire
BSMD Treasurer

Ian Coulson trained at St. Johns Hospital for Disease of the Skin, and St. George’s and St. Helier Hospitals in south London. He has been a Consultant in East Lancashire since 1990. He is a generalist, with more of as flair for the “physicianly” rather than the surgical, and always enjoys the diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. In addition to contributing chapters to Rook for three editions (Disorders of the eccrine sweat glands, diagnosis in dermatology and the skin in general medicine), he co-edits The Treatment of Skin Disease.

Dr Simon MeggittDr Simon Meggitt – Essential medical dermatology course

Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Facilitates the 3-day annual Essential Medical Dermatology course for Dermatology StRs and Consultant Dermatologists.

Simon Meggitt is a medical dermatologist who received higher training in Newcastle. He runs several multidisciplinary and tertiary referral clinics for the management of complex inflammatory skin diseases, including severe atopic eczema; dermatomyositis; cutaneous lupus; connective tissue disease in general and sarcoidosis. Research interests include dermatopharmacology; connective tissue disease and systemic therapies for severe atopic eczema.

Dr Ruth LambDr Ruth Lamb – Medical dermatology fellowships

St George’s Hospital and St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Facilitates the two annual BSMD fellowships

Ruth completed her undergraduate training at Edinburgh University along with her medical SHO jobs and MRCP. She migrated to the West coast and undertook her Dermatology training in Glasgow before heading south of the border to undertake the Medical Dermatology Fellowship at St John’s Institute of Dermatology. Her interests include Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and psoriasis and she continues to work in the HS clinic at St John’s weekly and is leading the psoriasis clinic at St George’s Hospital in London where she works full-time.

Dr Adam FityanDr Adam Fityan – Dermdoc course

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Facilitates the annual DermDoc BSMD course for Foundation and CMT doctors.

Consultant Dermatologist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Consultant at St John’s Institute of Dermatology in Photodermatology. He has setup and now runs the Photodermatology service in Southampton, in addition to undertaking ongoing research within this field. He has a keen interest in Medical Dermatology, with a particular interest in the connective tissue diseases, working alongside Rheumatology colleagues to run a regular combined clinic.

Dr Tabi Leslie ShortDr Tabi Leslie – BAD med derm day

The Royal Free Hospital, London
Editor BSMD annual newsletter

General Adult and Paediatric Consultant Dermatologist with interest in urticaria, angioedema and itch. Member BAD Drug and Therapeutics Guideline Committee.  Faculty Member of the Allergy Academy at Kings College, London, and MSc Allergy Course at Imperial College, St Mary’s Hospital, London. Contributing a chapter for the 9th edition of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Hon Secretary for the Councils of Dermatology and Clinical Immunology and Allergy Sections of the RSM. Represent the BAD at the RCP on the Joint Specialty Committee, and advise on CPD. Serves on the BAD Education Sub-committee and involved with All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin.
Undergraduate training at the Royal Free Hospital, Kings College, London, and University College London (UCL);  Specialist training in Dermatology at UCL and Middlesex Hospitals.

Dr Louise NewellDr Louise Newell – Website

Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Helps maintain the BSMD website

Louise graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School and trained in dermatology in Southampton and Bristol, followed by a post-cct fellowship in paediatric dermatology at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She is a consultant adult and paediatric dermatologist at the University of Bristol NHS Foundation Trust with clinical and research interests including eczema, allergy, urticaria and inflammatory dermatoses.

Dr Emma OmerodDr Emma Ormerod – Trainee Representative

Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Emma qualified from Oxford University and went on to complete an academic foundation programme in Brighton. She has since worked in New Zealand and Bristol, last year undertaking a full-time post as a clinical teaching fellow, before starting her Specialist Registrar training in Wales. She has a passion for medical education, as well as a particular interest in Medical Dermatology, enjoying the challenge of managing complex patients in conjunction with other specialties.

Honorary Members

Professor Sue Burge Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Oxford University Hospitals

Dr Nick Levell Consultant Dermatologist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; President of the British Association of Dermatologists

Professor Rod Hay Consultant Dermatologist, Kings College Hospital, London; Professor of Cutaneous Infection, Kings College London

Professor Chris Griffiths Professor of Dermatology, University of Manchester

Committee terms

Andrew Carmichael (President): July 2016 – July 2017

Shikha Gupta (Secretary): July 2014 – July 2017

Ian Coulson (Treasurer): July 2014 – July 2017

Mike Arden-Jones: Feb 2013 – Feb 2018 (second term)

Adam Fityan: July 2013- July 2019 (second term)

Ruth Lamb: Jan 2014 – Jan 2017

Tabi Leslie: Jan 2014 – Jan 2017

Simon Meggitt: Jan 2015 – Jan 2018 (second term)

Louise Newell: Jan 2014 – Jan 2017

Katie Warburton: July 2013 – March 2016 (incl mat leave)

Emma Ormerod: March 2016 – March 2019