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
Dr 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 Carmichael – Immediate Past President
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT)
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.
Dr 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 Coulson (Lancashire) – Treasurer
Burnley General Hospital, The Royal Blackburn Hospital and The Rossendale Hub, Lancashire
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 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 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 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 – 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.
Assistant Honorary Secretary leading to the Senior Honorary Secretary (2017-2021) at the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). Honorary Secretary and President-Elect (2018-2020) of the RSM Clinical Immunology and Allergy (CIA) section. Represents the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on the Joint Specialty Committee for Dermatology and RCP advisor on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Dermatology. Council of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Dermatology Section, previously Honorary Senior Secretary. Therapeutics and Guidelines Committee at the BAD. Elected to the Dermatology Board of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).
Panel member representing the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) on the next international guidelines of the EAACI/GA 2LEN/EDF/WAO guideline for the definition, classification, diagnosis, and management of urticaria in adults and children. Involved in the upcoming BAD Urticaria guideline, BAD Itch guideline, and European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Itch guideline.
Invited speaker at the BAD, EADV, British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI), British Society of immunology (BSI), British Society of Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD), European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD), American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) and World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) as well as other regional, national and international meetings. Invited author on publications, including latest Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology.
Undergraduate training at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and University College London (UCL); Specialist training in Dermatology at UCL and Middlesex Hospitals.
Dr Emma Ormerod – Trainee Representative
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust
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.
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
Mike Arden-Jones (President): July 2016 – Jan 2019
Shikha Gupta (Secretary): July 2014 – Jan 2019
Ian Coulson (Treasurer/Forum): July 2014 –Jan 2019
Andrew Carmichael (Immediate Past President): July 2016 –Jan 2018
Adam Fityan (EMD / Dermdoc): July 2013- Jan 2019
Ruth Lamb (Fellowships): Jan 2014 – Jan 2020
Tabi Leslie (Newsletter): Jan 2014 – Jan 2020
Simon Meggitt (EMD): Jan 2012 – Jan 2018
Emma Ormerod (Trainee / Dermdoc): March 2016 – Jan 2019
Giles Dunhill (Med Fellowship): Jan 2017 – Jan 2020
Jane Setterfield (Med Fellowship): Jan 2017 – Jan 2020
Effie Ladoyanni (Co-opted Dermdoc): Jan 2017 – Jan 2018
Cristina Psomadakis (Co-opted Dermdoc): Jan 2017 – Jan 2018
Fiona Tasker (Co-opted Dermdoc): Jan 2017 – Jan 2018
Sofia Labbouz (Co-opted Dermdoc): Jan 2017 – Jan 2018