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British Society for Medical Dermatology (BSMD) - About us

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.

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 Adam FityanDr Adam Fityan – Essential Medical Dermatology course

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Facilitates the 3-day annual Essential Medical Dermatology course for Dermatology StRs and Consultant Dermatologists

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 Emma OmerodDr Emma Ormerod – DermDoc BSMD course

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust
Facilitates the annual DermDoc BSMD course for Foundation and CMT doctors

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.

Dermatology Specialist Registrar

Dr Ruth LambDr Ruth Lamb – on maternity leave from BSMD

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 Suzannah AugustDr Suzannah August

Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Poole

Member term: Jan 2019 – Jan 2021


Dr Laura Savage 

Leeds Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds

Member term: Jan 2019 – Jan 2021


Dr Jenny Hughes

Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend

Member term: Jan 2019 – Jan 2021


Dr Giles Dunnill – Med Fellowship

University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol

Member term: Jan 2017 – Jan 2020


Dr Jane Setterfield – Training awards 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London

Member term: Jan 2017 – Jan 2020


Co-opted members

Dr Simon Meggitt – EMDDr Simon Meggitt

Newcastle Foundation Trust, Newcastle

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.

Member term: Jan 2018-2020


Dr Fiona Tasker – Podcasts / dermdoc

ST3, London

Member term: Jan 2017 – Jan 2019

Dermatology Specialist Registrar

Dr Effie Ladoyanni – Dermdoc

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley

Member term: Jan 2017 – Jan 2019


Dr Cristina Psomadakis – Social media

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Member term: Jan 2017 – Jan 2019

Dermatology Specialist Registrar

Honorary Members

Professor Sue Burge Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Oxford University Hospitals (BSMD President 2009-12)

Dr Nick Levell Consultant Dermatologist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; President of the British Association of Dermatologists (BSMD President 2012-14)

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

Dr Andrew Carmichael Consultant Dermatologist,  South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT)  (BSMD President 2014-16)