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Dermatology consultants and Allergy Team

Dr Susan Cooper MD FRCP MRCGP

Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Susan Cooper

Main clinical and research interests

  • General dermatology
  • Occupational dermatology
  • Patch testing and skin prick testing
  • Eczema and contact dermatitis
  • Vulval dermatology

Additional information

Oxford offers the only comprehensive patch testing service in the region. Typically 70-100 allergens are tested. Testing is extensive and tailored to the patient's requirements. Preformed, ready-made tests are not used as these may miss some important allergens. Photopatch testing and/or skin prick testing can be performed if indicated.

Dr Susan Cooper was appointed Consultant Dermatologist in Oxford in 2005. She graduated from Bristol University, training in Dermatology on the Oxford Rotation. She gained an MD in 2006 after research into vulval dermatoses.

She has a special interest in skin allergy and eczema and is a member of the British Society for Cutaneous Allergy. She heads the contact and occupational dermatitis service in Oxford. She can arrange patch testing for adults and children where allergic contact dermatitis is suspected. She also has experience of investigating cases of suspected occupational dermatitis and has worked closely with industry. She runs the Oxford Hand Eczema Clinic and has expertise in second line therapies including alitretinoin for severe cases.

Dr Cooper leads the Oxford Vulval Service and has published widely on vulval dermatoses. She is a council member of the British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease and a patron of UKLP, a lichen planus patient group. She is happy to assess patients with all types of vulval disease and can offer diagnostic biopsies and surveillance for long-term conditions. She works closely with Gynaecology colleagues when necessary.

Dr Sarah Felton MD MRCP

Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Sarah Felton

Main clinical and research interests

  • Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Skin surgery for benign and malignant skin lesions
  • General dermatology
  • Laser treatments
  • Cosmetic treatments including botulinum toxin and dermal fillers
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Axillary hyperhidrosis
  • Photosensitivity

Additional information

Dr Sarah Felton, a member of the British Association of Dermatologists and British Society of Dermatological Surgery, is a Consultant Dermatologist at the Churchill Hospital, where she is part of the Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team and the clinical lead for laser.

Having studied preclinical medicine at the University of Cambridge (First Class Honours), she received her medical degree from the University of Oxford, as part of which she spent time at Harvard Medical School. She is rare among UK dermatologists having completed a year-long dermatology surgery fellowship in the USA, at the University of Texas in Dallas. This provided extensive training in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, in addition to the latest cosmetic treatments. Her main focus is Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialised technique for the removal of skin cancers, for which she has personally performed over 1000 procedures.

Research interests include the effects of sunlight on the skin, in terms of light-sensitivity disorders and skin cancer, leading to the award of an M.D. degree. She has spoken at numerous international conferences and maintains a strong interest in academic research, having published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on skin surgery.

Dr Rashmi Jain MD MRCP FRCPath Immunol

Consultant Immunologist

Dr Rashmi Jain

Main clinical and research interests

  • Specialty: Clinical immunology and allergy
  • Specific services provided: Allergy - investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with allergy

Additional information

Dr Rashmi Jain is a Consultant Immunologist and Allergist providing expert care in the diagnosis and management of patients with allergy with special attention to food allergy, oral allergy syndrome, aeroallergen allergy leading to allergic rhino-conjunctivitis (grass or tree pollen - hay fever, house dust mite allergy, allergies to animal fur/dander), venom allergy (bee, wasp venom allergy), urticaria and angioedema (including chronic spontaneous urticaria and idiopathic angioedema), anaphylaxis and drug allergy.

Dr Jain undertakes skin prick testing with commercial solution and fresh food ingredients, and blood tests to aid in the appropriate diagnosis of an allergic condition. She provides expert advice on the management of allergy, training in the use of adrenaline auto-injector, and in selected cases can offer desensitisation to grass and tree pollen. In addition to looking after patients with allergy, Dr Jain looks after patients with hereditary and acquired angioedema, and patients with primary immune deficiencies.

Dr Tess McPherson MD MRCP

Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University Hospitals

Dr Tess McPherson

Tess McPherson

Main clinical and research interests

  • Paediatric and young adult dermatology
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • General dermatology (all ages)

Additional information

Clinics: Monday am or Wednesday pm

Contact: 01865 228222

Email: or

Dr Tess McPherson is a Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer (Oxford University Hospitals). She runs the paediatric dermatology service in Oxford. Her particular areas of specialism are paediatric dermatology, adolescent dermatology, general dermatology, atopic eczema, psoriasis, acne, psycho-dermatology and medical student education.

Dr McPherson trained at Cambridge University and London at the Imperial College School of Medicine where she graduated with honours and was awarded the medicine prize for undergraduates. She has lived and worked in Guyana, South America and the United States. In Guyana she worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop improved skin care and treatment programmes for patients with elephantiasis and worked with patients with leprosy.

She subsequently continued her specialist dermatology training at the University of Oxford as an Academic Clinical Lecturer, where she combined clinical training with immunological research into Atopic Eczema at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM). She further specialised in Paediatric Dermatology with a fellowship at Birmingham’s Children's Hospital.

Dr McPherson is the lead clinician on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant to establish a web resource for young adults with skin disease ( She teaches at the University of Oxford, national courses on paediatric dermatology and is regularly invited to talk at conferences. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD).


Professor Graham Ogg DPhil FRCP

Professor of Dermatology

Professor Graham Ogg

Main clinical and research interests

  • Specialty: Eczema, urticaria, food and other allergies, anaphylaxis
  • Specific services provided: Clinical assessment, allergy skin test, treatment advice

Additional information

Professor Graham Ogg sees adult patients with inflammation of the skin, including conditions such as eczema, urticaria, food allergy, and anaphylaxis. Investigations include skin testing and blood IgE (allergy) testing, as well as other dermatological investigations. Professor Ogg leads a University of Oxford research group investigating allergic diseases, and new approaches to treatment. This work includes many ongoing clinical trials.

He is past Chairman of the British Society of Investigative Dermatology, Associate Editor of Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Editor of the Dermatology and Immunology sections of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, past co-editor of the Clinical and Experimental Dermatology journal and is on the International Advisory Committee of the JAMA Dermatology journal. Professor Ogg is also a member of the British Association of Dermatologists guidelines committee for urticaria.

Dr William Perkins MBBS FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist

Dr William Perkins

Main clinical and research interests

  • Skin cancer and dermatologic surgery
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Lasers
  • Psoriasis
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • General Dermatology

Additional information

Dr John Reed PhD FRCP

Clinical Lead and Consultant Dermatologist

Dr John Reed

Main clinical and research interests

  • Urticaria, angioedema and anaphylaxis
  • Allergy - food, animals, pollens and dusts
  • Allergy testing - skin prick and specific IgE testing
  • Desensitisation
  • Skin cancer screening, dermoscopy and skin cancer surgery
  • General dermatology including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea

Additional information

Dr Reed qualified in 1991 from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London. He trained in dermatology in London and Oxford. During his training he successfully completed a PhD in Immunology at University College London resulting in several publications in leading scientific journals. Following on from his research, he has developed an interest in urticaria / angioedema and allergy in adults and children. He is a member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

He was lead for the Oxford Skin Cancer Mulitdisciplinary Team between 2009 and 2012, which won the Thames Valley Cancer Network award for clinical quality in 2011. He is a member of the British Society of Dermatological Surgery. He has been the Clinical Lead for Dermatology since 2012.

Liane Reeves RD, MSc Allergy

Allergy Specialist Dietitian (for adults and children)

Main clinical and research interests

  • Food allergy
  • Food intolerance
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Coeliac disease

Additional information

Dr Richard Turner MB BCh FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Richard Turner

Main clinical and research interests

  • Specialty: Skin cancer specialist
  • Specific service provided: Dermatological, laser and Mohs micrographic surgery, skin lymphoma, psoriasis, general dermatology

Additional information

Dr Richard Turner is a Consultant Dermatologist and dermatological surgeon based in Oxford since 1999. He has particular skill in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer, particularly complex skin surgery and Mohs surgery and also mole/melanoma assessment and treatment.

His routine practice is at the Churchill and Horton General hospitals. He has around 9000 patients per year under his care and operates on about 1000 of them (100 of which are Mohs cases). The majority of his work is cancer-related with frequent collaborations with plastic surgery and oncology. He is the Chairman of the Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team and Chairman of the Thames Valley Skin Cancer Network. Dr Turner also supports the general dermatology service with a particular interest in male genital disease. He has been a BUPA partner since 2000 and is recognised by all insurance companies.

Dr Turner is Clinical Director of Ambulatory Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also:

  • Directorate Chair for Specialist Medicine
  • Member of the British Society for Dermatological Surgery
  • Member of the Melanoma Study Group
  • Council Member of the Royal Society of Medicine

Dr Vanessa Venning BA BM BCh DM FRCP

Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Oxford University Hospitals

Dr Vanessa Venning

Main clinical and research interests

  • General dermatology including psoriasis and eczema
  • Diseases of the vulva
  • Leg ulcers

Additional information

Dr Venning qualified in medicine from Oxford University Medical School and completed postgraduate higher medical training in the Oxford region. Vanessa has been a consultant in dermatology for over 20 years having worked initially in the North Hampshire Hospital Basingstoke and since 2001 at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

Her clinical interests are in all areas of general dermatology including psoriasis, eczema, diseases of the vulva, leg ulcers.

Her research interest and subject of her doctoral thesis is Pemphigoid, a rare but important cause of itching and blistering in the elderly. She has published many papers and articles in this field and was Chair and Lead author for the development of treatment guidelines for the British Association of Dermatologists. She is interested in teaching and training and is Training Programme Director for the Oxford Region and member of Specialty Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians.