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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 Antonia Lloyd-Lavery MA BM BCh (Oxford) MRCP

Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Antonia Lloyd-Lavery

Main clinical and research interests

  • Eczema/dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Autoimmune blistering diseases
  • Connective tissue disease including lupus and vasculitis
  • General dermatology including acne and rosacea
  • Skin cancer screening

Additional information

Dr Antonia Lloyd-Lavery is a Consultant Dermatologist at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford and Horton General Hospital, Banbury. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, British Association of Dermatologists, British Society for Medical Dermatology and the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network Trial Generation and Prioritisation Panel.

Her areas of specialism include severe eczema, psoriasis, autoimmune blistering diseases and connective tissue diseases, in addition to general dermatology and skin cancer diagnosis.

Dr Lloyd-Lavery is the clinical lead for immunobullous disease in Oxford and currently the national lead for the British Association of Dermatologists guideline development group for the management of bullous pemphigoid. She is part of the Oxford University Hospitals skin cancer multidisciplinary team.

She works closely with the Rheumatology team at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford and runs a monthly joint connective tissue disease clinic with the rheumatology and immunology departments. She also runs a joint oral dermatology clinic with an oral medicine consultant from the Eastman Dental Hospital, London.

Dr Lloyd-Lavery trained at Oxford University, graduating with a First class Honours degree in Medical Sciences and a Distinction in her medical degree. After achieving membership of the Royal College of Physicians, she completed an NIHR awarded academic clinical fellowship during her dermatology specialist training and subsequently a national fellowship in medical dermatology.

Following completion of the Neil Cox UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network Fellowship, Dr Lloyd-Lavery has extensive clinical research experience and has been an investigator for multiple clinical trials of new treatments for severe eczema. She is also Principle Investigator for BADBIR, a long term study of psoriasis. Her contribution to dermatology research has been recognised by two national research awards from the National Institute for Health Research, Royal College of Physicians and British Association of Dermatologists.

Dr Lloyd-Lavery has been a speaker at multiple international conferences and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently an associate editor for the British Journal of Dermatology. As a Clinical Lecturer at Oxford University, she has a strong interest in medical education. She is actively involved in developing and delivering the dermatology teaching programme and is an examiner for the Oxford Clinical School medical finals examinations.

Tess McPherson MA (Cambridge) MBBS MD FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer (Oxford University Hospitals)

Dr Tess McPherson

Main clinical and research interests

  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Adolescent dermatology
  • General dermatology
  • Atopic eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Psycho-dermatology
  • Medical student education

Additional information

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 Organization (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 a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD) and very active in national and international paediatric dermatology. The adolescent service she has developed in Oxford has been recognised nationally (shortlisted for BMJ team of the year and winner of BSPD national prize for patient-centered care).

Dr McPherson is actively involved in research on inflammatory dermatology (eczema and psoriasis), paediatric and young people's skin and patient involvement in dermatology. She has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals. She is the chair for national guidelines (British Association of Dermatology) on severe drug reactions in paediatrics and is the lead clinician on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant which has established a web resource for young adults with skin disease (healthtalk.org).

Dr McPherson has a strong interest in medical education and is the clinical tutor for undergraduate medicine at the University of Oxford. She is an invited lecturer for multiple national and international courses and conferences on paediatric and adolescent dermatology.

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