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2018 Speakers

Dr George Moncrieff 

In January last year Dr George Moncrieff retired from his General Practice partnership in rural North Oxfordshire where he had been a GP partner since 1985. 

His interests include Dermatology, Child Health and Medical Education.  He was a GP trainer for 19 years and an undergraduate tutor at Oxford University for 12 years. He was an examiner for the DCH for 10 years and an external examiner for the Cardiff Diploma in Practical Dermatology until 2005.  He was Chair of The Dermatology Council for England from 2013 until July this year working closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Skin disease. He was the Dermatology Curriculum Guardian for the RCGP from 2009 for four years. He was a committee member of the PCDs until earlier this year. 

From 2000 until retiring he ran an interface Dermatology service from his practice, receiving about 15 new referrals each week from the local GPs, covering a population of 80,000. He now works one day a week in a private practice in Oxford city and provides locum support as needed to a number of local practices. This means he can now concentrate on his interests in teaching dermatology, as well as spending time pursuing his non-medical interest and looking after his grandchildren.

Dr John Lear

Dr John Lear is Consultant Dermatologist at BMI The Alexandra Hospital and his NHS practices, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Hope Hospital. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester. His main interest is the diagnosis and management of skin cancer and pigmented and precancerous lesions. He has a particular interest in the surgical and non surgical management of these conditions, including topical photodynamic therapy.

Dr Lear has an established interest in mole mapping and mole clinics for assessment and treatment of moles. He also has an interest in all aspects of general dermatology including paediatric dermatology and hair disorders.

Having qualified in medicine in 1991 at Leicester University, Dr Lear underwent general medical training in the Midlands, following which he undertook his dermatological training in the Midlands and the South West as a senior registrar before taking up his present consultant post in August 2010.

Dr Lear has published over 100 papers on the genetics, epidemiology, diagnosis and therapy of skin cancer. He has given numerous lectures both nationally and internationally in this area. He has undertaken numerous clinical trials in this area and continues to be involved in research into the latest developments in skin cancer therapy. He runs dedicated clinics for skin problems for those with renal transplants and other immunosuppressed groups, both groups who represent a significant challenge in skin cancer management. Dr Lear set up and runs the photodynamic therapy service at Manchester Royal Infirmary for the treatment of superficial skin cancers and precancerous lesions. He is chair of the specialist skin cancer MDT meeting for Greater Manchester, is a member of the NCRI Nonmelanoma skin cancer study group and the NCIN Skin Cancer sub group.

Dr Lear is a founding member of the British Society for Skin Care in Immunocompromised individuals. He is actively involved in teaching and training, both undergraduates, dermatological trainees and GP’s. He organises numerous courses and meetings for GP’s, including annual courses, evening meetings and teach and treat type events.

Dr Liz Ogden

Dr Ogden trained and worked as a GP and started in Dermatology in 1993 as a Clinical Assistant and has worked in both hospital and community dermatology ever since then. She is clinical lead of the Hertfordshire Community Trust Skin Health Service and is an Associate Specialist in East and North Herts NHS Trust. She works as well in Reproductive and Sexual Health. Her special interests are Genital Dermatology , Paediatrics and Psychodermatology.




Dr Robert Boyle

Dr Boyle is a paediatric allergist with a research programme focussed on the prevention of eczema and other allergic diseases. He trained in Melbourne where his PhD investigated mechanisms through which probiotics might prevent eczema, and most recently wrote a series of reports for the Food Standards Agency on the relationship between diet during pregnancy and infancy and allergic or autoimmune diseases. Dr Boyle works as joint Co-ordinating Editor for Cochrane Skin at the University of Nottingham, and is involved in the BEEP trial of emollients for preventing eczema and other allergic diseases. In this talk he will discuss the relationship between eczema and food allergy, explore some common myths and pitfalls in eczema management, and highlight new interventions for preventing and managing eczema. 



Dr. Sanjeev Rana

Dr. Sanjeev Rana is a Medical Director, Clinical Commissioner and GPwSI Dermatology

He graduated from the Imperial School of Medicine and Technology in 1995 and qualified as a General Practitioner in 1998. His works as  Dermatology GPwSI Dermatology in Essex.

He has completed his Diploma in Dermatology and Dermoscopy (Cardiff University) and runs a dermatology service.




Dr Tom Blanchard

Dr Tom Blanchard MB BS PhD FRCP DTM&H is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Liverpool Hospital with honorary appointments at the Universities of Liverpool & Manchester and at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His main research interest is the engineering of safe, host-range restricted recombinant poxviruses as vaccine candidates for a wide range of infectious diseases. Recent work is centred on the development of a Zika vaccine in a collaboration between Public Health England Porton Down, The University of Manchester and The University of Liverpool. Clinically Tom is part of a large infectious diseases unit that cares for a wide range of imported and indigenous infections, and high consequence infectious diseases such as MERS-coronavirus and monkeypox.


Dr Nicole Chiang

Dr Nicole Chiang is a Consultant Dermatologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester. She has a special interest in hair disorders and runs the regional specialist hair clinics at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool and graduated with an Honours degree in Medicine and Surgery in 2007. She underwent general medical training and then pursued her dermatology higher specialist training in Birmingham and Manchester. 

She has completed two advanced Dermatology Fellowships in Oxford, UK and Sydney, Australia. In addition, she has gained further experience in medical and cosmetic dermatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Centre, Pittsburgh, USA.

Dr Nicole is a founding Committee Member of the British Society for Medical Dermatology and British Association of Dermatologists’ Dermschool. She has written books on her subject – “Dermatology: a handbook for medical students and junior doctors” (available on the British Association of Dermatologists’ website and as an iPhone App) and “Dermatology: a handbook for general practitioners”, authored book chapters and has many publications in the fields of cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology in international peer-reviewed journals.

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