Who We Are

Dr Monika Saha

Dr Monika Saha

Dr Monika Saha is a Consultant Dermatologist and previous clinical lead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London. She is also an external examiner in dermatology at Kings College London. Specialist interests are medical dermatology, autoimmune bullous disease, teaching and innovation. She is the founder of ‘The New Dermatologist’.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Saha M, Bhogal B, Black MMB, Vaughan R, Groves RW. Prognostic factors in pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus. Br. J Dermatology 2014;170: 116-22

Asaad Estfan Y, DCruz D, Patel S, Saha M. An unusual and potentially fatal cause of scalp crusting. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2017 Jun;42(4):441-443.

Dr Hiva Fassihi

Dr Hiva Fassihi

Dr Hiva Fassihi is a Consultant Dermatologist and the Clinical Lead for the National XP Service at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and has a strong background in translational research. She has expertise in skin cancers and photoprotection, photodermatology, paediatric dermatology and genetic skin disorders.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Phan K, Ramachandran V, Fassihi H, Sebaratnam DF. Narrowband UV-B With Psoralen-UV-A Phototherapy for Patients With Early-Stage Mycosis Fungoides: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Comparison of JAMA Dermatol. 2019 Mar 1;155(3):335-341

Fassihi H, Eady RAJ, Mellerio JE, Ashton GHS, Dopping-Hepenstal PJC, Denyer J, Nicolaides KH, Rodeck CH, McGrath JA. Prenatal diagnosis for severe inherited skin disorders: 25 years’ experience. Br J Dermatol 2006; 154: 106-113


Dr Victoria Akhras

Dr Victoria Akhras

Dr Victoria Akhras MBBS (Hons), BSc (Hons), MRCP is a consultant Dermatologist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has a special interest in skin cancer, dermoscopy and connective tissue diseases affecting the skin. She is the lead for melanoma in the dermatology department and was the Clinical Lead for dermatology at St George’s Hospital for 9 years. She is currently the co-lead for the South West London Dermatology network.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Akhras, V. Ramakrishnan, R., Stanton, A. W. B., Levick, J. R., Cook, M. G., Chong, H., & Mortimer, P. S. Quantitative Imaging In Vivo of Functioning Lymphatic Vessels Around Human Melanoma and Benign Nevi. Microcirculation, 2015 22(6), 454-463.

Green, A. C., Viros, A., Hughes, M. C. B., Gaudy-Marqueste, C., Akhras, V., Cook, M. G., & Marais, R. Nodular Melanoma: A Histopathologic Entity? Acta Derm Venereol, 2018, 98(4), 460-462.


Dr Raakhee Ramesh

Dr Raakhee Ramesh

Dr Raakhee Ramesh recently started as a consultant at Walsall Healthcare Trust in the West Midlands in September this year where she leads on paediatric dermatology at a new site at New Cross Hospital. She recently left Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust after 10 years where she had also led the paediatric dermatology service. She is the trust lead for the speciality training committee in the region and an educational supervisor.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Hunjan MK, Brockley JR, Buka R, Ramesh R. Treatment of paediatric eczema with narrowband ultraviolet B therapy. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2020 Oct 4. Online ahead of print.

Ramesh R, Shaw N, Miles EK et al. Mosaic NRAS Q61R mutation in a child with giant congenital melanocytic naevus, epidermal naevus syndrome and hypophosphataemic rickets.. Clinical Exp Dermatol 2017. Jan 42 (1): 75-79.


Dr Shefali Rajpopat

Dr Shefali Rajpopat

Dr Shefali Rajpopat is a Consultant Dermatologist at Barts Health NHS Trust in London. She is lead for skin cancer at the Whipps Cross site and was previously Clinical Lead. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London, a Course Director for their Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her special interests include skin cancer, acne and medical education.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Rajpopat S, Moss C, Melleriou et al. Harlequin ichthyosis: a review of clinical and molecular findings in 45 cases. Arch Dermatol 2011;147 (6):681-6

Blaydon CB, Nitoiu D, Eckl Katja-Martina et al. Blaydon CB, Nitoiu D, Eckl Katja-Martina et al. Mutations in CSTA, encoding Cystatin A, underlie exfoliative ichthyosis and reveal a role for this protease inhibitor in cell-cell adhesion. Am J Hum Genet 2011;89 (4): 564-71


Dr Helena Malhomme

Dr Helena Malhomme

Dr Helena Malhomme is an experienced consultant dermatologist of 9 years’ standing within the NHS, currently working at St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London. She has extensive experience in treating patients with complex inflammatory dermatoses including hidradenitis suppurativa, and skin cancer and in skin surgery. She also has a large commitment to teaching and training and has been an educational supervisor for 7 years and course leader of the MSc in Clinical Dermatology at King’s College London.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Malhomme de la Roche H, Seagrove S, Mehta A, Divekar P, Campbell S, Curnow A. Using natural dietary sources of antioxidants to protect against ultraviolet and visible radiation-induced DNA damage: an investigation of human green tea ingestion.. J Photochem Photobiol B. 2010 Nov 3;101(2):169-73.

Khan S, Malhomme de la Roche H, Whittaker S, Rickaby W, Calonje E. Violaceous facial nodules. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2020 Jul;45(5):642-645.

Dr Kathy Taghipour

Dr Kathy Taghipour

- Dr Kathy Taghipour is a Consultant Dermatologist in London. Her NHS practice is at Whittington Health where she is the skin cancer lead and specialist lead for autoimmune bullous diseases and vulval dermatology. She completed her dermatology training in the Oxford Deanery followed by a research doctorate at King’s College London on the subject of bullous pemphigoid and its association with neurological disease. She enjoys teaching and training general practitioners and trainee dermatologists.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Taghipour K, Chi CC, Vincent A, Groves RW, Venning V, Wojnarowska F. The association of bullous pemphigoid with cerebrovascular disease and dementia: a case-control study. Arch Dermatol 2010; 146: 1251–4

Venning VA, Taghipour K, Mohd Mustapa MF, Highet AS, Kirtschig G, Hughes JR, McLelland J, McDonagh AJ, Punjabi S, Buckley DA, Nasr I. British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the management of bullous pemphigoid 2012. British Journal of Dermatology. 2012 Dec;167(6):1200-14


Dr Naomi Goldstraw

Dr Naomi Goldstraw

Dr Naomi Goldstraw is a Consultant Dermatologist at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and leads the paediatric dermatology service. She has also worked as a consultant in St George’s Hospital London and prior to this undertook a clinical fellowship in paediatric dermatology and genodermatoses at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, London.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Webber NK, Setterfield J, Lewis F, Neill S. Lacrimal canalicular duct scarring in patients with lichen planus. Arch Dermatol 2012;148(2):224-227.

Webber NK, Pope M, Calonje E, Powell AM, Mellerio JE. Recalcitrant rash and low alkaline phosphatase – think zinc. Clin Exp Dermatol 2010 Mar; 36:225-226.

Dr Julia Soo

Dr Julia Soo

Dr Julia Soo is a Consultant Dermatologist working at St Helier Hospital and St George's hospitals in London. She is the South West Thames local Training programme director and is currently co-Clinical Lead for dermatology at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. Her clinical interests are vulval dermatology, skin cancer and post-graduate education. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Soo JK, Bowling J, Yu RC. Multiple skin necrotic lesions. Arch Dermatol. 2004 Jul;140(7):877-82.

Soo JK, Ross AD, Bennett DC. Isolation and culture of melanoma and naevus cells and cell lines. Methods Mol Biol. 2011;731:141-50.

Dr Sasha Dhoat

Dr Sasha Dhoat

Dr Sasha Dhoat is a Consultant Dermatologist with a specialist interest in Paediatric Dermatology and a passion for teaching. Her first substantive post was at The Royal Free Hospital, where she was Clinical Lead for Paediatric Dermatology, in addition to Director of Undergraduate Teaching for Dermatology, winning Best Clinical Tutor award at UCL, three years running. She currently works at Bart’s and The London Hospitals, where she is the Dermatology Lead for Child Protection.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Dhoat S, Rustin M. The skin in general medicine. Clin Med (Lond). 2009 Aug;9(4):379-84

Hogarth V, Dhoat S, Mehta AB, Orteu CH. Late-onset Fabry disease associated with angiokeratoma of Fordyce and multiple cherry angiomas. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2011 Jul;36(5):506-8

Dr Nemesha Desai

Dr Nemesha Desai

Dr Nemesha Desai is a Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London and has been clinical lead of the tertiary Hidradenitis Suppurativa service at St John’s for 10 years. Her clinical interests include medical dermatology, medical education and Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Zouboulis CC, Desai N, Emtestam L, Hunger RE, Ioannides D, Juhász I, Lapins J, Matusiak L, Prens EP, Revuz J, Schneider-Burrus S, Szepietowski JC, van der Zee HH, Jemec GB. European S1 guideline for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2015 Apr;29(4):619-44

Ingram JR, Collier F, Brown D, Burton T, Burton J, Chin MF, Desai N, Goodacre TEE, Piguet V, Pink AE, Exton LS, Mohd Mustapa MF. Dermatologists guidelines for the management of hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa) 2018. British Association of Br J Dermatol. 2019 May;180(5):1009-1017


Dr Natalie Attard

Dr Natalie Attard

Dr Natalie Attard is a Consultant Dermatologist at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where she is currently Lead for General Dermatology. In addition to complex medical dermatology, her other areas of special interest are in skin cancer and medical education.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Attard NR and Karran P. UVA photosensitization of thiopurines and skin cancer in organ transplant recipients. Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2012 Jan;11(1):62-8.

Karran P, Attard N. Thiopurines in current medical practice: molecular mechanisms and contributions to therapy-related cancer. Nat Rev Cancer. 2008 Jan;8(1):24-36.