Plenary Speakers

Dr Mary Bennett

Dr Mary Bennett is a consultant dermatologist at the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Bantry General Hospital. Dr Bennett graduated from University College Cork medical school and trained in dermatology in Ireland and in Cleveland, Ohio USA. She has an interest in melanoma, cutaneous lymphoma and inflammatory dermatoses.

Dr Johnny Bourke

Dr Johnny Bourke is consultant dermatologist at SIVUH with a special interest in contact dermatitis. He is treasurer of the British society for cutaneous allergy and a member of the european society of contact dermatitis and american contact dermatitis society. He has published papers on steroid allergy, patch test reproducibility, preservative and acrylate allergy and has a special interest in occupational dermatitis in the pharmaceutical industry. He runs the national contact dermatitis course for Dermatology SpRs and lectures on the UK contact dermatitis course.

Dr Deirdre Buckley


Dr Deirdre Buckley is a Consultant Dermatologist in Bath, UK. She qualified in medicine at University College Cork in 1988 and trained as Senior Registrar in Dermatology at University College Hospital, London. She worked as Consultant Dermatologist at Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon, UK from 2001-2011, before moving to Bath. She has a particular clinical and research interest in fragrance allergy. She chaired the Medicines  Working Group of the British Association of Dermatologists from 2013-2019, has been a member of the BAD Therapy and Guidelines Committee since 2010 and is the current President of the British Society for Cutaneous Allergy.

Dr Maureen Connolly

Dr Maureen Connolly is a Consultant Dermatologist in Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin. She trained as a general practitioner on the Mid Western GP Training Scheme in Limerick. Subsequently she undertook her Specialist Registrar Training in Bristol in the UK and was appointed Consultant Dermatologist in Tallaght in 2007. She currently shares the post of National Speciality Director for Dermatology Specialist Registrar Training in Ireland. She has a special interest in allergic contact dermatitis.

Dr John Coulter

Dr John Coulter is a Gynaecological Oncologist in Cork. He graduated from University College, Cork in 1989.

Mark Denis P. Davis, MD

Mayo Clinic

200 First St. SW |Rochester, MN 55905

Dr. Mark Davis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota.  He is from Ireland, and trained in internal medicine in Ireland prior to coming to the Mayo Clinic in 1991 for a residency in Internal Medicine followed by residency in Dermatology.    

Dr. Davis has broad clinical and research interests.   He has received the Teacher of the Year award in the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic.  He is the author of 225 peer-reviewed publications, and 30 book chapters.  He edited and coordinated a book detailing the 100 year update of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic.

David de Berker

Consultant Dermatologist, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bristol Royal Infirmary

David’s clinical and research interests include skin cancer, disorders and biology of nail, hair microscopy and their surgical treatments and teledermatology. He is Chair of the Health Informatics Society of the BAD and Founder and original president of the British Teledermatology Society. He is past President of the European Nail Society and contributes to a programme of European collaborative nail workshops.

He has published widely and is a contributor on Nails in Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology, Bologna, Conn’s Current Treatment, and Scher and Daniel’s Disease of the Nail. He is an editor of Baran and Dawber’s Management of Nail Disorders.  He has been on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Dermatological Therapy, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, the British Journal of Dermatology, the Journal of Skin Appendage Disorders and the Prescriber.

Alan Irvine


Alan is a Consultant Dermatologist in Children’s Health Ireland and St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, and Professor of Dermatology, Trinity College Dublin. He is a recognised expert in epithelial genetics, characterisation of the skin barrier, disease mechanisms in, and therapy of atopic dermatitis and allergy.

His international awards include the 2006 Times Higher Education Supplement Research Project of the Year and 2007 Paul Gerson Unna Prize (German Dermatology Society). He has delivered serval named/prize lectureships including the MB Sulzberger (AAD, 2018), Honig (CHOP/U Penn, 2018), RW Goltz (U Minnesota, 2016), Watson-Smith (RCP Edinburgh, 2015), Dolovich (AAAAI, 2013) Lectures. In 2015, Alan was made an inaugural director of the International Eczema Council, an international body of experts dedicated to the study and treatment of atopic dermatitis. In 2019 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy.

Dr Arthur Jackson

Dr Jackson is a specialist in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine working as a consultant physician in Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital in Cork City, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2001. His specialist training included 2 years in Malawi running clinical trials in the area of Cryptococcal meningitis for which he was awarded his MD, and a year of clinical fellowship in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Institute in 2005.  


In Cork, as well as general medicine commitments, he is the clinical lead for HIV, running a clinic with over 500 patients receiving antiretrovirals.  He is also chairperson of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committees in Cork university Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital, and is the clinical lead for Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) for the southern region of Ireland.  He provides a consultation service for inpatients with respect to general infectious diseases, HIV, antimicrobial management, fever of unknown origin, tropical medicine. His ongoing lecturing commitments are through University College Cork. 

Dr Ahmed Kazmi

Dr Ahmed Kazmi is a GP and Dermatology Speciality Doctor based in London. He is currently based at The Royal London Hospital. He has a passion for medical education and loves demystifying dermatology, especially for his GP colleagues. He teaches on the renowned Queen Mary University of London post graduate diploma in clinical dermatology course. When he isn't practicing dermatology and general practice in the UK, he is topping up his vitamin D in Australia, or moonlighting as a stand up comedian.

Dr Fiona Lewis

Fiona Lewis trained in Dermatology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and completed her MD thesis on clinical and immunological aspects of lichen sclerosus there. She became a Consultant Dermatologist in 1996 and now runs the Vulval Clinic service at St John’s Institute of Dermatology which is a busy tertiary service for complex vulval conditions. With colleagues, she has established the St John’s annual course on Ano-genital and Oral Dermatology.

She teaches on all aspects of vulval disease at a local, national and international level. She is co-author of A Practical textbook of Vulval Disease written for trainees and is co-editor of the textbook ‘Ridley’s The Vulva’. She has been involved in writing guidelines for the management of vulval disease. She has been chair of the Patient Education Committee for the International Society for the Study of Vulval Disease and was secretary of the European College for the Study of Vulval Disease until 2016.

Dr Johnny Loughnane

Dr Johnny Loughnane graduated from University College, Cork in 1980. He did his GP training in Manchester. He has been a general practitioner in Newcastle West for 32 years. He is a founder member of the PCDSI. He is an assistant programme director with the Mid Western GP Training Scheme. He wrote the ICGP guide on acne.

Dr Angana Mitra

Angana Mitra is a Consultant Dermatologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust since 2011. She qualified from Leeds University in 1999 and went on to do her dermatology training in Yorkshire. Her special interest is melanoma and she completed an MD in melanoma research in 2011 looking at predictors of sentinel lymph node positivity and outcome from melanoma with Professor Newton-Bishop. She leads the pigmented lesion service in Leeds, carrying out a weekly specialist pigmented lesion clinic seeing high risk atypical mole and familial melanoma patients and also a weekly joint multidisciplinary melanoma clinic alongside plastic surgeons and oncologists. She set up the Yorkshire Dermoscopy Course with her colleagues in 2016, teaching locally and nationally.

Dr Rachael Morris-Jones

Dr Rachael Morris-Jones FRCP PhD PCME is a dermatology consultant with over 19 years of experience in diagnosing and treating skin disease in adults and children and has a special interest in cutaneous infections. She is based at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. She has written multiple textbooks including the newly updated ABC of Dermatology which was recently published.

Dr Michelle Murphy

Dr Michelle Murphy is a consultant dermatologist at South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. She is a graduate of University College, Cork.

Dr Andy Muinonen-Martin

Andy Muinonen-Martin qualified from Edinburgh University in 2002. He completed his Dermatology Specialist training in the West of Scotland in 2014, and graduated the same year with a PhD in melanoma research, investigating melanoma cell chemotaxis driven metastasis, with a key publication in PLOS Biology. Andy worked as a Consultant Dermatologist in York between 2014 and 2019, working as Skin Cancer Lead there, driving innovative change with new technology resulting in the first teledermatology referral service in the region. He has worked as an Honorary Consultant at St James's University Hospital and has been a core member of the Leeds regional specialist melanoma multi-disciplinary team since 2014. In August 2019, he took up a substantive consultant post in Leeds and his clinical practice includes the tertiary referral melanoma and pigmented lesion clinics. In 2019, he led the establishment of the first gene therapy service in Leeds for cancer, in the form of injectable TVEC for unresectable melanoma.  Alongside colleagues, he set up the Yorkshire Dermoscopy Course in 2016, teaching both locally and nationally.

Dr Dermot Nolan

Dr Dermot Nolan MICGP, FRCGP, is a GP and GP trainer in Tramore, Co Waterford. He is the ICGP/HSE National Clinical lead for Asthma. He has a special interest in asthma and allergy and runs an allergy clinic in the practice. He is a group leader in the local CME.

Dr Sarah O’Connell

Dr Sarah O’Connell obtained her medical degree from University College Cork in 2007 and completed Higher Specialist Training in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2015. In 2018 she was awarded MD in Clinical Medicine in the area of Blood Borne Virus Screening and Disease Epidemiology with Trinity College Dublin. Dr O’Connell was awarded MRCPI in 2009 and FRCPI in 2018. She is Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School. She was appointed as Consultant in Infectious Disease and General Internal Medicine at University Hospital Limerick in 2017 and was appointed Associated Clinical Director in Medicine in 2019. She is currently the Regional Clinical Lead for the National OPAT Programme.

Dr O’Connell has undertaken partnered research involving a broad range of stakeholders including community health professionals, hospital physicians, policy makers and community organisations. She has published in the areas of novel blood borne virus screening strategies, HIV disease epidemiology and general infectious disease topics including babesiosis and tick-borne diseases. Her translational research and data submission has contributed to both National and International clinical practice guidelines including British HIV Association guidelines, NICE guidelines and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports. She is a member of the HSE National HIV Testing Guidelines steering committee. She was Clinical Lead for the Emergency Department Viral Screening Programme at St James Hospital, Dublin; the first screening programme of its kind internationally. Dr O’Connell has presented her research work widely at international conferences and was Invited Speaker at International lectures including the Liverpool Institute of Infection and Global Health 21st Century Research Seminar Series.

She led an Infectious Disease Quality Improvement Programme at St James’s Hospital in collaboration with Dartmouth University, New Hampshire and her clinical interests include the use of a quality improvement framework to develop a safe and effective clinical Infectious Disease service.

Dr Nuala O'Connor

Dr Nuala O Connor is the Irish College of General Practioners  Lead advisor on Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and Infection control. She is the Gp lead on the  Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control Division (AMRIC) of the Health Protection Surveillance center HPSC with linkages to wide range of multi-disciplinary groups all working toward the common goal of minimizing the risk of patients acquiring a Healthcare associated infection and keeping our current antibiotics effective for future generations through healthcare worker, community prescriber and public education. In 2020 this will have a dedicated community arm with more GP , community antimicrobial pharmacists , Infection control and microbiology expertise available to support antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in the community .  All of this working to implement Irelands first National One Health Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance #iNAP .

Information on all aspects of AMRIC including Gp and patient information leaflets on ‘superbugs’ such as CPE , links to Hand hygiene training options and much more can be found at

She chairs the expert advisory committee and co-ordinates the content groups or the Guidelines for Antimicrobial Prescribing for Primary Care in Ireland

 Patient education is key component of reducing antibiotic resistance and Dr O’ Connor was the main content developer for the popular patient self-help website for managing coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, earache, vomiting and diarrhea and rashes without antibiotics

She works  with HSE communications on the winter patient education campaigns and regularly represents both the ICGP and HSE on media related to this. 

She works in group general practice at Elmwood Medical Practice in Cork for the past 29 years. She has a very varied general practice population covering all ages but has special interest in Primary Care Dermatology and Women’s health.


Twitter: @drnuala 

Professor Colm O’Mahony

Prof Colm O’Mahony worked as a Consultant physician, dealing with sexually transmitted infections, HIV / AIDS.  He was also the Postgraduate Tutor, for 7 years.

He first qualified in Science (Microbiology) in 1975, and then went on to do Medicine, in the hope of putting off the day when he would finally have to work for a living!  He did an MD in Immunology, but he was never clever enough to become a “real proper GP doctor” and he liked talking to patients far too much to ever consider being a surgeon.  Fortuitously, he ended up in a VD Clinic in Sir Patrick Dunn’s Hospital in Dublin, doing a session, and there – like St Paul on the road to Damascus, enlightenment.  Here was just the job for your average repressed Irish Catholic.  There was sex, shame, guilt, anxiety, confession, forgiveness and penance.  He had found his niche!

He came to England in 1986 to explore the sexual diversity of Liverpool and finally to a Consultant post in Chester in 1990.  As Postgraduate Tutor he infuriated and delighted; exposing the farce of fund holding and ‘cynical’ governance. Mostly however, he showed that life without sex, love, passion and desire is no life - at all, at all.

He was elected as Chairman of the Association of GU Doctors in 2001 and to the British HIV Association executive committee in 2005.  He featured in “Sex, warts and all” shown on BBC Choice 2002. He featured in a Channel 4 series “Let’s talk sex” with Davina McCall.  In November 06 he featured in the “Girls’ Guide to 21st Century Sex” on Channel 5, (Repeated often!). He featured with Stephen Fry on BBC “HIV and me” 2008.

He was the chairman of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) media group and became chair of the EADV media committee in 2009. He was president of Chester and North Wales medical society 2013. He was the UK rep on the EADV.  He wrote a regular piece in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, entitled “Chester Chronicles” and an editorial “View from the frontline” in the INT J STD AIDS.  He has lectured extensively in Europe, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea and even in Jeddah, where apparently there are no STD’s…….

Appointed senior lecturer UOL September 2018, leading on professionalism. He was awarded Honorary Life Fellow of BASHH in 2019.

Dr Sally O’Shea

Sally O’Shea is a Consultant Dermatologist in the Mater Private Hospital Cork. She has a special interest in melanoma and pigmented lesions. She also runs a twice monthly Pigmented Lesion Clinic in the University Hospital Kerry and is a member of the Cork Melanoma Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). She completed Higher Specialist Training Scheme in Dermatology in Ireland and a Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Leeds. In 2017, she was awarded a PhD by the University of Leeds. In 2016, she and her colleagues set up the Yorkshire Dermoscopy Course.

Dr Diarmuid Quinlan

He graduated from UCC, undertook GP training in Kent, England, worked in Australia, before returning to Ireland. He  works at Woodview Family Doctors and is passionate about quality improvement and patient safety.

He is a  member of MPS Clinical Risk Management and Education team. He won the 2013 & 2018 ICGP "Quality in Practice" award. He is ICGP primary care lead for diabetes, and completed a Masters in Medical Law & Ethics in Edinburgh University in 2018. 

He is an online postgraduate DPD dermatology tutor in Cardiff University. He has an active interest in guideline enabled early use of isotretinoin for acne in GP, and seeks to collaborate with like minded physicians.

Dr David Paige

Dr David Paige trained at Cambridge University and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College. After completing medical training he commenced dermatology at St John’s Hospital for diseases of the skin in Leicester Square in 1989. He subsequently spent 2 years in laboratory research into the ichthyoses at Great Ormond Street Hospital working in lipid biology. He finished his training at St Mary’s Hospital London and Bristol Royal Infirmary before being appointed a consultant in 1995 at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals.

He established the paediatric dermatology service at The Royal London Hospital from 1996. He also runs specialist clinics for HIV - dermatology and male genital dermatoses. He contributes chapters to the Rook textbook of dermatology, the Rook textbook of pediatric dermatology and Kumar and Clark’s clinical medicine.

His research interests and publications are predominantly in the fields of ichthyosis and atopic eczema


He has previously been a member of the medical advisory board of the National Eczema Society and is the current chairman of the Ichthyosis Support Group.

Dr William Phillips

Bath Clinic

I trained in General Practice before studying Dermatology.  I was fortunate to be a Senior Registrar at St John's Institute of Dermatology and then a Consultant at the Royal Free Hospital in London and subsequently the Royal United Hospital, Bath. 

My special interests are dermatopathology and medical dermatology.

I am semi-retired, working in private practice as I have rheumatoid

Dr Ming Rawat

Ming is a fulfilled happy gp partner to Dr Mary Behan in Calderwood family clinic Drumcondra Dublin .She is the co-founder of the North Dublin city gp training program with Dr Auslin O’Carroll . As one of the educationally passionate PDT program directing team takes the training lead in the Dermatology module supported by Dr Patsy Lenane and her Mater dermatologist team .Ming really enjoys teaching dermatology and educating patients with their dermatology presentations. She has a higher diploma in Dermatology and continues her dermatology education by attending PCDS annual conferences, keeping up with the excellent GP forum dermatology input and is currently slowly getting upskilled in dermoscopy.

Dr Paul Ryan

Dr Paul Ryan is a GP based in Mayfield, Cork. He is the founder of Prescription Revision and GP Consult. He has recently launched Dermabuddy, a dermatology specific app for Irish GPs in partnership with the PCDSI and GPBuddy.

On Dermabuddy, GPs and Dermatologists can share their knowledge and experience to help solve dermatology issues. Images of skin conditions seen in everyday GP practice can be uploaded to the app.

Dr Julia Schofield

Julia Schofield, Consultant Dermatologist United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Principal Lecturer University of Hertfordshire


Julia grew up in Lincoln and trained in Medicine in Manchester. After completing GP training in Salford she decided to train in dermatology and completed Dermatology training in Hertfordshire and the Royal London Hospital. Julia was appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist in Hertfordshire in 1995. In 2006 she set up a Masters programme in Clinical Dermatology at the University of Hertfordshire which is the only multi-professional educational programme in dermatology of it’s type. The programme has been pivotal in the training and development of extended role practitioners, particularly nurse surgeons.


In 2008 Julia moved her NHS work to Lincolnshire choosing to return to the town of her childhood to support her elderly parents.


Julia has been very much involved in developing national guidance documents relating to service improvement in dermatology, in particular from 2003 to 2018 the development of guidance for GPwSI/ER. She is a trustee of the Psoriasis Association UK and was awarded an MBE for services to Dermatology in 2012.

Dr Jane Sterling

Dr Jane Sterling is a consultant in Dermatology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her particular areas of interest within Dermatology are infections of the skin and vulval disease.


Dr Sterling qualified and also trained in Dermatology in Cambridge. She has researched the pathology of Human Papillomavirus and has remained active in research with laboratory work in the Pathology Department. This research into the role of viruses in skin and genital diseases overlaps with an interest in disorders affecting the vulva and she has led multi-disciplinary vulval clinics for over 25 years.

Prof. Anne – Marie Tobin

Prof. Anne – Marie Tobin is dual-qualified in Medicine and Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin. Following completion of Specialist Registrar training in Dermatology Prof. Tobin undertook a Clinical Fellowship in Psoriasis in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and a PhD in Translational Medicine in UCD.
She then took up her consultant in Tallagh University Hospital in 2011. She was appointed Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme in Dermatology in 2014. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Medicine in Trinity College Dublin.
Prof. Tobin is involved in clinical research in psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and eczema.

Dr Shireen Velangi

Consultant Dermatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK


Shireen was born in Birmingham then studied Medicine at Edinburgh University. She trained in Dermatology in both Edinburgh and Newcastle Upon Tyne. In 2000, Shireen spent a 3 month period of training in vulval disease with Sallie Neill. She then continued to develop her interest, setting up a vulval service as a Consultant in Sunderland Royal Hospital and at the Birmingham Skin Centre, seeing both children and adults. Since moving to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) in 2015 she has set up a dedicated paediatric specialist vulval clinic at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and continues an adult vulval clinic at QEHB. She actively participates in the quarterly regional vulval meetings in the West Midlands to discuss difficult or interesting cases.


Areas of special interest:

Vulval disease, skin cancer and psoriasis

Research interests:

Member of the UK Dermatology Trials Network, the West Midland Vulval Neoplasia Study Group and Chair of the Dermatology Research Facilitation Group at QEHB


She is a member of the British and European Societies for the study of vulval disease and teaches within the field of vulval dermatology and skin cancer. She was President of the European College for the Study of Vulval Disease from 2012-2014 and hosted the 10th Congress of the ECSVD in Birmingham in September 2014.

Shireen is currently the West Midlands representative for the Clinical Services Unit of the BAD.

Dr Sarah Walsh

Dr Sarah Walsh is a consultant dermatologist working at King’s College Hospital in London. She completed her training in Ireland at University College Cork, and post-graduate training in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before migrating to the south-east of England for her consultant post, in search of drier weather for her tennis. Her primary clinical and research interest is severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR), and she is a contributing member of the UK severe drug reaction registry, SCAR UK. She has considerable clinical experience of caring for patients with severe drug reactions admitted to King’s, and has authored chapters on the topic in major textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and the Rook Textbook of Dermatology. She is the dermatologist responsible for the tertiary referral sarcoidosis service at King’s, working alongside respiratory, neurology, rheumatology and ophthalmology colleagues. She runs the female genital skin clinic. She is a member of the Guideline writing group for Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis at the British Association of Dermatologists, published in 2016. In 2016/2017, inspired by work done previously at Harvard Medical School, she, Chris Griffiths and Helen Young established very popular visual literacy courses for dermatology registrars in London and Manchester respectively. Encouraged by the response, they then organised a course for specialists in this same discipline under the auspices of the EADV. When not occupied with matters dermatological, she plays tennis fanatically, and is the mixed team captain at her tennis club in London. She is the dermatology representative on the organising committee of Doctors’ Updates, which organises a unique, multidisciplinary conference in Val d’Isere annually, for dermatologists, general practitioners, plastic surgeons, anaesthetists, orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists.

Dr Richard Watchorn

Dr Richard Watchorn a Consultant Dermatologist in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His clinical interests include inflammatory dermatology and genital dermatology. He has been participating in the male genital dermatology clinic in University College Hospital since 2016. He has co-authored a number of papers on the topic of male genital dermatology. He has also awarded an EADV Research Fellowship for his MD thesis investigating the pathogenesis of male genital lichen sclerosus.

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