Speakers

Dr Sharon Belmo

Dr Sharon Belmo is a London based Consultant Dermatologist. Her specialist interests are skin of colour and hair loss, and she is a passionate advocate for diversity in medicine. Dr Belmo obtained her medical degree from the University of Dundee in 2006 and completed dermatology specialist training in Nottingham, 2016. Following this, she underwent an ethnic skin and hair observership in Paris, before settling in London. She is the clinical lead of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology Skin of Colour Resource in which she launched in 2016. Dr Belmo is particularly interested in afro-textured hair and is the medical advisor to the CARF UK CCCA support group.

Professor Olivier Chosidow

Olivier CHOSIDOW is Professor of Dermatology and past chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University Paris-est Creteil, Henri Mondor Hospital, Creteil, France. Dermatologist since 1987, he obtained his PhD in clinical pharmacology in 1995 and graduated in clinical epidemiology in 1997. He was President of the French Society of Dermatology in 2013-2014, is an external advisor of the ILDS-WHO committee, belongs to the IACS (International Alliance for the Control of Scabies) steering committee, and is an ISD board member. He received an EADV clinical care award in 2015 and an ILDS certificate of appreciation in 2016. 

He is involved in Emergency Dermatology (since his internship in the Creteil skin ICU), Skin Infectious Diseases, including necrotizing fasciitis and scabies, and Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions to Drugs (SCARs). He is heading numerous randomized clinical trials -mostly academic, granted by the French Ministry of Health- and observational studies in the field, accordingly. As a clinician researcher, he authored more than 550 articles, including NEJM, Lancet/Lancet ID, BMJ, JAAD, JAMA Derm, BJD, JID, IJD, …, and delivered around 580 talks at the national, European and international level.

Prof. Chris Bunker MA MD FRCP AGM

Chris Bunker is an NHS Consultant Dermatologist at University College and Chelsea & Westminster, Hospitals, London.  

Prof. Bunker has a Personal Chair at both Imperial College and University College, London.  

He was educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and Westminster Medical School, London and trained in General Medicine in Derby, Oxford and London.  He underwent specialist training in Dermatology at The Middlesex and University College Hospitals, London.  He was awarded the Cambridge University Sir Walter Langdon-Brown prize for his MD thesis.

Prof. Bunker is a Past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists (2012-14), St John’s Hospital Dermatological Society, the Dermatology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Dowling Club.  He has delivered the Royal College of Physicians Ingram Lecture (twice), the Dowling Oration and the Neil Smith Lecture.  Over 30 years he has given over 300 invited lectures.

He is currently the Secretary of the British Skin Foundation and the Treasurer of the Dowling Club.  He has been an Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin at the Palace of Westminster (the UK Government) for nearly 30 years.

Prof. Bunker is a general Dermatologist with 30 years’ experience as a Consultant in teaching hospitals and has trained over 120 other Consultants and taught thousands of medical students.  He has published over 390 papers, case reports, books and chapters in books.  His clinical and research interests include male genital dermatoses, complex medical and inpatient Dermatology (including severe drug reactions and TEN), melanoma, and HIV Dermatology.  He has published ~380 papers, books, chapters, case reports and letters.  His research metrics are: h-index 43; i10-index 171; citations ~8000.  According to Google Scholar, Prof Bunker is the sixth most cited UK Dermatologist in the world; those in the UK ‘ahead’ of him are, or were, all full-time, salaried university academics.  Recently, he has established an innovative e-publishing venture (Bruce Shrink Ltd.) for the commissioning, sale and dissemination of medical and academic textbooks. 

Prof. Bunker has received a National Silver Clinical Excellence Award from the NHS.  In 2019 he was awarded the Sir Archibald Gray Medal by the British Association of Dermatologists – its ultimate accolade for outstanding contributions to British Dermatology.

Internationally, Prof. Bunker ‘s standing has been recognised by election to the illustrious American Dermatological Association (2008) and European Dermatology Forum (2013).  He is also an Honorary elected Member of Honorary Member of the Société Francaise de Dermatologie (2020)