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Dr Saleem Taibjee

Qualifications:
Intercalated Bachelor of Medical Science BMedSci, Birmingham 1995
Batchelor of Medicine and Surgery MB BCh, Birmingham 1998
Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health MRCPCH 2001
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Dermatology 2007
Diploma in Dermatopathology DipRCPath, Royal College of Pathologists 2007

Background:
I trained at Birmingham Medical School and undertook junior doctor training in the West Midlands and Bedfordshire, passing the Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health examination.
I undertook Specialist training in Dermatology on the West Midlands rotation from 2003-7.
I undertook additional training in Dermatopathology (Skin Histopathology) during my Dermatology training. I am one of very few Dermatologists successfully passing the Diploma in Dermatopathology examination (set at expert level), and one of even fewer (<5) UK Dermatologists regularly reporting Skin Histopathology cases as part of routine clinical work.
I previously worked as a Consultant Dermatologist in the W Midlands, at University Hospital Birmingham from 2007-9, Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital from 2007-13 and Consultant Dermatopathologist at Univ Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire from 2009-13.
We made a family move to Dorset in 2013 where I took up a split post as Consultant Dermatologist (& Clinical Lead) and Consultant Dermatopathologist at Dorset County Hospital, allowing me to combine my professional interests.

Special Interests:
All aspects of Dermatology including Skin Cancer, Inflammatory Skin Diseases
Paediatric Dermatology, including laser treatment of birthmarks
Dermatopathology (Skin Histopathology)
Member of various professional groups including: British Association of Dermatologists, British Society for Paediatric Dermatology, British Society for Dermatopathology, British Society of Dermatological Surgery, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, Royal College of Pathologists, International Society of Dermatopathology, Dowling Club, British Hair & Nail Society
Royal College of Pathologists Dermatopathology Specialist Advisory Committee, Past member of Steering Group of UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network, Past-Secretary of British Society for Dermatopathology

New Treatments Introduced:
As Clinical Lead in Dermatology, I have an ongoing role in developing all aspects of the Dermatology service given the hiatus of consultant dermatologists in West Dorset in recent years. This has included recruiting additional members of the team and the development of specialist services within the department including Dermatological Surgery for Skin Cancer.
I have set up the Paediatric Dermatology service, with dedicated clinics running in the Children’s Centre, supported by our nurse specialist, Ann Kirby.

Clinics:
General Dermatology (including Skin cancer and Inflammatory dermatoses), Dorset County Hospital Monday AM
General Dermatology, Dorset County Hospital Tuesday PM
Dermatological Surgery, including Skin Cancer, Dorset County Hospital Wednesday AM
Paediatric Dermatology, Children’s Centre,  Dorset County Hospital Tuesday PM once per month
General Dermatology, Blandford Community Hospital Thursday AM once per month

Contact:
01305 255361 (secretary)
I may be contacted by email on saleem.taibjee@dchft.nhs.uk or via my secretary for GP advice

Key members of the team:
Consultant Dermatologists: Dr Dimitra Koch & Dr Jibu Varghese
Associate specialist doctors: Dr Cecilia Grossmith & Dr Tim Harley
Barbara Burgess, lead dermatology specialist nurse
Ann Kirby, lead paediatric dermatology specialist nurse
Tess Thomas, Skin cancer nurse specialist
Jenny Ferreira, Secretary and administrator

 

Dr Dimitra Koch

Qualifications:
German National State Medical Examination, University of Cologne, Germany 2000
Medical Doctorate (MD), University of Cologne, Germany 2002
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), London 2004
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Dermatology 2011

Background:
I trained at the University of Cologne in Germany and Birmingham Medical School and completed my junior doctor training in the West Midlands.

I undertook my Specialist Training in Dermatology on the North Western Rotation in the Greater Manchester Area from 2006-2008, and on the West Midlands Rotation from 2008-2012.

During my Dermatology Training I undertook additional training in the following areas: skin surgery, management of skin lymphoma, vulval skin disease and patch testing for skin contact allergies.

In 2013 we made a family move to Dorset, where I took up my substantive appointment as Consultant Dermatologist at Dorset County Hospital.

Special Interests:
All aspects of Dermatology
Skin surgery and management of Skin Cancer including Skin Lymphoma
Vulval Dermatoses
I am a member of various professional groups including: British Association of Dermatologists, British Society of Dermatological Surgery, British Society for Medical Dermatology, British Society for Dermatopathology, UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network, Dowling Club

New treatments/service developments introduced:
Dermatological Surgery: As a team we have introduced and developed this specialist service in the department and the Trust.

Vulval Skin disease: I see patients with vulval dermatoses and take part in a virtual vulval disease MDT; an initiative set up in conjunction with the hospital's GUM, Gynaecology and Histopathology services.

Skin Lymphoma: I see patients with Skin Lymphoma in cooperation with Dr Akeel Moosa, Consultant Haematologist and the Skin Lymphoma Unit at St Johns Institute of Dermatology in London.

Stoma dermatoses: I see patients with skin changes affecting the skin around a stoma

Clinics:
General Dermatology (including Skin cancer and Inflammatory dermatoses), Dorset County Hospital, Monday & Tuesday PM

Skin Surgery, Dorset County Hospital, Monday AM, Thursday AM and PM, dates vary

Skin Surgery, Weymouth Community Hospital, Tuesday PM once per month

I work part-time with clinics on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Contact:
01305 255361 (secretary)

If GPs require advice I may be contacted by email on dimitra.koch@dchft.nhs.uk or via my secretary

Key nurse members of team:
Barbara Burgess, lead dermatology specialist nurse
Ann Kirby, lead paediatric dermatology specialist nurse
Tess Thomas, Skin cancer nurse specialist

 

Dr Jibu Varghese

Qualifications:
• MBBS
• DVD
• DDSc
• MSc
• MRCP (UK)
• MRCP (Derm)

Background:
Dermatologist and MOHS surgeon.

Dr Varghese completed dermatology training in the South West and underwent intensive training in skin cancer surgery with special interest in MOHS micro graphic surgery from University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

His main hospital practice is the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, undertaking laser treatments and MOHS micrographic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and general dermatology consultation. His special interests are in skin cancers, surgical treatment of skin diseases, dermoscopy, biologics in psoriasis, Hair disorders and inflammatory dermatosis.

Dr Varghese is actively involved in teaching undergraduates, post graduates, nurses, specialist registrars, General Practioners and General Practioners with special interest in dermatology.

He is a regular lecturer for both Cardiff diploma and post graduate dermatology courses. Has been a guest speaker at several international and national meetings. His research interest includes skin cancer, laser treatments and skin barrier function. Has published his research work in journals and has contributed in a text book chapter.

Dr Varghese is a member of The  Royal College of Physicians, British Academy of Dermatology, British Society of Dermatology surgery, European Academy of Dermatology, UK Clinical Networks group, British Medical Association and Indian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Contact:
01305 255103