Enquiries: 01305 251150


Updated 17 February 2021


Dr Saleem Taibjee

Dermatology and Dermatopathology

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

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 and 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 and Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist at Birmingham Children's Hospital from 2007-13. In 2013, I gave up sessions at Univ Hospital Birmingham to work as Consultant Dermatopathologist at Univ Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

We made a family move to Dorset in 2013 where I took up a split post as Consultant Dermatologist (and 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
Dermatopathology (Skin Histopathology)
Member of various professional groups including:
British Association of Dermatologists
European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
British Society for Paediatric Dermatology
British Society for Dermatopathology (past-Secretary)
British Society of Dermatological Surgery
British Hair and Nail Society
Royal College of Pathologists (member of Specialist advisory committee for Dermatopathology & Senior Examiner)
International Society of Dermatopathology
Dowling Club
Steering group of National Specialist Dermatopathology External Quality Assurance Scheme
Previous: Steering Group member of UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network

New treatments introduced
As Clinical Lead in Dermatology, I have an ongoing role in developing all aspects of the Dermatology service given the previous hiatus of consultant dermatologists in preceding years. This has included recruiting additional members of the team and the development of specialist services provided within the department including Dermatological Surgery, Phototherapy, Photodynamic therapy, Iontophoresis, Botulinum toxin treatment for hyperhidrosis, etc.

I have set up the Paediatric Dermatology service, with dedicated clinics running in the Children's Centre, supported by a Paediatric Dermatology nurse specialist.

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 Wed AM
Paediatric Dermatology, Children's Centre,  Dorset County Hospital Tuesday PM once every 4 weeks
General Dermatology, Blandford Community Hospital Thursday AM once every 4 weeks

01305 255361 (secretary)
If GPs require advice, I may be contacted by email on saleem.taibjee@dchft.nhs.uk or via my secretary +DermatologySecretaries@dchft.nhs.uk

Key members of the team
Julie Knight, Matron, Dermatology service
Heather Durrant, Secretarial Team leader
Skin cancer nurse specialists: Tess Thomas, Lynn Billett, Sharon Cocker
General Dermatology nurse specialists: Hazel Thomas, Lisa Green


Dr Dimitra Koch


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

I trained at the University of Cologne in Germany and Birmingham Medical School and completed my junior doctor training in the West Midlands. I was awarded a Medical Doctorate (MD) in 2002 at the University in Cologne, Germany in the field of immunotherapy for cancer treatment.

My Specialist Training in Dermatology was completed during 2006 -2012 in the Greater Manchester Area and in the West Midlands.

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 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 provide advice within the setting of a virtual vulval disease Multi-Disciplinary-Team (MDT); an initiative set up in conjunction with the Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) service and the Trust's Gynaecology and Histopathology services.

Skin Lymphoma: I see patients with Skin Lymphoma in cooperation with the Haematology Team and other clinicians with a specialist interest in Skin Lymphoma within the region, and the tertiary referral Skin Lymphoma Unit at St Johns Institute of Dermatology in London.

Advice and guidance service for Primary Care Clinicians: As a team we have set up this service for Primary Care clinicians within the Trust's catchment area.

General Dermatology (including Skin cancer and Inflammatory dermatoses), Dorset County Hospital:  Monday & Wednesday AM, Tuesday PM; dates vary

Skin Surgery, Dorset County Hospital, Monday & Thursday AM; dates vary

I work part-time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Dorchester County Hospital: 01305 251150; ask for Dermatology Department

Key members of the team
Julie Knight, Matron for Specialist Medicine
Hazel Thomas, Dermatology Nurse Specialist
Lisa Green, Dermatology Nurse Specialist
Tess Thomas, Skin cancer Nurse Specialist
Lynn Billett, Associate Skin Cancer Nurse


Dr Alvin Lee


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery MBBS (HK) 2002
Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology PGDPD (Card.) 2004
Master of Science in Clinical Dermatology MSc (Lond.) 2005
Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene DTM&H (Lond.) 2006
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians MRCP (UK) 2009
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology PGDipDerm (Glas.) 2012
Specialty Certificate Examination in Dermatology MRCP (UK) (Dermatology) 2010
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Dermatology 2014

Dr Alvin Lee qualified medically in 2002 and is a UK trained (CCT) dermatologist. He studied and obtained his Master of Science in Clinical Dermatology in 2005, under King's College London, at the prestigious St John's Institute of Dermatology.

During the development of his career in dermatology, he obtained a number of dermatology qualifications covering various academic levels in the discipline and was an undergraduate examiner for Queen Mary University of London and King's College University of London. He has given lectures on acne, atopic eczema and skin cancer for medical students as well as online tutorial for General Practitioners internationally.

Since the completion of dermatology training (Wessex rotation) in 2014, Dr Alvin Lee has worked as a consultant dermatologist in many secondary and tertiary dermatology centres. He was previously appointed as a substantive Consultant Dermatologists in King's College Hospital 2017-2019 and has relocated to Dorset in 2019. He is currently employed by the Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a Substantive NHS Consultant Dermatologist.

Dr Alvin Lee is experienced in providing dermatological consultation and management in general dermatology, skin cancers, mole checks via in person clinical consultation and online consultation (teledermatology).

He is member of the British Association of Dermatologists, International Society of Dermatopathology, British Society of Dermatopathology, Royal College of Physicians, British Medical Association and Royal Society of Medicine.

Special interests
General dermatology, mole screening, skin cancer and cutaneous surgery

DCH Clinical activity (clinics or surgery)
Monday and Friday AM and Tuesday PM

01305 251150

Key members of the team
Julie Knight, Lead Dermatology Nurse/Matron
Hazel Thomas, Junior Sister
Lisa Green, Junior Sister
Tess Thomas, Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist
Lynn Billett, Associate Skin Cancer Nurse


Dr Marina Subnikova


1995 MD

Qualified in Europe as a dermatologist. I have worked at DCH since 2015.

Special interests
Skin cancer
Surgery in dermatology
Establishing future patch testing service

Outpatients Department, Tuesday to Friday

Secretary Helen Damen
Helen.Damen@dchft.nhs.uk or 01305 255118