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The Leicester Dermatology Team.

Dr Robert Burd  GMC: 3331956

Consultant Dermatologist

MB ChB Leicester 1990

 I graduated from the Leicester University Medical School in 1990 and subsequently completed my general professional training in internal medicine before entering higher specialist training in dermatology.

My Dermatology training occurred in multiple centres: Amersham, Leeds, York and finally back in Leicester. Following completion of my training I took up a consultant post at The Hospital of St Cross, Rugby before being invited back to lead the dermatological surgery and laser service here at UHL.

My areas of specialist interest include cutaneous oncology, both the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of skin malignancies. I have responsibility for the cutaneous laser service in Leicestershire.  I also do general adult and paediatric clinics, mainly in peripheral sites in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.

I Chair the Leicester based multi-disciplinary skin cancer team which provides specialist services to both Leicester patients as well as those from Northamptonshire and parts of Lincolnshire. Currently I am the Head of Service for the dermatology team based here in Leicester at UHL

Dr Robert Burd
Dr Robert Burd
Dr Karen Harman GMC: 3591411

Consultant Dermatologist

MB 1992 University of Cambridge

I studied pre-clinical medicine at Oxford University and graduated with a first class degree. Thereafter, I studied clinical medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Upon completing general professional training in general (internal) medicine in Cambridge, I moved to London for specialist training in dermatology. I was a specialist registrar at the St Johns Institute of Dermatology and Kings College Hospital. I also spent two years in research at the St Johns Institute, investigating autoimmune blistering disorders. This led to a doctorate thesis and I was awarded a DM degree from Oxford University in 2002.

I was appointed Consultant Dermatologist at University Hospitals of Leicester in 2002. I am also a section editor for the British Journal of Dermatology.

I have a particular interest in autoimmune skin disease and paediatric dermatology.

Dr Ingrid Helbling  GMC: 6094093

Consultant Dermatologist

D Med 1994 Universidad de la Republica del Uruguay

My post at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) is based at the adult dermatology outpatients department, where I do general dermatology clinics, skin cancer screening clinics and skin surgery. I am one of the two consultant dermatologists leading the paediatric dermatology service at LRI. 

I am a Committee Member of the National Undergraduate Dermatology Teachers Group of the British Association of Dermatologists. I have been Tutor of Online sessions and Examiner on Cardiff's Diploma in Practical Dermatology since 2004.

Dr Ingrid Helbling
Dr Ingrid Helbling
Dr Graham Johnston GMC: 3490558

Consultant Dermatologist

MB ChB 1991 University of Manchester

I have been a consultant dermatologist for 15 years and I am trained and active in all areas of dermatological practice.  I am an expert in the investigation and treatment of dermatitis and eczema. I perform patch testing for the investigation of suspected allergic dermatitis both for patients with allergy to personal products and those with occupational disease. I am also fully trained and experienced in the treatment of skin lesions and skin cancer.

In addition to my full time clinical work, I have recently been appointed an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester. I am the Clinical Lead in a £2.4million Medical Research Council funded study of a new scar treatment. I am Principle Investigator on three national studies into new treatment of skin disease. I was a systematic reviewer for a major study by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation Working Group on Occupational Contact Dermatitis and Urticaria 2010. I was invited as a Clinical Expert by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2009 to advise on a new tablet, alitretinion, for severe eczema.

I have received the following Awards: Medical Research Council Wound Healing Grant in 2015, UK Clinical Research Network funding in 2009, The British Skin Foundation Small Grant Award in 2005, The British Association of Dermatologists Travel Fellowship and The Royal Society of Medicine Wallace Essay Prize in 2000 and The Sanofi-Winthrop Foundation Small Grants Award on 1997.

Dr Graham Johnston
Dr Graham Johnston
Dr John McKenna GMC: 4613923

Consultant Dermatologist

MB ChB 1999 University of Glasgow

I am a Consultant Dermatologist experienced in the diagnosis and care of all aspects of skin problems. I have particular expertise in the early diagnosis and the surgical management of skin cancers. 

I graduated from Glasgow University. I completed my specialist dermatology training in Belfast where I was involved in research to improve computed assisted diagnosis of melanoma. I then went on to train in additional advanced dermatological surgery, lasers, and Mohs micrographic surgery for complex skin cancers in St Thomas' Hospital, London. I am one of only a few consultants in the UK that have completed a prestigious Mohs Micrographic Surgery training fellowship in addition to their general dermatology training.

I moved to Leicester in July 2008 after being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist with a specialist interest in dermatological surgery and skin cancer at Leicester Royal Infirmary. I quickly set up a much needed Mohs Micrographic Surgery service permitting access to this specialised treatment to patients across the region.

I am the Deputy Lead for the Comprehensive Local Research Network for Leicester, Northampton, and Rutland. I promote research and recruit to several national research studies, particularly in Psoriasis and Acne. I am also a collaborator in on-going research into Keloid scarring and experimental medical imaging of Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Dr John McKenna
Dr John McKenna
Dr Helen Cooper GMC: 3565689

Associate Specialist in Dermatology

MB ChB 1992 University of Birmingham

I originally trained as a GP before moving into Dermatology. I see patients with a wide range of skin conditions, and have a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. I work at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Hinckley Hospital.


Dr Andrew Sharp GMC: 2496993

Speciality Doctor in Dermatological Surgery

MB BS 1979 University of London; FRCGP FRCS(Edin)

 I qualified from St Thomas's Hospital, London, in 1979. After completing my surgical fellowship exams I worked in Zimbabwe. On returning to the UK I combined general practice with a speciality post in general surgery before joining the Department of Dermatology in 2013 to carry out skin surgery.


Dr Andrew Sharp
Dr Andrew Sharp
Registrars and Clinical Fellows

As a teaching hospital we are responsible for training the next generation of dermatologists. We have 7 registrars and 2 clinical fellows working in the department. All are fully qualified doctors who are undertaking specialist training in diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. They are supervised by our team of consultants and associate specialists.

Clinical Nurse Specialists ( Dermatology)

We have a team of experienced Nurse Specialists who run clinics, perform biopsies and provide support to patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer. Some are also involved in our national and international research projects.