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Dr Hywel Cooper has just stepped down as Clinical lead after almost 7 years and continues as Research lead for Dermatology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust one of the busiest NHS dermatology departments in the country.
Dr Cooper graduated in 1996 with a distinction in primary BM at Southampton Medical School and obtaining an additional BioMedical Science degree in 1995. He holds an international diploma in Acupuncture from Changchun University Medical School, China in 1992.
Having gained his MRCP in 2000 he began his career specialising in dermatology that year. Dr Cooper spent 2 years undertaking laboratory based and clinical research into who and why people get reactions to medications with publications in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Cooper specialises in skin disease including skin cancer, chronic skin disease, connective tissue diseases, lesion diagnosis and drug allergy. He performs skin surgery including skin cancer and lesion excision, skin lesion and rash diagnosis as well as injection treatment for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating).
Areas of interest
Skin tumours / cancer / oncology;
Cosmetic skin lesions;
Medical skin conditions;
Allergies and the skin
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Dermatologist and outgoing Clinical Director in Dermatology for Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
Research Lead, Dermatology Portsmouth NHS Trust
Dermatology pharmacy lead, Portsmouth NHS Trust
Drug allergy and hypersensitivity,
Sun damage / solar (actinic) keratosis,
Principle Investigator in current clinical trials into; Psoriasis, Acne, Eczema and Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Golf, squash, music
Primary BM Distinction
Conference presentation awards
(Additional) Languages spoken
- French - Basic
Example publications (incomplete list)
1. A guide to anticoagulation during cutaneous surgery - Clin Exp Dermatol 35, 817-822, 2. Dariers disease with photodynamic therapy - Aust Journ Dermatol 51, 32-35, 3. The cutaneous redox barrier; J Immunol 183; 7576-7584, 4. Investigation of the mechanisms of underlying T-cell response - JID 127,630-637, 5. An unusual conjugal drug hypersensitivity - New Engand Journal of Medicine 359(14):1524-6)
Courses offered to GPs
Skin Lesions / Skin Cancer optimising primary care management
Dermatolgy in a primary care setting
Common skin conditions
Potentials for referral management in dermatology, How to safely reduce referrals
Allergy and the Skin - when and how to refer / investigate.
Dr Cooper audited surgical excision rates demonstrating 100% complete excision rates in cases of skin cancer as part of his 2019 appraisal process.
Dr Cooper has received excellent positive feedback via both Royal College and General medical counsel patient feedback as well as colleague / peer 360 multisource feedback. (part of appraisal and revalidation with General Medical Counsel and Royal College of Physicians - March 2017)
He has been offered Fellowship to the Royal College of Physicians
- Batchelor Medicine BM University of Southampton 1996
- Biomedical Science BMedSci University of Southampton 1995
- Member Royal College Physicians MRCP Royla College Physicians London 2001
- International Diploma Acupuncture Changchun University, China 1992
Reference number 4318187
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Clinical Director (Dermatology) Portsmouth Hospitals trust 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- MRCP Derm, 2009
Affiliations / memberships
British Association Dermatologists
Member Royal College Physicians
- Spire Portsmouth Hospital, PO9 5NP
- 14:00 - 19:00
- 023 9236 1925
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