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Last updated: 10 Jun 2020
Dr Sarah Felton is on the General Medical Council's specialist register and is a Consultant dermatologist, Laser and Dermatological surgeon at the Oxford University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust. Her career began with an undergraduate education at the University of Cambridge where she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Physiology before receiving her medical degree from the University of Oxford. Her specialist dermatology training was in Manchester, leading to completion of the specialist certificate in dermatology through the Royal College of Physicians and British Association of Dermatologists.
Dr Felton is one of a small group of UK dermatologists to have completed a procedural dermatology fellowship in the USA. This was based at the world-renowned University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and provided extensive training in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, in addition to the latest cosmetic treatments. Her main focus is Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialised technique for the removal of skin tumours, making her one of the few Mohs surgeons in the UK who has completed advanced training in Mohs micrographic surgery which is certified by The American College of Mohs Surgery. She has also experienced working in other healthcare systems including Harvard Medical School, Charles University in Prague and the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dr Felton has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the British Association of Dermatologists, the American Academy of Dermatology, the European Laser Association and the European Society of Contact Dermatitis. She has published extensively in the field of dermatology and has additionally co-authored book chapters on skin cancer and improving cosmetic outcomes after skin surgery.
Her research interests include the effects of sunlight on the skin both in terms of photosensitivity disorders and skin cancer, leading to the award of an M.D. degree. She is the clinical lead for laser surgery and photosensitivity and supervises the training of dermatologists in general dermatology, skin cancer assessment and skin surgery.
Areas of interest
Skin conditions; General dermatology; Acne; Basal cell carcinoma; Botulinum toxin therapy; Cosmetic dermatology; Cryotherapy; Dermatological Surgery; Eczema; Excision of Skin Lesion; Fungal Infections; Laser surgery; Melanoma; Mohs Micrographic Surgery; Mole Assessment;
Mole Removal; Paediatric dermatology including birthmarks; Photodynamic Therapy; Photosensitivity; Pigmented Lesions; Psoriasis; Rodent Ulcer; Rosacea; Skin Assessment Clinic;
Skin Cancer; Skin Lesions; Skin Rash; Skin Surgery; Squamous cell carcinoma; Warts;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Dermatologist, Laser and Dermatologic Surgeon,
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Effects of sunlight on the skin (leading to M.D. Postgraduate Degree, University of Manchester)
European Laser Association
European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology
European Society for Photobiology
British Medical Laser Association
British Society for Dermatological Surgery
Women in Medicine Foundation
Concurrent beneficial and hazardous impact of repeated low-level summer sunlight exposures. Br J Dermatol. 2016 in press
Excision Margins for Melanoma In Situ on the Head and Neck. Dermatol Surg. 2016;42:327-34
The significant health threat from tanning bed use as a self-treatment for psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016;74:1015-7
Spontaneous bruising overlying a subcutaneous swelling: Pleomorphic hyalinising angiectatic tumor (PHAT), a relatively new entity of intermediate malignancy. Int J Dermatol 2015;2:204-6
Sunlight exposure behaviour and vitamin D status in photosensitive patients: longitudinal comparative study with healthy individuals at UK latitude. Br J Dermatol 2014;171:1478-86
Patch testing for vulval symptoms: Our experience in 282 patients. Clin Exp Dermatol 2014;39:439-42
Our experience of the treatment of Naeuvs of Ota with 1064, 755 and 532nm wavelength lasers. Lasers Med Sci 2014;29:1745-9
Severe back pain in a young patient with pyoderma gangrenosum and Crohn’s disease controlled with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy: sterile osteomyelitis. Dermatol Ther 2014;4:137-40
Voriconazole-induced photosensitivity: photobiological assessment of a case series of 12 patients. Br J Dermatol 2013;168:179-85
Allergic contact dermatitis to benzoyl peroxide within topical acne preparations: An under-reported allergen? Dermatitis 2013;24:146-7
Facial and upper body papules in a patient with a family history of recurrent pneumothorax. JAMA 2012;308:2622-3
Multiple cutaneous swellings associated with sudden collapse. JAMA 2012; 308:1685-6
Ultraviolet Radiation-Induced Upregulation of Antimicrobial Proteins in Health and Disease. Photochem Photobiol Sci 2012;12:29-36
Peristomal and Generalized Bullous Pemphigoid in Patients with Underlying Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is Plectin the Missing Link? Ostomy Wound Manag 2012;58:34–38
Recommended summer sunlight exposure amounts fail to produce sufficient vitamin D status in UK adults of South Asian origin. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94:1219-24
Congenital linear Becker’s nevus, with underlying breast hypoplasia that spontaneously corrected during pregnancy: role of androgen receptors. Clin Trials J 2012;2-4
Cutaneous erosions: an under-recognized and rare side effect of methotrexate treatment J Clin Exp Dermatol Res 2012;S6
Management of the inoperable skin cancer. Atlas of Surgery for Facial Cancer.Thieme International.
Mohs and Cutaneous Surgery, Maximizing Aesthetic Outcomes CRC Press 2014.
Courses offered to GPs
Treatment of premalignant and malignant skin lesions
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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An 11-item questionnaire to measure both the outcomes and experience during a treatment episode has been developed and validated. This was adapted to assess patients’ overall satisfaction with Mohs surgery in my department and 100 consecutive patients were sampled anonymously: 95% rated the outcome of treatment as excellent, very good or good. For 87% of patients Mohs surgery was extremely or very helpful in dealing with the problem. 94% stated being involved in decisions regarding their care as much as they wanted. 98% felt staff provided clear answers to queries.
Reference number 6128221
Affiliations / memberships
British Association of Dermatologists
British Society for Dermatology Surgery
British Medical Laser Association
British Cosmetic Dermatology Group
Royal College of Physicians
American College of Mohs Surgery
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Heather Witoszynski 01865 228222
Lorraine Long 01865 228225
Dermatology Theatre 01865 228214
Out of Hours: Churchill Hospital Switchboard on 0300 304 7777 who will contact Dr Felton or on call dermatologist as appropriate