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Dr Tess McPherson is a Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer (Oxford University Hospitals). She runs the paediatric dermatology service in Oxford. Her particular areas of specialism are Paediatric Dermatology, Adolescent Dermatology, General Dermatology, Atopic Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Psycho-Dermatology and Medical Student Education (Clinical Tutor for the undergraduate dermatology course).
Dr McPherson trained at Cambridge University and London at the Imperial College School of Medicine where she graduated with honours and was awarded the medicine prize for undergraduates. She has lived and worked in Guyana, South America and the United States. In Guyana she worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop improved skin care and treatment programmes for patients with elephantiasis and worked with patients with leprosy.
She subsequently continued her specialist dermatology training at the University of Oxford as an Academic Clinical Lecturer, where she combined clinical training with immunological research into Atopic Eczema at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM). She further specialised in Paediatric Dermatology with a fellowship at Birmingham’s Children's Hospital.
Her current research interests include Atopic Eczema and patient experiences of skin disease. She is the lead clinician on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which has established a web resource for young adults with skin disease (healthtalk.org.uk). She has set up an award winning specialist service for young people with skin disease with psychological support. She teaches at the University of Oxford, national courses on paediatric dermatology and is regularly invited to talk at conferences. She has been on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Dermatology (BSPD) since 2015 and is president elect (2020).
Areas of interest
Paediatric dermatology; Teenage and young adult dermatology; Eczema; Psoriasis; Acne; Cutaneous warts and molluscum; General dermatology
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Dermatologist. Senior Lecturer Oxford University. Clinical Tutor Dermatology
Atopic Eczema. Paediatic dermatology, Adolescent dermatology, Patient involvement and experience, Psychodermatology,
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National Clinical Excellence award 2019
BMJ Team of the year shortlisted 2017
Website - healthtalk.org Patient information award
Courses offered to GPs
Regular educational talks and seminars to GP including paediatric dermatology, atopic eczema, psoriasis, acne, vascular anomolies.
- Specilaty Certificate in Dermatology British Association of Dermatology 2010
- Doctor of Medicine (Dermatology) MD Cambridge University 2005
- FRCP London 2017
- MBBS (Honours and Medicine Prize) Imperial College 1997
- MA Cambridge University 1994
Reference number 4418575
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Executive Committee Member British Society of Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD) 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Dermatology, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
BAD, BSPD, MPS, RCP, RSM
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.