Dermatologists are doctors who specialise in the study and treatment of diseases of the skin. Dermatologists treat patients with a wide range of different problems, and are often asked to advise other doctors on the care of their patients where skin problems are associated with a particular condition, or perhaps a side-effect of the medication. Most dermatologists will undertake at least some surgery. Some dermatologists may specialise further, for example in surgical care, allergies, or children’s skin disorders (paediatric dermatology).
Although there is no law governing who may use the title ‘dermatologist’ or ‘skin expert’ in the UK, a doctor described as a ‘consultant dermatologist’ or ‘dermatologist’ will be registered on the General Medical Council’s List of Registered Medical Practitioners. If they became an NHS consultant after 1 January 1997, they will also be registered on the Specialist register.