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I initially trained in dermatology in India and I have been working as a SAS doctor in Dermatology at Milton Keynes university hospital for the last 10 years. I am currently working as an Associate Specialist and as an acting consultant and clinical lead for
Dermatology at Milton Keynes University hospital. I qualified in Medicine from India in 1995 and subsequently did a postgraduate diploma in dermatology followed by MD in dermatology.
My special interest is in skin cancer surgery mainly over the head and neck and I also practice general dermatology. I love my job as an associate specialist which gives me an opportunity to be independent and also has helped me to take charge of my own professional development over the years. My current role as a clinical lead has been quite challenging and has given me an excellent opportunity and valuable experience in clinical management.

I have been a member of the BAD SAS subcommittee for the last 2 years and proud of the work that we do. Working for the subcommittee has given me a chance to contribute towards raising the awareness about the SAS grade and the excellent work we do and I would continue to strive towards supporting my colleagues in their career progression.


I started my professional career as a job sharing GP, but had an interest in dermatology at the outset doing 2 sessions a week as a Clinical Assistant for 5years.
In 1999 I swapped to a full time secondary care post as a Staff Grade, which was regraded into an Associate Specialist post in 2002.
I have found the SAS role very rewarding as it allows me to be heavily involved in direct patient care without getting bogged down by bureaucracy.

I am a clinical lead in the patch testing & phototherapy service in my department and have also been involved in numerous committees nationally including: the SAS subcommittee of the BAD; the dermatology council for Wales; the Welsh dermatology forum phototherapy subcommittee of the BAD; and the conference & events committee of the BAD, for which I am SAS representative. The latter role commenced following the initiation of the pre-conference SAS educational session, which is growing in strength. I have been involved with the organisation of the Clinical Dermatology Update (CDU) for SAS doctors since its inception and am very proud of the continued success of this conference in its tenth anniversary year.
Currently I am co-opted onto the BAD SAS subcommittee to report on the educational content of the aforementioned National educational programmes for SAS doctors.

I would strongly urge you to become involved with the committees work, should the opportunity arise, as it is does allow you to make a difference and adds another dimension to your career.

Dr Asha Rajeev  ( SAS committee website co-ordinator) 

I qualified as a dermatologist by completing three years M.D in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy at Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala, India, 1996-1999. Since then I had further training as a cosmetic dermatologist at Bangalore, India for one and a half years. I successfully completed the Dip. N.B exam in 2001. After working as a general physician for 2 years, I was appointed as a Senior lecturer in dermatology at Medical College, Calicut. I came to England in 2006, completed my MRCP and joined as a speciality doctor in dermatology at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation trust. I am currently the audit lead and interim phototherapy lead for the department in addition to my 10 PA job. I joined the BAD SAS sub-committee last year as one of my colleagues had to retire. I have found this group very inspiring, attentive to the changes happening in our Dermatology world and working hard to get our rights. As a member of this sub-committee (in charge of web site), I am able to understand the problems we face as SAS doctors and able to mentor the newly appointed SAS colleagues in my department.

D Rajeev has been successful with her CESR application and currently works as a Consultant at East Kent hospitals NHS trust. She is the Consultant representative within the SAS committee. 

Dr Marcia Davis

I qualified as a Dermatologist in Brazil in 1994, where I worked till 2000, and then in 2011 and 2012.

I worked as a Medical researcher in Australia for 12 years, mostly in skin cancer, where I successfully obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Queensland (UQ). I also worked as a Course Coordinator for the Masters Diploma in Skin Cancer for GPs at the UQ. I have a number of published works in medical journals as co-author.

I moved to England in early 2017 and I have been working as a Specialist Doctor in Dermatology since then, at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital Trust.

I have been an associate member of BAD since 2018 and attend scientific meetings to keep up to date with the developments and challenges of the specialty.

I was appointed a member of the SAS committee earlier this year and I look forward to contribute my academic and dermatology skills to the professional development of SAS dermatologists.


Dr Isha Narang 

I am a trained dermatologist from India and have done my MD in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India. I moved to England and worked as trust grade registrar in Derby. I am currently working as a locum dermatology consultant for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, Derby. My special interests are Paediatric dermatology and Cutaneous allergy but I admire the whole spectrum of dermatological conditions.

I have witnessed and found work done by the SAS sub-committee very useful and would joined the group to work for challenges faced by fellow SAS doctors, improve their recognition and help in their career progression.

I have recently submitted my CESR application which is under review and have many insights as to how the process can be made more doable for those who are interested.



Dr Hannah Bennett

I work in Leeds Teaching Hospitals as a specialty doctor in Dermatology having completed a Diploma in Clinical Dermatology at QMUL.  I am currently being supported in a “prospective CESR” training post.  My main interests are skin cancer and dermatological surgery, as well as medical education.

I qualified as a dentist before studying medicine and training in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery.  I then qualified as a GP, working as a GP extended role in ENT as well as a specialty doctor in Dermatology, before committing to Dermatology full time.  

I have joined the sub-committee beacuse I want to get involved and help promote and support progression of th SAS doctor role, as well as share and develop my experiences encounterred of the ever evolving CESR pathway.



Dr Bindi Gaglani

Currently I am working as a dermatology trust registrar at London North West University Hospitals where I conduct outpatient clinics, surgery clinics and support the wards for acute dermatological cases. I have also been appointed as the sub-investigator for BADBBIR and BSTOP trial and also have been given the opportunity in pursuing an Improvement Fellowship at the trust.

After completing my undergraduate training, I received a scholarship and gold medal for academic excellence in my final year of medicine. I then completed my Foundation training from KSS deanery where I was awarded the leadership development award in the second year of foundation training and was invited to present at the Kings Fund led by the Secretary of State. I then pursued Core medical training in West Midlands and completed my MRCP.

Following on, I completed my MSc in Clinical dermatology from St John’s Institute (King’s College London) and achieved a distinction in my theory and dermatopathology modules and pass with Merit overall. I completed my dissertation during this time as well. Since then, I have passed my SCE and enjoy presenting at the BAD and its subcommittees.

I have a keen interest in the use of technology in dermatology.

I have been selected as a representative in this position in the SAS committee for the BAD and hope to be able to assist in optimising opportunities for acquiring the curriculum requirements for SAS doctors applying for CCT via CESR route. I also wish to help in improving recognition of services provided by the SAS doctors to the NHS.


Dr Sheerja Bali

I completed my training in Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy from Madurai Medical College, India in 2012. After my training, I did a 2-year stint working in a government posting in rural South India during which I also gained the D.N.B (Diplomate of National Board) degree in dermatology. Thereafter, I worked in Bangalore for three years as a Consultant Dermatologist and specialised in various cosmetology procedures including lasers. I moved to the UK in 2017 and after attaining the GMC registration, I chose to become a Specialty doctor in dermatology. I am working at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and am actively pursuing CESR.

My journey so far gives me an insight into the challenges faced by SAS doctors like me who have trained overseas. I also recognize the vast experience of the SAS fraternity and its importance in the NHS. Through the BAD SAS subcommittee, I hope to strengthen this fraternity by supporting it in its academic and professional development.


Dr Fareeha Faisal

After graduating from University of the Punjab, Pakistan in 2002, I came to UK and then finished part time Foundation programme and GP training in UHMBT.

During that time, I realised that there was lack of training opportunities related to dermatology especially in the community. This not only increases challenges and inappropriate referrals to secondary care but also affects the relationship between patients, GPs and secondary care team. This gap increased my curiosity to learn more about the speciality in depth and helped me to formulate my dermatology journey. I started Minor Ops and community dermatology clinics and developed further interest. I completed my Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology through Queen Mary University of London and also applied for Associate Specialist post in Lancaster in 2017.This provided further clarity in pursuing my dream and passion to be a dermatologist. I then resigned from my GP contractual post. 

Currently I am actively involved in shaping GPwSI in Dermatology setup for our Trust to increase dermatology related teaching and training in primary care. I am also in the middle of setting up Botox clinics in our department for hyperhidrosis. My special interest is in skin cancer surgery along with paediatric dermatology.

I joined SAS subcommittee earlier this year and hope to support and help SAS doctors with issues related to service contract and job planning specifically. I am also part f the CESR workstream to help and support SAS doctors  on CESR route. 



Dr Hannah Wainman

I gained my medical degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2001. I then completed my foundation training in the Oxford deanery before doing my GPVTS in Gloucestershire.  I worked as a GP partner for 5 years whilst also holding a clinical assistant post in dermatology. In 2017 I gave up being a GP altogether and have never looked back! I currently work as a SAS doctor in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Within our trust I am the SAS rep for dermatology and I am also on the local negotiating committee.

I am the dermatology lead for the University of Bristol undergraduate medical program. As part of this role I have become involved in diversifying the curriculum particularly ensuring that all skin types are represented in teaching material across the medical school. Through this role I have also become involved in the British Association of Dermatologists Skin of Colour Training Day committee. 

I am currently in the process of collecting evidence to allow me to CESR therefore I am acutely aware of the challenges faced by SAS doctors looking to pursue this route.


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