Dr Conal Perrett

  • Qualifications
    MBChB, MRCP (UK), PhD (Lon)
  • NHS Base
    University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU
  • Speciality
  • Sub speciality
    Skin cancer, dermatological sugery, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser treatment, photodynamic therapy (PDT), skin problems in organ transplant recipients
  • Year qualified
  • Consulting address
    HCA Healthcare UK at University College Hospital, 5th Floor, UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, Huntley Street, London, WC1E 6AG
  • Research interests
    Skin cancer, photodynamic therapy (PDT), therapy related skin cancer
  • Biography

    Dr Conal Perrett studied medicine at the University of Bristol and underwent further postgraduate medical training at teaching hospitals in London and Oxford. After being awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) he trained as a dermatologist at Bart’s & The London and The Royal Free Hospital.

    Dr Perrett is a consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) where he is the clinical lead for skin cancer.

    Specialising particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and the assessment of moles and other skin lesions, he is one of the few dermatologists in the UK trained in Mohs micrographic surgery. This is a very precise method (the ‘gold standard’) for removing skin cancers with the highest cure rate of any treatment and minimises scarring. Dr Perrett also has 15 years’ experience in the use of lasers in dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.

    An active contributor to dermatology research, in 2002 Dr Perrett was awarded a prestigious Cancer Research-UK (CR-UK) clinical research fellowship. For his PhD thesis, he investigated how skin cancer develops in organ transplant patients on long term immunosuppressive therapy, and how photodynamic therapy (PDT) can be used to treat skin cancers in these patients. The majority of his research was performed at the CR-UK London Research Institute and at the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, which is part of Bart’s and The London, with some studies taking place at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology, where he was an honorary clinical fellow.

    Dr Perrett lectures on his research both internationally and nationally and has published numerous research papers in journals including Science, EMBO Reports, DNA Repair and the British Journal of Dermatology. He has also authored two textbook chapters on skin cancer.  Alongside his clinical commitments he continues to supervise PhD students with his fellow collaborators. Furthermore, Dr Perrett has served as a PhD and Final MB examiner for the University of London.

    Medical undergraduate and postgraduate teaching  continues to be important to Dr Perrett who remains actively involved in this area. He is also a member of the E-Learning faculty of the British Association of Dermatologists and has previously acted as a lecturer and examiner for the University of London Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology.

    Dr Perrett is currently a consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon at University College London Hospital (UCLH) where he is Lead Clinician for Skin Cancer, Dermatological Surgery and Photodynamic therapy (PDT), and where he has established a Mohs micrographic surgery and PDT service. More recently, Dr Perrett established a specialist clinic for organ transplant recipients with skin problems at Harefield & Royal Brompton NHS Trust. He is an honorary senior lecturer at both University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London and retains membership of several learned societies including the British Society for Dermatological Surgery, the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Medical Laser Association and the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Perrett also sits on the London Cancer Skin Pathway Board where he is the lead for Mohs micrographic surgery.