Dr Sonal Shankar

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    Please contact the hospital on the number below and ask for the consultant’s details.

    Hospital main number: 01634 830000

  • Professional profile:

    I qualified from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas's Hospital in 1995 and attained my MRCP in 1999 whilst working as a senior house officer in dermatology and chest medicine at University College London hospitals.

    I was appointed as a specialist registrar in dermatology at St George's Hospital, London, in 2000. This was followed by specialist registrar posts at University Hospital Lewisham and Ealing Hospital.

    My formal dermatology specialist registrar training, which was based at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge, commenced after obtaining a national training number in August 2001. Whilst there, I also completed a 14-month attachment at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust London in order to further develop my sub-speciality interest in paediatric dermatology.

    Upon the completion of my training I joined the specialist register in May 2005 and worked as a locum dermatology consultant at Addenbrooke's Hospital and also West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds.

    Having joined Medway Maritime Hospital as a part-time consultant dermatologist in February 2007, I continued at Great Ormond Street Hospital working as an honorary dermatology consultant for a few months.

    Currently my clinical commitments include general dermatology clinics at both Medway Maritime Hospital and Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, minor skin surgery sessions and rapid access cancer screening clinics. In addition, I have set up and run a weekly paediatric dermatology clinic. Other sub-specialist work includes patch testing clinics, genital dermatoses, multidisciplinary clinics with rheumatology and maxillofacial surgery, as well as skin cancer and histopathology multidisciplinary team meetings.

    I have experience in teaching, management, audit, governance and clinical research and have a number of publications. I regularly attend relevant courses and have presented at many dermatology meetings at local, national and international level.

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    Paediatric dermatology
  • Professional expertise:
    • Paediatric dermatology
    • Skin surgery
    • Rapid access skin cancer screening
  • Qualifications:
    • MBBS
    • MRCP (London)
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  • Memberships:
    • British Association of Dermatologists
    • British Society of Paediatric Dermatology
    • Collegiate Member of the Royal College of Physicians 
    • Regional Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine 
    • British Medical Association