Our Medical Advisory Board

We are just starting out as a charity in the United Kingdom supporting people with vitiligo.  Our objects are:

To provide up-to-date information on the condition of vitiligo, research and ancillary drugs and trials relevant to its cure and treatment

To maintain a very active presence on social media sharing relevant information acorss a wide audience

To explore new ways of improving the experience of patients with vitiligo when interacting with the medical profession

To provide advice and information on how to access psychological support for the anxiety and depression caused by the condition

To organise ‘meet-ups’ allowing people to share experiences and gain access to new information 

To provide support for families and young people with the condition

We are absolutely thrilled to be joined by the following supporters of patients with vitiligo in the UK, as our Medical Advisory Board.

Dr Anjali Mahto

Clinical interests:
General dermatology, paediatric dermatology, acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin lesions and skin cancer and mole checks.

Training & background:
Dr Anjali Mahto is a UK-trained Consultant Dermatologist. Her medical training took place in South Wales, where she also intercalated in Clinical Pharmacology. She completed higher specialist training in dermatology in a competitive London rotation. During this time, she gained experience in some of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.

Dr Mahto has been actively involved in medical education and training. She has presented extensively at both national and international conferences. She was awarded a British Society of Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD) case prize during her training and has published original reports in scientific literature.

Dr Mahto works as a consultant dermatologist in North West London Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also the lead for paediatric dermatology services. She is happy to consult both adults and children with skin, hair and nail disorders and she is qualified to manage all skin conditions in adults and children.

Personal profile:
Dr Anjali Mahto has recently become the spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation and UK Expert Dermatologist for Vichy Cosmetics.

Dr Robert Sarkany

Dr. Sarkany is a Consultant Dermatologist and the Head of Photodermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. He was previously consultant dermatologist at Mayday Hospital (1999-2002) and then St George’s Hospital and Medical School (2002-2006) before taking up his current post.

He is an experienced Dermatologist for skin diseases of all types in children and adults. He is an international authority on sunlight sensitivity, sun allergy, and ultraviolet light therapy, and lectures around the world and writes widely on these subjects, and his Photo Dermatology Department is a leading centre for the treatment of these diseases and of research into them.

Special Interests

Rashes, moles and skin lesions, ultraviolet light therapy, sunlight sensitivity.

Dr Andrew Thompson

Dr Thompson is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with a long term interest in the impact of skin conditions (amongst other things) on people’s lives and psychological wellbeing.

Qualifications
BA(Hons) (Liverpool), DClinPsy (Sheffield), Dip. Prac. Cognitive Analytic Therapy (Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists), Clinical Psychologist, Chartered/ Registered Health Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Hull.

Research Interests
Dr Thompson has a clinical interest in the psychosocial adaptation to trauma and illness (particularly where disfigurement is present)

His research over the past fifteen years has focused predominantly on identifying the psychosocial factors involved in adjustment in long-term health conditions and in acquired injuries that affect appearance (particularly conditions that affect the skin). He has particular expertise with regards to examination of how people adjust to disfiguring conditions and his work has largely drawn on cognitive behavioural models (such as models of social anxiety and shame).   His research has used both quantitative and qualitative methods to identify the factors that might be successfully targeted by psychosocial interventions.

In addition he is interested in the development of self help psychosocial interventions for the management of appearance concern/stigma and anxiety in long term conditions (particularly skin conditions)

He has been involved in developing and testing self-help interventions aimed at reducing distress associated with a variety of conditions that effect appearance. This work has focused on the application of techniques from a variety of models including CBT, Mindfulness, and Compassion Focused Therapy.