Dr Janet Ross qualified in 1982 from Guy’s Hospital Medical School. After 5 years of general medicine and having obtained higher exams in medicine, MRCP and Diploma of Child Health she took up the study of dermatology. She trained at The Institute of Dermatology St Thomas’ Hospital where she undertook basic research into the mechanisms of inflammation and was trained in investigating allergic triggers in eczema through patch testing. She spent a further 4 years training at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital gaining expertise in vulval dermatology and furthering her knowledge in Paediatric Dermatology.
Throughout her training she pursued her interest in skin surgery and was attached to the dermatology surgical training program at Maastricht University Hospital in Holland. In 1995 she was appointed Consultant Dermatologist at Lewisham and Honorary Consultant to The Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas’ Hospital. At St Thomas’ she was initially a member of the Consultant team in their Environmental Allergy Clinic.
She subsequently joined the Institute’s Skin Tumour and Laser Surgical Group. She was Lead Clinician at Lewisham, examiner to MSc students at the Institute of Dermatology and Treasurer of The St John’s Dermatological Society and also European Society of Contact Dermatitis. Areas of expertise include paediatric and vulval dermatology, investigating eczema through patch testing and the management and surgical treatment of skin cancers.