Dr Saul Halpern qualified from The London Hospital (University of London) in 1987 with additional first class honours degree in Pharmacology. He subsequently undertook higher medical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Guy’s Hospital London including the National poisons Unit, prior to obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He then entered specialist training in Dermatology as registrar at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1991 and spent a further year’s research fellowship investigating biochemical effects of steroids on the skin before moving to Liverpool as senior registrar in 1995. In 1998 he was appointed as Consultant Dermatologist at The Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent and awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2000. He continues as NHS consultant at The Medway Maritime Hospital and at The Maidstone Hospital.
Dr Halpern’s special areas of interest include diagnosis and management of skin cancer. He is a core member of the Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) with weekly skin cancer clinics and two weekly skin cancer operating lists at The Medway Maritime Hospital where dermatology services for North West Kent are based. He is lead physician for Phototherapy (light treatment), Audit and Clinical Governance within dermatology and trainer for junior doctors. Additionally Dr Halpern has special interest and experience in the field of Teledermatology (remote diagnosis and management for GPs) having reported on many thousands of cases. He has been the Chairman of the British Teledermatology Society, a subspecialist society of the British Association of Dermatologists, since 2006 and is the British representative to the International Society of Teledermatology. He has lectured at national and international meetings, written many papers and reviews and is a reviewer for leading dermatology journals including the British Journal of Dermatology and Clinical & Experimental Dermatology.
Dr Halpern believes in a holistic approach to his patients and the importance of an excellent rapport in order to establish the optimal management for their skin conditions. He is a fastidious dermatological surgeon, insisting on the best cosmetic outcome to skin surgery wherever possible. Since 2003 he has developed an interest in cosmetic dermatology including the use of muscle relaxants (Botox), fillers and chemical peels to improve the appearance of the skin and thereby reduce the effects of aging and sun damage. Cosmetic procedures are generally carried out at the Spire Alexandra Hospital.
Dr Halpern is available for private consultation at the Spire Alexandra Hospital, Chatham, The Somerfield Hospital, Maidstone and Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery.