Dr Stephen Hayes qualified from Southampton in 1979, worked as a GP from 1985-2012, developed a special interest in dermatology from 1995 and helped found one of the first UK community dermatology services in Southampton from 2000. Current Post Associate Specialist in Dermatology at UHS, seeing new skin cancer referrals and monitoring high risk melanoma patients.
He has been an active GP dermatology educator with the Primary Care Dermatology Society, BMJ Masterclass and independently since 2000, and with consultant colleagues Drs Catriona Henderson and Birgit Pees, set up South Coast Dermoscopy Associates which has run 10 skin lesion recognition and dermoscopy courses in Hampshire, Sussex, Jersey and London since 2011.
He recently spent 7 weeks on sabbatical in Australia and New Zealand learning earlier diagnosis and screening with expert skin cancer GPs there. He is a UK board member of the International Dermoscopy Society and regularly contributes case discussions to its Facebook page, and also blogs at www.dermoscopy.wordpress.com.
He is currently working with other enthusiasts to establish a British and Irish Dermoscopy Group, to work for better UK skin lesion recognition skills and is organising a major international dermoscopy conference in Winchester, 12/13 June 2020.