Our Speakers

Neil Shear, MD

From a young civil engineer subsequently training in internal medicine, pharmacology and
dermatology. Dr. Neil Shear's career encapsulates the meaning of being an academic
dermatologist. Throughout his impressive career.
Neil has had a hand in every interesting aspect of cutting edge medical dermatology,
patient advocacy and physician training and has helped to shape the careers of hundreds of
academic dermatologists locally, nationally and internationally.
During his 16 years as division director, through recruitment and mentoring, he rebuilt the
University of Toronto's Division of Dermatology. which went from a skeletal complement to
a burgeoning collection of dedicated full time academic dermatologists. Complex medical
dermatology, epidemiology and surgical dermatology have flourished in Toronto under his
leadership. He has personally mentored more than one hundred residents and fellows in
careers spanning research, community and academic dermatology. and has helped to
guide the careers of more than one in ten dermatologists in Canada


Professor MIHAEL SKERLEV, M.D., Ph.D. 

Department of Dermatology and Venereology; Zagreb University School of Medicine, Zagreb
University Hospital, Šalata 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

  • Head of the Out-patients Centre (Polyclinic) of the University Department of Dermatology and Venereology
  • STD Out-patient Centre
  • Division of Paediatric Dermatovenereology
  • Head of the of Reference Laboratory of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Republic of Croatia for Dermatological Mycology and Parasitology

Head of the Department of Dermatologic Surgery, and Senior Physician of the Department of
Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. He is the
Past-President of the German Society of Dermatologic Surgery (DGDC) and its current PR
consultant. Prof. Bechara is coordinating the Skin Cancer Center of the Ruhr-University Bochum
with focus on reconstructive dermatologic surgery. Prof. Bechara is also leading the Clinical Study
Center for inflammatory skin diseases at the Ruhr-University Bochum and is a Board Member of the
International Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ISDS). Prof. Bechara studied medicine at the
Georg-August University Göttingen, the University Joseph-Fourier, in Grenoble, France, and at the
Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He has received a Doctorate and Habilitation and was named
Professor of Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum.
Professor Bechara has been the recipient of a Socrates scholarship of the European Union at the
University Joseph-Fourier, Grenoble, France and a Scholarship of the Faculty of Medicine for Clinical
Science on Focal Hyperhidrosis at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Prof. Bechara is currently a member
of the Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification Board at the School of Medicine at the Ruhr-University
Bochum. He has published extensively in scientific journals and dermatology textbooks and is a
frequent speaker both at national and international conferences. In 2008 Prof. Bechara founded the
Hidradenitis suppurativa / Acne inversa Center in Bochum, which has become one of the largest in
Europe, with a focus on serious cases with demanding surgical challenges

  • Specialty
  • Sub-Specialty
    Laser and photobiology
  • Category
  • Qualifications
    American and Canadian Board of Dermatology (certified)
  • Special Certificates
    ✓ Fellowship in Laser & Photobiology from University of
    British Columbia (Canada)
    ✓ Consultant at Derma
Mandalaparthy RAMAM, MD

Dr M Ramam is Professor and Head of the department of Dermatology & Venereology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
His clinical and research interests include granulomatous diseases, pigmentary disorders, dermatopathology and psycho-social aspects of skin disease. He was editor-in-chief of the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology from 2014-2017. He enjoys teaching.

  • Qualifications/Education:
    Aug. 2014: European Board Examination in Dermatology and Venereology (EBDV)
    Jan. 2012: Certificate Completion of Specialist Training in Dermatology (CCST)
    Oct. 2009: Specialty Certificate Exam Dermatology. (Royal College of Physicians, London) (MRCP Derm)
    Nov 2005: Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, London. (MRCP)
    1994-2002: Undergraduate medical study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Artsexamen (MSc in medicine)
  • Current employment:
    Jul. 2020- present: Professor of Dermatology and Lasers
    University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
    Jan. 2013- present: Consultant dermatologist of Skin clinics London; number one skin laser clinic chain in the UK
    Jan. 2016- present: Consultant Dermatologist
    152 Harley street, One of London’s premier healthcare clinics
    Nov. 2017- present: Consultant Dermatologist
    BMI Hendon hospital, London
  • Non-clinical managerial/leadership positions:
    Jul. 2021 – present: (Adjunct) professor of dermatology at Aalborg University,

Enzo Errichetti is a Senior Consultant Dermatologist and Venereologist at
the Institute of Dermatology of the University Hospital “Santa Maria della
Misericordia” in Udine (Italy). He also has the National Academic
Qualification as Full Professor of Dermatology.
He is the General Secretary of the Italian Association of Non-Invasive
Diagnostics in Dermatology (AIDNID), Executive Board member of the
International Dermoscopy Society (IDS), and Chair of the IDS Task Force on
“Imaging in Skin of color”

Abdullah AL AKEEL, MD

Dr. Abdullah Alakeel

Assistant Professor & Consultant
Department of Dermatology
College of Medicine
King Saud University, 12372 Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
President of the Saudi Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery

Aisha AL ALI, MD

-A consultant Dermatologist at Al Nahdha Hospital in Oman at Ministry of Health
- A graduate of Sultan Qaboos University medical school.
- Completed 5 years dermatology residency training in McGill University in Canada
- had Canadian board with FRCPC in Dermatology, McGill University, Canada 2016 and
American board in dermatology 2016
- Completed one year fellowship of Contact Dermatitis and Patch testing at McGill
University, Canada 2017
- Head of Dermatology Department at Al Nahdha Hospital, Ministry of Health, Sultanate
of Oman since 2019 until present.
- President of Oman Dermatology Society since 2019 until present
- Associate Program Director of Dermatology program at Oman Medical Specialty Board
(OMSB) since 2018
- Member of North American Contact Dermatitis group
- Member of multiple standing committees at the dermatology residency program

Ashraf REDA, MD

Consultant Dermatologist
Mediclinic Welcare Hospital
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor
Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Reda obtained his medical qualification from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
in 1981. He served as a professor of Dermatology at the same University. He has spent
2 years at the Mayo clinic, Rochester, Minnesota where he got extra training in clinical
dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Immunodermatology. Dr. Reda has several
research and clinical articles published in national and international journals.
Aside from his clinical practice, Dr. Ashraf has been actively participating as an
international speaker in various multinational scientific events in the field of
dermatology and immunology.


Consultant Dermatologist, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Fiona Lewis trained in Dermatology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and
completed her MD thesis on clinical and immunological aspects of lichen sclerosus there.
She became a Consultant Dermatologist in 1996 and now runs the Vulval Clinic service at St
John’s Institute of Dermatology which is a busy tertiary service for complex vulval
conditions. With colleagues, she has established the St John’s annual course on Ano-genital
and Oral Dermatology. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London.
She teaches on all aspects of vulval disease at a local, national and international level, and
has authored various textbooks on vulval disease, as well as being active in clinical research.
She was secretary of the European College for the Study of Vulval Disease until 2016, and is
currently a Council member.

Chalid ASSAF, MD

Professor Assaf is Director of the Department of Dermatology and Venerology at the Helios
Hospital Krefeld, Germany. He is also a Professor at the Medical School Hamburg, Germany.
Since completing his medical education from the Free University of Berlin in Germany, Prof
Assaf has gone on to specialise in many fields including skin cancer, lymphoma, mycosis
fungoides, immunotherapy, Sézary syndrome, melanoma, extracorporal photophoresis,
amongst others. In 2016 he was appointed in addition as the head of the Interdisciplinary
Comprehensive Cancer Center (HOZ), a clinic committed to improving the care of people
suffering from cancer. Since 2014, he has been listed as one of the leading physicians in
Germany in the German magazine FOCUS.
Professor Assaf has been the spokesman for the German Society of Dermatooncology for
the Cutaneous lymphoma network since 2018 and has recently been appointed as a board
member of the "Cutaneous Lymphoma" group of the European Organization for Research
and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).


Consultant of Dermatology at the Prince Sultan Military
Medical City. His research interests are Hair Disorders,
Cosmetic Dermatology, Chemical
Peels, Acne, Skin Cancer


Consultant in Oral Medicine
Hon Clinical Senior Lecturer- Faculty of Dentistry, Oral Craniofacial Sciences,
King’s College London.

  • A French board certified dermatologist.
  • Consultant and assistant professor of dermatology at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia.
  • Special interest in Nail Disorders and Surgery

Dr. Touma is a Boston University-trained American board certified dermatologist
in 1997 and dermatologic surgeon. He is founder of The Skin Clinic in Beirut, and
most recently the Skin Experts Polyclinic in Dubai. He was elected president of
the Lebanese Dermatological Society, for the years 2016-2018.


Medical Director, International Dermpath Consult, FZ-LLC, Dubai, UAE

Medical Director, International Dermpath Consult, FZ-LLC, Dubai, UAE
Dr Reem El Bahtimi, is an American Board Certified pathologist in Dermatopathology, Clinical and Anatomic pathology. She has over 20 years, experience in the field of Dermatopathology. Dr Reem is currently the Founder and Medical director of Dermpath Consult, a state of the art, full service laboratory dedicated to Dermatopathology. Dermpath Consult is a private standalone laboratory. It receives referrals and second opinions from within the UAE and the gulf region. Dr Reem is an adjunct clinical associate professor, at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) May 2020-2022. She is also involved in teaching dermpath fellows and dermatology residents at SKMC and Rashid Dermatology program. Prior to Dermpath Consult she was a consultant
pathologist at American Hospital Dubai for 12 years and Medical Director at National Reference laboratory for 3 years


President of Gulf Wound Management Association
Associate Professor on Mohammed Bin Rashid University (MBRU)
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
FRCS from Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow
Swedish Board in Plastic Surgery
Rashid Hospital, Dubai


Plastic Surgeon & Anotomist

He is a double French & European board-certified Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic
He is a fellow and a member of the French College of Plastic Surgery (CFCPRE) & the
European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS).
He is working in private practice in Dubai & Paris
Dubai, Full time: Cocoona Clinic
Dubai, Part-time: Quttainah Specialized Hospital / Dubai London Hospital / Lutetia Dubai
Paris, Part-time: Lutetia Paris
His main clinical activities are Aesthetic Surgery, Aesthetic Medicine & Reconstructive
Surgery of the face & whole body with a sub-specialty in Buttocks & Genitals Aesthetic.


Professor Mohamed Abuzakouk, MD PhD is a Consultant in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and
Allergy and Immunology Section Head, Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Clinical
Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He is Member of the World Allergy Organization (WAO)
upper airway and allergy committee, the Treasurer of the Pan-Arab Society of Allergy, Asthma &
Immunology and the past President of the Emirates Clinical Immunology and Allergy Group.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Prof. Abuzakouk worked as lead consultant
Immunologist and Allergist in the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Hull Royal
Infirmary in the UK. During this time he also served as the Director of Clinical Studies in Hull-York
Medical School, and the Clinical Lead for the Northern Autoimmunity Educational Quality Assurance
Group. In addition, he provided immunology consultancy services to a number of teaching hospitals in
Ireland for accreditation purposes.
Prof. Abuzakouk has participated in a number of international studies and has published widely on
many aspects of immunologic and allergic diseases in quality journals. He was also a principle
investigator in a number of European multicenter research projects and has been active in national
and regional medical organizations in the UK including The National Institute for Health and Care
Excellence (NICE).


Chairman of Skin & Slim Medical Center
Consultant Dermatology Aesthetic Medicine & Andrology
American Board-California
American Board-Washington
Laser Dermatology Fellowship-Harvard
President of Middle East of IBCS
President of Middle East IBCA
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates