Dr Howard Stevens is a consultant dermatologist, skin cancer specialist and experienced Mohs Surgeon. Along with his work in BMI hospitals, he helped to create the largest NHS skin cancer treatment centre in London and oversees a leading private clinic.
A consultant dermatologist since 1998, Dr Stevens first studied medicine at Jesus College Oxford and the Middlesex & University College Medical School in London. After gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians, he studied dermatology at the Royal Free Hospital.
The Royal London Hospital then provided a base for a Welcome Trust research fellowship, in the field of genetic skin disease affecting the palms and soles. A PhD from Queen Mary’s & Westfield College and Royal London Hospital followed, where he helped to identify the first gene related to deafness.
An interest in research and the value this can offer have stayed with Dr Stevens throughout his career. This is particularly the case for his special interest in skin cancer, including modern techniques for non invasive screening.
Ensuring up to date knowledge is there to benefit patients is part of the excellence in clinical care Dr Stevens promotes. Combined with a friendly, empathic approach and an understanding of the need to consider each patient as unique.
Experience in general dermatology gives a solid foundation to the care Dr Stevens offers, alongside a range of specialist skills. Normal dermatological and laser surgery are provided to a high standard, together with a further option.
Dr Stevens is a skilled Mohs surgeon, offering a form of treatment designed to completely remove certain types of skin cancer, whilst minimising cosmetic damage, or discomfort. An ethos he promotes across other forms of treatment and diagnosis.
His use of confocal microscopy is at the leading edge of dermatology, a laser based system which can look beneath the skin and avoid a need for biopsies. Similar principles apply to Dr Stevens use of digital dermoscopy and up to date screening methods.
Prevention is a key part of dermatology, through screening programs and advice, which Dr Stevens is pleased to offer. Whether for a sports specialist, an unusual job, or just normal life, prevention and early detection are critical to preserving health.
As you see below, Dr Stevens is a member of professional bodies across the globe, respected for his input and work in educating colleagues. This helps his field in a wider sense, although his preference for working with patients shines through.
The medical skills Dr Stevens brings together are a rare mix, the broad spectrum of dermatology, skin cancer knowledge and surgical skill. His belief in them being well applied and patients receiving thoughtful care still matters more.
He feels that every illness, or condition is individual and should receive personal support. Good communication matters to him but better if this is two way, with listening to patients often as valuable as talking to them.
By working together, rather than just offering and receiving treatment, a doctor and patient can achieve the best outcome. Dr Stevens believes this is the ultimate measure of success, how he can contribute to patients’ lives.