Dr Ian Halliday Coulson

Consultant Dermatologist


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After schooling in Durham City, Dr Ian Coulson qualified in medicine in 1978 from St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School London. He commenced training in dermatology after gaining higher qualifications in general internal medicine in 1981. After working at the national skin hospital, St John’s Hospital for diseases of the skin in London, he had posts as a Registrar and Senior Registrar at St George’s Hospital in South London.

During this period he was awarded the Registrars’ Prize by St John’s Hospital Dermatological Society in 1986. He had research interests in the mechanisms of inflammation in atopic eczema and has written over 60 clinical and research papers.

He commenced consultant practice in North East Lancashire in 1990 and has broad interests in all areas of clinical dermatology and skin surgery. He was skin cancer network chairman for the North Lancashire, South Cumbria area between 2005 - 2010.

He has lectured widely and regularly presents research material both at the American Academy of Dermatology and British Association of Dermatologists Annual meetings. He was awarded jointly the Bristol Cup prize for best poster presentation in 2006, and silver prize in 1999 at the BAD.

He is enthusiastic about the teaching of dermatology and has produced a nationally used e-learning module covering the core undergraduate medical curriculum, as well as practical patient information material available on YouTube, and is an editor of the e-learning for the health dermatology section.

He co-edited a new text book of dermatological treatment, entitled ‘Treatment of Skin Disease’ published in 2002 and this became the global dermatology best seller in 2004; the book is a continued success with edition 4 due for release in 2013. He was therapy section editor of the British Journal of Dermatology between 2004 and 2009. He co-wrote 3 chapters for the internationally renowned Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology.

Between 2012-13, he will preside over the North of England Dermatological Society.

Professional Membership

  • Royal College of Physicians

Clinical Interests

  • All aspects of general dermatology (eczema, psoriasis, acne, allergic skin disease)

  • Skin cancer and skin surgery.

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