Dr John Lear is Consultant Dermatologist at BMI The Alexandra Hospital and his NHS practices, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Hope Hospital. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester. His main interest is the diagnosis and management of skin cancer and pigmented and precancerous lesions. He has a particular interest in the surgical and non surgical management of these conditions, including topical photodynamic therapy.
Dr Lear has an established interest in mole mapping and mole clinics for assessment and treatment of moles. He also has an interest in all aspects of general dermatology including paediatric dermatology and hair disorders.
Having qualified in medicine in 1991 at Leicester University, Dr Lear underwent general medical training in the Midlands, following which he undertook his dermatological training in the Midlands and the South West as a senior registrar before taking up his present consultant post in August 2010.
Dr Lear has published over 100 papers on the genetics, epidemiology, diagnosis and therapy of skin cancer. He has given numerous lectures both nationally and internationally in this area. He has undertaken numerous clinical trials in this area and continues to be involved in research into the latest developments in skin cancer therapy. He runs dedicated clinics for skin problems for those with renal transplants and other immunosuppressed groups, both groups who represent a significant challenge in skin cancer management. Dr Lear set up and runs the photodynamic therapy service at Manchester Royal Infirmary for the treatment of superficial skin cancers and precancerous lesions. He is chair of the specialist skin cancer MDT meeting for Greater Manchester, is a member of the NCRI Nonmelanoma skin cancer study group and the NCIN Skin Cancer sub group.
Dr Lear is a founding member of the British Society for Skin Care in Immunocompromised individuals. He is actively involved in teaching and training, both undergraduates, dermatological trainees and GP's. He organises numerous courses and meetings for GP's, including annual courses, evening meetings and teach and treat type events.