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Medical Advisors

Dr Christian Aldridge – DermatologistDr Christian Aldridge – Dermatologist

Dr Aldridge is currently the South Wales Deputy Network Lead for Skin Cancer overseeing strategic decision making processes concerning the management of Skin Cancer in South Wales. He has previously been the Skin Cancer MDT Lead at Cwm Taf NHS Trust for a 4 year tenure and currently operates the Rapid-Access Skin Cancer Clinic at Prince Charles Hospital , Merthyr Tydfil, which incorporates a same-day operating list which excises those skin cancers identified in clinic without delay.

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James LarkinDr James Larkin – Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr James Larkin is a Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of patients with cancer of the kidney and cancers of the skin, including melanoma.

Dr Larkin took a first in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and undertook clinical training at Oxford University, qualifying in 1996. He underwent general medical training in London and in 2001 won a Medical Research Council Fellowship for a Clinician, carrying out laboratory research at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) which led to the award of a PhD. He completed specialist training at The Royal Marsden and was appointed a Consultant in 2008.

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Prof John Wagstaff

Professor John Wagstaff – MD, MB, ChB, FRCP (London)

Professor of Medical Oncology, The College of Medicine, Swansea University

Professor Wagstaff trained as a Medical Oncologist at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. On completion of his training he took up a position as a Senior Lecturer at the Free University Hospital in Amsterdam in 1986.

In 1994 he was appointed as the Karl Landsteiner Professor of Medical Oncology at the Free University, and then in 1998 he became Professor & Head of Haematology and Oncology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

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Professor Meirion ThomasProfessor J Meirion Thomas – Senior Surgeon

Professor J Meirion Thomas is Melanoma UK’s Senior Surgeon and has extensive knowledge of melanoma.

He was a  a Senior Surgeon on the Sarcoma and Melanoma Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital for 29 years.

He has a track record in clinical management and research in the treatment of melanoma.

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Sandra Phinbow (Nee Richards)Sandra Phinbow (Nee Richards)

Sandra Phinbow (Nee Richards) is our medical science liaison advisor.  She is an experienced chartered specialist biomedical scientist, having also worked as a diagnostic dermatology manager.

She is a National Council Member for the Institute of Biomedical Science and leads on public engagement. Sandra has won several awards for her work in the public engagement of science including the Top 100 Leading Scientists in the UK list, all culminating into her entry to Who’s Who in 2014.

Sandra joined Melanoma UK as an advisor in 2015.


Dr Nicole ChiangDr Nicole Chiang 

Dr Nicole Chiang is a Consultant Dermatologist on the GMC Specialist Register who works in the NHS in Manchester. She is trained in both paediatric and adult dermatology. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool and graduated with an Honours degree in Medicine and Surgery in 2007. She underwent general medical training and then pursued her dermatology higher specialist training in Birmingham and Manchester.

She has completed two advanced Dermatology Fellowships in Oxford, UK and Sydney, Australia. In addition, she has gained further experience in medical and cosmetic dermatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Centre, Pittsburgh, USA.

Dr Michael Coppen

Dr Michael Coppen MB BS FRCPath is  62 year old retired histopathologist with twenty seven years  exerience as a consultant.

Working for  twenty one years at Croydon University Hospital, four  years at Ipswich Hospital and long locums  at Yeovil and Royal berkshire Hospitals.

Dr Coppen was a general histopathologist  with a personal special interest in dermatopathology – especially malignant skin tumours.

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Mr Myles Smith – Consultant Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon 

Mr. Myles Smith is a Consultant Surgical Oncologist and General Surgeon in the Sarcoma Unit and Skin Unit at The Royal Marsden since 2014. Prior to appointment at the Royal Marsden he trained as General Surgeon in Ireland and subsequently underwent additive specialist training in General Surgical Oncology, as a fellow at the University of Toronto.

He has a special interest in surgery for melanoma, in particular surgical treatment of oligometastatic disease, use of regional therapies for melanoma metastasis such as T-VEC, and the management of anorectal and visceral melanoma. He is honorary faculty member of the Institute of Cancer Research, and one of his research interests is in investigating biomarkers for lymph node metastasis in melanoma.

Myles joined Melanoma UK as an advisor in 2018

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