Dr Sharon Belmo is a UK trained consultant dermatologist and is on the GMC specialist register. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Dundee in 2006 and completed dermatology specialist training at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, a national centre of excellence for dermatology. She now practices in London.
During training, Dr Belmo gained invaluable experience in the management of a range of dermatological conditions and became proficient in performing skin surgery. As such, she is a competent and confident general dermatologist, treating all skin types. With over 15 years of NHS experience, including 5 years as a substantive NHS dermatology consultant, Dr Belmo now mainly practices in the private sector.
Scottish by birth, Ghanaian by heritage and English by residence, Dr Sharon Belmo believes that her life experiences have driven her unquestionable passion for promoting diversity in medicine. She is a strong advocate for equality in healthcare for all, and is passionate about dermatology, as the speciality allows her to help patients become more comfortable in their own skin and hair.
Dr Belmo has specialist interests in skin of colour and hair loss, particularly Afro-textured hair. She has undergone additional training in ethnic skin and hair in Paris and the US. She is the co-founder and clinical lead of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology Skin of Colour Resource, in which she launched in 2016. Dr Belmo is the medical advisor to the Scarring Alopecia Foundation UK CCCA support group. In 2021, she wrote the first dermatology for skin of colour syllabus for the UK dermatology specialist training curriculum, setting a precedence for future dermatologists’ experience and training in darker skin tones. She also runs inMYskin; an image bank developed with the aim to increase representation of skin of colour in medical resources.
Dr Belmo has authored a skin of colour chapter in the textbook, dermatology training: the essentials. She has presented at national and international conferences, regularly lectures, and publishes work pertaining to skin of colour in peer reviewed journals. Her 2021 MIMS Learning ‘skin of colour matters’ campaign won the content excellence category of the Haymarket Business Media awards.
British Association of Dermatologists
American Academy of Dermatologists
Royal College of Physicians
British Medical Association
British Hair and Nail Society
Skin of Colour Society, USA
National Medical Association, USA