Dr Cathy Christie, BM BS, BMedSci (Hons), MRCP (UK), FRCP, MRCGP, DPDerm

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Dr Christie is an Associate Specialist and Locum Consultant in Dermatology, based at St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth. She qualified in medicine from Nottingham University, 1989 then followed a career in Hospital Medicine, training in Cambridge and Manchester, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1993.

In 1994, she trained to be a GP, becoming a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and became a GP Principal in Petersfield for a happy and fulfilling 9 years. Throughout this time, her main specialist interest was Skin problems. She joined the Dermatology Department in Portsmouth in 1998, working there one day per week.

In 2005, Dr Christie took a sabbatical. She trained in Dermatology for a year and studied for the Diploma of Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University, qualifying with Merit. The following year she left General Practice, to become the Associate Specialist in the Portsmouth Dermatology Centre.

In her main NHS practice, Dr Christie treats all general skin conditions including eczema, acne, rosacea and psoriasis, sun damage, “lumps and bumps”, pre skin cancers and skin cancer. She performs regular operating sessions, which includes facial surgery. Her specialist interests are Vulval and Paediatric Dermatology, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Dermatology and Medical Education.

Dr Christie has worked for Sk:n for many years and became the Medical Director of Southampton Sk:n in 2013. Her practice includes injectable treatments (Botulinum toxin A and Filler), the assessment and management of patients with scarring, pigmentation problems and photo ageing. She is experienced in the use of creams for cosmetic problems, chemical peels and microneedling treatment with Dermaroller/Dermapen.

She is married with 2 teenage boys, spending most of her spare time running the home, her boys to their sporting events and with her beloved golden retriever to maintain her fitness and sanity!


Dermatology Education Interests

Dr Christie is the lead clinician for Portsmouth Dermatology in the organisation of Southampton Medical Students teaching programme. She is also an assessor and interviewer in the Southampton University Undergraduate interview process. She teaches GPs and Dermatology trainees.

Since 2011, she has been actively involved in the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), serving on several committees, with roles in Education and Service. With a national shortage of Dermatology Consultants, the BAD has supported several initiatives to assist non-trainee or overseas Dermatologists to become Consultants via an equal but alternative pathway (the CESR route). Dr Christie was invited to join the BAD Education Board following on from her support of such doctors, and initiatives including the development of BAD CESR Workshops. On behalf of the Education Unit, she then coordinated a Working Group, leading to the BAD CESR Framework, published in 2016.

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