Dr James Halpern

Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, BMedSci (Hons), MRCP (UK), MRCP (Dermatology)

"I enjoy working at Spire Little Aston as all the staff are so friendly and approachable, the facilities are excellent and everything is clean and modern."

Specialises in

  • General dermatology
  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Skin cancer and skin surgery
  • Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis
  • Hair and nail disorders

Also available for:

Virtual consultations:

Languages spoken


Please note: virtual appointments are only available on Friday after 4pm.

I have been working in Dermatology for over 15 years and am currently the Clinical Director and Senior Consultant Dermatologist at Walsall Manor Hospital and The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital (New Cross).

I am a General Dermatologist with a special interest and expertise in paediatric dermatology (children with skin problems). I have been widely published in academic journals and have authored two award-winning internationally published dermatology books.

I undertake both general and specialist clinics looking after adults with dermatological problems such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. I am immediate past skin cancer lead for Walsall and am fully accredited in the diagnosis and management of skin cancers including mole checks. I am a trained skin surgeon and operate on skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts. I have a particular interest in children with skin problems and I see patients from across North Birmingham, the Black Country and South Staffordshire in my NHS paediatric dermatology clinic. Most of my patients are children with eczema, acne, vitiligo, infections and birthmarks as well as those with rarer conditions.

I perform skin surgery on a weekly basis in both my NHS and private practice in both children and adults. In 15 years of undertaking regular surgery, I have yet to suffer a significant complication from my operating practice. My surgical work is audited every year and my complete excision rate for skin cancers is over 99%.

I have been the Clinical Lead for Dermatology at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust since 2012 both modernising and expanding the department to meet the needs of our population. My work has been recognised by the hospital through awards for clinical excellence. In 2020 I was appointed Clinical Director across both Walsall Hospital and The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital.

In addition to my clinical work, I am active in research and teaching and have previously worked as the research director at Walsall Hospital. This allows me to be at the cutting edge of the latest research and offer my patients the most up-to-date treatments.

I pride myself on my communication skills and aim that every patient leaving a consultation has a clear understanding of what their problem is, what treatment options are available and why I have recommended a particular treatment. Having worked in dermatology for several years I understand how distressing skin disease can be and am sympathetic and understanding to this.


General Medical Council Number: C6073271

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr James Halpern at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Rashes
  • Birth marksĀ 
  • Childhood eczema
  • Hair and nail disorders

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Additional information

Dermatological surgery
Hair and nail disease
Inflammatory skin disease
Paediatric dermatology
Skin cancer

MBChB / University of Birmingham / 2003
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Completion of medical training

Professional memberships

British Association of Dermatologists

British Society of Paediatric Dermatology

Midlands Dermatology Society

Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)

Cochrane Skin Group

British Medical Association

Professional leadership

I am the Clinical Director and Lead Consultant at Walsall Manor Hospital and The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital.

Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Director, Walsall Manor Hospital
Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Director, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital

Originally from Manchester but have lived locally in Sutton Coldfield for several years. I am married and have three children. Although my family and work take up much of my time, I enjoy DIY, gardening, sport and reading.

Telephone 0121 580 7119
Website http://www.DrHalpern.co.uk
Private secretary Julie Canning
Private secretary telephone 0121 580 7405
Private secretary fax 0121 352 1971
Private secretary email Julie.Canning2@spirehealthcare.com