Dr Karen Gibbon

Dr Karen Gibbon

Consultant Dermatologist


I qualified from Leeds University in 1983. I undertook my basic medical training in Exeter, Bromsgrove, Birmingham and London. I initially trained as a GP and worked in a two doctor practice in East London for six years. From 1996-2002 I retrained as a dermatologist and worked as a consultant at Whipps Cross UHT and The Royal London Hospital until 2021.

I am a general dermatologist and see patients of all ages including children. I see patients with all types of skin conditions.

I have a special interest in female genital disease and ran the specialist vulval clinics at Whipps Cross and The Royal London for 20 years.

I am a co-chair of the dermatology GPwER accreditation programme which is administered by the BAD. We accredit GPs who work alongside secondary care consultant dermatologists to provide enhanced services for their patients.

I have always had a strong interest in medical appraisal and revalidation. I work with NHS-E to undertake appraisals of higher level ROs.

I am a member of the BAD Retinoids committee. The committee works closely with the MHRA and other consultant dermatologists to ensure continued safe prescribing of retinoids eg isotretinoin for acne.

I provide ad hoc dermatology advice to The Vulval Pain Society which is a charity providing education and support for people affected with vulvodynia.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Karen Gibbon at Spire include:


Paediatrics - dermatology

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Additional information

Inflammatory skin disease
Paediatric dermatology
Skin cancer

MB ChB / University of Leeds / 1983
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)

Member of the British Medical Association

Member of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)

Member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)

Professional leadership

I was the medical appraisal lead for Aspen Healthcare until earlier this year and worked closely with the responsible officer (RO). In conjunction with NHS-E I regularly undertake appraisals for higher level ROs. I am a Co-chair of the dermatology GPwER accreditation programme administered by the BAD.

Chowdhury M, Griffiths T & Finlay A, eds. Dermatology training: The Essentials. Hoboken, NJ:Wiley-Blackwell, 2022 Chapter 28. I co-wrote the chapter about female genital skin conditions for dermatology trainees.

I love to stay healthy with regular walking, gardening, playing tennis and going to the gym. Moving to Norfolk is giving me and my husband the opportunity to explore an entirely different part of the country and make new friends.

Telephone 01603 255 574
Website https://www.drkarengibbon.co.uk
Private secretary Mrs Philippa Bishop
Private secretary telephone 0208 504 8814
Private secretary email mrspbishop@hotmail.com