Hospital: One Ashford Hospital
Tel: 01233 423 303
Contact the Hospital About Dr Andrew James Birnie
Dr Andrew James Birnie
Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon
Skin surgery, skin cancer, sun protection (whilst enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle), teaching
Mohs micrographic surgery, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC), skin cancer, general dermatology
Dr Andrew James Birnie studied medicine at the University of Bristol, which was followed by two years in London and five years of Dermatology training in Nottingham. There he discovered a passion for dermatological surgery and subsequently was selected for a fellowship in dermatological surgery at the Welsh Institute of Dermatology in Cardiff where he increased his repertoire of complex closures following the excision of skin cancers and learnt how to perform Mohs micrographic surgery.
He is also passionate about teaching; he lectures and demonstrates on surgical workshops locally and internationally.
He returned to Kent in May 2011 following a year spent in Durban, South Africa. There, Dr Andrew James Birnie set up a skin cancer centre, offering free treatment for those who could not afford care, from which he trained the local dermatologists in both basic and advanced skin cancer surgery and also set up the first recognised Mohs micrographic surgery service in the country.
Dr Birnie has launched Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen – an exceptional quality sunscreen sold at the lowest price possible with the aim of allowing more people to use more sunscreen and thus reduce the incidence of skin cancer. It is available on Amazon, who are supporting his project.
He is the only Mohs micrographic surgeon in Kent who participates in the skin MDT (multidisciplinary team), thus ensuring optimum treatment for his patients.
He is approachable and engaging and receives excellent feedback from his patients.
Children and Young People
Dr Birnie sees patients under the age of 16 for consultations.
Dr Andrew James Birnie enjoys sport and keeps fit. He has played rugby and water-polo, still occasionally plays cricket and is on the (very long) waiting list for MCC membership. He also enjoys travel and wine and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Evidence based dermatology, melanoma