Dr Andrew Birnie, Consultant Dermatologist
Hospital Information

Hospital: One Ashford Hospital

Tel: 01233 423 303

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Dr Andrew J Birnie

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRCP (London)

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon


Year Qualified




Clinical Interests

  • Skin surgery
  • Skin cancer
  • Sun protection 
  • Teaching


Specialising In

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Melanoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC)
  • Skin cancer
  • General dermatology


Professional Profile

Dr 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 passionate about teaching; he lectures and demonstrates on surgical workshops nationally and internationally and conducts online dermatology tutorials to a worldwide audience through the University of Cardiff where he is an Honorary tutor.


He returned to Kent in May 2011 following a year spent in Durban, South Africa.  There, Dr 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 Andrew Birnie and Altruist Sunscreen


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.  Being a member of the skin MDT gives ready access to the other specialisms involved in the treatment of skin cancer and ensures that the doctor is practising to national standards.


He is approachable and engaging and receives excellent feedback from his patients.


Personal Profile

Dr 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.



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Memberships & Associations

  • British Association of Dermatologists
  • British Society for Dermatological Surgeons
  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • Dermatologic and Aesthetic Surgry International League


Research Interests

  • Evidence based dermatology
  • Melanoma


NHS Base

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust (Kent & Canterbury Hospital)


Children and Young People

Dr Birnie sees patients under the age of 16 for consultations.