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Dr Tony Downs - Dermatology

Mr Tony Downs is a Consultant Dermatologist in Torquay, Devon

Based at: Mount Stuart Hospital | Get directions | Go to hospital website

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Clinical interests

Dr Tony Downs has been a consultant dermatologist since 2000. He has held NHS consultant posts in Exeter & Taunton.

The numerous types of skin diseases and their variable presentations make diagnosing and treating dermatology conditions challenging. The goals are to find an experienced opinion, and be given a clear management strategy that builds confidence in that opinion for both the patient and the patient’s GP.

Dr Tony Downs is an experienced consultant dermatologist providing advice and treatment in all aspects of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Areas of expertise include:

Skin cancer
Simple and advanced skin surgery
Laser treatment of the skin
Allergic contact dermatitis

For appointments regarding, general dermatology, skin cancer and allergies, a GP referral letter is preferred. A consultation with your GP is not always necessary to obtain this.

For appointments regarding mole checks and cosmetic concerns of the skin, IPL treatments and follow-up consultations, a GP letter is not normally required.

Academic background

Dr Downs was appointed consultant dermatologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust hospital in 2003.  He has a national reputation in postgraduate teaching of dermatology to GPs and an active research portfolio in psoriasis, acne and lasers, having published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

For over a decade he was the the the Exeter skin cancer lead clinician and regional MDT chairman for advanced skin cancer management. During his time in Exeter he took over and developed the pigmented lesion clinic training local GPs and junior staff in identifying and managing skin cancer. He has published and continues to publish academic work on skin cancer and has a national and international reputation for dermoscopy (the art of melanoma diagnosis).

He has provided a regional skin laser service in Devon for over 15 years. Initially at the Exeter Nuffield before establishing the Medical Laser service at Exeter Medical as clinical director in 2007. More recently in 2014 he established a second laser unit for his London based patients at the London Skin and Hair Clinic near Harley Street.

After graduating from Guys Hospital, University of London, with both BSc (Hons) in Experimental Pathology and his medical degree (MBBS), his dermatology training was at the University of Bristol Dermatology unit. As a trainee and as a consultant he has published extensively in variety of specialist fields including skin lasers, psoriasis, acne, dermoscopy, and dermatitis. He has contributed to national and international clinical trials as a researcher and remains a honorary research associate at the University of Bristol.

He continues to train nurses, GPs, dermatology trainees and other dermatology consultants at local, regional, national and international levels. Particularly in skin cancer diagnosis and skin surgery, skin laser treatment and psoriasis management.

Professional Memberships

Member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Society of Dermatology Surgeons and the American Academy of Dermatologists.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; a member of the British Association of Dermatologists and British Society of Dermatological Surgeons; a member of the European Academy of DermatoVenereology and American Academy of Dermatology; a member of the British Medical Laser Association and International Dermoscopy Society.

He continues to see NHS and private patients in Devon for general dermatology, cosmetic and skin cancer concerns.

In 2014 he moved from the Royal Devon & Exeter and took the opportunity to use his experience to support the national development of NHS community dermatology services and was appointed the clinical director for dermatology for DMC healthcare.

NHS base

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust hospital

What our patients say

Dr Down’s has made me feel so much happier about me! I cannot thank him enough.

Mr B, Bideford