Professor Sally Ibbotson

Clinical Professor (Teaching and Scholarship)

Undergraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

Sally Ibbotson
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Professor Sally Ibbotson qualified in Medicine at the University of Leeds in 1986 and, after general medical training, undertook dermatology training in Newcastle upon Tyne where she developed an interest in photodermatology.  She was appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Photobiology in the Photobiology Unit, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School in November 1998.  She was promoted to Professor of Photodermatology in 2016 and has clinical, research and teaching expertise and interests in photosensitivity diseases, photodiagnosis, photodynamic therapy (PDT) and phototherapy.  

Professor Ibbotson is Head of the Photobiology Unit and Clinical Lead for the Scottish Photobiology Service (SPS), which is the National Service for investigation and management of patients with photosensitivity disorders.  She is the Clinical Director of the Scottish Photodynamic Therapy Centre and is responsible for the photodynamic therapy (PDT) service for skin cancer in dermatology.  

She is R&D Co-Director of the Clinical Research Centre in Tayside, which undertakes the delivery of clinical trials across disciplines.  She also has leading roles in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dermatology training and education.  

Professor Ibbotson is Chair of the British Photodermatology Group and has long-standing involvement in the development of UK and international guidelines in photodermatology and dermatology and in standard setting.

Lectures and conferences

Professor Ibbotson is regularly invited to organise and chair symposia at national and international meetings and present as invited speaker on the subjects of photodermatology, photosensitivity diseases and photodiagnosis, PDT and phototherapy, including the:

  • British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
  • European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV)
  • European Society for Photobiology (ESP)
  • European Society for Photodynamic Therapy (EURO-PDT)

and at national courses, such as the St Johns Photodermatology Course and the BAD Annual Consultants Course.


Key areas of research include: skin cancer and PDT, photosensitivity diseases and optimising photodiagnosis, use of non-invasive imaging, phototherapy and optimisation of treatment regimes and the introduction of new therapies, interactions of ultraviolet light and skin and determinants of sensitivity and responses to light-based therapies.

She has presented widely internationally and published extensively in prominent peer-reviewed journals (>190 publications; H index 35).  

She is a member of the PhD Monitoring Committee and has a key role in clinical research in Tayside through R&D Co-Directorship of the Clinical Research Centre.  

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Key areas of undergraduate teaching include: Chairing the Undergraduate Teaching Committee in Dermatology, Undergraduate mentoring and tutoring, SSC supervision, medical student examining at all levels and MMI interviewing.  She is a Member of the School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee, supervisor of Life Sciences Honours Project and BMSc students.  

She was Training Programme Director in Dermatology for seven years and is now Educational, Clinical and Academic Supervisor and is also closely involved in the supervision of the Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCRED) Clinical Lecturer post in Dermatology.  

She has been a member of the Royal College of Physicians Question Setting Committee for the Specialist Certificate Examination in Dermatology.