The Scottish Dermatological Society was founded in 1924. The aim of the Society is to promote, for the public benefit, the knowledge, teaching, and practice of dermatology. It achieves this through:

  • collecting, collating and publishing information about dermatology
  • stimulating, promoting and publishing appropriate medical and scientific research
  • holding conferences, meetings and seminars.

The Society has a president, a secretary and an executive committee who meet regularly. Clinical and scientific meetings are held 3 times a year, and regular symposia on relevant topics are held jointly with members of other disciplines. The President represents Scottish Dermatologists on the Executive of the British Association of Dermatologists.


Message from society president, Dr Gina Kavanagh:

Society President Dr Gina KavanaghIt’s a great honour it is to take over as president from Prof Colin Fleming, who has steered Scottish Dermatology magnificently through challenging waters. Rebuilding our services, while coping with ever increasing demand, will be difficult.

The SDS, however, will continue to support this in every way it can, while also maintaining and building on our current training programmes, and being open to new ways of working into the future.

Message for Members

All members should login in with their own personal account and password rather than the generic account that was used previously. This will also enable us to ensure members details are up to date. If you are an active member but are unable to gain access to the website please email our administrator Lee Fitzgerald -

New or established members who do not yet have access to the members area of the website should go through the "create a new account" option. This will allow us to update our records fully. Once your details are verified your account will be activated.

New members require to be nominated and seconded by existing members. The nomination should be emailed to the SDS secretary Dr Donna Torley and it will be put forward at the next executive meeting which are held 4 monthly. Thereafter a members account will be created. You cannot register to become a member on this website.


2nd December 2021
Virtual Meeting
3rd December 2021
Virtual webinar
20th January 2022
Virtual Meeting

Future SDS Events

Thursday 2nd December Complaints, burn out and resilience; lessons from psychodermatology
Virtual Meeting
Thursday 20th January SDS Business Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Thursday 3rd February SDS 286th Meeting
Thursday 21st April SDS Executive Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Thursday 12th May Hidradentitis Suppurtiva
Virtual Meeting
Friday 13th May BSSVD
Royal College of Physcians Glasgow
Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd June SDS Annual Meeting - Dundee
Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd December Paediatric Dermatology Course
Virtual webinar