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Professor John Thomas Lear

Consultant Dermatologist


Practises at: The Alexandra Hospital


Personal Profile

Professor John Lear is Consultant Dermatologist at The Alexandra Hospital and the NHS. He sees patients with all problems of the skin, diagnosing and treating them, as well as working with excellent surgical teams to provide a comprehensive service. He has an interest in all aspects of general dermatology including paediatric dermatology and hair disorders. His main specialist interest is the diagnosis and management of skin cancer and pigmented and precancerous lesions. He has a particular interest in the non-surgical management of these conditions, including topical photodynamic therapy (PDT). He set up and ran the PDT service at Manchester Royal Infirmary for the non surgical treatment of superficial skin cancers and precancerous lesions. Professor Lear has an established interest in mole screening for assessment and treatment of moles.

Having qualified in medicine in 1991 at Leicester University, Professor Lear underwent general medical training in Leicester, following which he undertook his dermatological training in the Midlands and the South West as a senior registrar before taking up his present consultant post in 2000. 

He runs dedicated clinics for skin problems for those with renal transplants.

He is actively involved in teaching and training, both undergraduates, dermatological trainees and GPs.

Clinical Interests

  • Moles, regular mole checks, mole mapping
  • Skin lesions, Warts, Lumps and Bumps, lipomas, cysts
  • Skin cancer including surgical and non-surgical treatments
  • Photodynamic therapy for precancerous lesions and superficial skin cancers
  • Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and all rashes
  • Hair loss
  • Itching
  • All aspects of general dermatology
  • Teaching and training
  • Paediatric dermatology

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Medical Association
  • British Association of Dermatologists
  • British Society for Dermatological Surgery
  • British society for Skin Care in Immunocompromised Individuals