Dr Catherine Orteu

Dr Catherine Orteu

MBBS BSc MD FRCP , CCST Dermatology

Dermatology

35 years of experience
23 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

5

Bedside Manner

5

Explanation

5

Top feedback

“She was lovely and explained everything very clearly about all sorts of skin related questions, not just the ones I had gone to see her about. “
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Subspecialties

  • General Dermatology
  • Morphoea
  • Skin Cancer
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • French
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3255085
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £200

    Practices worked at

    King Edward VII's Hospital

    5-10 Beaumont St, London, United Kingdom, W1G 6AA
    2,273 reviews

    Nuffield Health Highgate Private Hospital

    17-19 View Road, London, United Kingdom, N6 4DJ
    316 reviews

    The Royal Free London Private Patients Unit

    Pond Street, London, United Kingdom, NW3 2QG
    157 reviews

    Specialist's working hours

    Mon
    14:00 - 19:00
    Tue
    Not available
    Wed
    Not available
    Thu
    17:30 - 18:30
    Fri
    08:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    Not available
    Sun
    Not available

    About

    Dr Orteu is a senior consultant dermatologist with broad experience in managing common inflammatory skin diseases such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. She has a national and international reputation in the fields of Connective Tissue Disease (morphoea, systemic sclerosis, lupus erythematosus, overlap CTDs) and complex medical Dermatology (sarcoidosis, autoimmune blistering conditions, vasculitis). Her NHS practice is at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where she has been a consultant since 2001. She has developed a Dermatology Connective Tissue disease service there, in close collaboration with Rheumatology colleagues, caring for over 500 patients with these conditions. She leads a monthly complex medical Dermatology clinic with Dermatology colleagues and is also interested in the impact of immune deficiency on the skin, attending a monthly joint clinic with Immunology colleagues caring for patients with Chronic Granulomatous Disease and other immunodeficiency diseases. She is a leading expert in the diagnosis and cutaneous manifestations of Fabry disease, a rare lysosomal storage disorder.

    Notwithstanding her major interest in medical dermatology, she continues to undertake weekly surgical lists and has over 25 years’ experience in undertaking mole checks, and in the diagnosis and excision of skin cancer and benign skin lesions.

    She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, principally on the immunological mechanisms involved in the generation of chronic cutaneous inflammation and auto-immunity, morphoea, systemic sclerosis and scleroderma-like diseases, and on the cutaneous manifestations of Fabry disease. She has written and co-authored 10 invited chapters, notably for Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, The Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, and Rheumatic diseases and the skin.

    She is a founding member of the British Society for Medical Dermatology and the current Chair of the Dermatology Clinical Reference Group. She is also a past president of the St John’s Dermatological Society.

    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Primary excision of malignant lesion head and neck (S0602) and trunk and limbs (S0603)
    • Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue head and neck (S0632/42) and trunk and limbs (S0633/43)
    • Removal of benign lesion on less than 10cm or on the scalp less than 5cm in diameter (S0651)
    • Biopsy of skin or subcutaneous tissue (S1500)
    • Curettage/cryotherapy of lesions of skin (S1110/S0820)
    • Shave biopsy of lesion of skin (S1420)
    • All forms of morphoea (morphea, localised scleroderma) including, plaque, linear, generalised and pansclerotic forms and Eosinophilic Fasciitis.
    • Systemic sclerosis (Systemic scleroderma)
    • All forms of lupus erythematosus, including Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (SCLE) and Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE)
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Connective tissue disease overlap syndromes
    • Diagnosis and cutaneous manifestations of Anderson Fabry disease
    • Diagnosis and surgical removal of skin cancer
    • Medical management of acne

    Dr Orteu attended Lycée Français de Londres and undertook medical training at the London Hospital Medical College, where she graduated in 1987. She completed her dermatological studies at the Royal Free and Royal London Hospitals (CCST 1999) and obtained her MD in immunodermatology in 1999, after serving as a Jules Thorne Research Fellow for two years. From 1997 to 1999, she served as the UK trainee representative for the British Association of Dermatologists. She also spent a year as a clinical research fellow in connective tissue disease and immunodermatology at the University of British Columbia as a result of a Geoffrey Dowling Fellowship (2000).

    Procedures

    • Skin Lesion Removal (Warts, Moles and Skin Tags)
    • Mole Check
    • Minor Skin Surgery
    • Skin Biopsy
    • Skin Cancer Screening
    • Anti Fungal Therapy
    • Cryotherapy
    • Curettage
    • Cyst Removal
    • Dermoscopy
    • Mole Mapping
    • Mole Removal
    • Skin Cancer Surgery
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    Special interests

    • Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • Acne
    • Blistering Disorders
    • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE)
    • Moles
    • Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
    • Rash
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Scleroderma
    • Skin Cancer
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    Education

    MBBS London University 1987

    FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2004

    MD Immunodermatology London University 1999

    BSc Physiology London University 1984

    Society memberships:

    British Association of Dermatologists

    British Society for Investigative Dermatology

    British Society for Medical Dermatology

    UK Scleroderma Study Group

    European Dermatology Forum

    British Society for Immunology

    St Johns Dermatological Society

    British Medical Association

    Royal College of Physicians

    Royal Society of Medicine

    The Dowling Club

    Societe Clinique Francaise

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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Skin Lesion Removal (Warts, Moles and Skin Tags)
    5/8
    Mole Check
    4/8
    Minor Skin Surgery
    3/8
    Skin Biopsy
    3/8
    General Dermatology
    2/8
    Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    1/8
    Skin Cancer Screening
    1/8
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    She was lovely and explained everything very clearly about all sorts of skin related questions, not just the ones I had gone to see her about.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    Dr Orteu was very approachable and professional.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    I am always very confident in Dr Orteu. She is clear and thorough and always very nice.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Always very friendly and professional
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    Dr Orteu is welcoming, kind and professional. I have complete trust in her work.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    Extremely professional and very helpful. Very clear in her diagnosis and proposed treatment
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    I found Dr Orteu to be reassuring, friendly and highly professional.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    Wonderful doctor. Very pleasant, kind, and very efficient.
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