Professor John Hawk, BSc MD FRACP FRCP*

Professor Hawk is Emeritus Professor,
Honorary Consultant Dermatologist and recent Head of the Photobiology Unit, St John's Institute of Dermatology, King's College and Guy’s and St Thomas' Hospital, London.

In this role, he has been a research dermatologist and teacher of multiple dermatological trainees from all over the world, as well as having supervised the diagnosis and treatment of many thousands of dermatological patients, all over some thirty years.

He was recently President of the extremely successful World Congress on Cancers of the Skin held from September 3rd to 6th 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is immediate Past-President of the European Society for Photodermatology, and an elected member of the prestigious American Dermatological Association and European Dermatology Forum. He has long been an opinion-former in his field of expertise, the effects of sunlight on the skin, and regularly advises and appears in the media concerning dermatological matters.

He received his original medical degree from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand in 1969 after first completing a science degree in physics and mathematics at the University of Auckland. He then worked briefly in Australia, later spent a postgraduate research year at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and finally took up his definitive post at the St John's Institute of Dermatology, now at King’s College and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, in 1979, where he remained until 2006, since when he has continued to work in a private, consulting and lecturing role.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Australasian-British invitation-only Cook Society, and has other interests in athletics (member, President’s Council of the New Zealand Olympic Committee), rugby (member, Middlesex Rugby Football Club), cricket (member, MCC and London New Zealand Cricket Club), skiing, golf (member, Wentworth and Foxhills), and the study of French and German.