Pepe Shirlaw

Consultant in oral medicine


Penelope (Pepe) Shirlaw joined the oral medicine department at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 1989 and became an honorary senior lecturer, now honorary reader within the King's College London Dental Institute. 

She became a consultant in oral medicine in 2003 and was the part-time clinical director for the dental service until 2010.

She was the workstream owner for the outpatients transformation as Gassiott House was developed as an outpatient centre. 

She is now the Local Dental Professional Network (LDN) chair of the London region, working with NHS England to deliver clinically-led commissioning.

Her work on the level 2 accreditation of general dental practitioners has informed the accreditation policy guidance published by the office of the Chief Dental Officer.

She is member of the Board of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons (England). She is their junior vice Dean. She is immediate Past President of the British and Irish Society for Oral Medicine (BISOM) and a past Chair of the Association of Dental Hospitals.

Pepe was responsible for developing the local anaesthetic allergy testing service at Guy's and St Thomas'. It is one of the few places in the south East to offer this service.

She is registered on the Oral Medicine Specialist list with the General Dental Council.

Education and training

  • Laboratory-based oral pathology research
  • Training in oral surgery in district general hospitals
  • Training in industrial general dental practice and the community
  • Dental surgery, University of Birmingham, 1980

Research interests

  • Diagnostic models for oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Lichen planus and other immunobullous disease
  • Sjogren's syndrome (salivary gland disease)

Last updated: November 2022

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