Pepe Shirlaw

Pepe Shirlaw is an woman with short blonde hair and glasses

Consultant in oral medicine


Penelope (Pepe) Shirlaw joined the Oral Medicine department at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in 1989 and became an honorary senior lecturer, now honorary reader within the King's College London Dental Institute. She worked part time as a specialist in oral medicine and became a consultant in oral medicine in 2003. She moved into clinical management in 2004 and worked half time as a consultant and half time as clinical director for the Dental Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas' until 2010.

She became 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 enabling delivery of clinically led commissioning. Her work on level two 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), and is currently 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 within the South East offering this service for patients who have had problems or bad reactions to local anaesthesia during dental treatment, receiving referrals from other allergy clinics as well as local general medical and dental practitioners.

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

Education and training

  • Qualified in dentistry in 1980 at Birmingham University
  • Worked in industrial general dental practice and the community
  • Several years working in oral surgery in district general hospitals
  • Completed laboratory-based oral pathology research

Research interests

Her area of research activity is within Sjogren’s Syndrome and collaborates with colleagues in the departmental clinical trials, as her publications have been cited in many peer reviewed journalsdiagnostic models for recurrent ulcers

She participates in clinical research within the department, involving:

  • Diagnostic models for oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Lichen planus and other immunobullous disease
  • Salivary gland disease Sjogren’s syndrome.

Last updated: April 2022

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