Shirlaw, Pepe - consultant in oral medicine


Consultant profiles

Pepe ShirlawArea of expertise: oral medicine 

  • Biography

    Pepe moved joined the oral medicine department at Guy's and St Thomas' in 1989 and became an honorary senior lecturer 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 until very recently worked half her time as a consultant and half as clinical director for the Dental Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas'.  She is currently workstream owner for the outpatients transformation workstream. 

    Pepe was responsible for developing the local anaesthetic allergy testing service. Guy's and St Thomas' is one of the few places within the South East offering this service and has almost reached the status of a regional centre for this, receiving referrals from other allergy clinics as well as local general medical and dental practitioners.

    She is a member of the core group and co-leads the OSCE for Part 2 MJDF within the Faculty of General Dental Practitioner's Royal College of Surgeons (England). She leads for the OSCE in part C of MFDS within the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

    She is co principal investigator with Professor Challacombe for the UK site of the SICCA project. This is Sjogren's registry project is aimed at defining a new classification model for the diagnosis of Sjogren's disease and to track a multinational cohort over 2 years to investigate early progression of the disease.

  • 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

    Participates in clinical research within the department, involving:

    • diagnostic models for recurrent ulcers
    • lichen planus and other immunobullous disease
    • orofacila granulomatosis