Consultant Dermatologist, Hemel Hempstead Hospital
Dr Veronique Bataille trained at the Louvain Medical School in Brussels and graduated in July 1985 with magnum cum laude. She started her dermatology training at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas Hospital in London in 1989. She then moved to the Royal London Hospital where she completed her PhD on the genetic epidemiology of skin and eye melanoma in 1995 funded by Cancer Research UK. During her PhD, Dr Bataille had the opportunity to spend several months in the Sydney Melanoma Unit in Australia, one of the busiest melanoma units in the world.
In 1996, she was appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant Dermatologist at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry where she continued her interest in the genetics of melanoma and other skin cancers. In 2004, Dr Bataille moved to West Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre where she is also providing specialised care for patients with skin cancers especially melanoma and continues her research interest on melanoma genetics. Dr Bataille has also been a Senior Lecturer at King’s College since 1997 where she is in charge of the skin programme at the Twin Research Unit based at St Thomas Hospital. The twin skin programme is currently looking at genetic changes associated with skin cancer and skin ageing at the DNA level on more than 5000 twins and on the RNA level more than 800 skin biopsies. The skin programme is also looking at the skin and gut microbiome in relation to skin diseases in the twins. Between 2003 and 2013, Dr Bataille was a consultant for L’Oreal UK.
Dr Bataille has published over 100 articles in the last 20 years in many high impact journals and has presented at many national and international meetings on skin cancer and the genetics of skin diseases. Her H index is 39. She is on the editorial board of several journals including European Journal of Cancer and Acta Dermatologica and Venereologica. She has been a member of the EORTC melanoma group since 1997 and has chaired the epidemiology and genetic group. She has supervised MD and PhD students in the field of skin cancer and skin ageing.