Dr Nicola Smith MBBS MRCP BSc DFFP is a Consultant Sexual Health Physician. Dr Smiths clinical expertise includes penile dermatology and vulval dermatology and all aspects of sexually acquired infections. Her special interests include vulval problems such as chronic itch, pain during sex, chronic discharge, genital skin diseases such as lichen sclerosus, HPV related vulval diseases, genital warts, VIN and recurrent herpes. Dr Nicola Smith has a strong belief in holistic healthcare and patient empowerment.
Dr Nicola Smith is Consultant at The Vulva Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Kent. She has published research papers on all aspects of sexual health including the medical management of vulval pre-cancer. Her research has taken her to Europe, Africa and America where she has addressed international scientific meetings.
Dr Nicola Smith diagnoses and treats dermatology conditions affecting the penis and the vulva and genital skin diseases such as lichen sclerosus, HPV related vulval diseases, genital warts, VIN and recurrent herpes.
Areas of interest include all aspects of genito-urinary medicine, Vulval disease including chronic itch, pain and dyspaerunia; Genital dermatology; genital dermatoses, sexually transmitted infections; sexual health; HPV; Human papilloma virus; Herpes; recurrent herpes, warts; lichen sclerosus; vestibulitis; vulvodynia; chlamydia; gonorrhoea; painful sex (dyspareunia); eczema; psoriasis; VIN; vulval intra-epithelial neoplasia; vulval itch, vaginal itch, vulval pain, vaginal pain, cervical smear; HPV vaccination; Gardisil; genital itch; genital pain; recurrent candidiasis; thrush; vaginal discharge, chronic discharge, recurrent candida.
Tuesdays 3pm to 7pm
Dr Nicola Smith is registered with the General Medical Council and on the specialist register for genito-urinary medicine. Dr Smith is recognised by all UK private health insurers including BUPA, AXAPPP, Cigna, Vitality, WPA, Aviva and Healix.
Education and Training
Dr Nicola Smith graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School London in 1989 where she was awarded a Medical Research Council Grant for her intercollated BSc in Immunology. She trained in General Medicine, obtaining her MRCP in 1992 and subsequently specialised in genito-urinary medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital and at the world-renowned unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she was appointed Consultant in 1988.
Dr Nicola Smith has undertaken research at the prestigious Chester-Beatty Laboratories of the Royal Marsden Hospital and published research papers on all aspects of sexual health including the medical management of vulval pre-cancer, the transmission of HHV-8 and HTLV-1 and is the senior author of the British guidelines on the management of HIV-2 infection. Her research has taken her to Europe, Africa and America where she has addressed international scientific meetings.
Publications and Press
Dr Nicola Smith publications include:
- Smith NA. Vaginal discharge. In: Kohl, Bingham, Philpot and Zenilman eds. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (including AIDS) and Genitoanal Dermatoses. Antwerp, Lasion Europe 1998 (CD-ROM).
- Whitby D. Smith NA. Matthews S. O’Shea S. Sabin C. Kulasegaram R. Boshoff C. Weiss RA. de Ruiter A. Best J.
Seroepidemiology among women and detection in the genital tract of seropositive women.
Journal of Infectious Disease . 1999; 179(1):234-6.
- Smith NA. Whitby D. Sabin C. Bourboulia D. Boshoff C. Best JM. de Ruiter A. Weiss RA. Peters BS.
Sexual transmission of HHV-8/KSHV
Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Disease.
London 23rd January 1998.
- W-J Loo. N Smith. S Neill. A Nicholson. C Cohen. MA Stanley. JC Sterling.
Randomised double blind placebo controlled trial of immiquimmod for high grade vulval intraepithelial neoplasia.
EADV, London 12-16 October 2005