Dr Salim is a Consultant Dermatologsit based at Solihull hospital. She does a monthly combined Dermatology/HIV clinic at HeartlandsHospital with the other members of the HIV team. She came back to the West Midlands in 2004 to take up a Consultant post – having worked as a junior doctor in Coventry. Her dermatology training, however, was completed in Oxford. During this period she obtained a fellowship to work in Cape Town, South Africa where she spent some time looking after HIV postive children with skin dermatoses. This was a very exciting time since antiretroviral therapy was only just being introduced in Cape Town and most of the children were receiving treatment through charitable organizations.
Alena is a general dermatologist and although skin cancer makes up the bulk of her work she has a special interest in skin problems relating to HIV and vulval dermatoses.