Dr Orteu was educated at the Lyçée Français de Londres and trained in Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College, qualifying in 1987. She undertook Dermatology training at the Royal Free and Royal London Hospitals (CCST 1999) and received her MD in immunodermatology awarded in 1999 after 2 years as a Jules Thorne Research Fellow. She was UK trainee representative to the British Association of Dermatologists 1997-1999. Thanks to the award of a Geoffrey Dowling Fellowship, she spent a year as a clinical research fellow in Connective Tissue disease and Immunodermatology at the University of British Columbia (2000). She was appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospital in January 2001. She is a past president of The Saint John’s Dermatological Society and a founding member of the British Society for Medical Dermatology.