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Dr Archana Rao is a UK trained Consultant Dermatologist and has the unique experience of training in dermatology both in the United Kingdom as well as overseas. She trained in dermatology and dermatosurgery at Imperial College.

Archana was awarded a gold medal for her study on the dermatoscope on ethnic skin by the Indian Association of Dermatologists. A scholarship from the European Hair Research Society saw her presenting her work on Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia in Barcelona. She has been awarded four scholarships by the European Academy of Dermatology including one which invited her to Bologna for advanced training in hair loss. Archana used this experience to start dedicated clinics for hair loss in the NHS - a first of its kind in South West London, receiving referrals from all over the country.

An active member of the British Association of Dermatologists, St John’s Dermatological society and Royal Society of Medicine, she has presented several papers at these meetings. 

She is an invited lecturer at national meetings for Dermatologists, GPs, trichologists, nurses and has taught trainee Dermatologists on courses nationally.

She has published in her specialty field in several peer-reviewed journals with her research contributions in Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia featuring in Nature.

Archana has been appointed Consultant at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust since March 2014 and helped develop the community clinic at Rayne’s Park Health Centre to a high standard of care for the local community. The service developed, improvised and led by her, was rated outstanding in a patient survey in 2015.

She was awarded double excellence awards by Kingston Hospital in 2019 in recognition of her work and contributions to the Trust, and in 2020 for her work during the Covid pandemic.

She is happy to consult both adults and children.


English, Hindi



Clinical interests

  • Acne including treatment with Isotretinoin and Spironolactone for adult acne
  • Rosacea
  • Melasma
  • Ethnic skin
  • Hair disorders including all forms of alopecia and frontal fibrosing alopecia ( area of clinical research interest)
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Mole checks
  • Skin cancer
  • Minor operative procedures (biopsies, cryosurgery for seborrheic and solar keratoses, botulinum toxin injections for excessive sweating, mole and skin tag removals)
  • Psoriasis

Professional Memberships

British Association of Dermatologists
European Association of Dermatologists and Venereologists
European Hair Research Society
Royal College of Physicians
Royal Society of Medicine
St Johns Institute of Dermatology


Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Victoria Foundation
Care Quality Commission Good Rating
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