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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, London, Chelsea & Westminster and Ealing hospitals.

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 and a scholarship by EADV invited her to Bologna for advanced training in hair loss. She used this experience to start dedicated clinics for hair loss on the NHS - a first of its kind in South West London, receiving referrals from as far as Southampton.

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, the most reputed medical journal in current times.

Archana has been appointed Consultant at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust since March 2014 and has 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 the clinical excellence award by Kingston Hospital in 2019 in recognition of her work and contributions to the Trust.

She is happy to consult both adults and children.

Clinical interests

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Ethnic skin
  • Melasma
  • Hair disorders
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Mole checks
  • Skin cancer
  • Minor operative procedures (biopsies, cryosurgery, botulinum toxin injections for excessive sweating, mole and skin tag removals)
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancer

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
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