Dr Archana Rao


Consultant Dermatologist

GMC number: 6119291


Professional background

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.

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.

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 was appointed Consultant at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust in March 2014 as lead for community services and was awarded two clinical excellence awards by Kingston Hospital in 2019 in recognition of her work and contributions to the Trust.


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