Dr Archana Rao





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Dr Archana Rao is a UK-trained Consultant Dermatologist and has trained 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, and 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 and helped develop the community clinic at Rayne’s Park Health Centre to a high standard of care for the local community.
The service was rated outstanding in a patient survey in 2014.

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.

Special interests

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Skin cancer
  • Hair
  • Ethnic skin

Languages spoken

English, Hindi

Treatments and tests offered by Dr Archana Rao at Nuffield Health

  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Mole removal
  • Cryotherapy
  • Mole assessment
  • Excision of skin lesion

Locations Dr Archana Rao works with

Related experience


  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Association of Dermatologists
  • St John’s Dermatology Society
  • British Hair and Nail Society

Other posts held

  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust