Dr Archana Rao



Consultant Derrmatologist and Specialist in Hair Removal

Professional background

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

Dr Rao was 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. Dr Rao was also awarded a gold medal for her study on the dermatoscope on ethnic skin by the Indian Association of Dermatologists.

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.

Dr Rao is happy to consult both adults and children.

Clinical areas of interest

  • Perimenopausal and menopausal skin
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Hair disorders
  • Melasma
  • Ethnic skin
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancer

Dr Rao also undertakes minor operative procedures: biopsies, mole and skin tag removals, cryosurgery, Botulinum toxin injections for excessive sweating, steroid injection for alopecia, scar and keloids.


Professional memberships

MBBS, FRCP (Dermatology( UK