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    Dermatology involves the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of the skin, hair and nails. We aim to provide patients with the convenience of diagnosis and treatment the same day wherever possible, with our dedicated minor ops room.

    Our Dermatology Consultants offer outpatient clinics covering medical conditions such as:

    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis and Rosacea
    • Acne
    • Moles
    • Skin tags
    dermatology services


Dr Ven Samarasinghe
Dr Ven Samarasinghe Consultant Dermatologist

Consultant Dermatologist, Dermatological surgeon and dermatological lead for skin cancer at St George’s. Dr Ven Samarasinghe MBChB, MRCP(DERM), is a consultant dermatologist, dermatological surgeon and dermatological lead for skin cancer.He qualified from the University of Manchester in 2002, and undertook dermatology specialist training in the Northwest of England Dermatology programme. On joining the national specialist register for Dermatology in 2012, Dr Samarasinghe completed a further one year fellowship in Mohs micrographic and dermatological surgery at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London.

Dr Samarasinghe has completed multiple international scientific trials on skin cancer. He has lectured nationally and internationally on skin cancer, skin surgery and dermatology for which he has received awards. He has also published widely on skin cancer and currently sits on the national joint Dermatology-Plastic Surgery Integrated Fellowship board.

Dr Klaus Misch
Dr Klaus Misch Consultant Dermatologist

I trained at Charing Cross Hospital London and then did my Specialist Dermatology training at St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London and then at St George’s Hospital London.

My research work under the supervision of Prof Malcolm Greaves involved studying skin Inflammation and the Mediators involved. I was appointed the sole consultant dermatologist at Kingston Hospital in 1986 and developed the Dermatology service from scratch to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all skin diseases for all ages. During this period I trained many dermatology registrars who are now eminent consultants. I retired from the NHS in the Summer of 2014 leaving 5 colleagues to continue the service.

archana rao
Dr Archana Rao Consultant Dermatologist

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.

Dr Janakan Natkunarajah
Dr Janakan Natkunarajah (Dr Jana) BSc, MBBS, MRCP (Derm), FRCP
Clinical Interests
  • General Adult and Paediatric Dermatology
  • Acne – Developed Kingston Acne Guidelines – treatments include Roaccutane
  • Psoriasis – medical treatments and Phototherapy
  • Eczema – medical & topical treatments
  • Skin Cancer Diagnosis and management
  • Mole screening – using Dermoscopy
  • Acute skin rashes
  • Drug eruptions

Dr Janakan Natkunarajah is a full-time Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Lead at Kingston Hospital with over 15 years of experience.  He is the current President (2020 – 2021) of the prestigious St John’s Dermatological Society.

He is the Clinical Lead for 5 dermatology consultants, 2 Specialist Consultants and 4 Specialist Nurses. He was appointed to Kingston Hospital in 2011. He developed the dermatology service at Kingston and Raynes Park Health Centre and Community sites with excellent patient feedback and is involved in Acute Dermatology Management at Kingston Hospital.

He trained at Imperial College London and graduated in 2002, having gained a first-class Neuroscience BSc in 1999. He has had the unique opportunity to have worked in several excellent dermatology units including Amersham Hospital and King’s College Hospital. He trained locally on the St George’s/St Helier’s/Kingston dermatology rotation.

Throughout his training he has won several prizes at the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Conference. He actively teaches dermatology to undergraduates and postgraduates and is involved in GP education with organising a GP skin club at Kingston Hospital.

Dr Natkunarajah is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was Educational Supervisor at Kingston for the Dermatology Trainees (2011- 2017).

Dermatology Background
  • Current President St John’s Dermatological Society (2020 – 2021)
  • Co-editor Clinical and Experimental Dermatology Journal(2012 – 2017)
  • Written a Chapter on the skin effects of Chemotherapy in the ‘World Renowned’ Rook and Textbook of Dermatology 9th edition- 2016
  • National Committees: South London British Association of Dermatology Regional Representative (2012-2015)
  • National Committee: British Association of Dermatology Drugs & Therapies Guideline Committee (2016-2017)
  • Chair of South West Thames Regional Dermatology (2013-2017)
  • More than 40 Peer reviewed Dermatology Publications
  • Won several Prizes at the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Association of Dermatologists Conferences
  • Medical Education Award Kingston Hospital 2020 – Best Educator Dermatology
  • Involved in digital innovation Kinesis – offering on-line advice and guidance to local GPs
  • Awarded Health Education England – South London Charter Mark April 2018 for Educational Excellence for the GPVTS post
  • Awarded Annual President’s Dermatological Society Prize 2017 – 2018
  • Awarded Clinical Excellence Awards at Kingston Hospital for recognition of his work and contribution to the Trust
  • Inspirational Dermatology training at Amersham Hospital, King’s College Hospital with the late Dr E Higgins, St George’s, St Helier and Kingston Hospital
  • Involved in GP education – created the GP Skin Club (Kingston)
  • Ran the London Marathon 2015 for the British Skin Foundation – raised more than £4000

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