Clive Archer

Consultant dermatologist and honorary professor


Clive Archer is a senior consultant dermatologist at the St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior clinical lecturer at King's College London. He is also a visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London. He is an honorary professor of dermatology and immunopharmacology at the University of Central Lancashire.

He was a consultant dermatologist and clinical lead for dermatology at University Hospitals Bristol from 1989 to 2010 and an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the University of Bristol.

He is past academic vice president of the British Association of Dermatologists and past president of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Dermatology. As a membership of the royal college of physicians (MRCP) examiner, he was also chair of the Royal College of Physicians Joint Specialty Committee for Dermatology. 

Education and training


  • bachelor of science (BSc (Hons))
  • bachelor of medicine, bachlor of surgery (MBBS)
  • membership of the royal college of physicians (MRCP (UK))
  • doctor of medicine (MD (Lond))
  • doctor of philosophy (PhD)
  • membership of the royal college of surgeons (MRCS (Engl))
  • fellowship of the royal college of physcians (FRCP (Lond))
  • fellowship of the royal college of physcians (FRCP (Edin))
  • fellowship of the royal college of physcians (FRCP (Glasg))
  • postgraduate certificate
  • postgraduate diploma
  • master of science (MSc) in medical education
  • master of laws (LLM)


  • Guy's Hospital Medical School, University of London
  • Keble College, Oxford University


  • General medicine at Guy's Hospital, London
  • General medicine at University College Hospital
  • Registrar in dermatology at Guy's Hospital, London
  • Senior registrar at the St John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin and the Institute of Dermatology, London
  • Dermatology Foundation Research Fellow at the Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, USA
  • Senior registrar at St John's Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas' Hospital, London

Research interests

Clive has published over 200 research papers, review articles and book chapters, and has been author of 2 books and editor of 2 others.

His research interests include the immuno-pharmacological aspects of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis (M.D.), the interaction between inflammatory mediators and cytokines (Ph.D.) and the epidemiology of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

A lot of his research has been on cell regulatory mechanisms in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis (extending his MD work) and the actions of and synergistic interaction between putative mediators of inflammation in the skin (extending his PhD work).

He formed The Skin Investigation Society (THESIS) and was first academic vice president of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). During this time, he was instrumental in the formation of the annual BAD DermSchool meetings for medical students and young doctors.


Three American Academy of Dermatology poster research awards in the Residents' Section for Original Investigation:

  • Silver Award (1984)
  • Gold Award (1983)
  • Silver Award (1982)

Clive spent almost 2 years at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1986 to 1987, and was awarded the British Association of Dermatologists' Dowling Research Fellowship, the Psoriasis Association Research Fellowship, the American Dermatology Foundation/National Psoriasis Foundation Research Fellowship. 

He also received a Wellcome Research Travel Grant and a St Thomas' Hospital Research (Endowments) Committee Travel Award.

In 2020, Clive was awarded an honorary professorship at the University of Central Lancashire for his contributions to research in dermatology and immunopharmacology and to medical education.

Last updated: October 2023

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