Rakesh Patalay


Consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon


Rakesh Patalay is a consultant dermatologist. He is an expert in procedural dermatology after further higher training in the UK and USA.

He is the surgical clinical lead for the skin cancer screening service and teaches dermatology both in the UK and abroad.

Rakesh has a higher degree in skin imaging and remains active academically. He is an expert in this field, leading the NICE review and co-authoring the Cochrane Reviews for the use of reflectance confocal microscopy in skin cancer. He jointly provides the skin imaging service at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust.

Education and training

  • MBBS University College London (UCL) Medical School
  • BSc Neuroscience, UCL
  • PhD optics, skin imaging – Imperial College London
  • specialist dermatology training – London
  • One-year fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous lasers, St John’s Institute of Dermatology
  • Internship in applied biophotonics and laser dermatology – Beckman Laser Institute, University of California Irvine, USA

Research interests

  • Skin imaging – reflectance confocal microscopy, optical coherence tomography, multiphoton microscopy
  • Skin cancer
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • UKDCTN (UK Dermatology clinical trials network) – committee member, advisor for surgery (2016-present)
  • UK TREND (UK Translational Research Network in Dermatology) – non-melanoma skin cancer group (2016-present)


  • Clive Archer thesis fellowship, 2014
  • Hugh Wallace essay prize, 2013
  • BAD British Society Dermatology surgery prize, 2012
  • BAD Bristol Cup – runner up, 2005

Last updated: April 2022

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