Sean Whittaker

Consultant dermatologist and professor of cutaneous oncology (skin cancer)


Sean Whittaker has been a consultant dermatologist at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust since 1999. He is also professor cutaneous oncology (skin cancer) at King's College London.

He is the clinical director for the genetics, rheumatology, infection, dermatology and allergy directorate at Guy's and St Thomas'.

He is the joint lead for the King's Health Partners genetics, rheumatology, infection, immunology and dermatology (GRIID) Clinical Academic Group.

He is the specialist clinical reference group commissioning lead for skin cancer.

Education and training

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London, 1995
  • MD, 1994
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), London, 1984
  • Medicine (MB ChB), University of Manchester, 1981

Research interests

  • Development of a clinical trials platform for primary cutaneous lymphomas
  • Identification of prognostic factors in cutaneous lymphomas
  • Development of molecular diagnostics
  • Genetic (gene mutations and chromosomal copy number gains and losses) and epigenetic (methylation/acetylation/microRNA) abnormalities involved in dysregulation of activation and apoptotic pathways in malignant T-cells
  • Mechanism of action of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) Inhibitors in cutaneous T-cell lymphomas
  • Development of biomarkers for assessing treatment response and diagnosis


  • Neil Smith Memorial Lecturer, 1996

Last updated: September 2022

Is this page useful?