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Archer, Clive B. - consultant dermatologist and honorary senior clinical lecturer


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Clive Archer Email:

 Address: St John's Institute of Dermatology, 3rd Floor Southwark Wing, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT

  • Biography

    Clive B. 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, having obtained a PhD in Pharmacology, alongside his dermatology training, for his research in inflammatory mediators and the skin.

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

    Clive is past academic vice president of the British Association of Dermatologists and past president of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Dermatology. As an MRCP Examiner, he was also chair of the Royal College of Physicians Joint Specialty Committee for Dermatology. 

  • Education and training


    BSc (Hons), MB BS, MRCP (UK), MD (Lond), PhD, MRCS (Engl), FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Glasg), PG Cert, PG Diploma & MSc in Medical Education, 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.
  • Specialist interests


    • General dermatology, including all medical and surgical dermatology
    • benign and malignant skin tumours, including moles, seborrhoeic and viral warts, solar keratosis, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers
    • acne, atopic dermatitis/eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria.


    • 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.

    Medical education:

    Clive has a passionate interest in the teaching of medical students, postgraduate students and GPs. He has a particular interest in medical education (PG Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Medical Education) and medical law, having completed a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at Cardiff University in 2017.

  • Research interests

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

    Much 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).

    As an NHS consultant dermatologist, Clive's academic activities have been more clinically orientated, and he has continued to influence the research of registrars and young consultants nationally through the formation of The Skin Investigation Society (THESIS) and his role at the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) as the first academic vice president. During this time, he was instrumental in the formation of the annual BAD DermSchool meetings for medical students and young doctors.

  • Awards

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

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

    Clive spent almost two years at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1986-87, 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.