Archer, Clive B. - consultant dermatologist and lead for medical education


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

  • Biography

    Dr Clive B. Archer is the lead for medical education at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having set up the St John’s Medical Education Forum in 2011.

    He was the King’s Health Partnership (KHP) Genetics, Rheumatology, Infection and Immunity, Dermatology (GRIID) Clinical Academic Group (CAG) clinical education lead for two years, having formed the CAG Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) in 2011.

    Dr Archer is a visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London.

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

  • Education and training


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


    • Guy’s Hospital, London
    • University College Hospital
    • St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin and the Institute of Dermatology, London
    • Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, USA
    • St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
  • Specialist interests


    • medical and surgical dermatology
    • benign and malignant skin tumours (including moles)
    • acne
    • atopic dermatitis/eczema
    • psoriasis.


    • immunopharmacology and the skin
    • dermatopharmacology.

    Medical education:

    Dr Archer is very involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. He completed the certificate and diploma in medical education courses at the Royal College of Physicians, London, and University College London (2004-2005 and 2006-2007).

    His MSc medical education thesis (2007-20088) was on research into graduate entry medical students’ experiences and perceptions of the University of Bristol medicine course.

  • Research interests

    Dr Archer has published numerous 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, Dr Archer'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.

  • 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).

    Dr Archer 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.