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Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Karen Watson

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Dr Karen Watson, Consultant Dermatologist

Specialist Details
Full name

Karen Watson


BSc (Hons), BPharm, MBBS, FRCP


Consultant Dermatologist



Site specialisation
Site specialisation 2
Clinical interests

General dermatology, mole checks, eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, folliculitis, acute rashes, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, including skin surgery, removal of moles, skin tags and cysts, acute rashes, hair and scalp problems, vulval and genital dermatology, treatment of warts and verrucas including freezing and DCP immunotherapy.

Background Information

Dr Watson consults at Basinghall Clinic - Bupa Cromwell Hospital's outpatient centre in the city of London. She used to be a pharmacist and was Principal Pharmacist at the St John?s Institute of Dermatology, London before she studied medicine at Guy?s and St Thomas?s Hospital.  She trained in dermatology at King?s College Hospital, London and was appointed Consultant Dermatologist at Orpington Hospital in 2007.  Orpington Hospital became part of King?s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2013.  She was Lead Clinician in Dermatology at Orpington Hospital in 2013 and held the position until June 2015, when she retired from the NHS. She has a broad range of interests in dermatology.

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Regular Cromwell clinics


Clinic days

Mon: Tue: am/pm BasinghallWed: Thurs: Fri: Sat:

Appointments telephone number

020 7244 4891

Additional Career Information
Year qualified



British Association of Dermatologists Royal College of Physicians Royal Society of Medicine British Medical Association

NHS hospitals

Consultant Dermatologist Rivers Hospital, Sawbridgeworth, Herts CM21 0HH

Research interests
Key published papers

British Association of Dermatologists? guidelines for the management of Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis 2015D Creamer, SA Walsh, HY Lee,  JKG Dart,  J Setterfield,  CB Bunker,  M Ardern-Jones, K Watson, GAE Wong, M Philippidou, A Vercueil, G Williams,D Brown, P Williams, MF Mohd Mustapa, CH SmithToxic erythema in the haemato-oncology patient: clinical patterns, triggers and natural history in a series of 16 casesKMT Watson, G Mufti, JR Salisbury and D CreamerBr J Dermatol 2006; 155: 22.Bullous cutaneous lupus erythematosus mimicking toxic epidermal necrolysis: a case of acute syndrome of apoptotic pan-epidermolysisKMT Watson, EM Higgins, P Gordon, JR Salisbury and D CreamerBr J Dermatol 2006; 155: 25.Spectrum of presentation, histology, treatment and prognosis in a series of 8 patients with leukaemia cutisKMT Watson, G Mufti, JR Salisbury, AWP du Vivier and D CreamerClin Exp Dermatol 2006; 31:218-21.Unintended cutaneous reactions to CS sprayKMT Watson and RJG RycroftContact Dermatitis 2005; 53(1): 9-13.


Media coverage

Our health professionals regularly contribute to hospital publications, as well as national newspaper articles and television coverage.