Professor Malcolm Rustin


Medical interests: General dermatology, atopic eczema, psoriasis, laser therapy, skin cancers and immunobullous diseases.



I provide a caring and thorough investigation and treatment of a wide range of skin diseases in children and adults including atopic eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer and rarer skin conditions. My recent research has involved studying the immunological basis of atopic eczema and the changes that occur with ageing. I am involved in the running of a skin laser clinic and a clinical trials unit offering patients new and as yet unlicensed treatments.


I have expertise and many years’ experience in all aspects of dermatology including the inflammatory conditions eczema and psoriasis as well the skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. I have a particular interest in the skin manifestations of internal medical problems.

Symptoms investigated

  • Changing pigmented lesions
  • All types of skin rash
  • Blistering disorders
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Leg ulcers
  • Itching of the skin
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hair loss
  • Conditions diagnosed and treated
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin infections
  • All types of skin cancer
  • Immunobullous disorders
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Alopecia
  • Vascular disorders of the skin
  • Procedures performed

I offer the following procedures for diagnosis and treatment:

  • Dermoscopy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Mycology
  • Diagnostic skin biopsies
  • Excision of benign lesions
  • Excision of skin cancers
  • Pulsed dye laser treatment
  • Research interests
  • New drug therapies
  • Atopic eczema
  • Immune mechanisms associated with ageing and skin malignancy


Medical training

Professor Rustin studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1976. He gained experience in general medicine at Northwick Park Hospital and St Stephen’s Hospital, London and then moved to St Bartholomew’s and University College Hospital London to pursue his specialist training in dermatology. He completed his MD at the University of London in 1988 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Professor Rustin has been active in research during his career and has authored more than 200 peer reviewed papers on dermatology, particularly related to the pathogenesis of atopic eczema and its management.

Current appointments

Professor Rustin is an Emeritus Consultant in Dermatology at the Royal Free Hospital where he combines his academic and research activities. He is Chairman of the registered charity Dermatrust. He was a recent Past-President of the Section of Dermatology at the Royal Society of Medicine, Academic Vice-President of the British Association of Dermatologists and the UK Dermatology Representative of the Union of European Medical Specialties. He is President Elect of the UK Dowling Club.

NHS post

Professor Rustin is an Emeritus Consultant Dermatologist within the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Appraisal and revalidation

Date of last appraisal: 16th March 2021

Date of GMC revalidation: 22nd August 2020

Designated body: Royal Free Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust

Responsible officer: Dr J Hawdon

Scope of clinical practice

Professor Rustin sees outpatients in his private medical practice at The Physicians’ Clinic, The Wellington Diagnostics and Outpatients Treatment Centre in Golders Green, The Royal Free Hospital and the Wellington Hospital and has admitting rights to the Wellington Hospital and the King Edward VII Hospital, London.


In clinic
Clinic times*
In clinic: Yes
Clinic times*: 2pm - 7pm
In clinic: Yes
Clinic times*: 2pm - 7pm

*Other times may be available on request


Professor Malcolm Rustin: fees

Type of patient Initial consultation (20 minutes) Follow up consultation (20 minutes)
Self pay £250 £210
Insured Within the schedule of charges for specific insurance companies* Within the schedule of charges for specific insurance companies*

*If your policy covers consultations, in most cases, there will be no shortfall to pay (but you may have an excess liability on your policy).
Please note however, some policies do not cover the full cost of consultations, and there may be a shortfall to pay. In that instance, it is the responsibility of the patient to pay the shortfall in full. Please always check your policy conditions or contact your insurer as necessary.

Declaration of Interest

Professor Malcolm Rustin has a financial interest in the Devonshire Diagnostic Centre Limited

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