Dr Kara Heelan: Dermatology

Dr Kara Heelan


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About me

Dr. Kara Heelan is a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and St. Georges Hospital, London. She is a core member of the both the primary and advanced Skin MDT at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer as well as in complex medical dermatology. She subspecializes in drug reactions and autoimmune bullous dermatoses. She is experienced in treating patients with general dermatological conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, benign skin lesions and inflammatory skin rashes).

Kara Heelan graduated from University College Dublin Medical School in 2006 with Honours. She completed her dermatology training in Ireland, during which she won national and international prizes for her research. She had additive international training at the University of Toronto and completed the highly competitive Advanced Medical Dermatology Fellowship with interests in drug reactions and autoimmune bullous disorders in 2013. She subsequently completed a Fellowship in Skin Cancer and Dermatological Surgery at University College London Hospital (UCLH) in 2016.

She undertook research in autoimmune bullous dermatoses at the University of Toronto and University College Cork and her MD was awarded in 2016. She has published her work in peer-reviewed journals and has frequently presented at national and international meetings.

Kara is active is teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and general practitioners.

She is currently a member of the British Association of Dermatologists guideline group for bullous pemphigoid and is lead of the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (DCTN) urticaria trainee group.

Areas of interest

Melanoma; Non Melanoma Skin Cancer; Pigmented Lesions; Drug reactions; Complex Medical Dermatology; General Dermatology (eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, benign skin lesions and inflammatory skin rashes).

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Procedures completed

  • S1500

    Biopsy of skin or subcutaneous tissue - (5-50)

    The Royal Marsden Hospital (1-5)

  • S1110

    Curettage/cryotherapy of lesion of skin (including cauterisation) - up to three - (5-50)

    The Royal Marsden Hospital (1-5)

  • S0633

    Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - up to three, Trunk & Limbs (excluding lipoma) - (1-5)

    The Royal Marsden Hospital (1-5) The Royal Marsden Hospital (1-5)

  • S0820

    Curettage/cryotherapy of lesions of skin (including cauterisation) - four or more - (1-5)

  • S0632

    Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - up to three, Head & Neck (excluding lipoma) - (1-5)

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