Dr Emma Craythorne

Dr Emma Craythorne

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon


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GMC Specialist Register Number 4745871

Emma treats a range of skin problems including: acne, rosacea, moles, skin cancers, scars, discolouration, eczema, psoriasis and ageing skin.

She trained in Scotland and Newcastle with subsequent specialist training at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Emma specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers and laser surgery. She was commissioned to author the textbook Dermatology Pocket Tutor, which she has recently completed.

Emma is also the lead of the clinical skin imaging group using reflectance confocal microscopy at the Institute. This is the only department of its kind in the UK. She has won local and national grants for her research and has advised NICE, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence on this technology.

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Dermatologists
  • British Society of Dermatological Surgery
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Cosmetic Dermatology Group
  • Royal Society of Medicine

Key positions

  • Lead for skin imaging St John’s Institute of Dermatology
  • Audit and Governance Lead St John’s Institute of Dermatology
  • Executive committee British Society of Dermatological Surgery
  • National Institute of Clinical Excellence Technology Appraisal Committee for Confocal Microscopy in Skin Imaging

Prizes and Awards

  • British Association of Dermatologists Bristol Cup Award
  • Royal Society of Medicine Hugh Dowling Award
  • British Society of Dermatologic Surgery Travelling Fellowship


  • Evening Standard
  • Daily Mail

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Coleman AJ, Penney GP, Richardson TJ, Guyot A, Choi MJ, Sheth N, Craythorne E, Robson A, Mallipeddi R. Automated registration of optical coherence tomography and dermoscopy in the assessment of sub-clinical spread in basal cell carcinoma.
Comput Aided Surg. 2014;19(1-3):1-12

Sethi M, Craythorne E, Al-Arashi MY, Bhawan J, Stefanato CM. Macromelanosomes: their significantly greater presence in the margins of a lentigo maligna versus solar lentigo.Am J Dermatopathol. 2014 Jun;36(6):490-2

Maybury CM, Craythorne E, Martin B. An ulcerated nodule on the nose. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Apr 16;2013

Maybury C, Craythorne E. Peri-oral papules. BMJ. 2013 Feb 11;346

Basu TN, Craythorne EE, Salisbury JR, Marcus R, Pembroke AC, Creamer D. Tender, subcutaneous nodules in an unwell patient. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2012 Dec;37(8):934-6

Worsnop FS, Craythorne EE, du Vivier AW. A blistering eruption after a holiday in India. BMJ. 2011 Dec 20;343

Craythorne EE, Mufti G, DuVivier AW. Rituximab used as a first-line single agent in the treatment of pemphigus vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Nov;65(5):1064-5

Natkunarajah J, Goolamali S, Craythorne E, Benton E, Smith C, Morris-Jones R, Wendon J, Higgins E, Creamer D. Ten cases of drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) treated with pulsed intravenous methylprednisolone. EurJ Dermatol. 2011 May-Jun;21(3):385-91

Craythorne E, du Viver A, Mufti GJ, Warnakulasuriya S. Rituximab for the treatment of corticosteroid-refractory pemphigus vulgaris with oral and skin manifestations. J Oral Pathol Med. 2011 Sep;40(8):616-20

Proudfoot LE, Craythorne E, Ruiz G, Morris-Jones R. Pale macules, crusted papules, and breathlessness in a child. Arch Dermatol. 2010 Jun;146(6):667-72

Craythorne E, Benton E, Macfarlane S. Axillary web syndrome or cording, a variant of mondor disease, following axillary surgery. Arch Dermatol. 2009 Oct;145(10):1199-200

Craythorne E, Creamer D. Stevens-Johnson syndrome due to prophylactic fluconazole in two patients with liver failure. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2009 Oct;34(7):e389-90

Craythorne EE, Wong S, Jones RM, du Vivier AW. A characteristic rash. BMJ. 2009 May 20;338.

Craythorne EE, du Vivier AW. Non-healing ulcer on the toe. BMJ. 2008

Craythorne EE, Lawrence CM. Observational study of topical imiquimod immunotherapy in the treatment of difficult lentigo maligna. Clin Med Oncol. 2008;2:551-4. Epub 2008 Dec 3.