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Ravi Ratnavel

Consultant Dermatologist

, London and Buckinghamshire

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Ravi Ratnavel: Consultant Dermatologist in London and Buckinghamshire

Dr Ravi Ratnavel is a skin cancer specialist offering expert assessment and treatment of suspicious skin lesions using the full range of surgical and non-surgical techniques including Moh's surgery and photodynamic therapy (PDT). He also has a special interest and expertise in the management of skin rashes, acne, hair disorders and skin allergy. Dr Ratnavel practices at 25 Harley Street in London and at BMI The Chiltern Hospital and Spire Thames Valley Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

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Training and experience

A graduate of Oxford University, Dr Ratnavel underwent his clinical training at hospitals attached to London and Cambridge Universities and completed his dermatology training at the world renowned St John's Institute for Dermatology in London. With a special interest in the medical and surgical treatment of skin cancers, he has been the NHS clinical lead for the provision of skin cancer treatment services in the Buckinghamshire and Oxford region.

In 1996, Dr Ratnavel was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine by Oxford University and received accreditation by the General Medical Council as a Specialist in Dermatology. He became Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2001.

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Clinical practice

Dr Ratnavel is Consultant Dermatologist formerly at Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Consultant at Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust. He runs a busy clinical practice, working both privately and in the NHS with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary setting, offering a comprehensive dermatology service.

Patients are seen for consultation at a convenient time and scheduled thereafter for skin surgery, allergy tests, laser treatment, photodynamic therapy and in-patient ward treatments, as required.

An initial consultation with Dr Ratnavel costs between £200 and £250. Private appointments can be scheduled directly with the relevant hospital or clinic. A referral letter is not essential, but is preferred, and may be a requirement for claims under health insurance. Late evening consultations are available by appointment. Surgical lists run during the mornings only.

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Dr Ratnavel's special interests include the medical and surgical treatment of skin cancers and the diagnosis / management of challenging skin eruptions (rashes). Referrals are also taken for acne, hair disorders and skin allergy.

Conditions treated

Dr Ratnavel offers assessment and treatment for a wide range of skin lesions, including:

  • Suspicious moles
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Solar keratoses
  • Bowen's disease

Expert assessment

Dr Ratnavel highly experienced in the assessment of worrying moles, lumps and blemishes, surgically removing the lesion under local anaesthetic where necessary and sending a sample of the tissue to the laboratory to confirm diagnosis. In many cases, no further treatment is required as long as the histology matches the expected diagnosis and the excision site heals satisfactorily. Other methods of removing skin lesions include currettage, cauterisation, cryotherapy, electrodiathermy and shave excision.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Dr Ratnavel offers photodynamic therapy (PDT), a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for thin basal cell carcinomas and precancerous skin conditions such as actinic (solar) keratoses and Bowen's disease. A special light sensitive cream that is selectively absorbed by diseased skin cells is applied to the affected area of skin for approximately three hours and the area is then exposed to red light emitting diodes, selectively destroying the dysplastic and cancerous cells.

Associated with excellent cosmetic results, photodynamic therapy is carried out as a day procedure, usually without the need for local anaesthetic.

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What patients say about Ravi Ratnavel

Consultant Dr Ravi Ratnavel is highly experienced in his field. He offers a very honest, knowledgable opinion and has a very warm, friendly and reassuring manner. I would highly recommend this doctor.

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Accreditation and admitting rights

Ravi Ratnavel is an accredited consultant for the following hospitals, clinics and groups...

Professional details


MA(Oxon), MBBS(Lond), DM(Oxon), FRCP(UK)

Qualified in 1988 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

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