Dr Kara Heelan was appointed as consultant dermatologist at The Royal Marsden in 2017 and has both a private and an NHS practice. She specialises in skin cancer and drug reactions.
She graduated from University College Dublin Medical School in 2006 with an honours degree. She underwent dermatology training in Ireland following which she undertook research at the University of Toronto and University College Cork. She was awarded her MD thesis for her work on autoimmune bullous dermatoses. She completed the University of Toronto advanced medical dermatology fellowship with a special interest in drug reactions in 2013. She subsequently completed a fellowship in skin cancer and dermatological surgery at University College London Hospital (UCLH) in 2016.