Prof Rustin is an experienced dermatologist who delights in diagnosing and treating patients of all ages with skin diseases in an efficient and caring manner.

He has a particular interest in inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and blistering disorders, complex medical dermatological problems, as well as skin tumours.

Prof Rustin trained at the Middlesex Hospital and this included a BSc in immunology under the direction of Prof Ivan Roitt. He completed an MD thesis from the University of London entitled 'vascular abnormalities in systemic sclerosis' in the laboratory of Prof Pauline Dowd.

He trained in dermatology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and at the Middlesex and University College Hospitals, London and was appointed consultant dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospital in 1989.

Prof Rustin has developed a clinical and research interest in atopic eczema, working closely with Prof Arne Akbar in the department of immunology. He is author of over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised four MD and eight PhD theses.



GMC number


• Lee SX, Boontaveeyuwat E, Thaiwat S, Rustin M, McFadden J. Severe allergic contact dermatitis mimicking angioedema caused by propolis used as a traditional remedy. Contact Dermatitis 2018; 79: 185-186.
• Vukmanovic-Stejic M, Suarez-Farinas M, Chambers E, Sandhu D, Fuentes-Duculan J, Patel N, Agius E, Lacy K, Mabbott N, Rustin M, Krueger J, Akbar Enhancement of cutaneous immunity during ageing by blocking p38 MAPkinase induced inflammation. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2018; 142: 844-856.
• Seidel J, Vukmanovic-Stejic M, Muller-Durovic B, Patel N, Fuentes-Duculan J, Henson S, Krueger J, Rustin M, Nestle F, Lacy K, Akbar A. Skin resident memory CD8+ T cells are phenotypically and functionally distinct from circulating populations and lack immediate cytotoxic function. Clin Exp Immunol 2018; 194: 79-92.
• Patel NP, Vukmanovic-Stejic M, Suarez- Farinas M, Chambers E, Sandhu D, Fuentes-Duculan J, Mabbott NA, Rustin MHA, Krueger J, Akbar AN. Impact of Zostavax Vaccination on T-Cell accumulation and cutaneous gene expression in the skin of older humans after Varicella Zoster Virus antigen–specific challenge. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2018; 218 (Suppl 2): S88-S98.
• Pereira BI, Devine OP, Vukmanovic-Stejic M, Chambers ES, Subramanian P, Patel N, Virasami A, Sebire NJ, Kinsler V, Valdovinos A, LeSaux CJ, Passos JF, Antoniou A, Rustin MHA, Campisi J, Akbar AN. Senescent cells evade immune clearance via HLA-E mediated NK and CD8+ T cell inhibition. Nature Communications 2019;10:2387
• George C, Deroide F, Rustin MHA. Pyoderma gangrenosum: a guide to diagnosis and management. Clin Med 2019; 19: 224-228.

Prof Rustin's research interest is immunology of the skin.