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Dermatology is a branch of medicine that deals with problems related to the skin. Ever since the Inception of Amala IMS in 1978, dermatology has been an integral part of it. The department was revamped on June, 2005, after the hospital attained the status of a medical college, in 2003. A team of extremely skilled and dedicated dermatologists with efficient paramedical staff enrich the department.It is a constant endeavour of the department to offer the highest level of care to the attending patients of all age groups, by offering varied services such as specialty clinics, cosmetology, Dermatosurgery and Phototherapy.Along with these, the students of both UG and PG also get high exposure through various educational programmes.Well-trained staff in the Department of Dermatology at Amala IMS cater to the needs of Out Patients (OP) as well as In Patients (IP) 24x7. The Department undertakes undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, thereby preparing skilled, future-ready dermatologists. The department has Skin ICU for critically ill patients, two well-equipped Operation Theatres (OT), Laser surgery and Phototherapy facilities.

Speciality Clinics

Clinics catering to patients with specific dermatology disorders ( specialty clinics) functions on various days of the week, where advanced medical and surgical management is provided to the patients.

Acne clinics Saturday [8.00am- 12.00pm]
Pediatric clinic Saturday [8.00am – 12.00pm]
Hair clinic Thursday [8.00am- 12.00pm]
Vitiligo clinic 1st & 3rd Wednesday [12.00pm-2.00pm]
Pigmentation clinic 2nd & 4th Wednesday [12.00pm-2.00pm]
Psoriasis Clinic  1st & 3rd Wednesday [10.00am 12.00pm]
Bullous disorders clinic  2nd & 4th Wednesday[10.00am 12.00pm]


  • Phototherapy
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Patch-testing
  • Vitiligo surgeries – Punch grafting, Blister grafting, Melanocyte transfer
  • Dermabrasion
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Radiofrequency
  • Chemical Peeling
  • Iontophoresis
  • Electrolysis
  • Excision of various skin tumors
  • Trichoscopy
  • Dermascopy
  • Skin biopsy
  • Electrocautery
  • Intralesional Injection
  • Cryo surgery – Liquid No.2
  • Nail excision
  • Corn Enucleation
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Fractional CO2 Laser
  • Microneedling Radiofrequency (MRF)
  • Botox
  • PRP (Platelet rich plasma)
  • CO2 Laser
  • Vitamin C Iontopherosis
  • Q switched PICO laser
  • BB Glow Treatment
  • Thread Lift
  • Comedone Extraction
  • Carbon Peel
  • Hydrafacial
  • Cryoslush
  • C arm


The facilities are available on all working days except Sundays and public holidays, from 8.00am to 4.00pm. This service is provided by a team of five dedicated dermatologists and a cosmetic dermatologist. Patient centered service is the goal of our outpatient facility. We provide timely and structured treatment for each patient attending our OP.

We have IP facility managed by efficient nursing staffs, who are trained in management of dermatological ailments. Working together, our doctors & nursing staff provide holistic treatment to individual patients.
Skin ICU – Dermatological emergencies , primarily various dermatoses leading to acute skin failure are managed in our skin ICU. Careful monitoring and multidisciplinary intensive care is given to patients by our dedicated team of nursing staffs and physicians , thereby reducing mortality and motility.

Dermatosurgery is an integral and essential component of current dermatology practice. The dermatosurgery unit is headed by a team of trained dermatologist and nursing staff who provide surgical treatment to patients, as well as training programme for junior residents and dermatologists from across the country.

A well-equipped dermatosurgery operation theatre with updated instruments and facilities for emergency resuscitation is present at our department.

A cosmetic dermatology unit “Radiance” was established in 2013, which functions daily during department hours. A qualified aesthetic dermatologist provides individualized and comprehensive treatment for various skin and hair ailments to patients at affordable prices.

Services offered in Radiance are:-

  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Fractional CO2 laser
  • Microneedling radiofrequency (MRF)
  • Botox
  • PRP (Platelet rich plasma)
  • CO2 laser
  • Vitamin C iontopherosis
  • Q switched PICO laser
  • BB Glow treatment
  • Thread lift
  • Comedone extraction
  • Carbon peel
  • Hydrafacial
  • Cryoslush

Phototherapy unit with facilities for NBUVB, PUVA, Bath PUVA , Hand and foot phototherapy and spot phototherapy functions from 8.00am- 4.00pm where patients with various dermatological ailments amendable to phototherapy are treated .

A skin laboratory with facilities for various staining techniques ,dermascopy , patch test facilities functions during department hours. A trained laboratory technician supervise these procedures.


Dr. Sebastian Criton V J

Professor & HOD

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Dr. Abel Francis


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Dr. Mohamed Nazeer K V

Associate Professor

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Dr. Anitta Shojan

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Rashmi Mary Philip

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Roshan Mary George

Senior Resident

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CME Details Date of Conduct
Name : Acne – Challenges & Answers
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Name : Advances 2008 & First Amala Dermatology Oration
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Name : Pediatric dermatology CME
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Name : Advances 2010 & Second Amala Dermatology Oration
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Name : Advances 2012 & Third Amala Dermatology Oration
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Name : Advances 2014 & Fourth Amala Dermatology Oration
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Name : Advances 2016 & Fifth Amala Dermatology Oration
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Name : 6thAmala Dermatology Oration
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Name : Dermapth classroom – Dermatopathology CME
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Name : Dermatology pearls for general practitioners
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Name of Workshop Theme / Subject Date of Conduct
Knowledge Exchange Program 2020
Workshop on Dermatosurgery for postgraduates 2018
Workshop on Dermatosurgery for postgraduates 2016
Dermatosurgery , Cosmetology & Laser workshop 2011 2011


  • Shruthi R, Criton S. Secukinumab for recalcitrant chronic plaque psoriasis in a 9yr old child. Indian J Dermatol 20121; 66: 575.
  • Mohanan S, Criton S, Abraham UM. Mixed immunobullous disease in infants : Falls in bullous pemphigoid – linear IgA spectrum? . Indian J PaediatrDermatol 2020; 21: 310-2.
  • Ravindran S, Criton S, Surendran D. A heterozygous missense mutation of CARD14 gene in a case of Netherton-Like syndrome. Indian J PaediatrDermatol 2021;22:267-70
  • Ravindran Surya & Antony Jason Augustine &Ankith K & Sebastian Criton. Physiological water immersion induced hand wrinkling in medical students. JOJ Dermatol&Cosmetol 2020; 2(3) 42-45.
  • George R M, Nazeer M, Criton S, Abraham UM, Francis A. Clinicopathological analysis of basal cell carcinoma – A retrospective study.J Skin Sex Transm Dis 2021; 3(1) : 51-5
  • Buch J Y, Criton S. Dermascopy Saga – A tale of 5 countries. Indian J of Dermatol 2021; 66: 174 -8.
  • Jerald A, Criton S, Nazeer KV, Abraham UM, Divya S. CD30+ anaplastic large-cell lymphoma masquerading as lupus vulgaris – A case report. J Skin Sex Transm Dis 2019;1(2):94-6.
  • Buch J Y, Criton S. Trichoscopic findings in normal hair and scalp in children under 17 yrs .Int J Trichol 2019; 11: 189-98.
  • Gangadharan G, Criton S, Nazeer M. A questionnaire based study on the concepts of protein supplementation in exfoliative dermatitis among dermatologists . Nepal J DermatolVenereolLeprol 2016; 14(1).
  • Jose Tarun, Jose Susan, Jacob Suria, Veronica John Susan, Sebastian Criton. Evaluation of pH of bathing soaps and shampoos for skin and hair care Indian J Dermatol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 59(5): 442–444.
  • Criton S, Gangadharan G. Non pharmacological management of atopic dermatitis. Indian J PediatrDermatol 2017; 18 (3) : 166-73.
  • Jose B, Criton S, Surendran D. Cutaneous Tuberculosis: An Unusual Presentation. J Turk AcadDermatol 2016;10.
  • GeethuGangadharan, Sebastian Criton. An Unusual Presentation of Varicella. J Turk AcadDermatol 2015; 9 (4): 1594c2.
  • Anjali Ullas, Criton S. Old Friends hypothesis . Kerala J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol. 2015;10: 69-71.
  • Geethu G, Criton S. Stem cells. Kerala J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol. 2015;10: 63-68.
  • Suseela KV, Criton S, Patil S, Gangadharan G. A case of erysipeloid presenting as abscesses along the lymphatics. J AcadClinMicrobiol 2015;17:45-7.
  • Geethu G, Criton S, Divya S. Acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis. Indian J of Dermatol 2015; 60(4): 422.
  • Criton S. Pigmentary disorders. Perspective in clinical dermatology. 2014
  • Evaluation of pH of Bathing Soaps and Shampoos for Skin and Hair Care. Indian J Dermatol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 59(5): 442–444.
  • Criton S. Mechanism of adverse drug reaction . Perspective in clinical dermatology ‘Drug reaction’ Vol. 11. 2012 p4-13.
  • Criton S. Bacterial infections . Perspective in clinical dermatology
  • Criton S. Oral Antifungals - Perspective in Dermatology 2011 Vol. 10: 6-24.
  • Criton S. Xerodermapigmentosum – Perspective in Dermatology 2011 Vol. 9
  • Criton S. Topicalcorticosteroids . Perspectives in Dermatology. 2006; 4: 2-8.
  • Criton S. Chronic urticaria - Perspectives in Dermatology
  • Joseph K, Vinayakumar AR, Criton S, Vishnu MS, Pariyaram SE. Periorbital mass with cellulitis caused by dirofilaria. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2011 Oct-Dec;29(4):431-3.
  • Criton S. Retinoid side effects- Perspectives in Dermatology
  • Criton S. Management of atopic dermatitis- Perspectives in Dermatology
  • Criton S. Photodermatology. Perspectives in Dermatology 2011; 9: 4-13.
  • Milu Maria, Criton S. Psychological management of dermatological disorders. Kerala J of Dermatol, Venereol and Leprol 2011; 7(1): 29-33.
  • Criton S. Clinical Pediatr Dermatology- Davinder Mohan Thappa. Indian J DermatolVenereol and Leprol 2009; 75: 331.
  • Criton S, Seneviwickrama KLPD. An Indian infant with epidermolysisbullosa simplex with mottled pigmentation. Indian J of PediatrDermatol 2010; 12(1): 54-56.
  • Criton S, Devi K, George S, Suja V, Sridevi P.K. Carbamazepine – the commonest cause of toxic epidermal necrolysis and Steven Johnson syndrome: a study of 7 years. Indian J DermatolVenereolLeprol . 2005; 71(5): 325-8.
  • Criton S, Johny Vincent. Keratitis, ichthyosis and deafness (KID syndrome. Indian J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol 1995; 61(5): 312-313.
  • Criton S, Devi K, Sridevi P K, Asokan P.U. Toxic Epidermal necrolysis – A retrospective study. International Journal of Dermatol. 1997; 36: 923-925.
  • Criton S, Mohan K B, Asokan P.U. Dermatological manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus infected / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients in a referral hospital of central kerala. Indian J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol. 1995;61:89-90.
  • Criton S, Aravindan K.P. Bowenoidpapulosis turning to squamous cell carcinoma. Indian J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol 1998; 64: 37-9.
  • Criton S, Asokan P.U, Pailey S, Kuttapan S.S. Necrobiotocxanthogranuloma with paraproteinaema. Indian J DermatolVenereol and Leprol 1996; 62: 383-5.
  • Criton S. Metastatic Crohn’s disease. Indian J DermatolVenereolLeprol 1998; 64: 80-2.
  • Criton S, Devi K, Sridevi P.K, Asokan P.U. Profiles of leishmaniasis in central Kerala . Indian J of Dermatol 1997; 42(2): 71-4.
  • Criton S, Sridevi P.K, Asokan P.U. Lip leishmaniasis. Indian J of Dermatol ,Venereol and Leprol 1995; 61(5): 303 -304.
  • Criton S, P K Majeed Abdul, Asokan P.U. Proteus syndrome. Indian J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol 1995. 61(3): 152-154.
  • Ravindran S, Nazeer M, Criton S. Dermatologic care of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of India. IndianJDermatolVenereolLeprol. 2022
  • Abel Francis ,Nithu B Johns, S Criton. Trichoscopic findings to determine disease activity in patients with alopecia areata. Indian J Appl Res. 2019; 9: 60-61.
  • Abel Francis ,Haseena Hassan C K. Correlation of atherosclerosis with acanthosisnigricans of temporal region of face compared to neck. International Journal of Contemporary Medical research 2019; 6(8): H1-H4.
  • Abel Francis ,Roshan G , Nazeer M. Study of prevalence of premature graying of hair among school – going children aged between 5-15 years. Indian J Applied research 2019.
  • Abel Francis, AnittaShojan. Comedogenecity of oils. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2019; 6(8) : H5 – H7.
  • Abel F. Tattoo. Kerala J of Dermatology. 2015; 10: 55-58.
  • Francis A, Criton S, Shojan A, Philip R, Nazeer M. Unusual Presentation of Greying of Hair. Int J Trichology. 2015;7(2):85-86.
  • Francis A. Micropigmentation in Vitiligo of lateral lower lip. Journal of Cutaneous Aesthet Surg. 2013;6(4): 236-237.
  • Francis A. Xerodermapigmentosum . Indian Journal of pediatric dermatology. 2012; 13(1): 34.
  • Francis A. Classification and clinical features . – Psychocutaneous disorders. Kerala Journal of dermatol, Venereol and Leprol 2011; 7(1): 19-22.
  • Francis A. Lipoatrophiasemicircularis. Kerala Journal of Dermatol, Venereol andLeprol 2010; 6(1).
  • Abel F ,Sandhya A, Anitta S, Rashmi Philip, Criton S. Subcutaneous panniculitis like T cell lymphoma – A Case report . Indian Journal of Dermatol 2010; 55(3): 290-292.
  • Abel F, Criton S, Sandhya A, Anitta A, Rashmi Philip, Seneviwickrama KLPD. Self inflicted and stimulated skin disease in children – deverse clinical presentations . Indian J of pediatrdermatol 2009; 12(1): 41-44.
  • Abel F, Sandhya A, Anitta S, Criton S. Noonan’s syndrome associated with lyphangiomacircumscriptum and bluish white nails. Keral J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol . 2007; 4: 58-60.
  • Francis A, Jose AR. Immune-enhancing agents in autoimmune skin diseases – A review. J Skin Sex Transm Dis 2022;4:19-26.
  • Nazeer M, Rashmi Philip. Study of toilet seat dermatitis in pediatric age groups. Indian J of Applied research. 2019; 9 (8).
  • Nazeer M, RavindranS, Gangadharan G, Criton S. A survey of treatment practices in management of psoriasis patients among dermatologists in Kerala. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2019; 10: 437-40.
  • Jerald A, Criton S, Nazeer M. CD 30+ Anaplastic large cell lymphoma masquerading as lupus vulgaris – A case report . Journal of Skin Sex Transm Dis. 2019; 1(2).
  • George R M, Nazeer M, Criton S, Abraham U M, Francis A. Clinicopathological analysis of basal cell carcinoma – A retrospective study. J Skin Sex Transm Dis 2021; 3(1): 51-5
  • Nazeer Mohamed, Ganesh Kamath H, Shetty Narendra J, Nandakishore B. Exfoliative dermatitis- A clinical study . Indian J Dermatol 2002; 47(4): 227 -229.
  • Lalji, T.L. ,Anto, M.M. , Shojan A. ,Criton S. Self-efficacy, perceived social support and quality of life of females with acne and eczema. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. 6. 1328-1331.
  • Anitta S, Sandhya A, Abel F, Criton S. Churg Strauss syndrome – A case report . Kerala J of DermatolVenereol&Leprol 2007; 4: 30-32.
  • Anitta S, Criton S, Sandhya A, Abel F, Rashmi P. Attitude of adolescents towards acne. Indian J of PediatrDermatol. 2009; 12(1) :9-12
  • Anitta S, Criton S, Sandhya A, Abel F. Nevoid basal cell carcinoma. Indian J of PediatrDermatol. 2010; 12(1) :34-37.
  • Anitta A. Mucormycosis. Kerala J ofDermatolVenereol&Leprol 2011; 7(1): 47-48.
  • Anitta A. Lymphocytoma cutis. Kerala J ofDermatolVenereol&Leprol 2014; 9(1): 74.
  • Rashmi Philip, Criton S, Sandhya A, Abel F, Anitta S. Juvenile acanthosisnigricans – A prospective study. Indian J of Pediatrdermatol. 2009; 12(1): 2-5.
  • Rashmi Philip. Phototherapy in psoriasis. Kerala J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol 2014; 9(1): 41-52.
  • Rashmi Philip. Rituximab in the treatment of Pemphigus. Kerala J of DermatolVenereol and Leprol 2015; 10: 30-35.
  • RashmiPhilip . Lines of Blaschko . Kerala Medical Journal. 2004.