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Non-Harvard Medical students:

Non-HMS Medical students interested an exchange clerkship in an HMS-affiliated dermatology patient setting should contact the HMS Registrar (


Harvard Medical students:

Dermatology Interest Group

We recommend that HMS Medical students interested in Dermatology join the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG). 

Karyn Haitz
Nicole Gunasekera
Cristy Garza-Mayers

Please check back for information on upcoming events and for additional volunteering and research opportunities! 

Research Opportunities

For those interested in pursuing clinical or basic research projects, please visit our website:

From this site you can link directly to our basic research laboratories as well as our clinical research units.  This site also offers an extensive list of clinical research ongoing throughout our program sites.

Dermatology Advisors

All Harvard Medical students interested in dermatology should meet with our Program Director, Dr. Rachel Reynolds.  Please contact Diane at or 617-726-5254 to schedule an appointment.

Below is a list of members of our faculty who are available to act as advisors to you.  These faculty members have volunteered to meet medical students to offer them guidance and advice about the application and interview process, and to advise medical students as you seek out clinical or research projects.  They will be happy to assist with introductions to additional faculty who may have mutual interests to yours.  Contact info for these fauclty can be found via  eCommons.

Faculty Name

Area(s) of Interests

Stephen Agboola, MD Telemedicine/Connected Health

Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD

Medical dermatology, Cutaneous immunology

Elizabeth Buzney, MD

Medical education, and  clinical research in Phototherapy

Steven Chen, MD, MPH

Complex medical dermatology, cutaneous lymphomas, inpatient dermatology, medical education, clinical research, and combined medicine/dermatology training

Rachel Clark MD, PhD

T cell mediated immunity in human skin

Shinjita Das, MD

Developing media tools to enhance patient education of dermatologic conditions,  technology (with or without a programming background) and/or media (television/communications)

Shawn Demehri, MD Cancer Immunology: exploring the mechanism of immunity against early carcinogenesis
Charles Dimitroff, Ph.D. Study the glycobiological regulators of melanoma progression and adaptive immunity
Sherrie J. Divito, MD I'm particularly useful for physician-scientist careers in dermatology, cutaneous and transplant immunology, oncodermatology.
Erica Dommasch, MD Large database research, dermatoepidemiology, psoriasis, and drug safety
David Fisher, MD Skin pigmentation and melanoma
Jason Frangos, MD Complex medical dermatology, inpatient consult dermatology, combined medicine-dermatology training

Esther Freeman, MD, PhD

Global health with an emphasis on health care delivery and policy in developing nations.  HIV diagnosis, prevention and detection of Kaposi’s sarcoma in underserved areas.

Lilit Garibyan, MD Problem based medical innovation platforms; translational research with emphasis on novel device development; cutaneous nerves, itch and pain; nonprofit social enterprise
Katia Georgopoulos, MD Epigenetic regulation of skin diseases
Ernesto Gonzalez-Martinez Contact Dermatitis/Patch Testing/Occupational Dermatology, Photomedicine/Phototoherapy, Lasers, Morphology of Skin Diseases.
Sandro Goruppi, MD Skin cancer, tumor stroma interaction, tumor microenvironment, diseases linked with dysregulated cellular autophagy

Elena Hawryluk, MD, PhD

Pediatric Dermatology, nevi, pediatric melanoma

Harley Haynes, MD

Education, skin manifestations of systemic disease, complex medical dermatology, dermatologic oncology

Thomas Horn, MD, MBA

Dermatopathology, emphasis of the pathology of inflammatory skin disease,  also matters that involve Board Certification, novel methods of knowledge assessment, and influencing education through residency program evaluation.

Jennifer Huang, MD

Medical dermatology, Pediatric dermatology

Victor Huang, MD Vitiligo and related depigmenting disorders.     Areas of interest include epidemiology, database creation, clinical trials, translational collaborations, and development of new technologies for outcome assessment
Kamal Jethwani, MD Connected Health/Digital health, telemedicine/telehealth, social media research, patient-centered outcomes research, Quality improvement using technology-based tools, patient self-management, mobile health

Shadi Kourosh, MD

General and medical dermatology, Skin of Color, Multi-cultural dermatology, pigmentary  disorders, Vitiligo,  technological innovations in medicine, patient advocacy,  public health  and community medicine.

Daniela Kroshinsky, MD

Inpatient dermatology, pediatric dermatology, Complex medical dermatology,  calciphylaxis, dermatologic problems in internal medicine/primary care

Thomas Kupper MD

T cell mediated memory responses in skin

Joseph Kvedar, MD

Medical dermatology, telemedicine

Nicole LeBoeuf MD

Skin toxicities from anticancer therapies, cutaneous oncology

Marilyn Liang, M.D.

Vascular anomalies, Pediatric dermatology

Evelyn Lilly, MD Medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, disorders of keratinization (ichthyosis), genetic diseases of the skin, bullous dermatoses, adverse cutaneous drug reactions, clinical research.
William Lin, MD Computational biology, image analysis
Dermatopathology, Medical dermatology Pigmented lesions/Melanoma

Mayra Lorenzo, MD, PhD

Virology and viral immunology

Dieter Manstein, MD Laser and energy-based devices,  translational research and technological innovation in dermatology

Joseph Merola MD


Autoimmunity in two major disease areas: psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis and connective tissue disorders (eg. Cutaneous and systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis)

Martin Mihm, MD Advising/mentoring on melanocytic lesions
David Miller, MD Cutaneous oncology, translational research, combined dermatology/medicine/heme-onc training

Arash Mostaghimi, MD

Medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology

Vinod Nambudiri, MD

Interested in offering application advice- Areas of interest: complex medical dermatology; cutaneous oncology; Med-Derm training; business of medicine; leadership and policy within dermatology; medical education; dermatology workforce; clinical morphology and visual diagnosis; cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease; career development

Victor Neel, MD Dermatologic surgery, cutaneous imaging, tumor molecular biology 
Vinod Nambudiri, MD MBA

General or medical dermatology including dermatology medical education, health care policy, complex medical dermatologic diseases, cutaneous oncology, and costs of care

Mital Patel, MD Hidradenitis suppurativa, psoriasis, pyoderma gangrenosum, and inflammatory bowel disease related cutaneous disease
Adam Raff, MD Interests: medical devices, point of care diagnostics, entrepreneurship, skin infections, medical dermatology
Emily Ruiz, MD Areas of interest: nonmelanoma skin cancer; cost research for skin cancer care; transplant dermatology

Art Saavedra, MD, MPH

HIV dermatology, Graft versus host disease, Adverse Cutaneous drug reactions

Pamela Scheinman, MD Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology

Chrysalyne Schmults MD

High risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC); clinical trials of staging and therapy of non-melanoma skin cancer; costs associated with skin cancer surveillance and management

Deborah Scott, MD

Alopecia, Skin of color/ multicultural dermatology

Maryanne Senna, MD

Areas of interest: hair loss, adult and pediatric general dermatology. I am also available to offer application advice.

Gideon Smith, MD

Medical dermatology, connective tissue disease

Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD

Connective tissue diseases including lupus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, vasculitis, autoimmune skin disease, consult/inpatient dermatology

Abigail Waldman, MD Area of expertise would be dermatologic surgery, Mohs surgery, Melanoma
Alice Watson, MD Quality improvement and patient safety, Genital dermatology, Cross cultural care
Erin Wei, MD

Autoimmune blistering diseases, medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology. Assessing the predictor of response to therapy and comparative outcomes research for autoimmune blistering diseases and other systemic diseases with dermatologic manifestation; clinical trials in autoimmune blistering diseases. 

Peggy Wu, MD

Extramammary Pagets disease, contact dermatitis, skin cancer and skin disease incidence, prognosis in stem cell transplant patients

Other Useful Resources

American Board of Dermatology

National Residency Match Program (NMRP)

AAD Medical Student Core Curriculum

AAD Diversity Mentorship Program
American Skin Association Medical Student Grants
American Dermatologic Association Medical Student Fellowship
Melanoma Research Foundation Medical Student Research Awards


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