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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). 

Contact:  Ilka Netravali, President DIG at

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

Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD

Medical dermatology, Cutaneous immunology

Elizabeth Buzney, MD

Skin cancer in the immunosuppressed, 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)

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.

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

Susan J. Huang, M.D.

Technology in medicine, patient engagement & education, quality improvement, eczema

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

Medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology, pediatric dermatology, cutaneous infectious diseases

Thomas Kupper MD

T cell mediated memory responses in skin

Joseph Kvedar, MD

Medical dermatology, telemedicine

Nicole LeBoeuf MD

Skin toxicities

Margaret Lee, MD

Medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology

Marilyn Liang, M.D.

Vascular anomalies, Pediatric dermatology

Mayra Lorenzo, MD, PhD

Virology and viral immunology

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)

Arash Mostaghimi, MD

Medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology

Art Saavedra, MD, MPH

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

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

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

Peggy Wu,

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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