Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Dermatology

Chair's Message

On behalf of our faculty, residents, fellows, and staff, I welcome you to the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The mission of our department is to provide excellence in education, research, patient care, and advocacy.

Our department offers two residency programs -- an outstanding three-year residency training program with the opportunity for a four-year research track that combines residency and fellowship training and our combined Medicine-Dermatology 5-year residency. The McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides a rich academic environment in which our residents gain clinical experience in diverse care environments, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Jessie Brown Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

During the past decade we have multiplied our faculty four-fold and we continue to expand in both clinical and research opportunities. Residents receive comprehensive exposure to all aspects of dermatology, while working in the outpatient clinics and on the inpatient floors. The patient population and complexity of disorders seen are diverse. Our residents learn about general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, and dermatopathology from faculty who are leaders in their fields. Our many multi-disciplinary clinics based in dermatology promote training from teams of specialists who bring a perspective beyond that of a dermatologist. Dermatology is the base for the multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Institute of Northwestern Medicine with is distinct clinical and research programs on Melanoma, CTCL, Epithelial Carcinomas/Transplant Service, OncoDermatology (mucocutaneous side effects of cancer interventions) and Skin Cancer Education. Our Inflammatory Skin Disorders program includes specialty clinics in Eczema (our Center includes dermatologists, allergists, and a neurology/sleep expert), Psoriasis-Psoriatic arthritis, Connective Tissue disorders, and Contact dermatitis. Our Women’s Skin Health program offers expertise ranging from vulvar disease to hair disorders to cosmetic issues to pregnancy concerns. Another example is our Center for Ethnic Skin, which offers cutting-edge services for pigmentation issues, keloids, and other problems seen more often in individuals with skin of color.

Our bench and clinical research programs are internationally recognized. Ranked 4th this year in NIH funding, Northwestern has one of six NIH-funded skin disease research centers (SDRC) with 73 researchers from 14 Northwestern departments conducting research as members. Researchers focus on keratinocyte biology, nanotechnology, genomics and epigenomics, cutaneous inflammation and immunology, wound healing, the biology of carcinomas and melanomas, and epithelial stem cells.

Our department, originally established in 1896, is one of the oldest departments of dermatology in the country. Graduates of our dermatology residency program and research training programs have become academic and community-based leaders in dermatology and dermatological research locally, nationally, and internationally.

Thank you for visiting our website and learning about the breadth and depth of expertise that our department offers. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Amy Paller, MD

Amy S Paller, MD
Chair, Department of Dermatology 
Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology