The mission of the Boston University Department of Dermatology is to serve as a leader in teaching, research and patient care relevant to skin diseases. We are committed to education and to generating new knowledge about normal and diseased skin. We are committed to innovation in all of our endeavors. We strive to meet the highest standards of ethics and academic excellence. Ultimately, we hope that our work will advance the health of our community.
The Department of Dermatology at Boston University provides care to inpatients and outpatients at Boston Medical Center, Neighborhood Health Centers, the Jamaica Plain Veterans Administration Hospital, Brockton and Commonwealth Avenue Clinics. The Department occupies a 36,000 sq. ft (4000 m2) building on the Boston University Medical Center campus adjacent to the Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Dental Medicine and Boston Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital. Faculty and clinical associates offer expertise in practically all subspecialty areas within dermatology, including: skin oncology, dermatologic surgery, phototherapy, laser and cosmetic surgery, photopheresis, alopecia, skin ulcers, wound management, pediatric dermatology, acne, psoriasis, eczematous disorders, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases of the skin. Departmental researchers are leaders in fields such as skin aging, stem cell biology, skin cancers, melanocyte biology and melanoma research including basic and translational research programs.
The Dermatopathology Section processes over 30,000 biopsy specimens every year. The Section makes use of state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced laser-capture microdissection techniques and sophisticated image analysis. The Section also has an extensive set of teaching slides and a 12-headed teaching microscope with a video monitor.
The Department provides dermatologic training to:
- medical students
- dermatology residents
- international graduate physicians in Diploma, Master of Science and Doctorate of Science degree programs
- residents in primary care, family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics (lectures and clinical rotations)
- practicing primary care physicians
- clinical fellows in dermatologic surgery, skin oncology, and dermatopathology
- pre- and post-doctoral research fellows in cell and molecular biology and preventive oncology