Neelam Ajit Vashi, MD

Associate Professor, Dermatology

Neelam Vashi
609 Albany St (J Bldg)


Dr. Neelam A. Vashi is the Founder and Director of the Boston University Center for Ethnic Skin, Director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center, and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Vashi received her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After her internship in internal medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Vashi came to the east coast to complete her dermatology residency at New York University (NYU) in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Vashi is a recognized leader in medical and cosmetic dermatology in patients with skin of color. She has written extensively on the approach to cutaneous hyperpigmentation, disorders of pigmentation, and cosmetic treatments of dyschromic disorders. Dr. Vashi is widely published in the peer-reviewed literature, author of several book chapters, and is a frequent lecturer at both national and international dermatology meetings. She has published a new book, Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide. In addition, she is lead editor of a new book, Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair, slated to be published in January of 2017. She has been featured in the media, including Ebony Magazine, Prevention, Web Talk Radio, and Doctor Radio.

As one of the only few in the United States, Boston University’s Center for Ethnic Skin uniquely specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin and hair conditions unique to men and women from ethnic backgrounds. This center is led by Dr. Vashi who is specially trained to care for the cosmetic and medical issues unique to individuals with skin of color. She offers a comprehensive and personalized care plan that is individually designed for each patient’s color, tone, and texture of skin and hair.

Dr. Vashi’s research interests include a wide variety of topics related to cosmetics and ethnic skin. She currently has many active projects including topics of skin hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, health literacy, and sun protection. She is also the Director of the International Training Program in Cosmetic Medicine in which she trains fellows from around the world in both cosmetics and ethnic skin care. Her most recently published work includes a letter in JAMA Dermatology that analyzed People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful list to compare standards of beauty in 1990 with the present day. Dr. Vashi extracted information from the lists for age, sex, race, skin type, hair color, eye color and any visible dermatologic conditions and found what people consider beautiful has changed since the ‘90s.


  • Northwestern University School of Medicine, MD
  • Northwestern University, BA


  • Published on 5/4/2020

    Sanchez DP, Maymone MBC, McLean EO, Kennedy KF, Sahni D, Secemsky EA, Vashi NA. Racial and Ethnic disparities in Melanoma Awareness: A Cross-Sectional Survey. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 May 04. PMID: 32380221.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/28/2020

    Creadore A, Watchmaker J, Maymone MBC, Pappas L, Lam C, Vashi NA. Cosmetic Treatment in Patients with Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases. Part I. Best Practices for Patients with Morphea/Systemic Sclerosis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Apr 28. PMID: 32360721.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/28/2020

    Creadore A, Watchmaker J, Maymone MBC, Pappas L, Vashi NA, Lam C. Cosmetic Treatment in Patients with Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases. Part II. Best Practices for Patients with Lupus Erythematosus. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Apr 28. PMID: 32360722.

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  • Published on 1/29/2020

    Maymone MB, Laughter M, Anderson JB, Secemsky EA, Vashi NA. Unattainable Standards of Beauty: Temporal Trends of Victoria's Secret Models from 1995 to 2018. Aesthet Surg J. 2020 01 29; 40(2):NP72-NP76. PMID: 31872253.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Mujahid N, Shareef F, Maymone MBC, Vashi NA. Microneedling as a Treatment for Acne Scarring: A Systematic Review. Dermatol Surg. 2020 01; 46(1):86-92. PMID: 31356435.

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  • Published on 12/16/2019

    Sanchez D, McLean EO, Maymone MBC, Granados NM, Vashi NA. Patient-provider comparison of dermatology vocabulary understanding: a cross-sectional study in patients from minority ethnic groups. Arch Dermatol Res. 2020 Aug; 312(6):407-412. PMID: 31845012.

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  • Published on 11/12/2019

    Ho JD, Vashi N, Goldberg LJ. Exogenous Ochronosis as an Elastotic Disease: A Light-Microscopic Approach. Am J Dermatopathol. 2019 Nov 12. PMID: 31725487.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Maymone MBC, Watchmaker JD, Dubiel M, Wirya SA, Shen LY, Vashi NA. Common Skin Disorders in Pediatric Skin of Color. J Pediatr Health Care. 2019 Nov - Dec; 33(6):727-737. PMID: 31655787.

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  • Published on 10/15/2019

    Rajanala S, Maymone MBC, Vashi NA. Melasma pathogenesis: a review of the latest research, pathological findings, and investigational therapies. Dermatol Online J. 2019 Oct 15; 25(10). PMID: 31735001.

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  • Published on 10/2/2019

    Maymone MBC, Wirya SA, Secemsky EA, Vashi NA. Primary Language in Relation to Knowledge of Diagnosis and Sun-Related Behaviors in Adults with Sun-Exacerbated Dermatoses. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 10 02; 16(19). PMID: 31581616.

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