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 11/19/2021

    Bahl A, Garza H, Lam C, Vashi NA. The lipstick effect during COVID-19 lockdown. Clin Dermatol. 2021 Nov 19. PMID: 34808246.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Bastin R, Rajanala S, Maymone MBC, De La Garza H, Vashi NA. Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Cosmetic Procedures on Consumers. Dermatol Surg. 2021 10 01; 47(10):1384-1386. PMID: 34468407.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/17/2021

    Cheng AD, De La Garza H, Maymone MBC, Johansen VM, Vashi NA. Skin-Lightening Products: Consumer Preferences and Costs. Cureus. 2021 Aug; 13(8):e17245. PMID: 34540471.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/30/2021

    Carter EE, Saade DS, Vashi NA. Presurgical Laser Hair Removal: Protocoling a Safe and Effective Procedure for Transgender Patients. Transgend Health. 2021 Aug; 6(4):201-206. PMID: 34414276.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/8/2021

    Eid ES, Khoury DM, Vashi NA, Saade DS. The communicative paradigm shift of the digital age: The skinny on social media. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2022 Apr; 21(4):1335-1336. PMID: 34021687.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/25/2021

    Saade DS, Maymone MBC, De La Garza H, Secemsky EA, Kennedy KF, Vashi NA. Trends in Use of Prescription Skin Lightening Creams. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 05 25; 18(11). PMID: 34070485.

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  • Published on 5/9/2021

    De La Garza H, Maymone MBC, Vashi NA. Impact of Social Media on Skin Cancer Prevention. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 05 09; 18(9). PMID: 34065061.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/20/2021

    Pun J, Zancanaro P, Widjajahakim R, Karch J, Vashi NA. Assessing the safety of the Q-switched 755-nm alexandrite laser in darker skin: A retrospective study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022 04; 86(4):909-911. PMID: 33753256.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/28/2021

    De La Garza H, Rajanala S, Burdine LK, Maymone MBC, Vashi NA. Reply. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021 04; 84(4):e217. PMID: 33347876.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Maymone MBC, Laughter M, Pollock S, Khan I, Marques T, Abdat R, Goldberg LJ, Vashi NA. Hair Aging in Different Races and Ethnicities. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2021 Jan; 14(1):38-44. PMID: 33584967.

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