Lisa Shen, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Academic Titles

Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Education 
Residency Program Director


Dr. Lisa Y. Shen is a board-certified pediatric dermatologist and serves as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education at the Boston University Department of Dermatology.  She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Wisconsin where she was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies.  She completed her dermatology residency and pediatric dermatology fellowship at Northwestern University under the mentorship of numerous leaders in pediatric dermatology.  Her clinical and research interests include pediatric hidradenitis suppurativa, acne, atopic dermatitis, and the intersection of pediatric dermatology and behavioral health.  She is passionate about addressing the psychosocial effects of skin disease and co-founded the multidisciplinary pediatric dermatology behavioral health clinic (aka Coping Clinic) at Boston Medical Center. 

As Residency Program Director, she is committed to creating a well-rounded dermatology program that is regularly adapting to the constantly changing fields of medical education and dermatology.  She is a member of the Association of Professors in Dermatology’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force and strives to promote and teach culturally sensitive care for our diverse patient population.  As a council member for the New England Dermatological Society, she contributes to the planning of regional educational conferences for dermatologists and dermatology trainees. She has also contributed to educational materials through the American Academy of Dermatology Basic Dermatology Curriculum Work Group.  She is committed to advocacy for her patients as a current member and prior chair of the Society of Pediatric Dermatology’s Patient and Practice Advocacy Committee.


2006-BS-Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2010-MD University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
2011-Intern-Tufts Medical Center – Brockton Hospital, Brockton, MA
2014-Residency-Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
2015-Fellow-Pediatric Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Pediatric Dermatology


  1. Raiker R, Pakhchanian H, Jenkins K, Shen LY. COVID-19 Outcomes in Pediatric Patients With Atopic Dermatitis: A Multicenter Analysis. Dermatitis. 2022 Apr 28.
  2. Pollock S, Swamy MR, Tremblay ES, Shen L.  Acanthosis nigricans in the pediatric population: a narrative review of the current approach to management in primary care.  Pediatr Med. 2022; 5:42.
  3. Shih AF, Shen LY.  A circular rash in a teenager.  J Pediatr. 2022 Mar;242:253-254.
  4. Rajashekara Swamy M, Pollock S, J Goldberg L, Shen L.  A case of lymphomatoid papulosis type E in a young adult: An uncommon entity.  J Cutan Pathol.  2021 May;48(5):694-700.
  5. Ollech A, Yousif R, Kruse L, Wagner A, Kenner-Bell B, Chamlin S, Yun D, Shen L, Vivar K, Reynolds M, Paller AS, Mancini AJ.  Topical calcineurin inhibitors for pediatric periorificial dermatitis.  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Jun;82(6):1409-1414.
  6. Maymone MB, 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.
  7. Shen LY, Kenner-Bell BM, Ricketts J, Kundu RV.  Ethnic skin: Kids are not just little people.  Clin Dermatol. 2016 Nov – Dec;34(6):690-697.
  8. Shen LY, Amin SM, Chamlin SL, Mancini AJ. Varied Presentations of Pediatric Lipoblastoma: Case Series and Review of the Literature. Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 Mar;34(2):180-186.
  9. Shen LY, Kenner-Bell BM, Ricketts J, Kundu RV. Ethnic skin: Kids are not just little people. Clin Dermatol. 2016 Nov – Dec;34(6):690-697.
  10. Cooper C, Arva NC, Lee C, Yélamos O, Obregon R, Sholl LM, Wagner A, Shen L, Guitart J, Gerami P.  A clinical, histopathologic, and outcome study of melanonychia striata in childhood.  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 May;72(5):773-9.
  11. Amin SM, Yélamos O, Martinez-Escala ME, Shen L, Rosenbaum M, Gerami P, Kenner-Bell BM, Mancini AJ, Paller AS, Guitart J. Epidermal necrosis with multinucleated keratinocytes: a possible diagnostic clue for dermatitis artefacta in children. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2015 Sep 15.
  12. Shen LY, Cooper C, Bajaj S, Liu P, Pestova E, Guitart J, Gerami P. Atypical Spitz tumors with 6q23 deletions: a clinical, histologic, and molecular study. Am J Dermatopathol. 2013 Dec;35(8):804-12.