Maya Farah, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Academic Titles

Assistant Professor of Dermatology


Dr. Maya Farah is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Her medical career started in Lebanon, where she received her medical degree from the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and where she completed her internal medicine internship and residency in Dermatology. She then conducted her Post Doc research in Dermatology and Dermatopathy with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Farah then joined the Boston University Department of Dermatology as a Fellow in Dermatopathology.


2013 M.D. Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, Byblos, Lebanon
2013-2014 Intern in Internal Medicine, Lebanese American University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
2014-2017 Resident in Dermatology, Lebanese American University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
2017-2018 Post Doc research in Dermatology/Dermatopathology, Michael Tetzlaff, M.D. and Phyu Aung, M.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2018-2021 Fellow in Dermatopathology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Clinical Specialties and Research Interests


Original, Peer Reviewed Articles:

1. Chamoun K, Farah M, Araj G, Daoud Z, Moghnieh R, Salameh P, Saade D, Mokhbat J, Abboud E, Hamze M, Abboud E, Jisr T, Haddad A, Feghali R, Azar N, El-Zaatari M, Chedid M, Haddad C, Zouain M, Nehme D, Barakat A, Husni R. Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Lebanese hospitals: retrospective nationwide compiled data. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2016;46:64–70. PMID: 26996458

2. Obeid M, Moughames E, Aboulhosn P, Madi R, Farah M, Feghali J, Mokhbat J, Farra A, Moughnieh R, Daoud Z, Feghaleh R, Abboud E, Abboud E, Husni-Samaha R. Epidemiology and susceptibility profiles of diabetic foot infections in five hospitals in Lebanon. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2018;12(5):347-351. PMID: 31865297

3.  Tetzlaff MT, Farah M. Without missing a beat: absence of cilia informs the diagnosis of histopathologically challenging Spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms. J Invest Dermatol. 2020;140(7):1320-1323. PMID: 32571497

4. Farah M, Reuben A, Spassova I, Yang RK, Kubat L, Nagarajan P, Ning J, Li W, Aung PP, Curry JL, Torres-Cabala CA, Hudgens CW, Ugurel S, Schadendorf D, Gumbs C, Little LD, Futreal A, Wistuba II, Prieto VG, Wang L, Wong MK, Wargo JA, Becker JC, Tetzlaff MT. T-Cell repertoire in combination with T-cell density predicts clinical outcomes in patients with Merkel cell carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol. 2020;140(11):2146-2156. PMID: 32304704

5. Farah M, Suzuki S, Bhawan J. Melanocytic hyperplasia associated with surgical scars in basal cell carcinoma re-excision specimens: A single-center retrospective study. J Cutan Pathol. 2022;49(1):7-16. PMID: 34269471

6. Farah M, Chung H.J. Diagnostic utility of preferentially expressed antigen in melanoma immunohistochemistry in the evaluation of melanomas with a co-existent nevoid melanocytic population: A single-center retrospective cohort study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021 Oct; S0190-9622(21)02714-6. PMID: 34756935

7. Farah M, Gu J, Prieto VG, Nagarajan P, Tetzlaff TM, Curry LJ, Ivan D, Torres-Cabala AC, Aung PP. Histopathologic features predictive of metastasis and survival in 230 patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and non–head and neck locations: A single-center retrospective study.

In review, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Web Publications and Videos:
1. Sennett R, Farah M, Goldberg J.L. A 59-year-old man presented with a history of a rash on his torso and upper extremities. The American Society of Dermatopathology Interactive Case Study 2020 May.

Case Reports: 

  1. Farah M, Nagarajan P, Torres-Cabala CA, Curry JL, Amaria RN, Wargo J, Tawbi H, Ivan D, Prieto VG, Tetzlaff MT, Aung PP. Metastatic melanoma with balloon/histiocytoid cytomorphology after treatment with immunotherapy: A histologic mimic and diagnostic pitfall. J Cutan Pathol. 2018;45(7):545-549. PMID: 29672900
  2. Farah M, Nagarajan P, Curry JL, Tang Z, Kim TB, Aung PP, Torres-Cabala CA, Eterovic AK, Wargo JA, Prieto VG, Tetzlaff MT. Spitzoid melanoma with histopathological features of ALK gene rearrangement exhibiting ALK copy number gain: a novel mechanism of ALK activation in spitzoid neoplasia. Br J Dermatol. 2019;180(2):404-408. PMID: 29897634
  3. Farah M, Chung HJ. Cutaneous spindle cell adenolipoma with eccrine and apocrine differentiation. J Cutan Pathol. 2020;47(1):31-35. PMID: 31329294
  4. Farah M, El Chaer F, El Khoury J, El Zakhem A. Erythema multiforme-like hand, foot, and mouth disease in an immunocompetent adult: a case report. Int J Dermatol. 2020;59(4):487-489. PMID: 31742678
  5.  Farah M, Nelson KC, Tetzlaff MT, Nagarajan P, Torres-Cabala CA, Prieto VG, Curry JL, Aung PP. Lichen planus related to transforming growth factor beta inhibitor in a patient with metastatic chondrosarcoma: a case report. J Cutan Pathol. 2020;47(5):490-493. PMID: 31930527