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Chairman's Message


David A. Norris, M.D.

 Over the past 15 years, The Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has transformed into a powerful academic program that has achieved excellence in education, patient care, and research.  The CU Health Sciences Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) is located in Aurora, just east of Denver.  There, state-of-the-art facilities for clinical care, education and research provide an integrated and collaborative environment for the professional Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Nursing.  This campus is also home to the University of Colorado Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Colorado (formerly The Children's Hospital).  A new Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital is under construction.

 Our department has a comprehensive clinical program with a highly varied patient population at multiple sites.  The main Dermatology Clinic at AMC handles 25,000 outpatient visits per year with a focus on general adult dermatology, cutaneous oncology and procedural dermatology/Mohs Surgery.  It has full surgical facilities and phototherapy suites and shares space with the comprehensive Melanoma Clinic.  The Dermatology Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Colorado serves 12,000 patients per year, specializing in complex pediatric dermatology cases, vascular birthmarks and epidermolysis bullosa.  Dermatology in the Denver VA hospital is a comprehensive clinical service treating 9,000 patients per year with special attention to skin cancer and teledermatology.  A highly effective Dermatology Clinic at Denver Health and Hospitals serves the needs of residents within the City and County of Denver, providing care for 8,000 patients per year.  Cosmetic and Aesthetic services are provided at the University of Colorado Cosmetics Center located just south of the AMC Campus.  Dermatopathology services are centering in a freestanding laboratory on the AMC.

 We have a highly effective education program that serves medical students, residents and research trainees in many departments in multiple schools on the AMC.  Our Dermatology Residency program accepts up to 6 residents per year through the match.  For residents interested in research training in the context of their Dermatology Residency, we offer a 2+2 program with 2 years of traditional residency, followed by 2 years of research training supported by our NIH training grant.  For those interested in training beyond their residency, we offer fellowships in Pediatric Dermatology, Procedural Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Dermatology Research. 

 Research in the Department of Dermatology has experienced spectacular growth with important recruitments of faculty specializing in carcinogenesis, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, immunology, and developmental biology.  Dennis Roop, PhD, Director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, and 16 key members of this center have faculty appointments in the Department of Dermatology.  Since coming to Colorado in 2007, Dr. Roop has raised over 50 million dollars in research funding for his center.  He has helped develop an extensive collaborative network of researchers in many departments applying new regenerative medicine approaches designed to cure important human disease.  Dr. Roop has raised over $13 million to build the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility where new cell-based and protein based therapies are being developed and implemented by CU scientists, by collaborators from other institutions, and by clients in industry.

 Multiple investigators in the Department of Dermatology are developing new therapeutic approaches supported by staff expert in intellectual property, and business management. We have also organized a large group of over 50 scientists working in skin disease-related research, funded by a P30 grant from NIAMS as the UCD Skin Diseases Research Center.  This SDRC is a member of a Consortium of Skin Diseases Related Research Centers at Columbia University, Keio University, the University of Cologne, The Skin Research Institute in Singapore, and the University of Dundee. Development of new cutting-edge treatments for skin disease is a primary goal of our research programs in oncology, stem cell biology and immunology.  We have a growing drug development program centered supported by patents in the Department and in faculty biotech companies.  Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD is an important part of our patient-oriented research efforts, serving as Director of Dermatoepidemiology.

 The Department of Dermatology at UCD has over 30 full-time faculty members.  Our goal is to provide world-class clinical care in an environment where discovery informs clinical practice and education.  We aim for a research standard equal to that in the best basic science departments.  The spectacular facilities on the AMC and the skill of the collaborative faculty have been combined to create a unique and truly impressive environment for clinical care, education, and research.

 The Department of Dermatology at UCD has 35 faculty members including 3 MD, PhDs and 17 PhD scientists.  Our goal is to provide world-class clinical care in an environment where discovery informs clinical practice and education.  We aim for a research standard equal to that in the best basic science departments.  The spectacular facilities on the AMC and the skill of the collaborative fraculty have been combined to create a unique and truly impressive environment for clinical care, education and research.

Key Faculty in the Department of Dermatology