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.
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.
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.
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
- David Norris, MD: Chairman
- Dennis Roop, PhD: Director of Research
- Whitney High, MEng, MD, JD: Vice-Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Director of Dermatopathology
- Theo Alkousakis, MD: Clinic Director, AMC
- Theresa Pacheco, MD: Director of Colorado University Cosmetics Services Clinic
- Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD: Chief of Dermatology Service at Denver VAH and Director of Dermatoepidemiology
- Joseph Morelli, MD: Director of Pediatric Dermatology
- Anna Bruckner, MD: Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Director
- Mariah Brown, MD: Director of Procedural Dermatology
- Cheryl Armstrong, MD: Dermatology Residency Director
- Cory Dunnick, MD: Director of Medical Student Teaching