As a model of inter-institutional cooperation in the delivery of medical services and in medical education, our Department of Dermatology thrives by drawing from the combined resources of Brown University, the Brown affiliated hospitals, and the local community. Teaching, learning, and clinical activities take place at all of the affiliated hospitals described here on the website.
Of special note is the broad demographic and ethnic diversity of our patient population (drawing from throughout Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut) which enriches both the clinical and personal experience of learning here.
Since the program’s beginning in 1969, over one hundred and fifty dermatologists have completed training here and practice or teach in locations throughout the United States. Virtually all are available to you should you wish to speak with them about their Brown educational experience.
Wellness within the department, and for residents, is a top priority at Brown Dermatology. Our academic culture is well-known for being a positive, collegial, and supportive environment. In addition, we have an annual wellness-focused resident retreat and keep residents updated on health and wellness opportunities available through Lifespan GME, Coastline Employee Assistance Program, and the Rhode Island Medical Society. Program Director Dr. John Kawaoka keeps an open-door policy for any resident concerns or challenges, and we select an annual resident Wellness Liaison.
Brown is proud to have a Brown Minority House Staff Association (BMHA), for more information on the BMHA, please click here.
Message from the Chair
We welcome your interest and hope to provide you with answers to your specific questions, as well as, offer a comprehensive sense of the character of our program.
The primary goal of our Department is to provide residents in training and Brown Medical Students a superior educational and service experience in the discipline of Dermatology.
Our faculty is committed to helping each trainee develop lifelong learning skills to achieve individual excellence in patient care, education, and research. As an integral part of our approach to your professional and personal growth, we place particular emphasis on upholding the qualities of respect, integrity, intellectual curiosity, good judgment, and patient sensitivity and advocacy - all to assure you are ready to confidently face the challenges that may appear long after your training is complete. The department currently has 12 residents led by the program director, Dr. John Kawaoka, and the dermatology education and residency coordinator, Karen Medici.
The Department of Dermatology is dedicated to maintaining exceptional academic programs in which residents, fellows, students, and faculty work closely together, promoting the best possible care of patients while preserving an optimal educational environment.
Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Dermatology, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University