To be a top clinical and research program in dermatology, the most expert center of dermatology care in the WWAMI region, and the most desirable dermatology work place.
The mission of the Division of Dermatology is to provide outstanding patient care, train and mentor future leaders in dermatology, and advance dermatologic knowledge. The division has grown significantly since it was established in 1961. Dr. George Odland served as division head from 1962 to 1988, and Dr. John Olerud has provided leadership from 1988 to present.
During the division's first three years, trainees were considered “apprentices.” The first official Dermatology resident enrollment was in January of 1964. Today, in addition to the two-track residency program there are two fellowship training programs, one focused on research and one on procedural dermatology.
Research has always been an integral aspect of the division. Dermatology has a long history of promoting the training of dermatologists and basic science researchers in the fields of cutaneous biology and clinical dermatology. Our faculty's current research interests range from the molecular biology of dermatologic malignancy to delivery of care for diabetic foot ulcers, from diagnostic dermatopathology to the application of new technologies to teaching. Generous divisional endowments support leadership, teaching, and research in dermatology.