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Dermatology Residency Program

Excellence in Dermatology Training

The Tufts Medical Center Department of Dermatology formed its own independent residency training program in April 2008. Our program is ACGME-accredited for 9 resident positions. We have 3 first years, 3 second years and 3 third years. We will be participating in the upcoming NRMP Match for July, for 3 positions.

Our program has many strengths including:

  • High patient volume
  • Patient diversity
  • Specialty clinics in infectious disease, psoriasis, connective tissue disease, blistering diseases, high risk skin cancer, atopic dermatitis and cosmetics
  • On-site infusion center
  • Two Mohs surgeons who operate on site
  • ACGME accredited dermatopathology fellowship
  • Fellowships offered in clinical research
  • Ongoing clinical research in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppuritiva, vitiligo, lupus, and alopecia areata.
  • Affiliation with the Boston VA Medical Center (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury)
  • Located in Boston’s theater district, near downtown, abundant ethnic cuisine and fine dining is within walking distance

Tufts College was founded in 1852 as a non-sectarian institution of higher learning in Medford, Massachusetts, about five miles from Boston. It is now organized into 10 schools on four campuses. The Medical Sciences campus is in Boston’s Chinatown adjacent to Tufts Medical Center (formerly New England Medical Center), the primary teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. The Medical School and the Dermatology Department were founded in 1893. Initially the Dermatology Department was centered at the Boston City Hospital. It was a Tufts Service and the major site of dermatology teaching for Tufts medical students. Important leaders of the Department in the modern era were Dr. John Downing (1944-1952), Dr. Bernard Appel (1952-1961), and Dr. Walter Lever (1961-1977). Dr. Lever, an eminent German-born dermatologist and dermatopathologist, was a pioneer in understanding and managing blistering diseases of the skin such as pemphigus vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid. Under his leadership dermatology at Tufts grew remarkably, with generous NIH support for research and training.

In 1980, Dr. David S. Feingold, boarded in internal medicine, infectious disease and dermatology, was appointed Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Feingold was given the charge of building a vibrant academic dermatology presence at Tufts. In the 1980s and 90s dermatology at Tufts prospered. Dr. Donald Grande set up a strong surgical division with a Mohs surgery fellowship. The surgical program remains very strong today. Since Tufts Medical Center includes a pediatric hospital, there is strong pediatric dermatology training. The Department has remained very busy and financially successful with over 13,000 outpatient visits yearly. Dr. Feingold stepped down as Chair in 2003 although he served as interim chair until 2006.

In March 2006, Dr. Alice B. Gottlieb, boarded in internal medicine, rheumatology and dermatology, and an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, joined Tufts Medical Center as its Chair of Dermatology. Her research using targeted immunobiologics as pathogenic probes, provided new understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and provided the foundation for biologic drug development in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. As a direct result of Dr. Gottlieb’s work, many biotechnology-engineered immunomodulators are FDA and /or EMEA-approved for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Gottlieb stepped down as Chair in 2016. Dr. Jay Duker serves as the interim chair while an active search takes place.


Area(s) of interest

Christine Urman, MD

Cosmetic dermatology

David S. Feingold, MD

Infectious diseases, general dermatology

Shoey Au, MD

General dermatology, clinical trials

Natalia Plotnikova, MD

Connective tissue diseases, general dermatology

Abdul Madani, MD

General dermatology

Michael McLeod, MD

Blistering diseases, general dermatology

David Rosmarin, MD

Atopic dermatitis, clinical trials

Jeffrey Sobell, MD

Psoriasis, clinical trials

Michelle Nguyen,MD, MPH

Dermatologic surgery

Emily Tierney, MD

Dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology

Mandana Mahmoodi, MD


General Dermatology:

Most of our faculty practice medical dermatology and this will be a focus of clinical rotations during all three years at Tufts Medical Center and the VA. Residents are exposed to general dermatology and specialty clinics during this time including blistering diseases, connective tissue diseases, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.


First year residents focus on the fundamentals of performing excisions at Tufts Medical Center under the supervision of Drs. Nguyen and Tierney. Second year residents perform excisions and assist in Mohs surgery during their VA rotation.

Inpatient consults:

Second and third year residents have a two month consult rotation which, covers both adult and pediatric inpatient services at Floating Hospital for Children. Residents also get to experience the consult service at the West Roxbury VA.


Drs. Urman and Tierney provides the following services at Tufts Medical Center:

  • Botox injections
  • Fillers/ soft tissue augmentation
  • Hair removal laser
  • Vascular laser
  • Chemical peels

Residents will participate in cosmetic sessions during all three years.


Mandana Mahmoodi is Director of our dermatopathology fellowship and curriculum for residents. Dr.Mahmoodi, as well as other staff dermatopathologists from Miraca Life Sciences such as the associate director Dr. Marier Hernandez, provides a comprehensive dermatopathology curriculum (lectures and slides at multi-headed scope). Residents also receive weekly unknown sessions at the scope each month.

Five hours per week are dedicated to formal didactic sessions systematically covering the following subjects below.

  • Clinical core curriculum (Andrews/ Bolognia)
  • Surgical/ cosmetic lectures 
  • Dermatopathology curriculum
  • Pediatric lecutres/Genodematoses
  • Drugs in Dermatology
  • Journal club
  • Clinical-pathologic correlation
  • Basic science
  • Grand Rounds lectures

Elective time
Elective time is optional during the second and third residency year and is provided for the purpose of rounding out your training experience.

New England Dermatological Society
Tufts Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Harvard, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the University of Massachusetts Departments of Dermatology rotate to provide 3 clinical meetings per year with 20-30 patients with rare diagnoses followed by group discussion.

American Academy of Dermatology
Residents are encouraged to attend the annual spring meeting each year and to participate in poster and/or gross & microscopic presentations. The number of CME days allotted depends upon resident year – (3 for first years, 4 for second years, and 5 for third years).


Miraca LS has partnered with the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology at Tufts Medical Center to create this fellowship, which is directed by Dr. Mahmoodi. They currently train one fellow every year.

Our Resident Selection Committee will only review applications submitted through ERAS. There should be a minimum of three letters of recommendation (no more than 4). The deadline for receipt of the completed application is October 1st, 2017.

David Rosmarin, MD
Program Director, Dermatology Residency

Theo Sullivan
Program Coordinator, Dermatology Residency
Administrative Assistant, Department Of Dermatology
Phone: 617-636-1359
Fax: 617-636-8316