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Alexandra Boer (Alexa) Kimball, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization

Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School

Director, Clinical Unit for Research Trials and Outcomes in Skin (CURTIS)

Department of Dermatology


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Dermatology
Clinical Interests
Clinical trials
Hidradenitis suppurativa
Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
MD, Yale University School of Medicine
Residency, Stanford University Medical Center
Fellowship, National Institute of Health
Board Certifications
Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology
Patient Gateway
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Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
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Alexa Boer Kimball, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Physician Organization and a Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She also serves as the Director of the Clinical Unit for Research Trials and Outcomes in Skin based at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Kimball received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine after obtaining bachelor's degrees in molecular biology and public and international affairs from Princeton University. She completed her residency in dermatology at the Stanford University Medical Center and a clinical research fellowship in dermatology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, as she concurrently obtained an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
She is widely recognized for her work on physician workforce economics, clinical trials and outcomes research, especially in the areas of psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa, and was recently awarded the American Skin Association Research Award for Health Policy and Medical Education. She has published over 250 articles in journals such as Archives of Dermatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, British Journal of Dermatology, The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, The Lancet, and JAMA and is also the author of the book 101 Questions and Answers about Psoriasis, which has been translated into Spanish, Greek, and Korean.

ResearchAlexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH is the director of the Clinical Unit for Research Trials and Outcomes in Skin (CURTIS). This unit conducts a wide variety of studies from industry-sponsored to physician-initiated Phase 1-4 trials evaluating new therapies and devices for a broad spectrum of skin diseases.

Currently, Dr. Kimball is actively conducting several dermatology studies, including therapies for hidradenitis suppurativa, psoriasis, and acne.

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Recent Publications:
  1. Zhu B, Edson-Heredia E, Guo J, Maeda-Chubachi T, Shen W, Kimball AB. Understanding the relationship between disease severity and health-related quality of life: Itching is a significant mediator and problem for patients with psoriasis. Br J Dermatol. 2014 Apr 21.
  2. Kim GE, Shlyankevich J, Kimball AB. The validity of the diagnostic code for hidradenitis suppurativa in an electronic database. Br J Dermatol. 2014 Apr 9.
  3. Kimball AB, Leonardi C, Stahle M, Gulliver W, Chevrier M, Fakharzadeh S, Goyal K, Calabro S, Langholff W, Menter A; The PSOLAR investigators and Steering Committee. Demography, baseline disease characteristics, and treatment history of patients with psoriasis enrolled in a multicenter, prospective, disease-based registry (PSOLAR). Br J Dermatol. 2014 Mar 28.
  4. Chen YE, Gerstle T, Verma K, Treiser MD, Kimball AB, Orgill DP. Management of hidradenitis suppurativa wounds with an internal vacuum-assisted closure device. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3):370e-377e.

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Kimball honored with Bowditch prize

Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH, medical director of the MGPO, received the 2014 Nathaniel Bowditch Prize on April 29.

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