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12/09/2014: Mass General Dermatology Media Coverage

Browse the latest local and national news articles featuring stories from basic research to innovative breakthroughs in cosmetic dermatology.

12/08/2014: Solid-state proteins maximize the intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

The MGH research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of natural protein structures surrounding the light-emitting portions of the protein molecules.

11/17/2014: Advocacy and awareness

Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, of the MGH Department of Dermatology travels every year to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress about issues affecting patient care. This year, she was accompanied by Daniel Sugai, MD, MGH’s first recipient of the AADA resident scholarship.

10/10/2014: ‘Muchas gracias’

Since 2005, 14 MGHers have joined Ernesto González, MD, on the list of past recipients of the Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community. At an Oct. 3 ceremony in the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, another two names were added.

10/03/2014: Vitamin D supplements significantly improve symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis in children

A study conducted in more than 100 Mongolian schoolchildren found that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement significantly reduced the symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

06/19/2014: UV-induced beta-endorphin production causes addiction-like symptoms in mice

A new study from MGH investigators adds important support to the theory that ultraviolet light can actually be addictive, finding that chronic UV exposure raises circulating levels of beta-endorphin in mice and that UV-habituated mice exhibit withdrawal symptoms if beta-endorphin activity is blocked.

05/23/2014: Dedicated to diversity

MGH dermatologist Ernesto González, MD, who is revered not only for his clinical work but also for his impact on diversity at the MGH, was recently honored as one of nine Puerto Rican leaders inducted into the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, The City University of New York.

05/16/2014: Keeping safe while having fun in the sun

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Arturo Saavedra, MD, PhD, MBA, the new medical director for MGH Medical Dermatology, discusses the best way to keep safe from the sun’s rays.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

03/08/2013: BRAF inhibitor treatment causes melanoma cells to shift how they produce energy

A multi-institutional study has revealed that BRAF-positive metastatic malignant melanomas develop resistance to treatment with drugs targeting the BRAF/MEK growth pathway through a major change in metabolism. The findings suggest a strategy to improve the effectiveness of currently available targeted therapies.

01/18/2013: Concert raises funds for children with disfiguring birthmarks

Nearly $15,000 was raised during the third annual Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center Benefit Concert, hosted by the MGH Department of Dermatology and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and held at the Goethe Institut Boston.

10/31/2012: Unexpected factor contributes to melanoma risk in red-haired, fair-skinned individuals

The elevated risk of melanoma among people with red hair and fair skin may be caused by more than just a lack of natural protection against ultraviolet radiation. Resarchers at the MGH Cutaneous Biology Research Center and Cancer Center have found that the type of skin pigment predominantly found in red-haired, fair-skinned individuals may itself contribute to the development of melanoma.

09/28/2012: ¡Soy Latino! MGH community honors Gonzalez awardees

Olga Campos, RN, and Dulce Cardona-Rivera, are this year's recipients of the Ernesto Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

05/25/2012: 2012 Research Scholars announced

The second group of MGH Research Scholars – recipients of unrestricted five-year grants to support innovative investigations – was announced at the hospital’s Research Advisory Council (RAC) annual meeting on May 11.

01/27/2012: Concert benefits Vietnam children’s clinic

THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN will have a new lease on life thanks to the $13,000 raised during the MGH Department of Dermatology’s recent benefit concert in support of the Vascular Anomalies Center in Vietnam, which provides free treatment for youth with disfiguring birthmarks.

11/13/2011: Newly identified gene mutation adds to melanoma risk

A major international study has identified a novel gene mutation that appears to increase the risk of both inherited and sporadic cases of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. The identified mutation occurs in the gene encoding MITF, a transcription factor that induces the production of several important proteins in melanocytes, the cells in which melanoma originates.

06/10/2011: Women's health fair a success

MGH Hotline 6.10.11 From free blood pressure checks to massage therapy gift certificate raffles, booths at "An Ounce of Prevention," a day-long women's health fair May 11 in the Bulfinch Tent, provided attendees with resources and information for living a long and healthy life.

05/13/2011: BHCHP honors Ernesto Gonzalez, MD

MGH Hotline 5.13.11 Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, a clinician, investigator and educator in the MGH Department of Dermatology, was honored April 25 with the Jim O'Connell Award from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP).

03/11/2011: In General:Department of Dermatology

In General awards and honors

01/14/2011: MGH concert benefits free clinic in Vietnam

MGH Hotline 01.14.11 STRAINS OF SAINT-SAËNS, Bruch and Beethoven filled the Goethe Institut Boston on Dec. 4, as the MGH Department of Dermatology hosted a benefit gala and concert to raise funds for the Vascular Anomalies Center in Vietnam.

10/14/2010: Molecular switch controls melanin production, may allow true sunless tanning

Discovery of a molecular switch that turns off the natural process of skin pigmentation may lead to a novel way of protecting the skin – activating the tanning process without exposure to cancer-causing UV radiation.

05/14/2010: There’s No Safe Tan

Thinking about heading to an indoor tanning salon this spring? An expert from Mass General’s Department of Dermatology says “think again.”

04/19/2010: Patients with acne may get electronic follow-up care

Follow-up visits conducted via a secure Web site may result in similar clinical outcomes as in-person visits among patients with acne, according to a report from investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health.

12/15/2009: Smaller is Better for Finger Sensitivity

People who have smaller fingers have a finer sense of touch, according to new research in the Dec. 16 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. This finding explains why women tend to have better tactile acuity than men, because women on average have smaller fingers.

01/19/2009: Virtual communities may provide valuable support for psoriasis patients

Online support communities appear to offer both a valuable educational resource and a source of psychological and social support for individuals with psoriasis, according to a report from the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare System.

12/12/2014: Winter 2014: SKINnovations Newsletter

Winter 2014: SKINnovations
Read how are dermatologists are involved beyond our clinic walls to ensure that people everywhere receive the best dermatologic care. Stories include advocacy efforts for patient's rights, providing care to the homeless, and learn how one spot on the skin could be the sign of a life threatening disease.

MGH Melanoma Minute
08/11/2014: MGH Melanoma Minute

MGH Melanoma Minute
Browse brief updates from the Mass General's Dermatology Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center.

Summer 2014: Dermatology SKINnovations Newsletter
07/09/2014: Summer 2014: Dermatology SKINnovations Newsletter

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Read about the The Truth Behind the Tan, New MGH Research Regarding Open Wounds at Birth, A Guide to Men's Skin Care and Cosmetic Treatments, and Newly Diagnosed with Skin Cancer? Overcoming the fear.

October 2013 Dermatology Newsletter
10/21/2013: October 2013 Dermatology Newsletter

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Meet our new dermatologists and read about our expansion plans. Short articles on treating lice, what ingredients to look for in OTC moisturizers, and faster tattoo removal with fewer treatments.
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June 2013 Dermatology Newsletter
06/17/2013: June 2013 Dermatology Newsletter

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Learn why red heads may be at a greater risk for skin cancer, how to treat insect bites, how to apply sunless tanning products, and new advances in cosmetic dermatology.

Fall/Winter2012-2013 Dermatology Newsletter
10/01/2012: Fall/Winter2012-2013 Dermatology Newsletter

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Brief articles and updates discussing the types of birthmarks, over the counter acne products, caring for dry skin, and what to do about brown spots.

Spring/Summer 2012 Dermatology Newsletter
05/12/2012: Spring/Summer 2012 Dermatology Newsletter

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Read brief articles advances in the treatment for melanoma, sun protection, caring for minor cuts and scrapes, and breakthroughs in cosmetic dermatology.

Fall 2011 Winter 2012 Dermatology Newsletter
10/15/2011: Fall 2011 Winter 2012 Dermatology Newsletter

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Mass General Dermatology Newsletter, Volume 3.: Read brief articles related to sun protection, itch, psoriasis, and reversing sun damage.

MGH Fund Update Summer 2011
09/01/2011: MGH Fund Update Summer 2011

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The MGH Fund Update is a publication for supporters of the MGH Fund, Mass General's fundamental resource for providing life-saving patient care, advancing biomedical research, and creating healthcare solutions in our community and around the globe.

2011 Spring Summer Dermatology Newsletter
04/01/2011: 2011 Spring Summer Dermatology Newsletter

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Spring and Summer 2011: MGH Dermatology Newsletter. Read brief articles focused on maintaining healthy skin, sun protection, and the latest advances in treatments for skin conditions.

2010-2011 Fall/Winter Dermatology Newsletter
09/15/2010: 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Dermatology Newsletter

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Read brief articles focused on maintaining healthy skin and the latest advances in treatments for skin conditions.

01/06/2015: January Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

12/16/2014: December Dermatology Live Patient Viewing & Discussion Grand Rounds

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

12/02/2014: December Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

11/18/2014: November Grand Rounds: Live Patient Viewing & Discussion

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

11/04/2014: November Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

10/21/2014: October Grand Rounds Live Patient Viewing

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

10/07/2014: Oct. Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

09/16/2014: September Grand Rounds: Live Patient Viewing Case Discussion

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

09/02/2014: September Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

08/19/2014: August Grand Rounds Live Patient Viewing & Discussion

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

08/05/2014: August Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

07/01/2014: July Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

06/17/2014: June Dermatology Grand Rounds Live Patient Viewing

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

06/03/2014: June Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

05/20/2014: Dermatology Grand Rounds May Special Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

05/06/2014: May Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

04/15/2014: April Live Patient Viewing Dermatology Grand Rounds

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

04/01/2014: April Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

03/18/2014: Annual Khosrow Momtaz Lecture

Annual Khosrow Momtaz Lecture; Guest Speaker: Salvador Gonzalez, MD, PhD

03/04/2014: March Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

02/18/2014: February Dermatology Grand Rounds Live Patient Viewing

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

01/21/2014: January Grand Rounds Live Patient Viewing

Patients that you think would be appropriate for live patient viewing, please send an email to DermGrandRounds@partners.org

01/07/2014: January Dermatology Grand Rounds Lecture

Grand Rounds Lectures are held on the 1st Tuesdays of each month. Patient Viewing and Discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - physicians from the Dermatology Community are welcome to attend lectures.

Hensin Tsao, MD recommends what you can do to protect your family from melanoma

Hensin Tsao, MD, Director of Mass General's Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center explains how family history, genetic risks and personal health history can all affect your risk of melanoma, and what steps you should take to detect it at an early, treatable stage.

Welcome to the Department of Dermatology

Our world-class medical staff have one overarching goal; helping patients enjoy their everyday activities while minimizing or eliminating their symptoms. Please visit our patient education section for directions, downloadable forms, and information. Enjoy your tour of our facilities.

Challenge Your Psoriasis

You may be eligible to participate in a research study of an investigational medication

Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Center

Mass General's Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Center's depth of experience is unmatched. Only board-certified dermatolgists perform procedures.