“Low-risk” human papillomaviruses appear to play an unwitting role in protecting people against skin cancer according to a new study published in Nature.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Dermatology delivers state-of-the-art care to patients with rare and common conditions of the skin, hair and nails.
Our department's board-certified physicians have one overarching goal: helping patients enjoy their everyday activities while minimizing or eliminating their symptoms. Referring physicians also consult us to clarify challenging diagnoses.
We provide the most advanced treatments for conditions including:
- Melanoma and cancers of the skin
- Seborrhea (dandruff)
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Nail infections
- Contact dermatitis
Additionally, our world-class medical staff treats acute and rare diseases and disorders, such as:
- Hidradentitis supparativa, a chronic disease that inflames and scars the skin
- Scleroderma, a chronic condition that can harden and tighten the skin
- Drug reactions
Innovation Spanning Two Centuries
Since the 1800s, we have led the way in developing new treatments for skin conditions, including:
- Psoralen plus ultraviolet light (PUVA) therapy for psoriasis
- Tunable dye/laser treatment of vascular birthmarks
- Q-stitch ruby laser treatment of pigmentation and tattoos
- The theory behind fat reduction by controlled cooling
We also opened the first multidisciplinary center for patients with cutaneous melanoma in 1966.
In the 21st century, we continue to break new ground. The Clinical Unit for Research Trials in Skin helps patients who have not responded to traditional treatments and develops novel therapies, diagnostics, clinical procedures and medications. Our Cutaneous Biology Research Center works on discovering fundamental principles and genetics that contribute to maintaining healthy skin and treating disease.
A Full-Service Center of Dermatological Excellence
With more than 90,000 visits annually, we are trusted by patients throughout New England. In additon to our general dermatology clinics we offer the following specialty services:
- Contact Dermatitis & Occupational Dermatology Clinic: managing disorders caused by allergens, such as poison ivy, soaps and other chemicals.
- Dermatology-Rheumatology Connective Tissue Disease Clinic that provides comprehsive care for patients with autoimmune skin and joint disease.
- Dermatology Laser & Cosmetics Center: providing state-of-the-art care for rosacea, port wine stains, scars, tattoos, hair removal and hair loss, and other cosmetic issues
- Dermatological Surgery Unit: using the Mohs technique to treat skin cancers while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
- Hair Loss Clinic for patients with a clinical diagnosis by a dermatologist or biopsy of proven scarring alopecia.
- High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic for patients at a higher risk of developing skin cancer due to an organ transplant, a suppressed immune system, or genetic disorder.
- Khrosrow Momtaz Phototherapy Center: annually treating more than 13,000 outpatients with psoriasis, lymphoma and vitiligo.
- Mass General Melanoma Center and Pigmented Lesion Center: delivering interdisciplinary care for patients with melanoma and those at elevated risk.
- Multi-Ethnic Skin and Pigmentary Disorders Clinic that offers specialized care for patients with darker skin types and pigmentary disorders.
Specialty treatment programs are offered at our Boston location at 50 Staniford Street . Additionally, we also general and medical dermatology services at Mass General North in Danvers and at Mass General Health Centers in Charlestown, Revere, and Chelsea.
- Aug | 23 | 2019
With one month of summer remaining, MGH Dermatology unveiled the newest outpost aimed at getting people to cover up – with sunscreen – on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
- Jul | 12 | 2019
“Even on a cloudy summer day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds,” says Shinjita Das, MD, MGH dermatologist and technology director in the Department of Dermatology. “We expect people to enjoy the outdoors, so here are some simple tips to help you protect your skin.”
- May | 3 | 2019
The Research Roundup is a monthly series highlighting studies, news and events.
- Press Release
- Apr | 29 | 2019
A study from dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital finds significant, gender-based price discrepancies in facial moisturizing products at three top online retailers – Amazon, Target, and Walmart.
- Press Release
- Mar | 21 | 2019
A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital investigator finds that a treatment previously shown to clear the precancerous skin lesions called actinic keratosis now appears to reduce the chance that the treated skin will develop squamous cell carcinomas, the second most common form of skin cancer.