Read the latest news about Mass General Hospital Dermatology discoveries, prevention tips, and innovative breakthroughs in cosmetic dermatology.

2024 Coverage

4/20/2024: Dermatologist speaks out on unusual spike in clinic visits following wildfires 300 miles away: 'A horrendous quality of life'
The Cool Down: Features: Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

"A lot of these components of airborne pollution are irritants to the skin," Kourosh told Wired. "People who have eczema have a weakened, more vulnerable skin barrier, and so the pollutants penetrate deeper and trigger the immune system."


4/11/2024: What’s the Difference Between Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema?
Everyday Health: Features: JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD

“Eczema is a colloquial and nonspecific umbrella term,” says JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD, a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


3/2/2024: AMA says Medicare payment cuts to impact patient care
Features: Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

"There are a lot of concerns that these Medicare cuts are going to cause additional strain on the already strained healthcare system. Right now patients are facing long wait times throughout the country throughout the healthcare system... Strains will take the form of longer wait times. Right now we have a real access problem in terms of patients having to wait months to see their doctors, whether that's their primary care doctor or their specialist dermatologist like me... because people can't access their doctors they're going to the ER instead... and at MGH for example our ER's have been capacity."


2/8/2024: How pollution from Canada's wildfires is damaging our skin
Features: Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Dermatologist Shadi Kourosh, director of the Dermatology Division of Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital noticed something else: a sharp increase in the number of skin conditions she and her colleagues were treating. Those observations inspired Kourosh to dig deeper. Her study was published in the online journal Dermatology and Therapy. She joins host Robin Young to discuss the impact of acute pollution on skin and health.


01/10/2024: Air Pollution Is Ruining Your Skin
WIRED: Features: Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

In June last year, a series of devastating wildfires tore through the Canadian province of Quebec, sending huge plumes of acrid smoke drifting across North America. Three hundred miles away in Boston, dermatologist Shadi Kourosh noticed something strange. “We had an unusual spike in dermatology visits,” says Kourosh, who is director of community health in the dermatology department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.


12/26/2023: Skin Conditions Flare Up When Wildfires Nearby
HealthDay: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

“We were inspired to investigate the relationship between air pollution and skin inflammation after listening to patients who kept telling us that their skin conditions like eczema were particularly bad, and in some cases ‘worse than ever before,’ this summer,” senior researcher Dr. Arianne Shadi Kourosh


12/18/2023: Spike in dermatology visits for skin problems seen during summer of wildfires
Medical Xpress: Features Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

"We were inspired to investigate the relationship between air pollution and skin inflammation after listening to patients who kept telling us that their skin conditions like eczema were particularly bad, and in some cases 'worse than ever before,' this summer," Arianne Shadi


11/25/2023: MGH dermatologist's tips on fighting dry skin during winter in New England
WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Dr. Shadi Kourosh, of Massachusetts General Hospital, says the length and temperature of showers can have a big impact.


11/3/2023: Dermatologists ‘uniquely positioned’ to recognize, aid human trafficking victims
Healio: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

“We as dermatologists are uniquely positioned to aid in the medical community’s effort to help human trafficking survivors because firstly, we are the specialty of visual pattern recognition. So, we pick up on signs and are trained to recognize patterns that other members of medical teams might not be able to see,” A. Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH


10/30/2023: Former gang members, trafficking victims escape dangerous past with free branding tattoo removal
WBUR: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

These are gang members and victims of sex trafficking who are forcibly branded by pimps and gang leaders, making it difficult to escape. For those who manage to get out of these dangerous situations, the branding marks provide permanent, embarrassing, and sometimes dangerous reminders of that past. A. Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH


10/26/2023: What Would FDA Approval of Tapinarof Mean for Patients with Eczema?
HCPLive: Features: Jeff Yu, MD, MS

In honor of October being Eczema Awareness Month, JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD, MS, of Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke with the editorial team at HCPLive on tapinarof and other recent developments in the atopic dermatitis treatment space.


10/24/2023: Jeff Yu, MD: Facts to Remember for Eczema Awareness Month

HCPLive: Features Jeff Yu, MD, MS

“Atopic dermatitis continues to be a heavily burdensome disease for our patients, especially about 20% of the country as well as the world have atopic dermatitis,” Yu said. “It tends to affect children a little bit more than adults and it tends to present usually before the age of 5. So a lot of the patients that I see our kids who are coming in with either atopic dermatitis for the first time or have had atopic dermatitis for a long time, that is now flaring.”

10/23/2023: Erasing reminders of stigmatizing, traumatic past

The Harvard Gazette: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologist Shadi Kourosh learned early in her career that some tattoos serve as a kind of covert branding, marking gang members or sex-trafficking victims. In 2014, Kourosh founded the Radiance Clinic, a laser tattoo-removal program to erase those enduring reminders on individuals seeking to forge a new life and escape past traumas. The clinic provides free care for patients and works in concert with primary-care physicians, law enforcement, and state prosecutors. 

10/11/2023: Patch testing finds higher prevalence of ACD among children with AD

MDedge: Features JiaDe Yu, MD, MS

ACD is underdetected in children with AD. In some cases, it may be misconstrued to be AD, and patch testing, the gold standard for diagnosing ACD, is often not performed, said senior author JiaDe Yu, MD, MS, a pediatric dermatologist and director of contact and occupational dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and his co-authors, in the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
“ACD is under-detected in children with AD. In some cases, it may be misconstrued to be AD, and patch testing, the gold standard for diagnosing ACD, is often not performed,” said senior author JiaDe Yu, MD, MS, a pediatric dermatologist and director of contact and occupational dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Children With Eczema More Likely to Have Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Clinical Advisor: Features JiaDe Yu, MD, MS

Patients can have atopic dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis at the same time, and it all looks like the same thing,” co-author JiaDe Yu, MD, MS, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in a statement. “The overall eczema may look very severe but once you remove the allergic component, the eczema seems much more manageable. A board-certified dermatologist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis by performing a patch test to determine whether you have allergic contact dermatitis and determine how to appropriately treat it.”

9/29/2023: Tattoo remorse? Get rid of it.

The Boston Globe: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

For those considering getting a tattoo, Dr. Arianne Shadi Kourosh, director of community health at Mass General’s Department of Dermatology, has one piece of advice: Don’t do it. “The laser doesn’t actually take out the ink, but rather zaps it into many tiny particles that are then absorbed and hopefully eventually cleared by the body,” said Kourosh. “However, we don’t know if they all fully clear or if some remain in the tissues permanently and if they are toxic to health. It’s so trendy these days, and I wish there was more education among young people about the tattoo regret that we dermatologists see in patients down the line.”

Help for those branded by force
The Boston Globe: Features Arianne Shadi Kourosh 

“One of the clinics I serve in Chelsea is home to the highest density of gangs in New England,” said Kourosh, director of Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Dermatology and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Kids with eczema may need further allergy tests
HealthDay: Features JiaDe Yu (HMS/Mass General) in a quote

"When a dermatologist sees a child who looks like they have eczema, we usually think that it's atopic dermatitis because nearly 1 in 5 children develop it," said senior study author Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, an assistant professor of adult and pediatric dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

9/19/2023: Combining lasers: A recipe for maximizing results and patient satisfaction

MDedge: Features Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD

"In the clinical experience of Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD, fractional lasers work best in combination with other devices and wavelengths when treating signs of photoaging, such as dyspigmentation, wrinkles, and actinic damage."

9/6/2023: CoolSculpting remains most popular procedure for noninvasive fat removal, expert says

MDedge: Features Dieter Manstein MD, PhD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD

SAN DIEGO – After fashion model Linda Evangelista filed and ultimately settled a lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics in 2022 subsequent to developing paradoxical adipose hyperplasia she claimed was caused by several sessions of CoolSculpting, some aesthetic experts wondered how consumers would embrace the fat reduction procedure going forward.

8/10/2023: Blackstone-affiliated foundation awards $15 million to cancer researchers in Greater Boston

The Boston Globe: Features Shawn Demehri, MD, PhD

The Gray Foundation's award of $25 million to seven research teams, with a focus on Greater Boston, to support their efforts in fighting BRCA-related cancers, highlighting the significant contributions and strengths of Boston's life sciences sector in cancer research. The local awardees from separate teams include Shawn Demehri of Mass. General.

7/8/2023: Mass. dermatologist: 'There's no such thing as a healthy tan'

WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD

"The fact that the process of tanning the skin is actually triggered by DNA damage to skin cells is something that dermatologists have been saying for years."

6/29/2023: How wildfire smoke can affect lungs, skin

WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

There’s a relationship between eczema and asthma and we’ve seen a lot of people having asthma flares because of the smoke and smog damaging the lungs.

6/27/2023: The social life of a dermatologist

The Harvard Gazette: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

“With the skin, people can see the problem,” said Shadi Kourosh

6/13/2023: Laser tattoo removal can eliminate unwanted body art

WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Not all tattoos are destined to last forever. For some, it’s simply a commitment they wish they hadn’t made. For others, that ink can mean the difference between life and death. Dr. Shadi Kourosh runs The Radiance Clinic, a program that offers free tattoo removal for former gang members, previously incarcerated individuals and survivors of human trafficking.

5/20/2023: Mass General doctor's advice to soothe skin from seasonal allergens

WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

The director of dermatology for MGH's Community Health Program explains what she tells her patients to look for in skin care products.

Mass General Brigham doctor discusses skin threats you might not think about
WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

“We often think about protecting our skin from the sun, but certain types of pollutants can also lead to skin cancer and premature aging.”

With mostly sunny week ahead, Mass General doctor offers tips on sunscreen
WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

There are a lot of different products on the market at a wide variety of price points. Dr. Shadi Kourosh, director of dermatology for the Community Health Program at MGH, explains how she chooses the best one.

Novel therapy shows promise for treating skin-predominant dermatomyositis
MDedge: Features Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD

A monoclonal antibody provided substantial reductions in the skin lesions associated with dermatomyositis… according to results presented as a late-breaker at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

 Novel Therapy Shows Promise for Treatment of Skin-Predominant Dermatomyositis
Medscape: Features Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD

A monoclonal antibody targeting interferon beta (IFN-beta) provided substantial reductions in the skin lesions associated with dermatomyositis in a double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial, according to results presented as a late-breaker at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dermatomyositis: Data Support IFN-Beta as Therapeutic Target
Medscape: Features Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD

The majority of patients responded by either of the primary endpoint criteria. Notably, there were no cases of herpes zoster, and infections of any kind were low in all study groups. "This is something that is definitely newsworthy," Tsao said.

3/6/2023: Virtual or In Person: Which Kind of Doctor’s Visit Is Better, And When It Matters

Kaiser Health News: Features Joe Kvedar, MD

“As a consumer, you should do what you feel comfortable doing,” said Dr. Joe Kvedar, a professor at Harvard Medical School and immediate past board chairman of the American Telemedicine Association. “And if you really want to be seen in the office, you should make that case.”

What is basal cell carcinoma and what is prognosis?
WCVB: Features Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Dr. Shadi Kourosh director of the division of Dermatology Community Health at Mass General Brigham, discusses President Joe Biden's lesion removal, which has been determined to be basal cell carcinoma.

White House physician says small lesion removed from Biden's chest was cancerous
Washington Post: Features Mathew Avram, MD, JD, Director of Mass General Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center. 

“Basal cell carcinomas most often occur as a result of sun damage or UV damage. They are more common in fair-skinned people who have less skin pigmentation, according to Mathew Avram, director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.”

New studies in genomics show promising future for regenerative medicine
Healio: Features R. Rox Anderson, MD. “The possibilities of regeneration and reversing senescence may contain the most powerful healing tools that could be used in medicine to heal the human body,” Jill S. Waibel, MD.

Survival improved among immune checkpoint inhibitor recipients with cirAEs
Healio: Features Yevgeniy R. Semenov, MD, MA, Guihong Wan, PhD, Shijia Wang, MBI, and Kimberly Tang, BA.

Cutaneous immune-related adverse events are associated with increased survival rates among immune checkpoint inhibitor recipients, particularly in patients with melanoma, according to a study.

Boston's Top Docs - Boston Magazine
Boston Magazine: Mass General Dermatologists were recognized as Boston’s Top Doctors in 2023 by Boston Magazine. Congratulations to Mathew Avram, MD, Jessica Fewkes, MD, Esther Freeman, MD, PhD, Elena Hawryluk, MD, PhD, Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH, Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH, Victor Neel, MD, PhD and Hensin Tsao, MD.

Laser Treatment Might Help Prevent Common Forms of Skin Cancer
U.S. News & World Report: Research led by Dr. Mathew Avram found that in patients who had basal or squamous cell skin cancers, nonablative fractional laser treatment lowered the chances of the cancer recurrence by about half.

1/18/2023: Simple laser treatments may help prevent nonmelanoma skin cancer
Science Daily: Features Mathew Avram, MD, Director of Mass General Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center. New research indicates that simple laser treatments to the skin may help to prevent the development of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which are collectively known as keratinocyte carcinoma and are the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the United States.

1/10/2023: Machine learning-based methods predict early-stage melanoma recurrence
Healio: Dermatologist, Eugene Semenov, MD, MA, and researchers at Mass General have developed machine learning-based methods to predict which patients with early-stage melanoma have the highest risk for disease recurrence.

10/22/2022: Q&A: Monkeypox added to dermatology registry to track cutaneous manifestations of disease  
Esther Freeman, MD, Global Health Director for Dermatology at Mass General answer questions about monkeypox and discusses the importance fo the Registry and how dermatologists are best at diagnosing monkeypox.

9/22/22: People with skin conditions face stigma. Monkeypox has made it worse
Washington Post: 
Dermatologist Dr. Esther Freeman is advising her patients to follow the same precautions as the general population: to get vaccinated if they are in a high-risk group and to avoid contact with anyone who has monkeypox.

8/2/2022: COVID Skin Signs Vary by Type of Variant, UK Study Finds 
Dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, discusses new findings related to skin conditions on the different types of COVID variants.

 Woman’s rare illness xeroderma pigmentosum means UV light causes severe burns, blisters, cancer
WCVB-TV Boston Video Report: Quotes Mass General Hospital Dermatologist and Cancer Center physician Shawn Demehri, MD PhD.

6/23/2022: America's Best Cosmetic Dermatologists
Mathew Avram, MD, Director of Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Mass General was ranked number 9 our of more than 2000 cosmetic dermatologists.

6/16/2022: Wound care following MMS critical in preventing hyperpigmentation in skin of color
Ramone Williams, MD, Mohs, and Cosmetic Surgeon discusses the increasing number of people of color who are having Mohs Surgery.

6/15/2022: What Heat Rash Looks Like and How to Treat It
Shape Magazine: 
Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD shares tips on how to treat heat rash.

Current monkeypox outbreak marked by unconventional spread, clinical features
Dermatology News: 
Dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, discusses the clinical presentation of monkeypox and differences in previous outbreaks globally.

6/10/2022: Eczema on the Ears and Eyebrows: Triggers, Treatment, and Prevention
Everyday Health: 
Dermatologist Jeff Yu MD, discusses if you develop an itchy, scaly rash on your ear or mysteriously flaky eyebrows, the culprit might be eczema — either atopic dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis.

5/21/2022: Shingles-monkeypox claim misleads with false flu-COVID-19 theory
Politact Fact: The Poynter Institute: 
Dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, discusses the differences in shingles and monkeypox.

3/27/2022: Study Defines 6 Most Common Contact Dermatitis Allergens in Younger, Older Children 

HCP Live: Mass General Dermatologist, Jeff Yu, MD, discuss the latest research regarding common fragrances, metals, and preservations that have driven up pediatric allergic contact dermatitis in recent years.

3/22/2022: Sun Exposure and Melanoma, Sun-Seeking, and Sun Protection: Fact and Fiction 

Dermatology Times: Chief of Dermatology, David Fisher, MD, PhD, discusses facts and myths regarding sun exposure and sun protection.

2/10/2022: Q & A: Micro-coring ellacor device could improve facial wrinkles, laxity

Helio: Mathew Avram, MD, answers questions about a new device that is a minimally invasive micro-coring device for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles in the mid to lower face.

2/7/2022: Hair Loss Drugs Ranked in Order of Efficacy

MedPage Today: Dermatologist, Maryanne Senna discuss results of analysis of drugs used for hair loss treatments.

2/7/2022: What Is "Zoom Dysmorphia" and Why Was It Causing Me So Much Anxiety?

Good Housekeeping: Dermatologist, Shadi Kourosh, MD, provides some tips on how to counteract the effects.


11/22/2021: How To Keep Your Cuticles From Going To Hell This Winter

Huff Post: Dermatologist, Neera Nathan, MD, shares tips for keeping cuticles healthy during the winter months.

10/6/2021: ‘COVID toes’ may be caused by a powerful immune response, a new study finds
New York Times: 
Dermatologist, Dr. Esther Freeman discusses COVID-toes and that it may be caused by an immune response.

9/1/2021: ‘I believe it’s a mental health issue’: the rise of Zoom dysmorphia"
The Guardian:
Dermatologist, Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, explains how time spent in front of the camera can distort one's self image.

8/27/2021: What is runner's itch? Experts discuss how to prevent this annoying sensation
Today Video Report: 
Dermatologist, Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, explains what runner's itch is and how to avoid it.

6/8/2021: Carcinogen Found in Some Sunscreens
NECN Video report: 
Dr. Mathew Avram comments on the study, the importance of using sunscreens, and what to look for on sunscreen labels and how often to use sunscreens.

6/3/2021: Do LED masks work for acne, wrinkles? Dermatologists weigh in
Dr. Mathew Avram, Director of the Mass General Dermatology and Laser Center discusses the effectiveness of at-home LED masks.

5/12/2021: New cellulite treatment targets underlying cause
WCVB-TV Boston Video Report: 
Dr. Mathew Avram explains how a new treatment targets the underlying cause of cellulite.

4/23/2021: Cutaneous reactions to Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines minor
Dermatologist, Dr. Esther Freeman discusses results from a study.

4/15/2021: Rashes Can Occur After COVID Vaccine,  But Dermatologists Say 'Don't Worry
US News: 
Dermatologist, Dr. Esther Freeman explains that rashes can occur after a COVID Vaccine but there is no need for worry.

4/15/2021: Ask An Expert: Skin reactions to COVID-19 vaccines
KCBS Radio: 
Skin reactions to vaccines are a non-life threatening albeit annoying side effect for some people. Listen as Dr. Esther Freeman talks about some of the side effects.

4/12/2021: Why COVID arm and other post-vaccine rashes might actually be a ‘good thing’
Washington Post: 
Dermatologist, Esther Freeman, MD, PhD, explains why post-vaccine rashes may be a good thing.

4/12/2021: Had Facial Fillers? What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines
Health Day:
Dermatologist, Esther Freeman, MD, PhD, explained that lots of people get facial fillers and developing a reaction to the vaccine is extremely rare and temporary.

4/2/2021: MGH Dermatologists treating more patients with Zoom dysmorphia
Boston 25 News: 
Previous Video report featuring Mathew Avram, MD, discussing the increase in cosmetic procedures since people are seeing themselves on Zoom Meetings.

3/19/2021: Vaccine Patients Experiencing ‘Vaccine Arm’ Days After Injection
Dermatology Times: 
Esther Freeman, MD, explains that "vaccine arm" is temporary.

2/11/2021: I've had facial fillers. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Mass General Dermatologists, Mathew Avram, MD, and Esther Freeman, MD, address your concerns.

2/11/2021: Getting a 'COVID arm' rash after the Moderna vaccine might be itchy, but it's no big deal.
Dr. Esther Freeman explains that the rash is temporary, no need to panic and no reason not to get your second shot.

1/28/2021: COVID arm' rash seen after Moderna vaccine annoying but harmless, doctors say
USA Today: 
Dr. Esther Freeman explains that this rash is temporary and no need to panic.

1/27/2021: Rare Cosmetic Filler Reactions to COVID Vaccine
Video report featuring Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD explaining a rare reaction to cosmetic fillers related to cosmetic fillers.

1/25/2021: Video calls create rise in cosmetic procedures, so called ‘Zoom dysmorphia’
NewsNation Now:
Dermatologist, Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD discusses  that some people are seeking cosmetic procedures because of how they look on Zoom.

1/13/2021: How to Treat a Sunburn for Fast Relief
JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD, Director of Mass General Dermatology Occupational and Contact Dermatitis Clinic provides tips on how to treat sunburn.

1/12/2021: What is ‘Zoom dysmorphia?’ Insecurity rises due to video calls
Dermatologist, Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, explains "Zoom dysmorphia: and how it's driving some people to have cosmetic procedures.


11/19/2020: Canada Talks Dr. Esther Freeman Joins Matt Gurney
Canada Talks SirusXM 167:
Listen to an interview with Dr. Esther Freeman about Coronavirus and tracking skin reactions.

4/27/2020: CDC Adds 6 New Coronavirus Symptoms to List
Fox News:
Dermatologist, Esther Freeman, MD, discuss a condition: "COVID Toes" seen in some Coronavirus patients.

4/17/2020: What are 'COVID  Toes'? Dermatologists, Podiatrists Share Strange Findings

Today, NBC: Mass General Dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, discuss a condition that some COVID patients experience.  Dr. Freeman has set up a registry with the American Academy of Dermatology to help track and understand skin conditions that may present with COVID-19.