Welcome to the Massachusetts General Hospitals' Department of Dermatology Division of Community Health

Our mission is to carry forward the goal of public health through:

  • increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in the Boston area
  • promoting awareness and appreciation of diversity of care for those with skin disease
  • training the next generation of health of dermatology providers the ideals for cultural sensitivity and competency
  • providing education and service-oriented outreach programs in the community


Shadi Kourosh, MDA. Shadi Kourosh, MD,MPH

A. Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH  Director of  Community Health in the Department of Dermatology, is committed to the promotion of diversity, patient advocacy, and solving public health problems for patients with skin disease.  She developed the Skin Advocate iPhone app,  a free iPhone application that connects patients with the appropriate non-profit advocacy organizations for their skin conditions.  Dr. Kourosh also advocates for patients at the  national level as the State Advocacy Leader for Massachusetts in the American Academy of Dermatology's delegation to Congress to protect medical research and affordable care for patients with skin  disease. In addition to caring for patients at the Department of Dermatology's Boston location,  Dr. Kourosh serves as the Dermatology Department's Director of Community Health and the staff dermatologist for the MGH Health Centers in Chelsea and Revere, increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in the Boston area.  During her training Dr. Kourosh received awards for Leadership in the specialty of Dermatology and for outstanding Professionalism and Humanism as a physician. She was recently awarded the Women’s Dermatologic Society’s Award for Community Advancement for the programs she has founded for the underserved patients of the Boston area.

Dr. Kourosh is grateful for the mentorship of Dr. Ernesto Gonzalez who is a pioneer at Massachusetts General Hospital for his leadership in the areas of diversity and increasing access to underserved communities.   Read "A League of His Own" an article about Dr. Gonzalez's commitment to diversity and caring for vulnerable patient populations.

Community Outreach to the Underserved in the Boston Area

Dr. Sugai, Senator Warren,Shadi Kourosh MD
Dr. Kourosh and her dermatology residents performing a tattoo removal.

Project Phoenix

In addition to providing patient care in Revere and Chelsea, Dr. Kourosh and her dermatology residents from the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program offer a pro bono tattoo removal clinic for high risk youth, and to those who qualify and are interested in removing tattoos - if those tattoos are preventing them from getting a job.  The goal of this initiative is to help give patient's a "clean slate" for a new life removing the stigma and harmful associations of the past, and reintegration into society.  This program collaborates with local health centers for high-risk youth and local police departments.

Read how Project Phoenix is helping give people a second chance at life.

To learn more about this program please email us at ProjectPhoenix@partners.org

Educational Series on Sun Safety  (May and June)

sun safety

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States?  Anyone can get skin cancer, no matter the color of one's skin.  There are ways you can keep your skin healthy during the summer months. During May and June we provide informational sessions on how to choose a sun screen, the latest research, and skin cancer prevention tips.   Recently, we participated in events in the following cities:

  • May 3, 2019 Mass General The Blum Learning Center, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA Sun Protection Presentation and Q & A 
  • May 21, 2019  Barbara McInnis House for the Homeless Albany St. Boston, MA, Skin Cancer Screening (In-patients)
  • June 22, 2019 MGH Chelsea Summer Safety Fair 151 Everett avenue Chelsea, MA 
  • June 25, 2019  MGH Revere Partnership with the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center; 10am-3pm Sun Safety Education
Dr. Sugai, Senator Warren,Shadi Kourosh MD
Daniel Sugai, MD, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and A. Shadi Kourosh, MD.

Legislative Advocacy for Underserved Patients at a Local and National Level

As the State Advocacy Leader for the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Kourosh is actively engaged with meeting with members of Congress and works to promote legislation that will improve patient access to dermatologic care and necessary treatments, while advocating that funds be made available to advance medical research.

Do the high out-of pockets costs of some specialty medicines prevent you from being able to access those medications?  Some medically necessary specialty medications can cost patients hundreds to thousands in out of pocket expenses for specialty drugs. As a State Advocacy Leader we are able to meet face-to-face with our members of Congress  to help ensure that patients with chronic, disabling and life threatening conditions have access to to the treatments that they need.

Additionally, Dr. Kourosh has nominated and mentored a dermatology residents from Mass General to obtain scholarships from the American Academy Dermatology to come to Washington and work on legislative advocacy initiatives with her. In this way, our Dermatology Department at Mass General is contributing to the education of future dermatologists as public health workers and patient advocates for the most underserved and indigent patients in our state.

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