About Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Dr. Kourosh is a board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she received the institution's Excellence Award in Dermatology, and during her residency was chosen by the faculty and her peers for awards in Leadership and for Outstanding Professionalism and Humanism as a physician.

Dr. Kourosh is committed to 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 patient advocacy organizations for their skin conditions. She has published and been recognized in many publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), JAMA Dermatology, Dermatologic Clinics, and Dermatology World Magazine. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Dialogues in Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology's official podcast and internationally subscribed educational program for physicians. 

Dr. Kourosh serves as the Dermatology Department's Director of Community Health, increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in the Boston area. She is the founding director of the Clinic for Pigmentary Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the founder and director of Project Phoenix, MGH's pro-bono tattoo removal program, assisting those seeking to escape gangs and human trafficking to be safe and reintegrate into society, which has won national awards for its impact. She also advocates for patients at the national level as the State Advocacy Leader for Massachusetts in the AAD's delegation to Congress to protect medical research and affordable care for patients with skin disease.

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Dermatology Associates
50 Staniford Street
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2517
Phone: 617-726-2914

Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150-1807
Phone: 617-887-4149
Fax: 617-887-3704

Revere HealthCare Center
300 Ocean Avenue
Revere, MA 02151-3675
Phone: 781-485-6140
Fax: 781-485-6106

Medical Education

  • MPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • MD, UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Residency, UT Southwestern Medical Center

American Board Certifications

  • Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology

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Development and application of technologies and innovative methods to promote patient advocacy and solve problems in healthcare.

Dr. Kourosh developed the Skin Advocate iPhone App, a free application that connects patients with skin disease with appropriate patient advocacy resources and support for their conditions.

She is currently working on innovations involving novel telemedicine platforms to increase access to care. 

Dr. Kourosh also founded and directs Project Phoenix, a pro bono tattoo removal program for patients in need of assistance with job acquisition and social reintegration, and conducts research around tattoos as a social determinant of health.


  • Select Publications:

    • Improving Patient Advocacy Groups Through Smartphones: A Needs Assessment. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Vol 69, Issue 3, p 493-494, September 2013.
    • Bridging Dermatologists with Patient Advocacy Groups Through Smartphones. JAMA Dermatology 2013.
    • Pathogenesis of Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid. Dermatol Clin. 2011 Jul; 29(3):479-84.
    • Therapeutic Approaches to Patients with Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid. Dermatol Clin. 2011 Oct;29(4):637-41.
    • Activation of the mesostriatal reward pathway with exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) vs. sham UVR in frequent tanners. Addiction Biology 17: 68P 686.
    • Tanning as a behavioral addiction.  Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 36(5):284-90 (May 2010)
    • Hooked on Tanning: Why You Shouldn't Start. The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal. Vol 30. 2012.
    • Photosensitive Disorders in HIV. Cockerell and Calame: Cutaneous manifestations of HIV infection. Copyright 2010. Manson Publishing, 73 Corringham Road, London, NW11 7DL, UK.
    • Leprosy of Lucio and Latapí with extremity livedoid vascular changes. International Journal of Dermatology 2013;52(10):1245-7Psoriasis as the Marker of Underlying Systemic Disease.  Skin Therapy Letter.  2008 Feb; 13(1):1-5.
    • Patient Advocacy in the Technological Age. Journal of the Dermatology Nurses Association. July/August 2013 - Volume 5 - Issue 4, pp: 187-237. Dermatologists and Social Media, Editorial & Commentary for June 2013 Dialogues in Dermatology. 
    • A Girl With Cerebriform Palmar Plaques. Consultant For Pediatricians. 2013;12(7):317-318.