Diana Bolotin,MD,PhD Appointed Chief, Section of Dermatology

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Bolotin, MD, PhD as Chief of the Section of Dermatology effective August 1, 2019.  For the past 17 months, Dr. Bolotin has been serving the Department of Medicine and the Section of Dermatology in an interim capacity where she has demonstrated remarkable leadership, fortitude and thoughtful academic vision. Under her leadership, the Section of Dermatology has already realized remarkable success including the recruitment of three outstanding faculty members, Drs. Mark Hoffman, Oluwakemi Onajin and Victoria Barbosa, as well as clinical growth at both UCM onsite and satellite clinics, and expansion of the Section’s research portfolio. Additionally, Dr. Bolotin has played a key role in the planning of the new Center for Advanced Care at River East where Dermatology will be one of the primary specialties when it opens in early 2020.

Dr. Bolotin currently serves as Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Dermatology Ambulatory Practice and Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Program. She received her BA with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998.  Upon completion she entered into the Pritzker School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program where she earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology in 2004, followed by her MD in 2006.   She completed her internship in internal medicine and residency training in dermatology in our Department of Medicine, where she served as chief resident.  Subsequent to her dermatology training, she completed an advanced ACGME-approved procedural dermatology/ Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous Oncology fellowship at Northwestern University. In 2011, she was recruited back to the faculty by Dr. Christopher Shea and named as the Director of Dermatologic Surgery. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Dermatology Ambulatory Practice, is an active member of multiple service committees within the Department including the Department of Medicine Quality Committee and Women’s Committee and is actively engaged in patient care, resident teaching and clinical research.

As a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon, Dr. Bolotin has expertise in a wide range of medical and surgical treatments within cutaneous oncology, including Mohs surgery and excision treatments of cutaneous neoplasms. Her clinical and academic interests span the field of cutaneous oncology and resident education. Having graduate training in skin biology, she is particularly interested in translational research of carcinogenesis, novel skin cancer therapies and advocacy.

Dr. Bolotin is a recipient of the Medical Dermatology Society Mentorship Award, several Chicago Dermatologic Society Research Awards and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cutting Edge Research Award and has participated in numerous clinical trials within the field of procedural dermatology. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters within the field, as well as presented at regional and national dermatology meetings. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery journal and is an Associate Editor for Archives of Dermatological Research journal.  Dr. Bolotin is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Chicago Dermatologic Society, Women’s Dermatologic Society, Society for Investigative Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is a co-chair of the ASDS Audit Committee and Research Work Group and is a fellow member in the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Dr. Bolotin’s vision for the Section includes the establishment of a Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program (CSCP) for diagnosis, treatment and comprehensive care of patients with non-melanoma skin cancers, as well as the creation of an interdisciplinary program for autoimmune cutaneous disease (AISD), cutaneous drug reactions, and a Center for Hair Loss. She is committed to maintaining the high level of educational excellence within the Section’s residency and fellowship training programs, and further enhancing the Section’s research programs.

Special thanks to Julie Oyler, MD ,who led the Dermatology chief search, and members of the committee: Drs. Elbert Huang, Sonali Smith, Sonia Kupfer, Esra Tasali, Gaurav Upadhyay, David Chang and Sarah Gray.