David J. Leffell MD

David P. Smith Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology and Plastic); Section Chief, Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Medical Group

Cancer Center, Yale: Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Program | Melanoma Program | Cancer Genetics & Genomics

Yale Medical Group Administration

Dermatology: Mohs Surgery | Skin Diseases Research Center, Yale


Cancer Genetics

Research Interests

Molecular biology of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma; Wound healing; Skin cancer epidemiology more...


  • B.S., Yale College, 1977
  • M.D., McGill University, 1981

Selected Publications

  • Asplund A, Gustafsson AC, Wikonkal NM, Sela A, Leffell DJ, Kidd K, Lundeberg J. Brash DE, Ponten F: PTCH codon 1315 polymorphism and risk for nonmelanoma skin cancer, British Journal of Medicine, 152(5):868-73, 2005
  • Carucci JA, Kolenik SA, Leffell DJ: Human cadaveric allograft for repair of nasal defects after extirpation of basal cell carcinoma by Mohs micrographic surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, 28(4):340-3, 2002
  • Olhoffer IH, Lazova R, Leffell DJ: Histopathologic misdiagnoses and their clinical consequences, Archives of Dermatology, 138(10):1381-3, 2002



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