Faces of Yale Dermatology
Meet Dr. Jennifer Choi
Dr. Jennifer Choi is Director of the Yale Oncodermatology Clinic. This clinic serves oncology patients with cancer of all types and their various dermatologic needs associated with their cancer and treatment. Such issues include very dry skin, itching, skin changes as side effects from their chemotherapy including rashes, nail and hair changes, skin infections, cancer involvement of the skin, radiation dermatitis and other changes due to radiation. She is director of clinical research trials investigating the prevention and treatment of cancer therapy-related side effects.
Dr. Choi also specializes in treating patients with skin cancer, including melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. She is an integral member of the Yale Cancer Center Melanoma Unit. As part of this Unit, she specializes in the use of non-surgical immunotherapy treatments including topical imiquimod for melanoma. She works closely in a multidisciplinary fashion with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and dermatopathologists. For all skin cancer patients, she conducts rigorous screening skin examinations on a regular basis to detect skin cancers and sun damage to optimize prevention and therapy. She is experienced with surgical treatment of skin cancers, as well as non-surgical methods to treat skin cancer and precancerous lesions, including photodynamic therapy.
Dr. Choi also runs a full medical and surgical dermatology practice, caring for patients with complex dermatologic disease. These diseases include psoriasis, autoimmune blistering diseases such as pemphigus vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid, autoimmune connective tissue diseases such as lupus, lichen planus, lichen sclerosus, granuloma annulare, and sarcoidosis, among many others. She is experienced with the use of complex dermatologic therapy, including biologic therapy including Enbrel, Humira, and Stelara, immunosuppressive medications, and phototherapy. Additionally, she is experienced with the use of lasers for various dermatologic conditions, including lasers for blood vessels, scars, tattoos, sun spots, and hair removal.
In addition to patient care, Dr. Choi enjoys her role in medical education, teaching both medical students and dermatology and medicine residents. As Assistant Residency Program Director and Director of Medical Studies, she organizes and directs numerous courses on various topics within dermatology. She is also a frequent lecturer and author of publications.