Allison M Hanlon MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Biographical Info

Allison Hanlon is an assistant professor of Dermatology and a member of the Yale Dermatologic Surgery unit. Dermatologic surgery involves the treatment of skin cancer through varying therapies including the technique of Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Hanlon is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon that specializes in the treatment of skin cancers in the immunocompromised. Patients with an impaired immune system either through disease or iatrogenic medications have an increased risk of developing cutaneous neoplasms. Dr. Hanlon’s clinical and research interests include the treatment of high risk skin cancer patients and studying the interaction of the skin tumor with the surrounding immune system.
Dr. Hanlon treats patients with sun damaged skin and pre-skin cancers known as actinic keratosis with photodynamic therapy. Photodynamic therapy or PDT is a non-invasive treatment where a photosensitizing agent is applied to the patients affected areas of skin. After an incubation period where the affected cells absorb the agent, the patient is exposed to a light to activate the photosensitizer thereby targeting the pre-cancerous cells.
Dr. Hanlon is a member of the melanoma tumor board and is interested in the treatment and management of lentigo maligna or melanoma in situ.
Allison Hanlon graduated with her medical degree and doctorate in Immunology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her medical internship at Columbia New York Presbyterian Hospital and her dermatology residency and Mohs micrographic surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Education & Training

Temple University School of Medicine (2005)
Temple University School of Medicine (2005)
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dermatology (2006 - 2009)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Mohs Surgery (2009 - 2010)
Board Certification
Dermatology, Board Certified  (2009)

Honors & Recognition

  • Academic research award for the study of Estrogen's Role in the Recruitment of Regulatory T Cells in Melanoma
    Women's Dermatologic Society (2008)
  • ASDS Cutting Edge Research Grant
    American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (2012)

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