Lauren Claire Smith Kole, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Departments & Organizations

Dermatology: Dermatologic Surgery: Mohs Surgery | Medical Dermatology

Yale Medicine


Dr. Lauren Kole is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the Yale University School of Medicine. She sees patients at multiple locations including Yale Dermatology Branford, Yale Health Center, and Yale Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Kole's clinical practice encompasses both general and complex medical dermatology. She treats common skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, as well as disorders of the hair and nails. She completes skin exams to screen for skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and other rare malignancies. Dr. Kole also performs cosmetic dermatologic procedures such as chemical peels, injections of neuromodulators (e.g. Botox) and fillers (e.g. Juvederm), and laser surgery to remove unwanted hair or to treat rosacea.

Dr. Kole grew up in Carolina Beach, NC. She graduated in 2004 from Duke University with degrees in Chemistry and Biology. She was a researcher at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland prior to beginning medical school at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, NC. She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and earned her MD in 2010. Dr. Kole completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at UNC. She was then selected for a fellowship in clinical research at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), where she also completed a Residency in Dermatology. Dr. Kole served as Chief Resident at UAB prior to joining the faculty at Yale.

Education & Training

MD University of North Carolina (2010)
BA Duke University (2004)
Residency University of Alabama Birmingham
Fellowship University of Alabama Birmingham
Internship University of North Carolina
Board Certification AB of Dermatology, Dermatology (2015)

Honors & Recognition

  • Walter P. Little Award for Excellence in Dermatology (2015)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (2009)

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Contact Info

Lauren Claire Smith Kole, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Dermatology - Branford
322 East Main Street

Branford, CT 06405
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Yale Health Center
55 Lock Street

New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Dermatologic SurgeryTemple Medical Center
40 Temple Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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