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Caroline Nelson, MD, FAAD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology; Medical Director, Dermatology Inpatient Consultative Service, Dermatology

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Caroline Nelson, MD, FAAD

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Caroline Nelson, MD is a medical dermatologist and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the Dermatology Inpatient Consultative Service at Yale New Haven Hospital and see outpatients at the Yale Medicine Dermatology New Haven and Branford clinics.

“As a medical student, what inspired me to go into dermatology was seeing the negative impact of skin diseases on quality of life. I wanted to make a difference, particularly for critically ill patients,” she says. Following her dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Nelson completed a fellowship in complex medical dermatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School.

At Yale, Dr. Nelson attends on the consult service and focuses her clinical and research activities on autoimmune blistering, granulomatous, and neutrophilic skin disorders. These include pemphigus, pemphigoid, sarcoidosis, Sweet syndrome, and pyoderma gangrenosum. She has expertise in treating patients with paraneoplastic syndromes and skin side effects of cancer therapies. In her outpatient clinics, Dr. Nelson also performs routine skin cancer screenings and treats patients with a variety of skin problems, such as acne.

Dr. Nelson is passionate about medical education. She teaches the inpatient dermatology curriculum at Yale and is writing and illustrating a review book to prepare residents for the American Board of Dermatology in-training and certification examinations. “Teaching is not simply about communicating facts,” she says, “it is about demonstrating how the doctor-patient relationship can improve the lives of patients with skin diseases.” An emerging area of interest for Dr. Nelson is exploring how dermatologists can work synergistically with cutting-edge technologies to improve patient care while preserving the human doctor-patient relationship.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University (2019)
  • Resident
    University of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • Intern
    New York University (2015)
  • MD
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2014)
  • BA
    University of Chicago (2006)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Resident International GrantAmerican Academy of Dermatology2017
Edward Bondi Medical Student Teaching AwardUniversity of Pennsylvania2017
Full-Merit ScholarshipPerelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania2009
Fulbright ScholarshipUnited States Department of State2006

Professional Service

Education Committee, Women's Dermatologic SocietyMember2020 - Present
Education and Programs Committee, Medical Dermatology SocietyMember2020 - Present
Residency Application Review CommitteeMember2019 - Present
Specialty Positioning Work Group, American Academy of DermatologyMember2018 - Present
Expert Resource Group on Climate Change, American Academy of DermatologyMember2018 - Present

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