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Caroline Nelson, MD, FAAD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology; Director of Inpatient Dermatology, Dermatology; Director of Grand Rounds, 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 Director of Inpatient Dermatology and Grand Rounds. She also sees 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 severe cutaneous adverse reactions, such as drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN). She also has expertise in neutrophilic skin disorders and paraneoplastic syndromes. In her outpatient clinics, Dr. Nelson performs skin cancer screenings and treats patients with a variety of skin problems, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Dr. Nelson is passionate about medical education. She teaches the inpatient dermatology curriculum at Yale and has published a comprehensive board review and practice examinations to prepare residents for the American Board of Dermatology in-training and certification examinations. She finds particular fulfillment in her role as a longitudinal coach for Yale medical students. “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.”

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)


  • Advances in DRESS Syndrome Research 2023
    National DRESS Syndrome Day

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Medical Education FellowshipYale School of Medicine2023
American Academy of Dermatology Presidential CitationAmerican Academy of Dermatology2023
Oscar Colegio Excellence in Dermatology Resident Teaching AwardYale Department of Dermatology2022
American Academy of Dermatology Leadership ForumAmerican Academy of Dermatology2022
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

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