Research & Publications
Dr. Rhonda Klein is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology, specializing in complex cutaneous diseases. She has a special interest in autoimmune diseases, including lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and systemic sclerosis, as well as hereditary and autoimmune blistering diseases. During her training, she spent one year as a NIH research fellow focusing on rheumatologic dermatology to further her expertise on autoimmune cutaneous diseases. She has experience conducting investigator-initiated clinical trials and epidemiologic research that impact patients through the discovery of new therapies and policies. She also has expertise in tropical dermatology, having spent time on multiple occasions providing medical and dermatologic care in several areas of Africa. In addition to practicing at Yale Dermatology-Waterbury, she is the Chief of Dermatology at Bridgeport Hospital, where she runs the consultative dermatology service and outpatient dermatology clinic, as well as dermatology education for medical residents and students. She also serves as an editor for the monthly broadcast “Dialogues in Dermatology” of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
In addition to her expertise in medical dermatology, Dr. Klein is trained in both surgical and cosmetic dermatology and looks forward to treating her patients for all their skin care needs. She conducts thorough skin cancer screening examinations on a regular basis and counsels on preventing further skin cancers through appropriate sun avoidance and sunscreen use. She is adept at using systemic medications, including retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, biologics, azathioprine, and mycophenolate mofetil. She is experienced with phototherapy, photodynamic therapy, botulinum toxin injections and fillers, as well as laser therapy for various dermatologic conditions, including the treatment of vascular lesions, scars, tattoos, hair removal, and solar lesions.
Dr. Klein provides care of patients with all medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic conditions.
Dr. Klein received her B.A.S. and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.P.H. from Columbia University. She completed her medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and her dermatology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident during her final year.
Education & Training
- Chief ResidentYale-New Haven Hospital (2011)
- ResidentYale-New Haven Hospital (2011)
- InternMount Sinai Medical Center (2008)
- MPHColumbia University, Public Health (2002)
- BASUniversity of Pennsylvania, Bioengineering / Biomedical Sciences (2001)
- Korle-Bu Teaching HospitalAccra, Ghana (2007-2008)Volunteer physician
- Adakum Educational FoundationAccra, Ghana (2007-2008)Volunteer physician, fundraiser, and clinic developer
- Princess Marina HospitalGaborone, Botswana; Accra, Ghana; Tripoli, Libya 2006Clinical researcher and medical volunteer
Honors & Recognition
|Mentorship Program Winner||Medical Dermatology Society|
|Advanced Resident Training & Education Award Recipient||Orlando Dermatology and Aesthetic & Clinical Conference|
|Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, Beta Chapter|
|Dean’s List||University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Science|
|Hexagon, Penn Engineering Senior Honor Society|
|L’Oreal and Women’s Dermatologic Society Skin Cancer Checks|