Research & Publications
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
- FellowBrigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University (2019)
- ResidentUniversity of Pennsylvania (2018)
- InternNew York University (2015)
- MDPerelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2014)
- BAUniversity of Chicago (2006)
- Advances in DRESS Syndrome Researchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNtBid37ceI 2023National DRESS Syndrome Day
Honors & Recognition
|Medical Education Fellowship||Yale School of Medicine||2023|
|American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation||American Academy of Dermatology||2023|
|Oscar Colegio Excellence in Dermatology Resident Teaching Award||Yale Department of Dermatology||2022|
|American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Forum||American Academy of Dermatology||2022|
|Resident International Grant||American Academy of Dermatology||2017|
|Edward Bondi Medical Student Teaching Award||University of Pennsylvania||2017|
|Full-Merit Scholarship||Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania||2009|
|Fulbright Scholarship||United States Department of State||2006|