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The Department of Dermatology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University was one of the first academic units established in New York City around the middle of the 19th century. The department was previously located in the Vanderbilt Clinic at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (established by the affiliation of Columbia University and the Presbyterian Hospital of the City of New York in 1911). Its faculty made numerous contributions to the development of dermatology including pioneering work in the early use of ionizing radiation, the treatment of syphilis, the expansion of basic knowledge in dermatological mycology including playing a major role in the discovery of the antifungal agent Nystatin. The department also helped to develop the concept of treating patients with pemphigus vulgaris with high dose corticosteroids. Subsequently the technique of photopheresis for cutaneous T cell lymphoma was developed in the department. The department has been and still remains a major center for basic science and clinical research.


Over the past decade we have always ranked in the top ten dermatology departments nationwide in NIH funding. This past year we were ranked #3. The major foci of our current research interests include: hair growth and its regulation; stem cell biology; skin carcinogenesis including non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma; and genodermatoses including inherited blistering diseases.

Our Basic Science Research Group is comprised of 10 full-time faculty and 8 post-doctoral fellows.


Our CPU has a broad portfolio of protocols with an emphasis on the treatment of fungal diseases, inflammatory diseases including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis and skin cancer chemoprevention.


The department has ambulatory practices at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and in midtown Manhattan.

We endeavor to provide state-of-the-art care to all of ourk patients and we offer a spectrum of medical and surgical dermatologic services from treating skin cancer to a variety of cosmetic procedures. Our Practice is comprised of 14 full-time clinical faculty and 122 voluntary faculty, 2 post-doctoral fellows in our Moh's Surgical and Pediatric Dermatology division and 11 residents.

Additionally we provide in-patient adult and pediatric consultation services to the Milstein Hospital and Allen Pavilion of NYPH and the Morgan-Stanley Children's Hospital.


The Department has made a major commitment to training the academic leaders of tomorrow. We currently train 11 residents per year and offer clinical fellowships in Pediatric Dermatology, Procedural Dermatology/Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Clinical Research.  We have an NIH Training grant and have designated one of our residency positions for training physician-scientists. We are also actively involved in the education housestaff from other disciplines. The department also recognizes the global expansion of our specialty and has established special collaborations with academic units in Europe and the Middle East.

The Department has an extensive array of educational activities for medical students and physicians. We provide an Introduction to Dermatology Course to all second-year medical students. Our 4th year electives in Dermatology are extremely popular. There is a continuing medical education grand rounds conference that is attended by our full-time and voluntary faculty, residents, and medical students.


The Department also has a large dermatopathology laboratory which provides expert gross tissue analysis and microscopic interpretation of skin biopsies. Our lab processes over 150,000 specimens annually for Columbia University Medical Center and many private practices in the tri-state area. Our lab is comprised of 4 full-time clinical faculty.

This department is committed to being a national and global leader in the field of dermatology. We have a highly dedicated and gifted faculty and staff with strong support from outstanding academic institutions in New York City, one of the great cities of the world.

Thank you for your interest in our department and I hope the information you are searching for is provided in our website.

David R. Bickers, M.D. signature

David R. Bickers, M.D.
Carl Truman Nelson Professor and Chairman
Department of Dermatology

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