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Paul Nghiem
Melina Mambalam
August 17, 2023

Dermatology achieves department status

Our Division of Dermatology will become the Department of Dermatology on Oct. 1, 2023.
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The Division of Dermatology will officially become an academic department under the University of Washington School of Medicine on Oct. 1, 2023.

“To become recognized as a full department in the School of Medicine is an incredibly meaningful milestone for us and reflects support and assistance from many people across UW Medicine,” said Division Head Dr. Paul Nghiem. “This will build on the high-quality clinical care and teaching already provided by our outstanding faculty and staff, and our strengths in research.”

Becoming a department will expand the educational, research and patient care offerings to help meet the growing demand for dermatology care in our region, and reinforce our standing as a national leader in dermatology.

“We are grateful to the faculty, staff, and trainees who have contributed to the department transition process over the past three years,” said Associate Chief Dr. Michi Shinohara. “I’m proud of our team for their enthusiasm and determination during this time of tremendous growth and change.”

To meet the requirements for full department status, the division surpassed stringent metrics in education, research, and clinical care.

The formal process to achieve department status began in September 2020 with a Blue Ribbon Panel analysis conducted by leaders from outside peer institutions.

“I feel privileged to see this come to fruition and look forward to welcoming our newest department into our group of peers,” said Department Chair Dr. Barbara Jung. “I also want to highlight the passion behind this from Paul and Michi, and the dedication of divisional and departmental staff, a true team effort.”