Disparities in Dermatology: A Reflection

Nour El-Kashlan, Andrew Alexis

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We share a passion for advancing racial and ethnic equity in science, medicine, and health. The aim of our manuscript is to illuminate longstanding racial disparities engrained within the American healthcare system and practice of medicine with a special focus on racial and ethnic diversity within the field of dermatology. We highlight crucial contributory factors that have perpetuated racial and ethnic disparities within the field, such as disparities in provider background, access to care, and resident education. We propose necessary and practical interventions that can improve representation, education, and research, and ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes and dermatological care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Dermatology
  • disparities
  • equity
  • ethnicity
  • medical education
  • patient outcomes
  • race
  • representation in medicine
  • skin of color


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