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Shawn Gaurav Kwatra, MD

Joseph W. Burnett Endowed Professor and Chair in Dermatology

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Chief of Service, Dermatology, UMMC; Chair, Department of Dermatology

Education and Training

  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, MD, 2012
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Residency, Dermatology, 2017
  • American Board of Dermatology Certification, 2017


Dr. Kwatra is an internationally renowned dermatologist and clinical leader in  skin of color research, as well as chronic inflammatory skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis, prurigo nodularis, and chronic pruritus of unknown origin. He also has expertise in managing cutaneous adverse events associated with immunotherapy.

Research/Clinical Keywords

skin of color research, chronic inflammatory skin disease, atopic dermatitis, prurigo nodularis, chronic pruritus of unknown origin

Research Interests

Dr. Kwatra is an NIH funded investigator whose research focuses on precision medicine-based techniques to uncover new patient endotypes, designing and leading Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials, and studying racial disparities in the pathogenesis of inflammatory skin diseases.

Dr. Kwatra runs both a basic science laboratory and clinical trials unit and has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine, JAMA Dermatology, the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. His research is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Dermatology Foundation, Skin of Color Society, and Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Awards and Affiliations

Dr. Kwatra has served on the Board of Directors of the Skin of Color Society, and currently serves as the National Secretary/Treasurer. He is a member of the National Eczema Association’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Council. He was also inducted into the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Teaching Society for his bedside teaching and mentorship of medical students, residents, and fellows.