Last Name

Neelam Vashi, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
Address609 Albany St (J Bldg)
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-5500
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-5318-2598
 Awards and Honors

2007Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
2014Boston University School of Medicine International Graduate Training Program: Teacher of the Year Award
2016Boston University School of Medicine Residency Training Program: Teacher of the Year Award
2016American Academy of Dermatology: Presidential Citation Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Neelam A. Vashi is the Founder and Director of the Boston University Center for Ethnic Skin, Director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center, and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Vashi received her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After her internship in internal medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Vashi came to the east coast to complete her dermatology residency at New York University (NYU) in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Vashi is a recognized leader in medical and cosmetic dermatology in patients with skin of color. She has written extensively on the approach to cutaneous hyperpigmentation, disorders of pigmentation, and cosmetic treatments of dyschromic disorders. Dr. Vashi is widely published in the peer-reviewed literature, author of several book chapters, and is a frequent lecturer at both national and international dermatology meetings. She has published a new book, Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide. In addition, she is lead editor of a new book, Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair, slated to be published in January of 2017. She has been featured in the media, including Ebony Magazine, Prevention, Web Talk Radio, and Doctor Radio.

As one of the only few in the United States, Boston University’s Center for Ethnic Skin uniquely specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin and hair conditions unique to men and women from ethnic backgrounds. This center is led by Dr. Vashi who is specially trained to care for the cosmetic and medical issues unique to individuals with skin of color. She offers a comprehensive and personalized care plan that is individually designed for each patient's color, tone, and texture of skin and hair.

Dr. Vashi’s research interests include a wide variety of topics related to cosmetics and ethnic skin. She currently has many active projects including topics of skin hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, health literacy, and sun protection. She is also the Director of the International Training Program in Cosmetic Medicine in which she trains fellows from around the world in both cosmetics and ethnic skin care.

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Vashi NA, Wirya SA, Inyang M, Kundu RV. Facial Hyperpigmentation in Skin of Color: Special Considerations and Treatment. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2017 Apr; 18(2):215-230. PMID: 27943085.
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  2. Maymone MBC, Neamah HH, Wirya SA, Patzelt NM, Zancanaro PQ, Vashi NA. Sun-protective behaviors in patients with cutaneous hyperpigmentation: A cross-sectional study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 May; 76(5):841-846.e2. PMID: 28216035.
    View in: PubMed
  3. Vashi NA. Obsession with perfection: Body dysmorphia. Clin Dermatol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 34(6):788-791. PMID: 27968940.
    View in: PubMed
  4. Kouba DJ, LoPiccolo MC, Alam M, Bordeaux JS, Cohen B, Hanke CW, Jellinek N, Maibach HI, Tanner JW, Vashi N, Gross KG, Adamson T, Begolka WS, Moyano JV. Guidelines for the use of local anesthesia in office-based dermatologic surgery. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Jun; 74(6):1201-19. PMID: 26951939.
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  5. Vashi NA, de Castro Maymone MB, Kundu RV. Aging Differences in Ethnic Skin. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2016 Jan; 9(1):31-8. PMID: 26962390.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Vashi NA. Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide. Springer Science + Business Media LLC. New York. 2015; 210.
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  7. Chowdary S, Mahalingam M, Vashi NA. Reading between the layers: early histopathological findings in exogenous ochronosis. Am J Dermatopathol. 2014 Dec; 36(12):989-91. PMID: 25415140.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Vashi NA. Cosmetic interventions for dyschromia: chemical peels. The Aestheticians Journal. 2014; 30-32.
  9. Vashi NA. Cosmetic interventions for dyschromia: lasers. The Aestheticians Journal. 2014; 4(5):16-20.
  10. Vashi NA, Kundu RV. Facial hyperpigmentation: causes and treatment. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Oct; 169 Suppl 3:41-56. PMID: 24098900.
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  11. Vashi N, Hunt R, Fischer M, Meehan S, Pomeranz MK. Angiofibromas in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. Dermatol Online J. 2012 Dec; 18(12):20. PMID: 23286810.
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  12. Vashi NA, Latkowski JA. The current state of dermatology training: a national survey of graduating dermatology residents. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Dec; 67(6):1384-6. PMID: 23158618.
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  13. Vashi NA, Latkowski JA. The ethics of the medical-pharmaceutical relationship. Clin Dermatol. 2012 Mar-Apr; 30(2):188-91. PMID: 22330662.
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  14. Vashi N, Chu J, Patel R. Acquired plate-like osteoma cutis. Dermatol Online J. 2011; 17(10):1. PMID: 22031627.
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  15. Vashi N, Newlove T, Chu J, Patel R, Stein J. Graham-Little-Piccardi-Lassueur syndrome. Dermatol Online J. 2011; 17(10):30. PMID: 22031656.
    View in: PubMed
  16. Vashi NA, Souza A, Cohen N, Franklin B, Cohen DE. Allergic contact dermatitis caused by methylphenidate. Contact Dermatitis. 2011 Sep; 65(3):183-5. PMID: 21827513.
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  17. Vashi N, Mandal R. Giant multi-loculated apocrine hidrocystomas. Dermatol Online J. 2010; 16(11):16. PMID: 21163167.
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  18. Vashi NA, Reddy P, Wayne DB, Sabin B. Bat-associated leptospirosis. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Feb; 25(2):162-4. PMID: 20012224.
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  19. Liu JW, Sun P, Yan Q, Paller AS, Gerami P, Ho N, Vashi N, Le Poole IC, Wang XQ. De-N-acetyl GM3 promotes melanoma cell migration and invasion through urokinase plasminogen activator receptor signaling-dependent MMP-2 activation. Cancer Res. 2009 Nov 15; 69(22):8662-9. PMID: 19903858.
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  20. Vashi N . Life. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2007; 147(5):303.
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