Neelam Vashi, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Dermatology

MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine

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.

2016 Boston University School of Medicine Residency Training Program: Teacher of the Year Award
2016 American Academy of Dermatology: Presidential Citation Award
2014 Boston University School of Medicine International Graduate Training Program: Teacher of the Year Award
2007 Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
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.

  1. Vashi NA, Maymone MBC. An Average Face. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Sep 01; 153(9):891. PMID: 28903146.
  2. Wirya SA, de Castro Maymone MB, Widjajahakim R, Vashi NA. Subclinical melasma: Determining disease extent. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Aug; 77(2):e41-e42. PMID: 28711101.
  3. Vashi NA, Maymone MBC, Kundu RV. Author''s Reply to Cohen: Facial Hyperpigmentation in Skin of Color: Special Considerations and Treatment. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2017 Aug; 18(4):595-596. PMID: 28597180.
  4. Wagenseller A, Larocca C, Vashi NA. Treatment of Annular Elastolytic Giant Cell Granuloma With Topical Tretinoin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017 Jul 01; 16(7):699-700. PMID: 28697223.
  5. Maymone MBC, Neamah HH, Wirya SA, Patzelt NM, Secemsky EA, Zancanaro PQ, Vashi NA. Background and Room Illumination in Color Identification of Skin Lesions: A Cross-Sectional Study. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 May 31. PMID: 28564694.
  6. 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; DOI: 10.1007/s40257-016-0239-8;.
  7. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.12.018;.
  8. Vashi NA. Obsession with perfection: Body dysmorphia. Clin Dermatol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 34(6):788-791. PMID: 27968940; DOI: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2016.04.006;.
  9. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.01.022;.
  10. 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.
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