Hee-Young Park, PhD Hear my name
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dean’s Office

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Hee-Young Park is a Professor and Chair of Medical Sciences & Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. As the Chair, Dr. Park is deeply committed to the education of both medical and graduate students at the School. Her department hosts the annual BUMC McCahan Education Conference where faculty, staff, students and trainees come together to present and share their educational scholarship. In addition, Dr. Park has established number of high school programs in STEM and Health Sciences for the Boston Public High Schools. In her role as the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Park oversees the faculty appointments and promotions processes, as well as offering CV reviews of individual faculty. Faculty Affairs office offer promotion workshops and other faculty development programs to assist faculty toward their academic advancements. . Dr. Park received both B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and spent first 2 decades of her professional career as a biomedical researcher. Dr. Park’s research was focused on signaling pathways and factors that control skin color, aging and cutaneous wound healing. Specifically, she has made seminal contribution in these fields by discovering and characterizing the key role of serine/threonine kinases that turn on and off key enzymes and transcription factors. In addition to her research activities, she has consulted cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies interested in developing treatments for pigmentation-disorders. Dr. Park also has a long-standing interest in teaching and mentoring students. She has served as a faculty advisor and mentor to graduate students, medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) are the foundational pillar of higher education. We must constantly move forward DEIA, especially for the under-represented groups in STEM and Medicine. To increase the representations in STEM, Dr. Park has collaborated with her colleagues and implemented STEMM programs for 9th-12th grades in Boston Public High Schools. These programs include hands-on summer programs in the biomedical research laboratories, basics on medicine and other healthcare professions. During the academic years, virtual sessions are offered in STEM for the these students.

As the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Park oversees the search and hiring process of faculty such that the search committees include URG and gender balanced. In addition, all faculty are encouraged to be involved in DEIA as part of their academic advancement activities.

Carolann S. Najarian, MD Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medical Sciences & Education

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medical Sciences & Education

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dermatology (excluding Mohs Surgery)

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

BEAMS Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program
01/01/2023 - 01/01/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Hee-Young Park, PhD
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Ability of Dermagraft to Stimulate Proliferation of Dermal Fibroblasts and Suppress Growth Inhibitory Activity of Chronic Wound Fluid
08/03/2004 - 02/28/2006 (PI)
Smith & Nephew

Proposal for Phase V Study
05/01/2001 - 12/31/2003 (PI)
Augustine Medical Devices Inc

Activation of Tyrosinase in Human Melanogenesis
03/15/1997 - 12/31/2001 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5 R01 CA72763 04

The Effects of the Augustine Medical Wound Care Device on the Inhibitory Effects of Chronic Wound Fluid Upon Fibroblasts In Vitro.
09/01/1996 - 04/30/2001 (PI)
Augustine Medical Inc (formerly Augustine Medical Devices Inc)


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. Park HY, Berkowitz O, Symes K, Dasgupta S. The art and science of selecting graduate students in the biomedical sciences: Performance in doctoral study of the foundational sciences. PLoS One. 2018; 13(4):e0193901.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29614110; PMCID: PMC5882097; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193901;
  2. Mitchell B, Leone D, Feller JK, Bondzie P, Yang S, Park HY, Mahalingam M. Correlation of chemokine receptor CXCR4 mRNA in primary cutaneous melanoma with established histopathologic prognosticators and the BRAF status. Melanoma Res. 2014 Dec; 24(6):621-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25211166; DOI: 10.1097/CMR.0000000000000120;
  3. Belisle ES, Park HY. Metformin: a potential drug to treat hyperpigmentation disorders. J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Oct; 134(10):2488-91. PMID: 25219649; DOI: 10.1038/jid.2014.245;
  4. Mitchell B, Leone D, Feller K, Menon S, Bondzie P, Yang S, Park HY, Mahalingam M. Protein expression of the chemokine receptor CXCR4 and its ligand CXCL12 in primary cutaneous melanoma--biomarkers of potential utility? Hum Pathol. 2014 Oct; 45(10):2094-100.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25130395; DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2014.06.018;
  5. Bae-Harboe YS, Park HY. Tyrosinase: a central regulatory protein for cutaneous pigmentation. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Dec; 132(12):2678-80. PMID: 23187110; DOI: 10.1038/jid.2012.324;
  6. Yaar M, Park HY. Melanocytes: a window into the nervous system. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Mar; 132(3 Pt 2):835-45.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22158549; DOI: 10.1038/jid.2011.386;
  7. Park HY, Kim JH, Ji JH, Ahn SK, Hong SP. Variant of phacomatosis pigmentokeratotica. J Dermatol. 2011 Jul; 38(7):719-22. PMID: 21352309; DOI: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2010.01069.x;
  8. Byers HR, Boissel SJ, Tu C, Park HY. RNAi-mediated knockdown of protein kinase C-alpha inhibits cell migration in MM-RU human metastatic melanoma cell line. Melanoma Res. 2010 Jun; 20(3):171-8. PMID: 20216103; DOI: 10.1097/CMR.0b013e32832f1581;
  9. Park HY, Wu C, Yaar M, Stachur CM, Kosmadaki M, Gilchrest BA. Role of BMP-4 and Its Signaling Pathways in Cultured Human Melanocytes. Int J Cell Biol. 2009; 2009:750482.View Related Profiles. PMID: 20130821; PMCID: PMC2814237; DOI: 10.1155/2009/750482;
  10. Park HY, Kosmadaki M, Yaar M, Gilchrest BA. Cellular mechanisms regulating human melanogenesis. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2009 May; 66(9):1493-506.View Related Profiles. PMID: 19153661; DOI: 10.1007/s00018-009-8703-8;
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

protein kinase C
signaling pathways
skin cancers
Graduate Education
Faculty development
Faculty mentoring

I am open to mentoring faculty, staff and students. As the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, I review CVs individually and available to give suggestions and advices for faculty advancements.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Assistant
         Name: Daniella Adrien
         Email: dadrien@bu.edu
         Phone: 617-358-9600

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