Keith Choate, MD ’04, PhD ’01, appointed chairman/head of dermatology

Keith Choate, MD ’04, PhD ’01, will become chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine and chief of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital, effective October 1, 2022. Choate will also work with the delivery network leadership to advance dermatology services throughout the Yale New Haven Health System.

Choate is associate dean for physician-scientist development; professor of dermatology, pathology and genetics; research director for the Department of Dermatology; and co-director of the Physician-Scientist Development Program of dermatology. After receiving his PhD in cell biology and MD from Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency in dermatology and a fellowship in dermatology and genetics at Yale, joining the faculty in 2009.

dr. Choate is an active clinician specializing in genetic skin conditions and widely recognized for his research on rare skin and systemic conditions. His NIH-funded research uses molecular genetics to uncover unexpected mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and has led to the identification of genetic defects in more than 18 rare disorders, providing fundamental insights into disease pathophysiology. This work, which reflects collaborations with international clinicians, Yale researchers, and with patients and advocacy groups, has enabled Choate and his colleagues to develop effective therapies for previously untreatable conditions.

As a dedicated educator and mentor, Choate has devoted time and attention to educating undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. Through his roles as associate dean for development of physician scientists, director of research for dermatology, co-director of Dermatology’s Training in Investigative Dermatology T32 Program, and associate director of the MD-PhD program, he has demonstrated a commitment mentorship and sponsorship, diversity and inclusion, professional development and collaboration for educators and interns.

As chairman, Choate will expand clinical presence, research funding and faculty of dermatology. He will continue to develop a research program in dermatology that includes clinical trials, disease-oriented clinical research, and basic and translational research. He will also seek to cultivate mentorship at all levels and facilitate collaboration within the clinical and research environments.

Choate succeeds Rick Edelson, MD ’70, who has led the department for the past 36 years. See this recent interview with Choate in Yale Medicine Magazine.

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