Amy S Paller, MD

Walter J. Hamlin Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology and Professor of Pediatrics. Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Paller is the Walter J. Hamlin Chair and Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She also serves as Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Skin Disease Research Center at Northwestern. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and her medical degree from Stanford University. Dr. Paller completed residency training in both Pediatrics and Dermatology at Northwestern University. Her research fellowship training was performed at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Paller was the head of the Division of Dermatology at Children’s Memorial Hospital before assuming the position of chair of the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University in 2004. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the American Dermatological Association. She has been President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology as well as President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, and is President-Elect of the Women's Dermatologic Society. She is currently is a Director of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the Dermatology Residency Review Committee. An author of more than 350 original publications, Dr. Paller is an NIH-funded investigator who has served on the NIH Board of Scientific Counselors (NIAMS).

Her clinical interests focus on genetic disorders of the skin and cutaneous immunologic disorders in children, including inflammatory skin disorders. Her laboratory focuses on: a) the role of keratinocyte gangliosides in skin cancer and diabetic wound healing; and b) topical delivery of siRNA-nanoparticle gene suppression as therapy for skin disorders. Dr. Paller has also directed the Pediatric Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit at Northwestern for the past 15 years, and has been the lead investigator on several landmark trials in pediatric skin disease. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Contact Information:

Office: NMH/Arkes Family Pavilion Suite 1600
Phone: 312-695-0197
apaller [at] northwestern [dot] edu

Department Administrator:

Lynn Janke
Office: 676 North St. Clair, Suite 1600
Phone: 312-695-0307
ljanke [at] nmff [dot] org