Beth Drolet Named Chair of Dermatology

Portrait of Beth A. Drolet, MD

Posted by Robert Golden, M.D, Dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health:

I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Beth Drolet has accepted our offer to become the next Chair of Dermatology, effective March 1, 2019. Dr. Drolet is currently Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics and the Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology, as well as both the Chief Experience Officer and Medical Director of Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She is a prolific and highly collaborative researcher, a compassionate clinician and a national leader.

Dr. Drolet earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her medical degree from Loyola University. After completing an internship in medicine at the University of Colorado, she moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin for her residency in dermatology, as well as a fellowship in clinical research and pediatric dermatology. She is also an alumna of Drexel University’s ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) program.

Dr. Drolet’s clinical and academic interests focus on hemangiomas and vascular anomalies in infants and children. She established the Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which is nationally recognized. Dr. Drolet is past President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the Hemangioma Investigator Group (HIG). Among recent honors, she was awarded the Women Pioneers in Research Award from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is the principal investigator on several NIH-funded research projects that bridge basic genetics/genomics with translational investigations.

I want to thank the Search and Screen Committee, co-chaired by Donata Oertel and Ellen Wald, for their dedicated work. I also want to thank again Gary Wood for his outstanding service and leadership as the founding chair of this department. I am absolutely confident that Beth will lead the Department of Dermatology to even greater heights of achievement, building on Gary’s strong foundation.

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