Daniel Bennett, MD

Position title: Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

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Dr. Daniel (Dan) Bennett is a Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, recognized for his expertise in the field of dermatopathology. With a focus on examining and diagnosing skin lesions, Dr. Bennett plays a vital role in the intersection of dermatology and pathology, utilizing advanced microscopy techniques to analyze biopsied or excised skin samples.

Background and Passion for Dermatology

Dr. Bennett’s fascination with dermatology began during his time in medical school when he encountered medically complex dermatology patients. What captivated him the most was the process of unraveling medical problems through historical clues, physical examinations, and microscopic observations.

Commitment to Advancing Academics, Health Equity and Research

Dr. Bennett is deeply committed to advancing the field of dermatopathology through research efforts and active involvement in academic activities. Currently, he is a co-investigator on an NIH-funded study of melanoma biology and collaborates with other researchers on both large and small-scale studies. Dan is currently serving as the Secretary -Treasurer at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) where he continues to influence national health policy and shape the future of dermatology, ensuring a healthier and more inclusive approach to skin health for all.

My academic focus bridges health care policy, health care operations, and quality improvement, and I have a strong interest in promoting equitable access to care and an inclusive and diverse health care system,”

Dr. Bennett.

Mentorship and Inspiring Future Dermatologists

Dr. Bennett’s is passionate about inspiring the next generation. He ensures that his students and mentees are exposed to the diverse opportunities within dermatology, just as he was supported and motivated during his own journey as a learner. Recognizing the impact dermatology can have on students, Dr. Bennett and his team strive to introduce trainees to the abundant possibilities within the field, spanning medical care, surgical care, pathology, health policy, and health care leadership.

Life Beyond Dermatology

When not at work, you can find Dr. Bennett camping, reading, and spending time with his family and two one-eyed dogs.


PubMed Publications (external page)

Weinhammer A, Bennett DD, Longley JB, Eickhoff J, Xu YG. Precise measurement of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma thickness. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2022;86(2):469-471.

Fung MA, Vidal CL, Armbrecht EA, Andea AA, Cassarino DS, Comfere NI, Emanuel PO, Ferringer T, Hristov AC, Kim J, Lauer SR, Linos K, Missal TA, Motaparthi K, Novoa RA, Patel R, Shalin SC, Sundram U, Calame A, Bennett DD, Duncan LM, Elston DM, Hosler GA, Hurley YM, Lazar AJ, Lowe L, Messina J, Myles J, Plaza JA, Prieto VG, Reddy V, Schaffer A, Subtil A. Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Ancillary Diagnostic Testing in Dermatopathology: New Recommendations for 11 tests and 220 Clinical Scenarios from the American Society of Dermatopathology AUC Committee. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology 2022;49(3):231-245.

Eisen DB, Asgari MM, Bennett DD, Connolly SM, Dellavalle RP, Freeman EE, Goldenberg G, Leffell DJ, Peschin S, Sligh JE, Wu PA, Frazer-Green L, Malik S, Schlesinger TE. Guidelines of care for the management of actinic keratosis: Executive Summary. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2021;85(4):945-955.

Privalle A, Havighurst T, Kim K, Bennett DD, Xu XG. Number of skin biopsies needed per malignancy: comparing the utilization of skin biopsies among dermatologists and non-dermatologist clinicians. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2020;82(1):110-116.


Secretary-Treasurer, American Academy of Dermatology
Editorial Board, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
DEI Faculty Champion, Department of Dermatology, UW-Madison


American Academy of Dermatology Professionalism Award, 2022
UW-Madison Dermatology Distinguished Residency Teaching Award 2021
Madison Magazine “Top Doctors,” 2018
UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award, 2015


Rice University, BA Biology 1994
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MD, 1999
Mayo Clinic Arizona, Transitional Year Internship 2000
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dermatology Residency, 2004
University of Pennsylvania, Dermatopathology Fellowship, 2011

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