Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Dr. Feldman is Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born in Washington, D.C., and received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Chemistry at the University of Chicago. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in 1985, following which he completed his Dermatology residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Dermatopathology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. Since 1991, he has been on the faculty at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Feldman directs the Center for Dermatology Research, a health services research center whose mission is to improve the care of patients with skin disease. He received a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2005 for his psoriasis education efforts and received one of the AAD’s highest awards, the Clarence S. Livingood Lecturership, at the 2006 AAD Meeting.

Dr. Feldman has made significant contributions to understanding dermatologic health care delivery. His research team has focused on demonstrating the quality of medical dermatology services provided by dermatologists; defining the role of dermatologists in performing dermatopathology; assessing cost effectiveness of dermatologic treatments; and, most importantly, understanding the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of outpatient dermatologic surgery. His research group has also published seminal studies on the dermatology workforce, reinforcing effects of UV exposure in frequent tanners, and the quality of life impact of psoriasis.

Feldman’s research studies into patients’ compliance with their topical treatments helped transform how dermatologists understand and manipulate patients’ use of topical medications over the course of chronic disease. Feldman was named one of the ten most influential health economics and outcomes research authors in 2005 by ISPOR Connections, the journal of the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Dr. Feldman was awarded an Astellas Award by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2008 for scientific research that has improved public health in the field of dermatology.

Dr. Feldman founded the Medical Quality Enhancement Corporation and its website. The site is designed to help patients give doctors feedback so that doctors can enhance the quality of care they offer.

Dr. Feldman’s work has been published in over 360 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including top flight dermatology and managed care journals. He has been a primary investigator or co-investigator on numerous industry, foundation or federally-funded research grants. Since 1993, he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and became Assistant Editor of the journal in 2008. He also serves as Editor of the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (the official publication of the Canadian Dermatology Association), the Southern Medical Journal & Dermatology Online Journal, and as Chief Medical Editor of Skin & Aging.

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