Amy Paller, MD

  • Chair, Department of Dermatology
  • Director, Northwestern University Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC)
  • Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology
  • Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

Amy Paller, MS, MD is the Walter J. Hamlin Chair and Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center (SBDRC) at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 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 and her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina. She served as Chief of Pediatric Dermatology at Northwestern’s Children’s Hospital until she became Chair of Dermatology in 2004. An author of >450 peer-reviewed publications and >100 chapters and books, Dr. Paller is an NIH-funded investigator in both her laboratory-based and clinical research. She has directed the Pediatric Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit at Northwestern/ Lurie Children’s for the past 25 years and has been the lead investigator on several landmark trials in pediatric skin disease.  Her laboratory is currently focused on: a) inflammatory skin disorders and abnormal innervation; and b) topically delivered gene-suppressing nanotherapy for skin disorders. She has served the NIH on both NIAMS Council and its Board of Scientific Counselors, and currently serves on the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. Dr. Paller has been President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance, the International Eczema Council, and currently the International Society for Pediatric Dermatology. She has also 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, the American Dermatological Association, the International Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the International Eczema Council. She has co-edited several leading textbooks of dermatology, most notably Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine, and co-authors Hurwitz’s Clinical Pediatric Dermatology. She has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and has served on the editorial boards of several other journals. She has received numerous honors, among them the Stephen Rothman Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Mentor of the Year, Rose Hirschler, and the Wilma Bergfeld, MD Visionary & Leadership awards from the Women’s Dermatological Society, the Clarence S. Livingood, MD Memorial Award from the AAD, the Founder’s Award from the Chicago Dermatological Society, and the inaugural Paula Stern Outstanding Women in Science and Medicine Award from Northwestern University. An avid advocate for patients with skin disease, Dr. Paller serves on numerous boards for dermatology patient advocacy organizations.