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Keith Choate, MD ’04, PhD ’01, Appointed Chair/Chief of Dermatology




Keith Choate, MD ’04, PhD ’01, will become Chief of Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and Chief of Dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital effective October 1, 2022. Choate will also work collaboratively with the Delivery Network leadership to advance dermatology services across Yale New Haven Health System.

Choate is Associate Dean for Physician and Scientist Development. Professor of dermatology, pathology and genetics. Director of Research in the Department of Dermatology. Co-Director of the Physician and Scientist Development Program in Dermatology. After receiving his PhD in cell biology and MD from Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in dermatology and a fellowship in dermatology and genetics at Yale University, joining the faculty in 2009.

Dr. Schwat is an active physician who specializes in genetic skin disorders, and is widely known for his research in rare skin diseases and systemic disorders. His NIH-funded research draws on molecular genetics to reveal unexpected mechanisms of disease pathogenesis, and has led to the identification of genetic defects in more than 18 rare disorders, providing essential insights into the pathophysiology of diseases. This work, which reflects collaborative efforts with clinicians internationally, with researchers at Yale University, and with patients and advocacy groups, has allowed Choate and colleagues to develop effective treatments for previously incurable disorders.


As a dedicated educator and educator, Choate has devoted time and attention to training undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. Through his roles as Associate Dean of Clinician and Scientist Development, Director of Research for Dermatology, Associate Director of Dermatology Training for the T32 Investigative Dermatology Program, and Associate Director of the MD-PhD Program, he has demonstrated a commitment to mentorship, care, diversity, inclusion, professional development, and collaboration for faculty and interns.

As president, Choate will expand the dermatology clinical presence, research funding, and faculty. He will continue to develop a research program in dermatology that includes clinical trials, clinical research focused on disease, basic research, and translation. It will also seek to develop extension at all levels and facilitate collaboration within clinical and research settings.

Choate succeeds Rick Edelson, MD ’70, who has led the division for the past 36 years. Watch this latest interview with Choate in Yale Medicine.


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