Editor Profile

Craig A. Elmets, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Dermatology Board

Craig A. Elmets, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Director of the Skin Diseases Research Center at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of medical journals and as a member of government committees for the National Institutes of Health and for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Elmets is a member of the Board of Directors of The Photomedicine Society and serves on many committees of the American Academy of Dermatology. His major interests are in immunodermatology, phototherapy, and photosensitivity diseases. His research focuses on environmental influences on the skin and immune system and the chemoprevention of skin cancer. Dr. Elmets wrote for NEJM Journal Watch Dermatology from 2006 until the publication’s closure in 2016.


Consultant / Advisory board

Astellas Pharmaceuticals



Grant / Research support

NIH; NIH/NCI; Veteran’s Administration; Ferndale Laboratories; Kyowa Hakko Kirin Pharma, Inc.

Editorial boards

Cancer Prevention Research; Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, & Photomedicine; UpToDate; eMedicine; Journal of Dermatological Sciences; JAMA Dermatology

Leadership positions in professional societies

American Academy of Dermatology (Chair, Clinical Guidelines and Research Committee); Photomedicine Society (Board of Directors)

Summaries by Craig Elmets