Vivian Shi, M.D., Joins UAMS Dermatology Clinic

By Amy Widner

Shi is also an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology in the UAMS College of Medicine.

At UAMS, Shi will continue her academic mission to bridge excellent patient care with innovative research and education. She will continue to conduct clinical and translational research in dermatology. She also will be directing the state’s only Hidradenitis Suppurativa Specialty Clinic and continue to care for patients with complex inflammatory skin conditions in an Eczema Specialty Clinic.

Shi earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed a fellowship in the Skin Immunology Laboratory. Shi completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago — NorthShore Health System, followed by a dermatology residency at the University of California, Davis, where she served as chief resident.

Before coming to UAMS, Shi was director of Dermatology Clinical Trials, the Inflammatory Skin Research Fellowship Program, Eczema Specialty Clinic, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa Specialty Clinic at the University of Arizona Banner Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. She was also the faculty adviser for the Dermatology Medical Student Interest Group at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson.

Shi’s research and clinical interests are in complex inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and psoriasis; skin barrier repair; transepidermal drug delivery; and integrative dermatology.

Shi has served as the principal investigator for numerous industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical and translational studies. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is the editor for two reference dermatology textbooks on atopic dermatitis and hidradenitis suppurativa. She is a recipient of the Patient-Centered Investigation Award from the Dermatology Foundation and is a member of the International Eczema Council.

Shi is dedicated to outreach for underserved communities in the United States and abroad. She has completed medical outreach trips to remote areas of India, Burma, China, Vietnam and Mexico.


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