David J. Margolis, MD, PhD



David J. Margolis, MD, PhD

Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology

Dr. Margolis's research work is focused on dermatoepidemiology and, more specifically, the epidemiology and treatment of chronic wounds, atopic dermatitis, and acne. Dermatologic illnesses are highly prevalent and tend to be chronic. For example, atopic dermatitis affects about 10% of our population and tends to wan and wane over a lifetime.  Dr. Margolis' research awards have been focused on the treatment of patients with chronic cutaneous wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, the prevention of chronic cutaneous wounds, the treatment of atopic dermatitis, the genetic variants of atopic dermatitis, cardiovascular disease and psoriasis, the effect of chronic antibiotic exposure in patients with acne, and the effectiveness of acne therapies. His research group has had NIH funding since 1995. His research awards were/are based on case-control, prospective cohort, and randomized clinical trial designs. Many of his studies now incorporate laboratory data such as genotyping with epidmiologic study designs. He has served and serves on several data safety monitoring boards for studies sponsored by both industry and the NIH. He has served and serves on industry, govermental, and non-profit advisory panels as well. He frequently serves and a mentor to MSCE candidates as well as dermatology post docs. He one of the MPIs for the Dermatology T32 program.


Content Area Specialties

Aging, atopic dermatitis, ance, chronic wounds, diabetic foot ulcer and amputation, venous leg ulcer, cancer epidemiology, infectious diseases, patient-oriented research, pharmacoepidemiology, dermatology

Methodology Specialties

Categorical data, clinical trials, diagnostic testing, meta-analysis, administrative data, outcomes,

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