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Oncodermatology Program

Jennifer Choi, MD
Chief of Oncodermatology

The Oncodermatology Program provides specialized skin care for patients undergoing cancer treatment. We understand that skin reactions to cancer therapy can hinder treatment, increase the risk of infection, and negatively impact your quality of life. Our priority is providing expedited, effective and compassionate care to achieve the best possible health of your skin.

The program's dermatologists at the Lurie Cancer Center are experts in recognizing and managing the dermatologic side effects from cancer therapy, including rashes, very dry skin, itching, and changes to the hair and nails. They also have special expertise in evaluating and managing radiation dermatitis and other changes due to radiation, skin growths (including skin cancer and skin metastases from other primary cancers), infections in immunosuppressed patients, paraneoplastic syndromes, genetic syndromes that increase risk for internal and cutaneous malignancies, and toxicities that may arise as a result of stem cell or solid organ transplant, including graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and advanced skin cancer.

Led by Jennifer Nam Choi, MD, the program runs an active inpatient dermatology consultation service for patients at Northwestern Medicine's Prentice Women's Hospital, and provides comprehensive skin care and skin cancer surveillance for high-risk patients and all cancer survivors. The program also offers a robust Extracorporeal Photopheresis unit (ECP), an innovative cellular therapy, to treat patients with GVHD, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), and solid organ transplants.

As part of the Oncodermatology Program's commitment to advancing comprehensive skin care for patients with cancer, several clinical research trials are underway to investigate the prevention and treatment of cancer therapy-related side effects. Search clinical trials

Programs and Services

  • Assessment and treatment of:
    • Skin side effects from chemotherapy
    • Skin side effects from radiation
    • Skin lesions/growths
    • Skin infections
    • Paraneoplastic syndromes (rare disorders that are triggered by an altered immune system response in the presence of cancer)
    • Skin side effects from stem cell transplant, including GVHD
  • Total body skin examinations for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and transplant patients
  • General skin care for cancer patients and cancer survivors
  • Access to innovative clinical research trials
  • Dermatological surgery procedures

Our Team

The Division of Oncodermatology was established in 2015 within Northwestern Medicine's Department of Dermatology. Oncodermatology Program dermatologists include: Jennifer Choi, MD (Chief, Division of Oncodermatology), Stavonnie Patterson, MD, and Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD (Director, ECP unit).
Oncodermatology Program nurse specialists include: Elizabeth (Betsy) Graber, RN.


To schedule an appointment, call 312.695.8106 and request an appointment in the Oncodermatology Clinic at the Lurie Cancer Center.

Oncodermatology Clinic
Galter Pavilion
675 N. St. Clair St., 21st Floor Chicago

Mondays (8 AM-12 PM), Tuesdays (1 PM-5 PM), and Fridays (8 AM-12 PM)