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Sewon Kang, MD

Chairman, Department of Dermatology
Professor of Dermatology
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  • Chairman, Department of Dermatology
  • Dermatologist-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Noxell Professor of Dermatology
  • Professor of Dermatology

Centers & Institutes

  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality


Dermatology, Melanoma, Skin Aging, Skin Cancer


Dr. Sewon Kang is the Noxell Professor of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include photomedicine, skin cancer (melanoma), skin aging, dermatology for ethnic skin, and general dermatology.

Dr. Kang serves as chairman of the Department of Dermatology and dermatologist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is also co-director of the Cutaneous Translational Research Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Kang received his undergraduate degree from Williams College. He earned his M.D. from University of Michigan Medical School and M.P.H. in Epidemiology from University of Michigan School of Public Health. He completed his residency and research fellowship in the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kang joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008.

He has been recognized with Presidential Citation by the American Academy of Dermatology and is a member of many professional organizations including the American Acne & Rosacea Society and American Dermatological Association.


  • English
  • Korean


American Acne & Rosacea Society, 2005

American Dermatological Association, 2004

Skin of Color Society, 2002

Korean Society for Psoriasis Research, Honorary Member, 1998

Korean-American University Professors Association, 1996

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 1996

National Psoriasis Foundation, 1996

Dermatology Foundation, 1994

Inflammation Research Association, 1993

Skin Pharmacology Society, 1993

Michigan Dermatological Society, 1993

Korean Dermatologic Association of America, 1992

American Academy of Dermatology, 1992

Society for Investigative Dermatology, 1992

American Federation for Medical Research, 1989

Harvard House Officer’s Club, 1988

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  • Education +


    • University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor MI ) (1987)


    • Massachusetts General Hospital / Dermatology (Boston MA ) (1992)


    • General, American Board of Dermatology - Dermatology (2012)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    1. Shin, J. Vincent JG, Cuda JD, Xu H, Kang S. Kim J. Taube JM. “Sox10 is expressed in primary melanocytic neoplasms of various histologies but not in fibrohistrocytic proliferations and histocytoses.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012;67(4): 717-26.
    2. Yang NB, Garza LA, Foote CE, Kang S, Meyerle JH. “High prevalence of stump dermatoses remain prevalent in Vietnam veterans 40 years after amputation.” Arch Dermatol. 2012; 148(11): 1283-1286
    3. Finley AY, Torres V, Kang S, Bettoli V, Dreno B, Goh CL, Gollnick H. “Classification of acne scars is difficult even for acne experts.” J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013; 27: 391-393.
    4. Johnston A, Guzman AM, Swindell WR, Wang F, Kang S, Gudjonsson JE. “Early tissue responses in psoriasis to the antitumour necrosis factor-α biologic etanercept suggest reduced interleukin-17 receptor expression and signalling.” Br J Dermatol. 2014; 1-11.
    5. Wang F, Smith N, Tran B, Kang S, Voorhees J, Fisher G. “Dermal damage promoted by repeated low – level UV-A1 exposure despite tanning response in human skin.” JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(4):401-406.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    Diversity Recognition Award, Diversity Leadership Council, Johns Hopkins University, 2011

    Presidential citation, American Academy of Dermatology, 2011

    Instructional Development Fund Award, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, 2006

    Society for Investigative Dermatology, Galderma Acne Research Award, 2006

    University of Michigan Medical School TAMS Award, 2005, 2007

    University of Michigan Medical Student Award for Teaching Excellence, 1998, 2004

    Finalist, Pre-Clinical Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007

    University of Michigan Medical School Achievement in Clinical Research Award, 2001

    Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowship Mentor Stipend, 2001

    University of Michigan Medical Student Teacher of the Month Award, 2001

    University of Michigan Venture Investment Fund Award, 2000 - 2002

    Professional Activities

    Editor-in-Chief, Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine, 2014 - present

    Editorial board, Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 2009 - present

    Editorial board, Clinical Dermatology (Seoul), 1997 - present

    Editorial board, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1997 - 2008

  • Videos & Media +


    The Use of UVA1 to Treat Skin Disorders

    Sewon Kang, M.D., chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, describes UVA1 treatment for skin disorders.

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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    8th floor
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-5933
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-5933
    Fax: 410-502-2309
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