Sewon Kang, M.D.

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  • Chairman, Department of Dermatology
  • Professor of Dermatology

Languages: English, Korean


Dermatology, Melanoma, Skin Aging, Skin Cancer

Research Interests

Photomedicine; Dermatology for Ethnic Skin

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Dr. Sewon Kang is the Noxell Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at  the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Dermatologist-in-Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is also founder and co-Director of the Cutaneous Translational Research Program (CTReP) at Hopkins.

A recipient of the Dermatology Foundation's Career Development Award, he has received other research awards and grants from the American Dermatological Association, the National Psoriasis Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (Roadmap T32, K24, and R01). His research focus has been in the areas of skin pharmacology and photomedicine. He is the Past President of the Photomedicine Society, and the American Acne and Rosacea Society. Dr. Kang is or has been on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations including, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, and the Skin of Color Society. An author on over 240 publications and book chapters, Dr. Kang is also the Editor-in-Chief of the 9th edition of the Fitzpatrick's Dermatology textbook. He is an inventor/co-inventor of 17 patents and has given over 300 presentations globally.

A graduate with honors from Williams College and the University of Michigan, Dr. Kang completed dermatology residency and fellowship at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. He sees patients exclusively at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and his areas of clinical expertise include photomedicine, skin cancer (melanoma), skin aging, and dermatology for ethnic skin. more


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

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  • MD; University of Michigan Medical School (1987)


  • Dermatology; Massachusetts General Hospital (1992)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology (Dermatology- General) (1992)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Fisher GJ, Wang ZQ, Datta SC, Varani J, Kang S, Voorhees JJ: Pathophysiology of premature skin aging induced by ultraviolet light. N Engl J Med 1997;337:1419-28

Kerns ML, Miller RJ, Mazhar M, Byrd AS, Archer NK, Pinkser BL, Lew L, Dillen CA, Wang R, Miller LS, Chien AL, Kang S. Pathogenic and therapeutic role for NRF2 signaling in ultraviolet light-induced skin pigmentation. JCI Insight 2020; 5 (20):e139342, 1-14

Kim DJ, Iwasaki A, Chien AL, Kang S. UVB-mediated DNA damage induces matrix metalloproteinases to promote photoaging in an AhR- and SP1-dependent manner. JCI Insight 2022;7(9): e156344.

Chien AL, Kim DJ, Cheng N, Shin J, Leung SG, Nelson AM, Zang J, Suh H, Rainer B, Wallis L, Okoye GA, Loss M, Kang S. Biomarkers of Tretinoin Precursors and Tretinoin Efficacy in Patients With Moderate to Severe Facial Photodamage: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Dermatol 2022; 158(8):879 - 886

Garza LA, Sheu M, Kim N, Tsai J, Alessi-Cesar S, Lee J, Hawkins S, Chien A, Kang S. Association of Early Clinical Response to Laser Rejuvenation of Photoaged Skin with Increased Lipid Metabolism and Restoration of Skin Barrier Function. J Invest Dermatol 2022;S0022 – 202X(22)01878 – 4. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2022.07.024. Online ahead of print

Activities & Honors


  • Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • Presidential citation, American Academy of Dermatology, 2011
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology, Galderma Acne Research Award, 2006
  • TAMS Award, University of Michigan Medical School , 2005 - 2007
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Michigan Medical School , 1998 - 2004
  • Achievement in Clinical Research Award, University of Michigan Medical School , 2001
  • Student Research Fellowship Mentor Stipend, Alpha Omega Alpha , 2001
  • Venture Investment Fund Award, University of Michigan, 2000


  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Acne and Rosacea Society
  • American Dermatological Association Inductee
  • Dermatology Foundation
  • Korean Society for Psoriasis Research, Honorary Member
  • Skin of Color Society, Director
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Association of Professors of Dermatology
  • Photomedicine Society

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

The Use of UVA1 to Treat Skin Disorders, Johns Hopkins Medicine (October 18, 2012)

Solar Radiation on Skin, Johns Hopkins Medicine (December 27, 2016)

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