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Ginette Ayanna Okoye, M.D.

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Director, Ethnic Skin Program

Associate Professor of Dermatology


Expertise: Dermatology, Ethnic skin, Hyperhidrosis, Infectious Diseases, Sarcoidosis

Research Interests: Hidradenitis suppurativa; Ethnic skin and aging; Cutaneous Sarcoidosis; Cutaneous Lupus

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 410-955-5933

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-955-5933
Fax: 410-550-8177


Dr. Ginette Okoye is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical focus include ethnic skin, hidradentitis suppurativa and sarcoidosis. Dr. Okoye serves as the director of the Ethnic Skin Program and the director of the Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dr. Okoye is a board-certified dermatologist who focuses on the skin, hair and nail conditions of people with darker skin tones, such as people of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American descent. As director of the Ethnic Skin Program, which she launched in 2010 with Dr. Sewon Kang, she is committed to outstanding clinical care and research in the field of ethnic skin and to community outreach and enrichment. The program focuses on diseases that disproportionately affect people with ethnic skin, such as razor bumps, keloids, hair thinning, sarcoidosis, lupus and mycosis fungoides.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Barry University in Florida. She earned her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her residency at Yale University, where she served as the chief resident. She completed a dermatology preceptorship at St. Johns Institute of Dermatology in London and a preceptorship in leprosy and leishmaniasis at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Her research interests include ethnic skin and aging, and hidradenitis suppurativa.

Dr. Okoye has received several awards, including recognition by the mayor and borough council of Point Fortin, Trinidad, her hometown, for her academic achievement and contributions to medicine. more


  • Director, Ethnic Skin Program
  • Director, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Dermatology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2005)


  • Yale-New Haven Hospital / Dermatology (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology / Dermatology- General (2009)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Hinds GA, Alhariri J, Klein RQ, Wilson LD. "Treatment of mycosis fungoides with total skin electron beam: response and relapse by ethnicity and sex." Am J Clin Oncol. 2013 Oct;36(5):481-5.

Activities & Honors


  • Members Making a Difference Award, American Academy of Dermatology, 2014
  • Award for Academic Achievement and Contributions to Medicine, Mayor and Borough Council of Point Fortin
  • Hometown Heroes Award, Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, 2011
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