BUWG Breakfast at the Medical Campus

Bold Glamour:
Prototypes, Colorism, and the Malleability of Beauty

with presentation by

Neelam Vashi, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology
BU Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Dr. Vashi is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and the Director of the Boston University Cosmetic, Laser, and Ethnic Skin Center. Her research focuses on concepts of beauty in a diverse world. This talk discusses concepts related to the universality and importance of beauty. It will also discern the static yet evolving nature to beauty with recognition of the impact of social media and artificial intelligence in the formation of our aesthetic ideals. 

Friday, February 23, 2024
8 – 9:20 am
72 East Concord St,
Housman Building (R) 115

Complimentary breakfast

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About the speaker

Dr. Neelam A. Vashi is the Director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center, Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Ethnic Skin, and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Vashi received her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Vashi completed her dermatology residency at New York University (NYU) in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, one of the country’s top academic dermatology centers.Dr. Vashi is a recognized leader in medical and cosmetic dermatology.  She is widely published in the peer-reviewed literature, author of several book chapters, and is a frequent lecturer at both national and international dermatology meetings.  She has published two textbooks, Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide and Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair, both available on www.amazon.com. She is a key opinion leader and has been featured extensively in the media, including Oprah Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine, Yahoo, CNN, Forbes, CNBC, NewsWeek, Good Housekeeping, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, MSN, Washington Post, US News and World Report, Fortune, ABC, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times, Women’s Health, Web Talk Radio, Doctor Radio, BBC World, Morning Dose, FOX25, Mornings with Maria (FOX), Inside Edition, and WCVB-ABC affiliated Television. Most recently, she was featured on the cover of The Dermatologist.  She has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Presidential Citation Award from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Vashi’s research interests include a wide variety of topics related to cosmetics, ethnic skin, quality of life, laser technology, media, hyperpigmentation, sun protection, and health literacy. Her research interests, creativity, and innovation have led to publications in the most premier academic journals and have garnered much attention from the community at large.  In 2017, she had the #2 article in JAMA Dermatology (PMID: 29049443).  In 2018, she had the #1 article in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery (PMID: 30073294).  She treats a broad range of medical and cosmetic skin conditions, and has particular expertise in cosmetic surgery and skin of color.  In addition, as part of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Vashi teaches dermatology to BU residents, international trainees, and medical students. She has received the Teacher of the Year Award twice by both the international trainees and resident physicians.

As one of the only few in the United States, Boston University’s Center for Ethnic Skin uniquely specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin and hair conditions unique to men and women from ethnic backgrounds. This center is led by Dr. Vashi who is specially trained to care for the cosmetic and medical issues unique to individuals with skin of color. She offers a comprehensive and personalized care plan that is individually designed for each patient’s color, tone, and texture of skin and hair.

Dr. Vashi’s research interests include a wide variety of topics related to cosmetics and ethnic skin. She currently has many active projects including topics of skin hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, health literacy, and sun protection. She is also the Director of the International Training Program in Cosmetic Medicine  in which she trains fellows from around the world. Dr. Vashi’s international fellows have published with her in journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), JAMA Dermatology, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, textbooks, and have presented at national conferences.