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Rhode Island Hospital Appoints Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH, Chief of Dermatology


Abrar Qureshi, MDRhode Island Hospital has appointed Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, as chief of the department of dermatology, effective March 3, 2014. Qureshi comes to Rhode Island Hospital from Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both in Boston. In this role, Qureshi will be responsible for managing clinical services, educational and research activities, and administration of the department of dermatology. He also will be the chair of dermatology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Qureshi succeeds Charles McDonald, MD, who retired from the position after 44 years of service, 15 of which he served as chief of the department.

“As a teaching hospital, it’s vital to our mission that we provide tomorrow’s physicians with the best and brightest leaders,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president of Rhode Island Hospital, and president and chief executive officer of Lifespan. “Dr. Qureshi fits that bill. He has proven to be a tireless educator, compassionate physician, and an award-winning mentor and we are very pleased to have him join our team.”

Babineau continued, “While Dr. McDonald left very big shoes to fill, I am confident that Dr. Qureshi will step into the role seamlessly, and will continue our practice of providing the highest quality patient care, and an unparalleled patient experience.”

“We are thrilled that Dr. Qureshi has come to the Alpert Medical School and to Rhode Island,” said Jack A. Elias, MD, Brown University dean of medicine and biological sciences. “We look forward to the important contributions he will make to education, clinical care and research in dermatology. His extensive knowledge, leadership skills, passion for teaching and dedication to patients will benefit our students and people across the state and region."

At Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Qureshi served as associate physician in the department of dermatology. He also has held academic appointments at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital.

He received his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and his master of public health degree in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, his residency in dermatology in the Combined Harvard Residency Training Program and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has received numerous awards, among them: several mentorship awards from the Medical Dermatology Society, and the Outstanding Service Award and Diversity Mentorship Award from the American Academy of Dermatology.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Society for Epidemiology Research, the American Dermato-Epidemiology Network, the American Association for Cancer Research and the North American Rheumatic Dermatologists.

His research interests include teledermatology, skin cancer, vector-borne illnesses and psoriasis.