Amy Paller, M.S., M.D., is the Walter J. Hamlin Professor and Chair, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the NIH-funded Skin Disease Research Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and her medical degree from Stanford University. Dr. Paller completed residency training in both Pediatrics and Dermatology at Northwestern University and her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina. She served as Chief of Dermatology at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago prior to becoming Chair of Northwestern’s Department of Dermatology. An author of 400 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Paller currently serves on the Council for the National Institute for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Her NIH-funded laboratory focuses on the use of nanotechnology for topically applied gene regulation in treating skin disorders and on the role of glycosphingolipids in regulating signaling. Dr. Paller also directs the Northwestern Pediatric Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit.
She has been a pioneer in discovery related to diagnosis and therapy of genetic skin disorders, as well as the lead investigator on several landmark papers related to inflammatory skin disease. Dr. Paller has served as President and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, Women’s Dermatologic Society, International Eczema Council, and Chicago Dermatological Society, and as inaugural co-Chair of the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance. She has been on the Boards of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Dermatological Association. She co-authors Hurwitz’s Clinical Pediatric Dermatology and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Among recently received honors are the Clarence S. Livingood, MD Memorial Award from the American Academy of Dermatology, the Mentor of the Year Award and Rose Hirschler Award from the Women’s Dermatological Society, the Founder’s Award from the Chicago Dermatological Society, and the Rothman Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology.