Vivian Y. Shi, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine (Dermatology)

Director, Eczema and Skin Barrier Clinic
Director, Follicular Disorder Clinic

Clinical Interests:  Eczematous skin disorders: Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hand Dermatitis, Follicular disorders, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Acne, Rosacea, Hair Loss and Scalp Disorders, General Dermatology, Skin Cancers.

Education and Community Interests:  Dr. Shi has mentored residents, undergraduate and medical students on multiple clinical research studies. She has been the advisor of the Dermatology Student Interest Group. She is dedicated to community and global outreach for the underserved and has completed medical outreach trips to serve patients in remote areas of India, Burma, China and Vietnam.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Shi has served as the investigator on multiple clinical studies. Her research interests include: Disease burden, Therapeutics and patient education for atopic dermatitis, Measuring skin barrier function and inflammation using noninvasive devices, Optimizing transepidermal drug delivery,  Oxidative stress and anti-oxidants in eczematous skin diseases.   

Her current position at the UA consists of collaborations with the College of Optical Sciences to develop novel multi-modal techniques to detect and evaluate skin inflammation and barrier defects. 

  • MD: University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
  • BS: University of California, Los Angeles, Physiological Sciences
Honors and Awards
  • National Postgraduate Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2015 - “Incorporation of Teledermatology in Nepal for International Medical Outreach”
  • Resident Member Induction, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, 2015
  • American Dermatological Association, Medical Student Research Fellowship, 2011-12
  • Medical Student Research Fellowship, American Dermatological Society, 2011
  • Albert M. Kligman Fellowship, Society of Investigative Dermatology, 2011
  • Research and Education Grant, Fondation Pour La Dermatitis Atopique (France), 2011
  • Diversity Mentorship with Dr. Amy Paller, American Academy of Dermatology, 2010
  • Dermatology, Chief Resident, University of California, Davis
  • Dermatology, University of California, Davis
  • Internal Medicine, University of Chicago/NorthShore University Health Systems
  • Skin Immunology Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago
Board Certifications
  • Arizona Medical Board, Medical License
  • California Medical Board, Medical License
  • American Board of Dermatology, 2016

Select Publications


Kartan, S., V. Y. Shi, A. K. Clark, and L. S. Chan, "Paraneoplastic Pemphigus and Autoimmune Blistering Diseases Associated with Neoplasm: Characteristics, Diagnosis, Associated Neoplasms, Proposed Pathogenesis, Treatment.", Am J Clin Dermatol, vol. 18, issue 1, pp. 105-126, 2017 Feb. PMID: 27878477
Trusler, A. R., A. K. Clark, R. K. Sivamani, and V. Y. Shi, "The Endocannabinoid System and Its Role in Eczematous Dermatoses.", Dermatitis, vol. 28, issue 1, pp. 22-32, 2017 Jan/Feb. PMID: 28098721
Vaughn, A. R., P. Tannhauser, R. K. Sivamani, and V. Y. Shi, "Mother Nature in Eczema: Maternal Factors Influencing Atopic Dermatitis.", Pediatr Dermatol, vol. 34, issue 3, pp. 240-246, 2017 May. PMID: 28523877


Tran, K. A., M. Y. Cheng, A. Mitra, H. Ogawa, V. Y. Shi, L. P. Olney, A. M. Kloxin, and E. Maverakis, "MEK inhibitors and their potential in the treatment of advanced melanoma: the advantages of combination therapy.", Drug Des Devel Ther, vol. 10, pp. 43-52, 2016. PMCID: PMC4694671  PMID: 26730180
Wilken, R., M. A. Fung, V. Y. Shi, M. Y. Cheng, F. Patel, H. Sultani, and E. Maverakis, "Cyclosporine-induced sebaceous hyperplasia in a hematopoetic stem cell transplant patient: delayed onset of a common adverse event.", Dermatol Online J, vol. 22, issue 1, 2016 Jan 15. PMID: 26990469