Mary Margaret Chren, M.D.

Chair, Department of Dermatology

Robert N. and Rachelle Buchanan and A.H. and Lucile Lancaster Chair in Dermatology

Professor of Dermatology


Dr. Chren grew up in the South, and attended Smith College.  After medical school at Yale, she completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Stanford and in Dermatology at University Hospitals in Cleveland.  She trained in research in clinical epidemiology, and has an active research program focused on the measurement and improvement of complex health outcomes such as patients’ experience of illness.  Her research group developed Skindex, a widely used skin-related quality-of-life tool.  Dr. Chren headed the Program for Clinical Research in Dermatology at UCSF, where she was Professor of Dermatology. She came to VUMC in 2018 as the inaugural Robert N. and Rachelle Buchanan and A.H. and Lucile Lancaster Chair in Dermatology.

Education

M.D. - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Postgraduate Training

Residency 

University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Fellowship 

Research Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Clinical Interest 

  • General Dermatology
  • Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Urticaria, and Other Inflammatory Skin Diseases
  • Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Board and Certifications 

American Board of Dermatology