Sara Shalin, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of pathology and dermatology, has been named chair of the Department of Dermatology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
“Dr. Shalin has done an exceptional job as interim chair of the Department of Dermatology since last March, advancing the department’s efforts in clinical care, research and education while providing excellent support for her faculty and residents,” said Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., executive vice chancellor of UAMS and dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. “She will continue to bring great energy and conscientious leadership to the department in the years ahead.”
A graduate of the M.D./Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Shalin received her doctorate in neuroscience in 2006 and her medical degree in 2007. She completed her medical residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Baylor, ultimately serving as chief resident. Shalin completed her fellowship training in Boston in the Harvard Hospitals Combined Dermatopathology Program.
Shalin was recruited to UAMS in 2012. She has held several leadership roles within the Department of Pathology and has directed the M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program at UAMS since 2017. She is also the current director of the UAMS Dermatopathology Fellowship Program. Shalin is involved in collaborative research in melanoma pathogenesis and biology. Her other research interests include the pathology of inflammatory diseases of the skin and other cutaneous malignancies. She is board certified in dermatopathology and anatomic and clinical pathology and is active in national pathology and dermatology societies. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, one of the leading journals in her subspecialty.