Allison Maureen Hanlon, M.D., Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Dermatology

Research Description

Dr. Hanlon’s research interests include: (1) development of skin cancer in solid organ transplant patients, and how augmenting innate immune responses can lead to tumor eradication, and (2) the clinical, histologic and genetic differences between atypical fibroxanthoma and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma. 

Brief Description

Dr. Hanlon joined Vanderbilt in the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, in May 2016. She is a board-certified Dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. Dr. Hanlon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. She earned her medical degree and doctorate in Immunology from Temple University School of Medicine. After completing her internship in Internal Medicine at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital, she studied Dermatology and Mohs micrographic surgery at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Hanlon was an assistant professor at Yale University where she focused on patient care, research and teaching before returning to Tennessee.

As an educator, Dr. Hanlon has authored articles and book chapters regarding dermatology and dermatologic procedures. She edited, “A Practical Guide to Skin Cancer, “a comprehensive text focusing on the diagnosis and management of skin cancer.  She lectures internationally on surgical techniques, skin cancer treatments and skin cancer in patients with compromised immune systems. 


M.D. - Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ph.D. - Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Clinical interest

Surgical Oncology
Dermatological Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Honors and Awards

Cutting Edge Research Grant, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Skin Genius, Elle Magazine