Jo-David Fine, M.D., M.P.H., F.R.C.P.


Professor of Dermatology

Professor of Pediatrics

Brief Description

Jo-David Fine, MD MPH FRCP (London) is currently Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Department of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a graduate of Yale College and an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Postgraduate medical training included residencies in internal medicine (Duke University Medical Center) and in dermatology (Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital and Lahey Clinic Foundation), and an immunodermatology research fellowship in the Dermatology Branch of the National Institutes of Health. He is board certified in internal medicine, dermatology, and diagnostic and laboratory immunodermatology. Since 1983 he has been a fulltime clinician-educator and basic research investigator, beginning at UAB in Birmingham, where he was Director of Dermatological Research, Director of Diagnostic Immunopathology, and Chief of the Dermatology Division, Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center. Subsequently he served on the faculty of the Departments of Dermatology and Epidemiology in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC-CH he also directed the required course in dermatology for all second year medical students and served for about 2 years as dermatology program residency director. For 16 years headed the NIH funded National Epidermolysis Bullosa Registry. An expert on blistering diseases, both autoimmune and inherited (most notably epidermolysis bullosa), monoclonal antibodies, extracellular matrix and basement membrane biology and ultrastructure, and applied clinical epidemiology, he is the author of over 450 original research papers, review articles, clinical reports, book chapters, and research abstracts, as well as editor and coauthor of three monographs on bullous diseases. At Vanderbilt he remains heavily involved in teaching dermatology residents, has seven half-day general dermatology clinics per week, and provides all diagnostic immunofluorescence studies for our division


M.D. - University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
M.P.H. - University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Clinical interest

General Dermatology
Complex Medical Dermatology
Blistering diseases (Both Autoimmune and Inherited Epidermolysis Bullosa)
Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Mastocytosis, Psoriasis, and Other Inflammatory Skin Diseases
Patch Testing for Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Honors and Awards

Gold Triangle Award, American Academy of Dermatology
Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of Epidermolysis Bullosa
Distinguished Service Award, Debra of America
Lloyd E. King, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence in Dermatology, 2020