Clara N. Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD

Professor, Medicine (Dermatology)
Interim Chief, Division of Dermatology
Director, Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Program, UA Skin Cancer Institute
Director, Pigmented Lesion Clinic, UA Skin Cancer Institute
Member, UA Cancer Center
The Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cancer Research

Clara N. Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD

Academic / Professional Bio: 

Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski's role as a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) is to establish and foster research activities related to the skin cancer field across multiple disciplines, and across basic science and clinical projects. She is currently a Co-PI of the Skin Cancer Prevention Program Project and the Clinical Director of the Skin Cancer Institute at the UACC. She has effectively accomplished her role in these positions while addressing important clinical gaps in the skin cancer primary prevention and early detection fields through innovative study designs, and effective execution. To date, her research interests has focused in photobiology, early skin cancer detection, and primary prevention. Joining the Arizona Cancer Center in 2004 resulted in a catalyzing effect that has allowed Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski to increase her expertise in translational efforts related to skin cancer therapeutic prevention. She has now served as a lead dermatologist in seven clinical studies and as a PI in six clinical trials (4 pilot, 3 Phase 1, and 3 Phase 2 studies) within the PPG in Skin Cancer Chemoprevention, the UA NCI/DCP Cancer Chemoprevention Consortium Agreement, and sponsored studies. Her current position at the UACC been instrumental in establishing research collaborations between the UACC and the College of Optical Sciences, Bioengineering, and the Department of Radiology to evaluate novel imaging modalities in the skin cancer arena. The availability of core services at the UACC has been essential to the skin cancer related research projects. In addition, close interactions across investigators at the UACC has allowed them to build a strong skin cancer research project that is unique in the nation.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Curiel's research focus is on melanoma chemoprevention, early detection of melanoma, cutaneous T cell lymphomas and skin cancer.

Researcher Spotlight

Degrees: 
Undergrad: Colegio ÄúLos Campitos Äù Caracas, Venezuela
MD: Central University of Venezuela, 1992
Honors and Awards: 
NCI/SPORE in Skin Cancer Grant Career Development Award, 2003
Research Grant Award, Skin Cancer Foundation. “Expression of VEGF Receptors in Melanocytic Lesions”, 2005
Masters in Academic Leadership, American Academy of Dermatology, 2005
Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in the Professional Services Documentation and Coding Audit for Providers for Fiscal Year 2006-2007, University Physicians Healthcare, 2007
Arizona Clinical and Translational Research and Education Consortium Clinical Scholars Award, 2008
Arizona Cancer Center Levin Family Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cancer Research, 2009
Voted in "Best Doctors in America," 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Residency: 
Boston University, Dermatology
Tufts University, Dermatology
Internship: 
Boston University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: 
Harvard Medical School, Department of Dermatology
Ludwig Boltzman Institute and Immunobiology of the Skin at Münster University, Germany
Board Certifications: 
American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology - General
Massachusetts Medical Board, Medical License
Arizona Medical Board, Medical License
Specialties: 
Dermatology
Cutaneous Oncology