The University of Massachusetts Medical School Dermatology Residency Program celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2017. The academic offices are located at the UMass Memorial Health Care Hahnemann Campus. Clinics are held at the Hahnemann Campus and in the Ambulatory Care Center at the University Campus. Residents see inpatient consultations at the two hospitals- the University and Memorial campuses of UMMHC. Each resident spends one month per year in the dermatopathology offices on the Biotech campus. Microscopes and high definition projections are available in the Jeffrey D. Bernhard Library at the Hahnemann Campus.

Wiss 3Karen Wiss, MD, FAAD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, has served as Residency Program Director since January 2008. She has been an integral part of the residency program since 1992, after receiving her B.A. (1980) at The University of Texas in Austin and MD (1985) at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, followed by a pediatric internship and dermatology residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch (1989). Karen spent three years on the Harvard Medical School faculty at Children’s Hospital in Boston and then joined the UMass Medical faculty in 1992 as Director of Pediatric Dermatology. Her clinical and teaching practice is based at the Hahnemann campus of UMass Memorial Health Care. Dr. Wiss’s professional interests include pediatric dermatology, epidermolysis bullosa, genodermatoses, childhood exanthems, cutaneous developmental defects, pediatric laser, journalology, and undergraduate/graduate medical education.

Practicing primarily at two ambulatory sites allows our residents to maintain continuity of care for their patients (95% of clinics are "continuity clinics"), an important element of the program's success. Furthermore, the collegial group with diverse faculty interests, create an ideal training environment.


  • UMass Memorial Health Care, Hahnemann Campus
  • UMass Memorial Health Care, University Campus
  • UMass Memorial Health Care, Memorial Campus
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  •  UMass Memorial Clinton Hospital

Directions to each of the UMass Campuses are available online at


General medical and pediatric dermatology clinics, phototherapy center, laser center, dermatologic surgery center, library/conference room, resident offices, faculty offices.

Residency Staff

Esmeralda Valois
Residency & Fellowhip Coordinator  

Maureen LaVigne 
Administrative Secretary


Diana Vires
Administrative Secretary