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Edward W. Cowen, M.D., M.H.Sc.

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Dermatology Branch
Head, Dermatology Consultation Servce
Senior Clinician
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10, Room 12N238
Bethesda, MD 20892-1908


Dr. Cowen received his B.S. in biology and society from Cornell University and his M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He then went on to receive specialty training in dermatology and serve as chief resident at the University of Rochester. Dr. Cowen completed a clinical research fellowship in the Dermatology Branch and the Master's program in clinical research from Duke University before joining the Senior Staff in 2004. Since 2009, Dr. Cowen has served as Head of the Dermatology Consultation Service.


Dermatology Consultation Service
Dr. Cowen oversees the Dermatology Consultation Service at the NIH Clinical Center. Patients with a variety of rare diseases with cutaneous manifestations are evaluated. In addition, patients who experience adverse reactions to experimental therapeutic agents or manifest unrelated skin conditions while at the NIH are evaluated and treated. Dermatology Branch clinical fellows, fellows from other NIH Institutes, and visiting dermatology residents from around the country receive training on the Dermatology consult service. 'Grand Rounds at the NIH', an ongoing feature published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, highlights interesting cases evaluated by the Dermatology consultation service.

Dr. Cowen's primary research interest involves chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) and autoinflammatory diseases. He is Co-Study Chair of a multi-disciplinary NIH initiative aimed at the study and treatment of cGVHD (NCI #04-C-0281) and Principal Investigator of a therapeutic study of anakinra for pustular skin disease(NCI #13-C-0071).

This page was last updated on 5/18/2014.