Department of Dermatology

In 1934, Razi hospital was established as a general hospital, and, in 1941, it was affiliated to School of Medicine of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In 1943, Dr. Mohammad Ali Maleki, who was a French-trained dermatovenereologist who studied in Saint Louis Hospital of Paris established the chair of dermatology in Razi Hospital.



Indeed, Prof. Mohammad Ali Maleki is the founder of modern dermatology in Iran. In 1957, the first program for training specialist in dermatology was established. At the present, there are two dermatology wards with totally 60 beds in Razi Hospital. In addition, there are several outpatient’s dermatology clinics. Autoimmune Bullous Disease Research Center was established in 1991 as “pemphigus clinic”. This research center is the affiliated research center to Department of Dermatology of TUMS.


In addition to the wards mentioned previously, the following outpatient clinics are actively serving the patients:

  • Three General Dermatology Outpatient Clinics
  • Pemphigus Clinic
  • Follow-Up Clinic
  • Phototherapy Clinic
  • Tumor Clinic
  • Alopecia Areata Clinic
  • Cosmetics Clinic
  • Laser Clinic
  • CTCL (Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma) Clinic
  • Pediatric Clinic
  • Patch Test Cilinic


There are 6 outpatient operating rooms for procedural dermatology cases like biopsy, excisions, injections, subcision, liposuction and lipoinfusion, hair transplantation, peeling, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, cauterization and cryotherapy. The Autoimmune Bullous Disease Research Center was established in 1991 as the Pemphigus Clinic. This research center is the affiliated research center to the Department of Dermatology.


In 2010, the first Dermatology Center of Higher Excellence, affiliated to Department of Dermatology at TUMS, was established in Razi Hospital.


Fourth and fifth year medical students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) have a four-week obligatory course of dermatology at Razi Hospital. This course consists of both theoretical and practical lessons. The theoretical classes held by the Department of Dermatology include 20 to 22 sections including all materials which can be useful for general practitioners.


The practical course is held in dermatology clinics and wards. In this course the students become familiar with semiology and basic management of skin disorders.


Academics and Research activities

  • Training 40 dermatology residents (10 residents a year)
  • Training the interns of TUMS
  • Training the students of TUMS
  • Fellowship training: training of 3 dermatopathology fellow per year, with collaboration of Dermatopathology service of Razi Hospital


Faculty Members and Research Interests


  • Dr. Hossein Mortazavi: Patch teSt., immunobullous
  • Dr. Hassan Seirafi: Mycosis fungoides
  • Dr. Zahra Hallaji: Psoriasis
  • Dr. Maryam Daneshpazhooh: Immunobullous disease
  • Dr. Seyedeh Zahra Ghodsi: Acne, Behcet Dis, Quality of life  and pemphigus, lichen planus, GVHD
  • Dr. Kamran Balighi: Immunobullous, autoimmune bullous disease, Psoriasis, Alopecia Areata. Acne vulgaris and surgical procedures of acne scar
  • Dr. Nafise Esmaeli: Immunobullous, teledermatology, dermatopathology
  • Dr. Amir Hooshang Ehsani: LASER, cosmetic dermatology, psoriasis, acne
  • Dr. Narges Ghandi: Alopecia Areata,immunobullous pediatric dermatology
  • Dr. Pedram Noormohamad Pour: Skin tumor, LASER
  • Dr. Maryam Ghiasi: Phototherapy, psoriasis
  • Dr. Vahidesadat Lajevardi: Immunobullous- psoriasis-lichen plans
  • Dr. Robabeh Abedini: Alopecia areata, psoriasis
  • Dr. Ali Sadeghinia: Skin tumor
  • Dr. Seied Naser Emadi: Cosmetic, HIV/AIDS related dermatoses, leishmaniasis, war related dermatoses
  • Dr. Maryam Nasimi: Alopecia Areata-Skin tumor
  • Dr. Hamidreza Mahmoudi: Immunobullous-psoriasis-cosmetic
  • Dr. Arghavan Azizpour: Psoriasis, pemphigus vulgaris, vitiligo, acne, alopecia
  • Dr. Safoura Shakoie Nejad: Psoriasis, Alopecia areata
  • Dr. Elahe Saffarian: Wound, Kweloid and Hypertrophis scars, psoriasis, skin, rejuvenation
  • Dr. Shahin Hamzelou: Psoriasis, autoimmune bullous disease


Internship Program

The Dermatology Internship Program (DIP) is a 15-day program for students admitted to School of Medicine. DIP is one of the minor parts of a major Internship Program. Typically, between 10 to 30 students are chosen per course from the School of Medicine. Before commencing clinical training, students have a brief session of topical and systematic treatments in Dermatology. DIP predominantly runs as out-patient clinics with two or three night shifts.


The practitioners become divided between dermatology residents and directly visit patients. They can gain experience in the diagnosis and treatment of common skin diseases under direct supervision of dermatology residents and faculties. The entire DIP course runs at Razi Hospital affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences. The goal of the DIP is developing self-directed, self-motivated learners to deliver the highest quality dermatology care.


Dermatology Residency Program

Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the hair, nails, skin and related diseases. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist takes care of diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails. The duration of this program is four years.


Course Titles:

  • Overview of Basic Science
  • Pruritus
  • Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses
  • Urticarias, Erythema and Purpuras
  • Vesiculobullous Diseases
  • Adnexal Diseases
  • Rheumatologic Dermatology
  • Metabolic and Systemic Diseases
  • Geno-dermatoses
  • Pigmentary Disorders
  • Hair, Nails and Mucous Membranes
  • Infections, Infestations and Bites
  • Disorders due to physical agents
  • Disorders of Langerhans Cells and macrophages
  • Atrophies and Disorders of Dermal Connective Tissues
  • Disorders of Subcutaneous Fat
  • Vascular disorders
  • Neoplasms of the skin
  • Medical therapy
  • Physical treatment modalities
  • Surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Histopathology of the skin


Procedural Skills

  • Anesthesia
  • Biopsy Techniques and Basic Excisions
  • Small Flaps and Grafts
  • Nail Surgery
  • Chemical and Mechanical Skin Resurfacing
  • Liposuction
  • Soft Tissue Augmentation
  • Botulinum Toxin
  • Ultraviolet Therapy
  • Laser
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Electrosurgery


Facilities and Equipment

  • Library equipped with dermatology references and journals;
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access;
  • Pavilion for undergraduate and postgraduate students with computers and internet access; and,
  • Conference center


Head of Department

Dr. Maryam Ghiasi

Tel. & Fax: (+98 21) 5561 8989


Mailing Address: Depatment of Dermatology, Razi Hospital, Vahdat-e Eslami St., Tehran, Iran


Contact Person

Dr. Maryam Nasimi

Tel. & Fax: (+98 21) 5561 8989


Mailing Address: Depatment of Dermatology, Razi Hospital, Vahdat-e Eslami St., Tehran, Iran





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