Dr. April Armstrong

Message from Dr. April Armstrong, Chief of Dermatology:

Welcome to UCLA’s Division of Dermatology, where excellence and innovation converge in one of the nation’s leading academic dermatology homes. We share in the vision of pioneering advancements, transforming patient care, and enhancing skin health.

Our world-class dermatology faculty are experts in medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology. They are the driving force behind the exceptional care we provide across the entire spectrum of adult and pediatric dermatology. Our dermatologists are consistently recognized as Top Doctors in US News and World Report.  Our clinical sites, located throughout the greater Los Angeles area and other parts of Southern, Central, and Coastal California, serve our diverse patient populations.

As one of the largest academic dermatology programs in the country, we also pride in having a large research faculty who are at the forefront of scientific discovery.  Our scientists and their research team have made bold and innovative leaps in their works within our program. Our skin research spans the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research, and our research teams conduct cutting-edge, high-impact research. Our research faculty leads in areas of immunology, microbiology, skin cancers including melanoma, aging, and health services research. We proudly rank among the top three dermatology programs in NIH funding. 

Our residency and medical school education place great emphasis on shaping our trainees into exceptional physicians and scientists who hold the skills to lead in patient care and dermatological innovation. Our residents and students learn from the best dermatology faculty in the country, and they rotate through the various sites serving diverse patient populations. We educate our trainees to not only acquire exceptional clinical skills but also demonstrate strong work ethic, diligence, reliability, and the highest level of professionalism.

All these aspects of our dermatology division come together to provide the highest level of expertise and unparalleled care and compassion for our patients. We are also proud to be part of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which consistently ranks as one of the best hospitals in the nation. To learn more about the programs and services we have to offer, as well as the research and educational programs, please explore our website.

April Armstrong, MD MPH
Professor and Chief 
Division of Dermatology