Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Cancer.Net Specialty Editor: Melanoma and Skin Cancers
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Dr. Lacouture did his postdoctoral work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, an internship in General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic and residency in dermatology at The University of Chicago, Illinois. He received his M.D. degree from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, where he grew up.

His research interests span the disciplines of dermatologic conditions in people with cancer, and those that arise as a consequence of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or stem cell transplants. Dr. Lacouture is a well-known lecturer in the United States and abroad on dermatologic conditions as a result of cancer therapies. He founded a clinical program that encompasses patient care, education, and research on dermatologic care in patients and survivors.

He is currently Chair of the Skin Toxicity Study Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and, in addition to his role on Cancer.Net, is on the advisory board  of Bridges, the Newsletter for Cancer Survivors. In 2012, CancerCare named Dr. Lacouture as Physician of the Year for his contributions to the education of people living with cancer. Dr Lacouture has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Dr Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer.

Disclosure: In the past two years, Dr. Lacouture has served as a consultant/advisor for Merk, received honoraria from Merk, and research funding from Berg Pharma.