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New faculty spotlight: Melodi Javid Whitley, MD, PhD

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Melodi Javid Whitley, MD, PhD

Melodi Javid Whitley, MD, PhD, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Melodi Javid Whitley, MD, PhD
  • Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
  • Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor and director of transplant dermatology, UNMC Department of Dermatology

Research/professional interests:

My mission as a dermatologist is to improve how we prevent and treat the dermatologic side effects of immunosuppression, specifically in transplant patients.


  • BS, chemistry, BA, Spanish language and literature, University of Maryland, College Park
  • PhD, molecular cancer biology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • MD, Duke University
  • Internship, internal medicine, Duke University Medical Center
  • Residency, dermatology, Duke University Medical Center
  • Chief resident, dermatology, Duke University Medical Center

How I fell in love with dermatology:

As a scientist, I have a strong background in both virology and oncology. Meanwhile, I enjoy the clinical aspects of both medical and procedural specialties. Dermatology really allowed me to put together all of my interests in one specialty. I am honored to be caring for patients as a dermatologist.


  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative
  • Women’s Dermatologic Society

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I am trilingual. My first language was Persian and in college I studied Spanish. I appreciate the chance to connect with patients in their native language whenever possible.
  • My husband and I first met in an operating room!
  • I enjoy running and have run a few half-marathons.


  • Lauritzen Outpatient Center
  • Village Point

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