Richard Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Dr. J.B. Shelmire Professorship in Dermatology
  • Dermatology - General
  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer


Richard Wang, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in general medical dermatology and is an expert at treating non-melanoma skin cancer, including Merkel cell carcinoma, viral skin infections, and psoriasis. 

Dr. Wang earned his combined medical and doctoral degree in cell biology and genetics through the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program, a collaboration between Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in dermatology, both at UT Southwestern. He then received advanced training in cancer biology through a research fellowship in the lab of UT Southwestern’s Beth Levine, M.D., with the support of the UTSW Physician Scientist Training Program and the Dermatology Foundation.

Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Wang joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010. 

Dr. Wang’s research focuses on pathways central to the development of both normal skin and non-melanoma skin cancer. His specific areas of interest include viruses that cause cancer and the transport and metabolism of glucose. His research is supported by a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

He is a member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Texas Dermatological Society, and the Leaders Society of the Dermatology Foundation.

Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007-2010), Dermatology
  • Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2006-2007), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Weill Cornell Medical College (1998-2006)
  • Graduate School - Rockefeller University (2000-2005)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Rockefeller University (2000-2005)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of Investigative Dermatology (2007)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (2011), Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • Stanford University President’s Scholar 1998
  • The Dermatology Foundation Physician Scientist Career Development Award 2011
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists 2012
Books & Publications
  • Glucose Transport and Metabolism
  • Skin Cancer
  • Polyomaviruses
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Clinical Focus

  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer

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