Dr. Mario E. Lacouture

Dr. Lacouture is a Professor and the director of the Oncodermatology Program in the Dermatology Service Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He did his postdoctoral work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, an internship in General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and a residency in dermatology at The University of Chicago, IL. He received his M.D. degree from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, where he grew up. He pioneered the discipline of Oncodermatology, which studies and treats dermatologic conditions in cancer patients, and those that arise as a consequence of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy or stem cell transplants. Dr. Lacouture is currently the Principal Investigator for “The CHANCE Trial”, A Longitudinal Study of Chemotherapy-Induced Hair Changes and Alopecia, Skin Aging and Nail Changes in Women with Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer and a NIH funded study to identify the mechanisms of immune-related cutaneous adverse events. In addition, Dr Lacouture is the Principal Investigator for various therapeutic trials in Oncodermatology. Dr. Lacouture is a well-known lecturer in the US 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 cancer patients and survivors. He is the founder of the Oncodermatology and Immunotherapy Study Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and is on the advisory board of Cancer.Net.


  • 2012 CancerCare Physician of the Year
  • Top Doctor by New York Magazine since 2012
  • 2021 awarded the Everett C. Fox Memorial Lectureship by the American Academy of Dermatology for his innovative work in Oncodermatology
  • Published over 260 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Dr Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer and Editor of the textbook Dermatologic Principles and Practice in Oncology