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Maryam Asgari, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 762-0149


Maryam Asgari, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Associate Professor, Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic, Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital


Research Abstract

Dr. Maryam Asgari is a board-certified dermatologist, epidemiologist, and Mohs micrographic surgeon who specializes in the care of patients with skin cancer. Dr. Asgari's area of excellence is Investigation with a focus on epidemiology of skin diseases. Her research has focused on pharmacoepidemiology and skin cancer risk, interactions of immunity and skin cancer, high risk skin cancer, and patient-centered outcomes including patient satisfaction in skin cancer treatment. She is also known for her clinical expertise in procedural dermatology.

Dr. Asgari is also recognized as a clinical expert in Mohs surgery. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for major journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Dermatologic Surgery, JAMA Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Journal of Investigative Dermatology. She has also held national leadership positions in the Society of Investigative Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology. Within the American Academy of Dermatology, she was elected to serve as a member of the prestigious Melanoma and Skin Cancer Committee, which helps to establish guidelines for skin cancer care. She also served as an indication reviewer to help establish national guidelines for the Appropriate Use Criteria for Mohs surgery.

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  • Massey PR, Schmults CD, Li SJ, Arron ST, Asgari MM, Bouwes Bavinck JN, Billingsley E, Blalock TW, Blasdale K, Carroll BT, Carucci JA, Chong AH, Christensen SR, Chung CL, DeSimone JA, Ducroux E, Escutia-Muñoz B, Ferrándiz-Pulido C, Fox MC, Genders RE, Geusau A, Gjersvik P, Hanlon AM, Olasz Harken EB, Hofbauer GFL, Hopkins RS, Leitenberger JJ, Loss MJ, Del Marmol V, Mascaró JM, Myers SA, Nguyen BT, Oliveira WRP, Otley CC, Proby CM, Rácz E, Ruiz-Salas V, Samie FH, Seçkin D, Shah SN, Shin TM, Shumack SP, Soon SL, Stasko T, Zavattaro E, Zeitouni NC, Zwald FO, Harwood CA, Jambusaria-Pahlajani A. Consensus-Based Recommendations on the Prevention of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Delphi Consensus Statement. JAMA Dermatol 2021; 157:1219-1226. PubMed
  • Ashrafzadeh S, Gupta S, Fiorino AM, Cafiero-Fonseca ET, Ferris TG, Asgari MM. The effectiveness of an electronic clinical-decision support tool embedded into the patient medical record at the point of care to guide Mohs surgery utilization: A cohort study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2021. PubMed
  • Eisen DB, Asgari MM, Bennett DD, Connolly SM, Dellavalle RP, Freeman EE, Goldenberg G, Leffell DJ, Peschin S, Sligh JE, Wu PA, Frazer-Green L, Malik S, Schlesinger TE. Guidelines of Care for the Management of Actinic Keratosis: Executive Summary. J Am Acad Dermatol 2021. PubMed
  • Kemény LV, Robinson KC, Hermann AL, Walker DM, Regan S, Yew YW, Lai YC, Theodosakis N, Rivera PD, Ding W, Yang L, Beyer T, Loh YE, Lo JA, van der Sande AAJ, Sarnie W, Kotler D, Hsiao JJ, Su MY, Kato S, Kotler J, Bilbo SD, Chopra V, Salomon MP, Shen S, Hoon DSB, Asgari MM, Wakeman SE, Nestler EJ, Fisher DE. Vitamin D deficiency exacerbates UV/endorphin and opioid addiction. Sci Adv 2021. PubMed
  • Ashrafzadeh S, Asgari MM, Geller AC. The Need for Critical Examination of Disparities in Immunotherapy and Targeted Therapy Use Among Patients With Cancer. JAMA Oncol 2021. PubMed
  • Eisen DB, Asgari MM, Bennett DD, Connolly SM, Dellavalle RP, Freeman EE, Goldenberg G, Leffell DJ, Peschin S, Sligh JE, Wu PA, Frazer-Green L, Malik S, Schlesinger TE. Guidelines of care for the management of actinic keratosis. J Am Acad Dermatol 2021. PubMed
  • Jorgenson E, Choquet H, Yin J, Hoffmann TJ, Banda Y, Kvale MN, Risch N, Schaefer C, Asgari MM. Genetic ancestry, skin pigmentation, and the risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic white populations. Commun Biol 2020; 3:765. PubMed
  • Yao Q, Epstein CB, Banskota S, Issner R, Kim Y, Bernstein BE, Pinello L, Asgari MM. Epigenetic Alterations in Keratinocyte Carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol 2020. PubMed
  • Kim Y, Feng J, Su KA, Asgari MM. Sex-based differences in the anatomic distribution of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Int J Womens Dermatol 2020; 6:286-289. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Tsai AL, Avalos L, Sokil M, Quesenberry CP. Association Between Topical Calcineurin Inhibitor Use and Keratinocyte Carcinoma Risk Among Adults With Atopic Dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol 2020. PubMed
  • Kim Y, Zhang F, Su K, LaRochelle M, Callahan M, Fisher D, Wharam JF, Asgari MM. Perioperative Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels as a Predictor of Postoperative Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder: a Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med 2020. PubMed
  • Choquet H, Ashrafzadeh S, Kim Y, Asgari MM, Jorgenson E. Genetic and environmental factors underlying keratinocyte carcinoma risk. JCI Insight 2020. PubMed
  • Chavez A, Quesenberry CP, Darbinian J, Asgari MM. Association of Valproic Acid Use, a Potent Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor, and Melanoma Risk. J Invest Dermatol 2020. PubMed
  • Sarin KY, Lin Y, Daneshjou R, Ziyatdinov A, Thorleifsson G, Rubin A, Pardo LM, Wu W, Khavari PA, Uitterlinden A, Nijsten T, Toland AE, Olafsson JH, Sigurgeirsson B, Thorisdottir K, Jorgensen E, Whittemore AS, Kraft P, Stacey SN, Stefansson K, Asgari MM, Han J. Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies eight new susceptibility loci for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Nat Commun 2020; 11:820. PubMed
  • Ashrafzadeh S, Metlay JP, Choudhry NK, Emmons KM, Asgari MM. Using Implementation Science to Optimize the Uptake of Evidence-Based Medicine into Dermatology Practice. J Invest Dermatol 2019. PubMed
  • Park AJ, Weintraub GS, Asgari MM. Leveraging the electronic health record to improve dermatologic care delivery: the importance of finding structure in data. J Am Acad Dermatol 2019. PubMed
  • Roberts MR, Sordillo JE, Kraft P, Asgari MM. Sex-Stratified Polygenic Risk Score Identifies Individuals at Increased Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol 2019. PubMed
  • Kim Y, Wojciechowski D, Pattanayak V, Lee H, Asgari MM. Association between human leukocyte antigen type and keratinocyte carcinoma risk in renal transplant recipients. J Invest Dermatol 2019. PubMed
  • Kim Y, Su KA, Asgari MM. Correlates of multiple cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma: a retrospective cohort study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2019. PubMed
  • Karas L, Lu CY, Agrawal PB, Asgari MM. The impact of the Orphan Drug Act on Food and Drug Administration-approved therapies for rare skin diseases and skin-related cancers. J Am Acad Dermatol 2019. PubMed
  • Feng J, LaChance A, Sinclair DA, Asgari MM. Multiple basal cell carcinomas in a patient with myotonic dystrophy type 1. BMJ Case Rep 2019. PubMed
  • Roberts MR, Ashrafzadeh S, Asgari MM. Research Techniques Made Simple: Interpreting Measures of Association in Clinical Research. J Invest Dermatol 2019; 139:502-511.e1. PubMed
  • Yeh I, Jorgenson E, Shen L, Xu M, North JP, Shain AH, Reuss D, Wu H, Robinson WA, Olshen A, von Deimling A, Kwok PY, Bastian BC, Asgari MM. Targeted genomic profiling of acral melanoma. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2019. PubMed
  • Strickley JD, Messerschmidt JL, Awad ME, Li T, Hasegawa T, Ha DT, Nabeta HW, Bevins PA, Ngo KH, Asgari MM, Nazarian RM, Neel VA, Jenson AB, Joh J, Demehri S. Immunity to commensal papillomaviruses protects against skin cancer. Nature 2019; 575:519-522. PubMed
  • Nagarajan P, Asgari MM, Green AC, Guhan SM, Arron ST, Proby CM, Rollison DE, Harwood CA, Toland AE. Keratinocyte Carcinomas: Current concepts and future research priorities. Clin Cancer Res 2018. PubMed
  • Wang W, Jorgenson E, Ioannidis NM, Asgari MM, Whittemore AS. A Prediction Tool to Facilitate Risk-Stratified Screening for Squamous Cell Skin Cancer. J Invest Dermatol 2018; 138:2589-2594. PubMed
  • Neugebauer R, Su KA, Zhu Z, Sokil M, Chren MM, Friedman GD, Asgari MM. Comparative effectiveness of treatment of actinic keratosis with topical fluorouracil and imiquimod in the prevention of keratinocyte carcinoma: a cohort study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2018. PubMed
  • Wang W, Ollila HM, Whittemore AS, Demehri S, Ioannidis NM, Jorgenson E, Mignot E, Asgari MM. Genetic variants in the HLA class II region associated with risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Immunol Immunother 2018. PubMed
  • Jorgenson E, Choquet H, Yin J, Asgari MM. Common Mitochondrial Haplogroups and Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2018. PubMed
  • Sordillo JE, Kraft P, Wu AC, Asgari MM. Quantifying the Polygenic Contribution to Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Risk. J Invest Dermatol 2018. PubMed
  • Tang H, Fu S, Zhai S, Song Y, Asgari MM, Han J. Use of antihypertensive drugs and risk of keratinocyte carcinoma: A meta-analysis of observational studies. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2018. PubMed
  • Ioannidis NM, Wang W, Furlotte NA, Hinds DA, , Bustamante CD, Jorgenson E, Asgari MM, Whittemore AS. Gene expression imputation identifies candidate genes and susceptibility loci associated with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Nat Commun 2018; 9:4264. PubMed
  • Wang W, Jorgenson E, Whittemore AS, Asgari MM. Susceptibility Loci-Associated Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Invasiveness. J Invest Dermatol 2017. PubMed
  • Gilkey MB, Mays D, Asgari MM, Kornides ML, McRee AL. Parental Support for Age-based Indoor Tanning Restrictions. Am J Prev Med 2017. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Ray GT, Quesenberry CP, Katz KA, Silverberg MJ. Association of Multiple Primary Skin Cancers With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection, CD4 Count, and Viral Load. JAMA Dermatol 2017; 153:892-896. PubMed
  • Wehner MR, Levandoski KA, Kulldorff M, Asgari MM. Research Techniques Made Simple: An Introduction to Use and Analysis of Big Data in Dermatology. J Invest Dermatol 2017; 137:e153-e158. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Chien AJ, Tsai AL, Fireman B, Quesenberry CP. Association between lithium use and melanoma risk and mortality: A population-based study. J Invest Dermatol 2017. PubMed
  • Storer M, Zhu Z, Sokil M, Ford M, Neugebauer R, Asgari MM. Community-Based Practice Variations in Topical Treatment of Actinic Keratoses. JAMA Dermatol 2017. PubMed
  • Levandoski KA, Nazarian RM, Asgari MM. Hypertrophic lichen planus mimicking squamous cell carcinoma: The importance of clinicopathologic correlation. JAAD Case Rep 2017; 3:151-154. PubMed
  • Yesantharao P, Wang W, Ioannidis NM, Demehri S, Whitemore AS, Asgari MM. Cutaneous Squamous Cell Cancer (cSCC) Risk and the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) System. Hum Immunol 2017. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Ray GT, Geier JL, Quesenberry CP. Malignancy rates in a large cohort of patients with systemically treated psoriasis in a managed care population. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017. PubMed
  • Asgari MM. Utility and Limitations of Large Population-Based Data for Skin Cancer Outcomes. J Invest Dermatol 2016; 136:2128-2130. PubMed
  • Moshiri AS, Doumani R, Yelistratova L, Blom A, Lachance K, Shinohara MM, Delaney M, Chang O, McArdle S, Thomas H, Asgari MM, Huang ML, Schwartz SM, Nghiem P. Polyomavirus-Negative Merkel Cell Carcinoma: A More Aggressive Subtype Based on Analysis of 282 Cases Using Multimodal Tumor Virus Detection. J Invest Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Albrecht J, Lebwohl M, Asgari MM, Bennett DD, Cook A, Evans CC, Green LJ, Hodge JA, Kourosh AS, Maloney ME, Howard LM, Olsen EA, Rosenberg SP, Rubin A, Stough DB, Taylor SC, Brod BA. The state and consequences of dermatology drug prices in the United States. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016; 75:603-5. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Toland AE, Arron ST. IRF4 polymorphism is associated with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in organ transplant recipients: a pigment-independent phenomenon. J Invest Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Ray GT, Kulldorff M, Asgari MM. Geographic Clusters of Basal Cell Carcinoma in a Northern California Health Plan Population. JAMA Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Iyer JG, Parvathaneni K, Bhatia S, Tarabadkar ES, Blom A, Doumani R, McKenzie J, Asgari MM, Nghiem P. Paraneoplastic syndromes (PNS) associated with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC): A case series of 8 patients highlighting different clinical manifestations. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Wang W, Ioannidis NM, Itnyre J, Hoffmann T, Jorgenson E, Whittemore AS. Identification of Susceptibility Loci for Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol 2016; 136:930-7. PubMed
  • Moore MM, Geller AC, Warton EM, Schwalbe J, Asgari MM. Multiple primary melanomas among 16,570 patients with melanoma diagnosed at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, 1996 to 2011. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015; 73:630-6. PubMed
  • Jiang AJ, Eide MJ, Alexander GL, Altschuler A, Asgari MM, Geller AC, Fletcher SW, Halpern AC, Weinstock MA. Providers' Experiences with a Melanoma Web-Based Course: a Discussion on Barriers and Intentions. J Cancer Educ 2015. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Arron ST, Warton EM, Quesenberry CP, Weisshaar D. Sirolimus use and risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in solid organ transplant recipients (SOTRs). J Am Acad Dermatol 2015. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Moffet HH, Ray GT, Quesenberry CP. Trends in Basal Cell Carcinoma Incidence and Identification of High-Risk Subgroups, 1998-2012. JAMA Dermatol 2015. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Warton EM, Whittemore AS. Family history of skin cancer is associated with increased risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Dermatol Surg 2015; 41:481-6. PubMed
  • Hoffmann TJ, Sakoda LC, Shen L, Jorgenson E, Habel LA, Liu J, Kvale MN, Asgari MM, Banda Y, Corley D, Kushi LH, Quesenberry CP, Schaefer C, Van Den Eeden SK, Risch N, Witte JS. Imputation of the rare HOXB13 G84E mutation and cancer risk in a large population-based cohort. PLoS Genet. 2015; 11:e1004930. PubMed
  • Paulson KG, Iyer JG, Simonson WT, Blom A, Thibodeau RM, Schmidt M, Pietromonaco S, Sokil M, Warton EM, Asgari MM, Nghiem P. CD8+ lymphocyte intratumoral infiltration as a stage-independent predictor of Merkel cell carcinoma survival: a population-based study. Am J Clin Pathol 2014; 142:452-8. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Warton EM, Quesenberry CP, Koralek DO, Taylor M. Risk of subsequent cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in patients with melanoma. J Am Acad Dermatol 2014; 71:521-8. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Eide MJ, Warton M, Fletcher SW. Comparing characteristics of melanoma cases arising in health maintenance organizations with state and national registries. Melanoma Res 2014; 24:381-7. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Sokil MM, Warton EM, Iyer J, Paulson KG, Nghiem P. Effect of host, tumor, diagnostic, and treatment variables on outcomes in a large cohort with Merkel cell carcinoma. JAMA Dermatol 2014; 150:716-23. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Wu JJ, Gelfand JM, Salman C, Curtis JR, Harrold LR, Herrinton LJ. Validity of diagnostic codes and prevalence of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in a managed care population, 1996-2009. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013; 22:842-9. PubMed
  • Asgari MM, Eide MJ, Warton EM, Fletcher SW. Validation of a large basal cell carcinoma registry. J Registry Manag 2013; 40:65-9. PubMed