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Dr. Murad Alam

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Vice Chair, Department of Dermatology
Chief of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery in the Department of Dermatology
Professor of Dermatology (Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery), Medical Social Sciences, Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)


Areas of Focus

  • Surgical and medical treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer, including various carcinomas 
  • Surgical treatment of melanoma
  • Facial treatments with botulinum toxins and injectable fillers 
    (e.g., hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate, etc.)
  • Laser treatment for skin disorders 
    (e.g., hair removal, wrinkles, fine lines, red and brown discoloration, acne scars and surgical scars)
  • Energy device 
    (e.g., radiofrequency, ultrasound, and cryotherapy)
  • Treatment for skin disorders
    (e.g., skin tightening, fat reduction, etc.)
  • Treatment of scars
  • Liposuction


  • Randomized controlled trials of laser and cosmetic interventions to treat ethnic skin disorders, acne scars and other scars, as well as visible signs of skin aging including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mohs micrographic surgery and other techniques to treat common and rare nonmelanoma skin cancers
  • Development of clinical practice guidelines for cosmetic and skin cancer indications
  • Qualitative research to better understand patient satisfaction, anxiety and perceived discomfort associated with skin surgery