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Donald Belsito MD, MBA, FAAD

Donald V. Belsito MD, MBA, FAAD

Leonard C. Harber Emeritus Professor, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York

Donald V. Belsito, MD, MBA, FAAD, is the Leonard C. Harber Professor of Dermatology, Emeritus, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at New York University and Professor and Chair of the Division of Dermatology, University of Kansas Medical Center.   His research interests include occupational dermatoses, contact and atopic dermatitis, and other immune-mediated dermatologic disorders.

Dr. Belsito graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with BS degrees in biology and chemistry. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After completing an internal medicine residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospital, he undertook his dermatology residency and fellowship in dermatologic immunology at New York University Medical Center. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Dermatology, and the American Board of Dermatology, Special Qualifying Examination in Dermatological Immunology.

Dr. Belsito is a member and past-President of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and a founding member and former President of the American Contact Dermatitis Society. He actively participates in several other dermatologic societies, in which he has served on numerous committees. He sits on the Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s Expert Panel and is chair of the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety, independent panels of academic scientists that advise industry on the safe use of cosmetic and fragrance materials, respectively. He has received numerous national and international honors and serves on the editorial boards of Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Dermatology & Therapy, and the Online Textbook of Dermatology and previously was on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is author of more than 1,000 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 invited reviews and textbook chapters.


Dr. Belsito reports the following:

  • Team Leader, Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety, Washington, DC
  • Chair, Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety, Mahwah, New Jersey