Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH

Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Dermatology, UCSF


UCSF Box 0808
San Francisco, CA 94143-0808

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Research Summary

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting more than 5 million people each year in the United States alone. Understanding how to best prevent and treat skin cancer is tremendously important for both the public health community as well as for individual patients.

Eleni Linos MD DrPH, is dually trained in public health and dermatology. She is a leader in the field of skin cancer research and prevention. Dr. Linos leads a multidisciplinary international research team of postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and research scientists. The team’s primary goals are to better understand the causes of skin cancer and apply this to cancer prevention. Dr. Linos’ team also works to help patients make informed treatment decisions, tailored to their individual preferences and personal characteristics.

Dr. Linos completed her medical education at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the United Kingdom. She then went on to complete her doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cancer Epidemiology and then trained to become a board certified dermatologist at Stanford University.

As Director of Diversity for the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Linos is committed to building a broadly diverse dermatology community that nurtures a culture of inclusion in education, research and patient care.


2008 - 2011, Stanford University, CA, Resident Dermatology
2007 - 2008, Stanford University, CA, Resident Internal medicine
2005 - 2008, Harvard School of Public Health, MA, DrPH Epidemiology
2005 - 2006, Harvard School of Public Health, MA, MPH Quantitative methods
2004 - 2005, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital Trust, UK, Intern Medicine, Surgery, General Practice
2001 - 2004, Oxford University, Christ Church, UK, BM BCh Medicine
1998 - 2001, Cambridge University, Trinity College, UK, BA (Honors) Pathology

Professional Experience

  • 2011 - Present
    Assistant Professor Dermatology, UC San Francisco
  • 2011 - 2011
    KL2 Scholar Epidemiology, Biostatistics, UC San Francisco
  • 2006 - 2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow Epidemiology, Channing Lab, Harvard University

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    UCSF Pepper Center RCDC Associate Scholar Genius Award
  • 2012
    Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award
  • 2010
    Women's Dermatologic Society Academic Research Award
  • 2009
    Albert M. Kligman Travel Fellowship, Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • 2009
    Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2008
    Internal Medicine resident research award, Stanford University
  • 2007
    Best Poster Award, Dana-Farber Cancer Breast Cancer Meeting
  • 2001
    Paton Fund Award, Moore-Beale Sargant, Mitchel Awards, Trinity Cambridge

Selected Publications

  1. Schofield JK, Linos E, Callander J. Management of skin cancer in the frail elderly: time for a rethink? Br J Dermatol. 2016 Nov; 175(5):855-856.
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  2. Tan J, Linos E, Sendelweck MA, van Zuuren EJ, Ersser S, Dellavalle RP, Williams H. Shared decision making and patient decision aids in dermatology. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Nov; 175(5):1045-1048.
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  3. Linos E, Chren MM. Is screening for basal cell carcinoma worthwhile? Too soon to tell. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Jun; 174(6):1181-2.
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  4. Seidenberg AB, Pagoto SL, Vickey TA, Linos E, Wehner MR, Costa RD, Geller AC. Tanning bed burns reported on Twitter: over 15,000 in 2013. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Jun; 6(2):271-6.
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  5. Miner AS, Milstein A, Schueller S, Hegde R, Mangurian C, Linos E. Smartphone-Based Conversational Agents and Responses to Questions About Mental Health, Interpersonal Violence, and Physical Health. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 May 1; 176(5):619-25.
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  6. Jung JY, Linos E. Adding active surveillance as a treatment option for low risk skin cancers in patients with limited life expectancy. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 May; 7(3):221-2.
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  7. Wehner MR, Linos E, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Competing Risk of Death in Kaplan-Meier Curves When Analyzing Subsequent Keratinocyte Cancer-Reply. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Apr 1; 152(4):494-5.
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  8. Cidre Serrano W, Chren MM, Resneck JS, Aji NN, Pagoto S, Linos E. Online Advertising for Cancer Prevention: Google Ads and Tanning Beds. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Jan 1; 152(1):101-2.
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  9. Shinkai K, McMichael A, Linos E. Isotretinoin Laboratory Test Monitoring-A Call to Decrease Testing in an Era of High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Jan 1; 152(1):17-9.
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  10. Wehner MR, Nead KT, Linos K, Linos E. Plenty of moustaches but not enough women: cross sectional study of medical leaders. BMJ. 2015; 351:h6311.
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  11. Linos E, VanBeek M, Resneck JS. Radiation Oncologist Concerns About Increased Electronic Brachytherapy Use for Skin Cancer--Reply. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Sep; 151(9):1037.
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  12. Linos E, Berger T, Chren MM. Point: Care of potential low-risk basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) at the end of life: The key role of the dermatologist. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 73(1):158-61.
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  13. Linos E, VanBeek M, Resneck JS. A Sudden and Concerning Increase in the Use of Electronic Brachytherapy for Skin Cancer. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 151(7):699-700.
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  14. Grewal SK, Chren MM, Parvataneni R, Stuart SE, Galles E, Linos E. 'What is it about your skin cancer that bothers you the most?': 700 patients respond. Br J Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 173(1):296-7.
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  15. Wehner MR, Linos E, Parvataneni R, Stuart SE, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Timing of subsequent new tumors in patients who present with basal cell carcinoma or cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Apr; 151(4):382-8.
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  16. Sanlorenzo M, Wehner MR, Linos E, Kornak J, Kainz W, Posch C, Vujic I, Johnston K, Gho D, Monico G, McGrath JT, Osella-Abate S, Quaglino P, Cleaver JE, Ortiz-Urda S. The risk of melanoma in airline pilots and cabin crew: a meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Jan; 151(1):51-8.
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  17. Galles E, Parvataneni R, Stuart SE, Linos E, Grewal S, Chren MM. Patient-reported outcomes of electrodessication and curettage for treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Nov; 71(5):1026-8.
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  18. Linos E, Schroeder SA, Chren MM. Potential overdiagnosis of basal cell carcinoma in older patients with limited life expectancy. JAMA. 2014 Sep 10; 312(10):997-8.
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  19. Wehner MR, Chren MM, Shive ML, Resneck JS, Pagoto S, Seidenberg AB, Linos E. Twitter: an opportunity for public health campaigns. Lancet. 2014 Jul 12; 384(9938):131-2.
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  20. He SY, McCulloch CE, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM, Linos E, Arron ST. Self-reported pigmentary phenotypes and race are significant but incomplete predictors of Fitzpatrick skin phototype in an ethnically diverse population. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Oct; 71(4):731-7.
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