University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH

Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Dermatology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

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. Sarkar U, Le GM, Lyles CR, Ramo D, Linos E, Bibbins-Domingo K. Using Social Media to Target Cancer Prevention in Young Adults: Viewpoint. J Med Internet Res. 2018 Jun 05; 20(6):e203.
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  2. Linos E, Chren MM, Covinsky K. Geriatric Dermatology-A Framework for Caring for Older Patients With Skin Disease. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Apr 25.
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  3. Park JH, Christman MP, Linos E, Rieder EA. Dermatology on Instagram: An Analysis of Hashtags. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Apr 01; 17(4):482-484.
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  4. Gao Y, Arron ST, Linos E, Polcari I, Mansh MD. Indoor Tanning, Sunless Tanning, and Sun-Protection Behaviors Among Sexual Minority Men. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Apr 01; 154(4):477-479.
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  5. Linos E, Pagoto S. USPSTF Recommendations for Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention: Throwing Shade on UV Radiation. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Mar 20.
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  6. Nosrati A, Pimentel MA, Falzone A, Hegde R, Goel S, Chren MM, Eye R, Linos E, Pagoto S, Walkosz BJ. Skin cancer prevention messages on Facebook: Likes, shares, and comments. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Mar 05.
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  7. Riano NS, Linos E, Accurso EC, Sung D, Linos E, Simard JF, Mangurian C. Paid Family and Childbearing Leave Policies at Top US Medical Schools. JAMA. 2018 02 13; 319(6):611-614.
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  8. Linos E, Admassu N, Sabry-Elnaggar H, Li PM, Choo E. Doctor fails: early warning signs of physician fatigue? BMJ. 2017 12 12; 359:j5503.
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  9. Linos E, Wintroub B, Shinkai K. Diversity in the dermatology workforce: 2017 status update. Cutis. 2017 Dec; 100(6):352-353.
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  10. Wehner MR, Cidre Serrano W, Nosrati A, Schoen PM, Chren MM, Boscardin J, Linos E. All-cause mortality in patients with basal and squamous cell carcinoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Apr; 78(4):663-672.e3.
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  11. Gao Y, Wei EK, Arron ST, Linos E, Margolis DJ, Mansh MD. Acne, sexual orientation, and mental health among young adults in the United States: A population-based, cross-sectional study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 11; 77(5):971-973.
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  12. Opene C, Chren MM, Linos E. Types of Shade Vary in Protection Just Like Sunscreens. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Oct 01; 153(10):1070-1071.
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  13. Wehner MR, Nead KT, Linos E. Correlation Among Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates and Internet Searches in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Sep 01; 153(9):911-914.
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  14. Falzone AE, Brindis CD, Chren MM, Junn A, Pagoto S, Wehner M, Linos E. Teens, Tweets, and Tanning Beds: Rethinking the Use of Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S86-S94.
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  15. Adesoye T, Mangurian C, Choo EK, Girgis C, Sabry-Elnaggar H, Linos E. Perceived Discrimination Experienced by Physician Mothers and Desired Workplace Changes: A Cross-sectional Survey. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jul 01; 177(7):1033-1036.
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  16. Nosrati A, Berliner JG, Goel S, McGuire J, Morhenn V, de Souza JR, Yeniay Y, Singh R, Lee K, Nakamura M, Wu RR, Griffin A, Grimes B, Linos E, Chren MM, Grekin R, Wei ML. Outcomes of Melanoma In Situ Treated With Mohs Micrographic Surgery Compared With Wide Local Excision. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 May 01; 153(5):436-441.
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  17. Wood A, Matula SR, Huan L, Linos E, Platchek T, Milstein A. Improving the Value of Medical Care for Patients with Back Pain. Pain Med. 2017 Apr 17.
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  18. Stuart SE, Schoen P, Jin C, Parvataneni R, Arron S, Linos E, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM. Tumor recurrence of keratinocyte carcinomas judged appropriate for Mohs micrographic surgery using Appropriate Use Criteria. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Jun; 76(6):1131-1138.e1.
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  19. Dizon MP, Linos E, Arron ST, Hills NK, Chren MM. Comparing the Quality of Ambulatory Surgical Care for Skin Cancer in a Veterans Affairs Clinic and a Fee-For-Service Practice Using Clinical and Patient-Reported Measures. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0171253.
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  20. Brown G, Wang E, Leon A, Huynh M, Wehner M, Matro R, Linos E, Liao W, Haemel A. Tumor necrosis factor-a inhibitor-induced psoriasis: Systematic review of clinical features, histopathological findings, and management experience. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Feb; 76(2):334-341.
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