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. 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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  2. Wehner MR, Nead KT, Linos E. Correlation Among Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates and Internet Searches in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Jun 28.
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  3. Opene C, Chren MM, Linos E. Types of Shade Vary in Protection Just Like Sunscreens. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Jun 21.
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 Mar 29.
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  7. 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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  8. Linos E, Li WQ, Han J, Li T, Cho E, Qureshi AA. Lifetime UV exposure and Lentigo Maligna Melanoma. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Dec 07.
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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. 2016 Oct 5.
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  12. Linos E, Katz KA, Colditz GA. Skin Cancer-The Importance of Prevention. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 1; 176(10):1435-1436.
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  13. Lester J, Wintroub B, Linos E. Disparities in Academic Dermatology. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Aug 1; 152(8):878-9.
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  14. Linos E, Chren MM, Stijacic Cenzer I, Covinsky KE. Skin Cancer in U.S. Elderly Adults: Does Life Expectancy Play a Role in Treatment Decisions? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Aug; 64(8):1610-5.
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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