Nada Elbuluk, MD

Title(s)Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology (Clinician Educator)
Address1450 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Princeton University, Princeton, NJBA
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIMScClinical Research
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIMDMedicine
    Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MDDermatology, Residency
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PADermatology, Fellowship

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    Dr. Nada Elbuluk is a board-certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology. She is honored to be a dermatologist at USC and to be able to serve the diverse population of Los Angeles. She is the founder and director of the USC Skin of Color Center and Pigmentary Disorders Clinic. She also serves as the Director of the Dermatology Diversity and Inclusion Program.

    Dr. Elbuluk’s clinical and research interests include general medical and cosmetic dermatology,
    ethnic skin conditions, and pigmentary disorders including vitiligo, melasma, and postinflammatory pigmentation. She performs a variety of procedures including chemical peels, microneedling, lasers, and botox and has expertise in safely performing these procedures in all skin types.

    Dr. Elbuluk received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University where she also minored in Gender Studies and African American Studies. She completed her medical degree at the University of Michigan where she graduated with a Distinction in Research. While there, she received a National Institute of Health award that allowed her to also obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed her dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Afterwards, she was a fellow and clinical instructor in the Dermatology Department at The University of Pennsylvania. She then spent four years as an Assistant Professor at New York University’s School of Medicine, where she was the founder and director of the pigmentary disorder clinic and served as the Diversity Ambassador for the Department.

    Dr. Elbuluk feels strongly about providing her patients with the highest quality of individualized and compassionate care. She also is passionate about teaching and advancing the field of dermatology through research on pigmentary disorders and ethnic skin conditions. She has received several grants to support her research, which has been published in numerous academic journals. She has lectured both national and internationally on her areas of expertise. She also serves as a media expert for the American Academy of Dermatology and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, Health, Women’s Health, Essence, Prevention, Allure, Reader’s Digest, the Huffington Post, SELF, and NBC.com.

    Dr. Elbuluk is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology and holds professional memberships with the American Academy of Dermatology, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the Skin of Color Society.

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    1. Dermoscopy of acquired pigmentary disorders: a comprehensive review. Int J Dermatol. 2021 Jul 07. Krueger L, Saizan A, Stein JA, Elbuluk N. PMID: 34235719.
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    2. A Multi-Centered Case-Control Study of Vitiligo Support Groups and Quality of Life. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021 Jun 01; 20(6):672-675. Smith ZI, Wang JF, Elbuluk N, Huggins RH, Birnbaum MR, Rzepecki A, Bhatia BK, Kratschmer C, McLellan B, Kutner A. PMID: 34076392.
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    3. Long term safety, tolerability, and efficacy of intracutaneous zolmitriptan (M207) in the acute treatment of migraine. J Headache Pain. 2021 May 17; 22(1):37. Nahas SJ, Hindiyeh N, Friedman DI, Elbuluk N, Kellerman DJ, Foreman PK, Schmidt P. PMID: 34001002.
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    4. A diverse nation calls for a diverse healthcare force. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Apr; 34:100846. Saizan AL, Douglas A, Elbuluk N, Taylor S. PMID: 33997735.
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    5. Direct-to-consumer dermatology-related advertising differs in magazines targeted to women of color: A cross-sectional analysis of top-circulating consumer magazines. Int J Womens Dermatol. 2021 Mar; 7(2):191-194. Wiznia LE, Wang J, Steuer AB, Elbuluk N. PMID: 33937491.
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    6. Vitiligo and Melanoma-Associated Vitiligo: Understanding Their Similarities and Differences. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2020 Oct; 21(5):669-680. Cohen BE, Manga P, Lin K, Elbuluk N. PMID: 32468356.
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    7. A quantitative analysis of research publications focused on the top chief complaints in patients with skin of color. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021 Jul; 85(1):241-242. Montgomery SNB, Elbuluk N. PMID: 32800869.
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    8. Postinflammatory hypopigmentation: a comprehensive review of treatments. J Dermatolog Treat. 2020 Jul 20; 1-5. Madu PN, Syder N, Elbuluk N. PMID: 32643458.
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    9. The digital divide: How COVID-19's telemedicine expansion could exacerbate disparities. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 11; 83(5):e345-e346. Bakhtiar M, Elbuluk N, Lipoff JB. PMID: 32682890.
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    10. The Relevance of Vitamin D Supplementation for People of Color in the Era of COVID-19. J Drugs Dermatol. 2020 Jul 01; 19(7):782-783. Grimes PE, Elbuluk N, Alexis AF. PMID: 33528149.
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    11. Evaluating Population Interest in Vitiligo Through an Analysis of Google Trends and Social Media. J Drugs Dermatol. 2020 Jun 01; 19(6):661-665. Montgomery SNB, Elbuluk N. PMID: 32574016.
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    12. Why can we see our narrowband UVB lights? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 06; 82(6):e251-e252. Soleymani T, Soter NA, Folan LM, Elbuluk N, Cohen DE. PMID: 32109539.
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    13. Photolichenoid dermatitis: a presenting sign of human immunodeficiency virus. Cutis. 2019 Oct; 104(4):242-244. Curtiss P, Riley K, Meehan SA, Elbuluk N. PMID: 31809532.
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    14. Comorbid diseases of vitiligo: A 10-year cross-sectional retrospective study of an urban US population. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Mar; 82(3):628-633. Hadi A, Wang JF, Uppal P, Penn LA, Elbuluk N. PMID: 31325552.
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    15. Frontal fibrosing alopecia: cutaneous associations in women with skin of color. Cutis. 2018 Nov; 102(5):335-338. Krueger L, Svigos K, Brinster N, Elbuluk N. PMID: 30566548.
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    16. Deficiency of sun protection advertising exists in consumer magazines across demographic groups and varies by target demographic. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Apr; 80(4):1139-1141. Wiznia LE, Wang J, Steuer AB, Elbuluk N. PMID: 30315819.
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    17. International Initiative for Outcomes (INFO) for vitiligo: workshops with patients with vitiligo on repigmentation. Br J Dermatol. 2019 03; 180(3):574-579. Eleftheriadou V, Hamzavi I, Pandya AG, Grimes P, Harris JE, Huggins RH, Lim HW, Elbuluk N, Bhatia B, Tovar-Garza A, Nahhas AF, Braunberger T, Ezzedine K. PMID: 30030843.
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    18. Beyond Traditional Treatment: The Importance of Psychosocial Therapy in Vitiligo. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Jun 01; 17(6):688-691. Rzepecki AK, McLellan BN, Elbuluk N. PMID: 29879259.
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    19. Disparity in Cutaneous Pigmentary Response to LED vs Halogen Incandescent Visible Light: Results from a Single Center, Investigational Clinical Trial Determining a Minimal Pigmentary Visible Light Dose. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017 Nov 01; 16(11):1105-1110. Soleymani T, Cohen DE, Folan LM, Okereke UR, Elbuluk N, Soter NA. PMID: 29141058.
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    20. Melasma: an Up-to-Date Comprehensive Review. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2017 Sep; 7(3):305-318. Ogbechie-Godec OA, Elbuluk N. PMID: 28726212.
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    21. The nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (NRF2) antioxidant response promotes melanocyte viability and reduces toxicity of the vitiligo-inducing phenol monobenzone. Exp Dermatol. 2017 07; 26(7):637-644. Arowojolu OA, Orlow SJ, Elbuluk N, Manga P. PMID: 28370349.
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    22. Daily indoor light exposure: A spectral analysis of ambient light sources and its relevance to occupational dermatology. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 04; 76(4):763-765. Soleymani T, Folan LM, Soter NA, Elbuluk N, Cohen DE. PMID: 28325397.
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    23. A Difference in Cutaneous Pigmentary Response to LED Versus Halogen Incandescent Visible Light: A Case Report from a Single Center, Investigational Clinical Trial Determining a Minimal Pigmentary Visible Light Dose. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017 Apr 01; 16(4):388-392. Soleymani T, Soter NA, Folan LM, Elbuluk N, Okereke UR, Cohen DE. PMID: 28403275.
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    24. Quality of Life, Burden of Disease, Co-morbidities, and Systemic Effects in Vitiligo Patients. Dermatol Clin. 2017 Apr; 35(2):117-128. Elbuluk N, Ezzedine K. PMID: 28317521.
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    25. Microneedling: A Comprehensive Review. Dermatol Surg. 2017 Mar; 43(3):321-339. Hou A, Cohen B, Haimovic A, Elbuluk N. PMID: 27755171.
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    26. Advances in Vitiligo: An Update on Medical and Surgical Treatments. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2017 Jan; 10(1):15-28. Dillon AB, Sideris A, Hadi A, Elbuluk N. PMID: 28210378.
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    27. Lichen planus pigmentosus and lichen planopilaris. Dermatol Online J. 2016 Dec 15; 22(12). Cobos G, Kim RH, Meehan S, Elbuluk N. PMID: 28329547.
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    28. Lichen planus pigmentosus. Dermatol Online J. 2016 Dec 15; 22(12). Orme CM, Kim RH, Brinster N, Elbuluk N, Franks AG. PMID: 28329536.
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    29. Common conditions in skin of color. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2016 Dec; 35(4):184-190. Hadi A, Elbuluk N. PMID: 27917999.
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    30. Recent advances in understanding vitiligo. F1000Res. 2016; 5. Manga P, Elbuluk N, Orlow SJ. PMID: 27635239.
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    31. Infrared irradiation differentially alters collagen metabolism in lightly and darkly pigmented human skin in vivo. J Dermatol Sci. 2016 Jun; 82(3):212-4. Elbuluk N, Wang F, Tran BA, Hammerberg C, Voorhees JJ, Kang S, Fisher GJ. PMID: 27020409.
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    32. Microneedling in skin of color: A review of uses and efficacy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Feb; 74(2):348-55. Cohen BE, Elbuluk N. PMID: 26549251.
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    33. Cutaneous Rosai-Dorfman Disease in a Patient with Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Dermatol Online J. 2016 Jan 15; 22(1). Elbuluk N, Egbers R, Taube JM, Wang TS. PMID: 26990470.
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    34. Alternative Systemic Treatments for Vitiligo: A Review. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2015 Dec; 16(6):463-74. Cohen BE, Elbuluk N, Mu EW, Orlow SJ. PMID: 26329814.
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    35. Alteration in the gene encoding protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 6 (PTPN6/SHP1) may contribute to neutrophilic dermatoses. Am J Pathol. 2011 Apr; 178(4):1434-41. Nesterovitch AB, Gyorfy Z, Hoffman MD, Moore EC, Elbuluk N, Tryniszewska B, Rauch TA, Simon M, Kang S, Fisher GJ, Mikecz K, Tharp MD, Glant TT. PMID: 21406173.
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    36. What is your diagnosis? Multiple cutaneous and uterine leiomyomatosis (Reed Syndrome). Cutis. 2011 Feb; 87(2):65, 76-7. Elbuluk N, Bichakjian CK, Lowe L. PMID: 21416770.
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    37. Erythema nodosum leprosum, Sweet's syndrome, and human immunodeficiency virus may be related through an overlap in immunopathogenesis. Int J Dermatol. 2010 Nov; 49(11):1344-5. Elbuluk N, Martiniuk F, Levis WR. PMID: 20964666.
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    38. Retinoic acid 4-hydroxylase inducibility and clinical response to isotretinoin in patients with acne. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Aug; 61(2):252-8. Wang F, Kwak HS, Elbuluk N, Kaczmarek AL, Hamilton T, Voorhees JJ, Fisher GJ, Kang S. PMID: 19525031.
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