AP Kelly copyWhen many doctors didn’t know how to treat skin of color, Dr. A. Paul Kelley set out to be a pioneer in the field.

One of only three African-American students in his class at Brown, Kelly went on to Howard University Medical School to study under Dr. John A. Kenney, Jr., one of the first African American physicians to be formally trained in dermatology. It was Kenney who encouraged Kelly in his path in the field. Kelly went on to become the first African American physician to serve as President of the American Dermatological Association, the Pacific Dermatologic Association, and the Association of Professors of Dermatology. Over 40 years of his career was committed to being Chief of Dermatology at CDU where he developed a world-class accredited dermatology residency program. His 2009 textbook, Dermatology for Skin of Color, co-authored with Dr. Susan C. Taylor, garnered immense praise and is truly a one-of-a-kind publication. This textbook won two American Publisher Awards for Excellence in 2010. In his remaining years, he served as a Fulbright Research Grant Scholar in Oman, and assembled a team of dermatologists and geneticists to carry out an epidemiological and genetic study on keloids and skin diseases. In 2014, he passed away in Oman. CDU presented Kelly with a Legacy award in 2013.

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