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Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH

Dermatology Accepting New Patients
Clinical Overview


  • Title(s)

    Nantucket Dermatology
    Chief, Department of Dermatology, Rhode Island Hospital

    Chair, Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • Department + Services


  • My Expertise

    Teledermatology, skin cancer, vectorborne illnesses and psoriasis

  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Dermatology, Certified in Dermatology

Publications & Research

Alcohol Intake and Risk of Incident Psoriatic Arthritis in Women.
Wu S, Cho E, Li WQ, Han J, Qureshi AA.
J Rheumatol. 2015 Apr 1. pii: jrheum.140808.

Pleiotropic and Sex-Specific Effects of Cancer GWAS SNPs on Melanoma Risk in the Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) Study.
Kocarnik JM, Park SL, Han J, Dumitrescu L, Cheng I, Wilkens LR, Schumacher FR, Kolonel L, Carlson CS, Crawford DC, Goodloe RJ, Dilks HH, Baker P, Richardson D, Matise TC, Ambite JL, Song F, Qureshi AA, Zhang M, Duggan D, Hutter C, Hindorff L, Bush WS, Kooperberg C, Le Marchand L, Peters U.

PLoS One. 2015 Mar 19;10(3):e0120491. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120491. eCollection 2015.


Melanoma Cell Galectin-1 Ligands Functionally Correlate with Malignant Potential.
Yazawa EM, Geddes-Sweeney JE, Cedeno-Laurent F, Walley KC, Barthel SR, Opperman MJ, Liang J, Lin JY, Schatton T, Laga AC, Mihm MC, Qureshi AA, Widlund HR, Murphy GF, Dimitroff CJ.

J Invest Dermatol. 2015 Mar 10. doi: 10.1038/jid.2015.95.



Skin cancer prevention from dermatologist Dr. Abrar Qureshi

  • Sun-protection is necessary to lower risk of skin cancer, and if there is concern about skin cancer, a physical examination by a dermatologist is recommended
  • Sunscreen should be applied immediately before anticipated sun exposure. Sunscreen is not waterproof and tends to wear off easily – reapply after water exposure, sweating and also every two hours
  • Sunscreen label recommendations – SPF 30-50+, “broad spectrum” and preferably under “active ingredients” – look for titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide
  • Clothing with long sleeve shirts and pants helps protect skin exposed to the sun. Sun-protective clothing such as broad brim hats (baseball caps do not provide adequate protection), SPF-rated shirts and pants/shorts are recommended for those spending lots of time outdoors in the sun
  • Adequate eye protection is also recommended, especially on reflective surfaces such as water and sand
  • Further caution is advised for activities on reflective surfaces due to the risk of exposure to both ambient and reflected sunlight

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends slip, slop, slap, wrap:

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slop on sunscreen
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wrap on sunglasses


Degree & Residencies

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Professional Group: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH is chief of the department of dermatology at Rhode Island Hospital. He is responsible for managing clinical services, educational and research activities and administration of the department of dermatology. He is also the chair of dermatology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior, Qureshi served as associate physician in the department of dermatology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the DanaFarber Cancer Institute. He has also held academic appointments at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital.

He received his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and his master of public health degree in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, his residency in dermatology in the Combined Harvard Residency Training Program and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has received numerous awards, among them: several mentorship awards from the Medical Dermatology Society, and the Outstanding Service Award and Diversity Mentorship Award from the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Society for Epidemiology Research, the American DermatoEpidemiology Network, the American Association for Cancer Research and the North American Rheumatic Dermatologists.

His research interests include teledermatology, skin cancer, vectorborne illnesses and psoriasis.
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(781) 398-2225


Nantucket Dermatology
4 Bartlett Road
Nantucket, MA 02554

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