- Eosinophil-Associated Epithelial Disease
- Immunobullous Diseases
- Mastocytosis, Cutaneous
Board Certification and Academic Information
||Dermatology - Professor
||American Board of Dermatology (Dermatology)
American Board of Dermatology (Sub: Clin&Lab Derm Imm)
National Board of Medical Examiners
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Dr. Kristin M. Leiferman is Professor of Dermatology and Co-Director of the Immunodermatology Laboratory at the University of Utah. Before being recruited to the University of Utah, she was a Professor of Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At the Mayo Clinic, she was a former Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology, where she also was the Director of the Immunodermatology Laboratory and Director of the Immunodermatology Fellowship Program. During her years at the Mayo Clinic, she served on the dermatology department and institutional research committees, the Institutional Review Board, Medical Industry Relations Committee and the institutional Personnel Committee. At the University of Utah, she was a member of the 4th year Medical School Curriculum Committee and directed dermatology education for non-dermatology trainees.
Dr. Leiferman has authored more than 30 book chapters including for major reference books in Dermatology. She has published more than 100 original scientific and medical papers. She has been a reviewer of submitted manuscripts for Dermatology and Allergy journals. Recognized internationally as an expert in her field, Dr. Leiferman has served on national scientific boards and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Leiferman’s research expertise has focused on the pathophysiological activities of eosinophils in skin and the role of eosinophils in diseases affecting epithelial tissues and organs. She has held National Institutes of Health grants to pursue these studies. She has worked collaboratively with allergists, ophthalmologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists and urologists to understand how eosinophils affect epithelial tissues. She has related interests in mast cell activities and mast cell diseases, particularly in skin, but other epithelial tissues as well. Dr. Leiferman’s work in diagnostic laboratory testing for immunobullous diseases has led her to developmental research interests in understanding diagnostic testing applications and interpretations for immune-mediated skin diseases.
Based on her research interests, Dr. Leiferman’s clinical expertise is directed toward diagnosing and treating patients with allergic skin diseases, particularly those with eosinophil and/or mast cell involvement. As another inflammatory disorder, she appreciates caring for acne and understanding its clinical presentation and treatment response. As Co-Director of the Immunodermatology Laboratory, Dr. Leiferman is committed to providing the ultimate in diagnostic testing for immunobullous diseases, which are relatively rare but dramatically increasing in incidence as are allergic disorders. She is passionate about restoring and maintaining skin health generally, including prevention of skin cancer recognizing the importance of diagnosing and treating skin cancer early.