International Psoriasis Council

Advancing Knowledge. Enhancing Care.

Advancing Knowledge. Enhancing Care.





Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Vice Chair of Clinical Trials and Innovation
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School
United States
Dr. Joseph F. Merola is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Merola is board-certified in Dermatology, Internal Medicine, and Rheumatology. He serves as the Vice-Chair for Clinical Trials, the Director of the Clinical Unit for Research Innovation and Trials (CUReIT), the Director of the Center for Skin and Related Musculoskeletal Diseases, and the Associate Program Director for the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine-Dermatology Residency Training Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is an associate physician in the Department of Pharmaco-epidemiology and Pharmaco-economics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he co-directs a Dermato-Pharmaco-epidemiology program and fellowship. Dr. Merola earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York, followed by his Master of Medical Sciences degree at Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, followed by a residency in Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. He continued with a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Merola is on the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation, the Board of the International Dermatology Outcome Measures Group and the Executive Committee for GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis), and the Board of the Lupus Foundation of America. He is also on the Board and is the Founding President of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Clinics Multicenter Advancement Network Consortium (PPACMAN). He is the President-elect of the Medical Dermatology Society.
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Areas of Interest

Outcome measures, outcomes research, psoriatic arthritis, pharmacoepidemiology / safety, epidemiology, and clinical trials.

Languages Spoken

English, French

Involvement with Other Organization(s)

Serves on the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) medical board; involved in NPF’s strategic planning.