Vivian Shi, M.D.Vivian Shi, M.D., FAAD, is an Associate Professor of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Dr. Shi received her undergraduate degree in physiological sciences from UCLA, and subsequently spent a year performing research on gene regulation in pathogenic bacteria in the department of microbiology at UCLA. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During that time she also completed a fellowship in the Skin Immunology Laboratory. She was an integral part of the team characterizing the pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis. She then completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago – NorthShore Health System, followed by a dermatology residency at the University of California, Davis, where she also served as chief resident.

Prior to her tenure at UAMS, she was the Director of Dermatology Clinical Trials, Director of the Inflammatory Skin Research Fellowship Program, and Director of both the Eczema Specialty Clinic as well as Hidradenitis Suppurativa Specialty Clinic at the University of Arizona Banner Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. She was also the faculty advisor for the Dermatology Medical Student Interest Group at the University of Arizona College of Medicine -Tucson.

Dr. Shi’s research and clinical interests are in complex inflammatory skin conditions (such atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and psoriasis), skin barrier repair, transepidermal drug delivery, and integrative dermatology.

Dr. Shi has served as the principal investigator for numerous industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical and translational studies. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is the editor for two reference dermatology textbook on atopic dermatitis and hidradenitis suppurativa. Dr. Shi is a recipient of the Patient-Centered Investigation Award from the Dermatology Foundation and is a member of the International Eczema Council.

Dr. Shi is dedicated to outreach for underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad. She has completed medical outreach trips to remote areas of India, Burma, China, Vietnam, and Mexico.

In her free time, Dr. Shi enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband and fur baby, Bubbles.