Elise Arline Olsen, MD

Professor of Dermatology
Professor in Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 3346 Hospital South, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-5613

Dr. Olsen is a faculty member of both the Departments of Dermatology and Medicine (Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy) and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  She is Founder and Director of the Duke Dermatopharmacology Study Center and has been involved in over 165 clinical studies for dermatological and oncologic indications. The studies have included Phase 1-IV, pharmaceutical, FDA, and FTC sponsored, and investigator initiated research protocols for multiple conditions.

Dr. Olsen's specific areas of expertise include cutaneous lymphoma and hair disorders.  She is the Founder and Director of the Duke Cutaneous Lymphoma Research and Treatment Center and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute.   She accepts referrals from dermatologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists for all types of cutaneous T and B cell lymphomas.  She works closely with Duke dermatopathologists, radiation oncologists and oncologists experienced specifically in cutaneous lymphoma.  She prescribes or coordinates all potential NCCN recommended treatments for cutaneous lymphoma including topical and systemic immunomodulators and chemotherapy, phototherapy, photopheresis, and radiation including total skin electron beam radiation.  She is Founder and first President of the United States Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium and the Chairman of the Registry Committee that has created the new national registry for all types of cutaneous lymphoma. She is the Past President and Secretary Treasurer of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphoma and first author on the evaluation, classification, and clinical trial guidelines for the most common subtype of cutaneous lymphoma.  She is Duke’s representative to the NCCN guidelines on T cell lymphomas. 

Dr Olsen is committed to helping dermatologists and other physicians/providers to diagnosis and treat patients with all types of hair loss or hair overgrowth. She is Founder and Director of the Duke Hair Disorders Research and Treatment Center and sees patients with hair loss/overgrowth in consultation with referring doctors.  She also participates in two telemedicine programs that Duke sponsors in offering consultations on hair loss (Grand Rounds and Summus). She is particularly interested in patients of all ages with extensive or treatment resistant alopecia areata, scarring hair loss, and/or chemotherapy related hair loss.  She serves as the primary investigator and coordinator for two multicenter clinical trials on hair loss--one in African American women and the other on frontal fibrosing alopecia.  She is chairman of a 10+ member task force developing standardized methodology for the assessment of all types of hair loss, an initiative that will help to facilitate new FDA approved treatments for hair loss. She serves as a consultant on the Undiagnosed Disease Network grant for children with hair loss.

Education and Training

  • Resident, Dermatology, Duke University, 1980 - 1983
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978 - 1980
  • M.D., Baylor University, 1978

Publications

Olsen, EA, Roberts, J, Sperling, L, Tosti, A, Shapiro, J, McMichael, A, Bergfeld, W, Callender, V, Mirmirani, P, Washenik, K, Whiting, D, Cotsarelis, G, and Hordinsky, M. "Objective outcome measures: Collecting meaningful data on alopecia areata." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 79, no. 3 (September 2018): 470-478.e3.

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29128463
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Horwitz, SM, Ansell, SM, Ai, WZ, Barnes, J, Barta, SK, Choi, M, Clemens, MW, Dogan, A, Greer, JP, Halwani, A, Haverkos, BM, Hoppe, RT, Jacobsen, E, Jagadeesh, D, Kim, YH, Lunning, MA, Mehta, A, Mehta-Shah, N, Oki, Y, Olsen, EA, Pro, B, Rajguru, SA, Shanbhag, S, Shustov, A, Sokol, L, Torka, P, Wilcox, R, William, B, Zain, J, Dwyer, MA, and Sundar, H. "NCCN Guidelines Insights: T-Cell Lymphomas, Version 2.2018." Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : Jnccn 16, no. 2 (February 2018): 123-135.

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29439173
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Olsen, EA, and Whiting, DA. "Focal Atrichia: A Diagnostic Clue in Female Pattern Hair Loss." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (October 7, 2017).

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29017840
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Guitart, J, Martinez-Escala, ME, Subtil, A, Duvic, M, Pulitzer, MP, Olsen, EA, Kim, E, Rook, AH, Samimi, SS, Wood, GS, Girardi, M, Junkins-Hopkins, J, Ivan, DS, Selim, MA, Sable, KA, Virmani, P, Pincus, LB, Tetzlaff, MT, Kim, J, and Kim, YH. "Primary cutaneous aggressive epidermotropic cytotoxic T-cell lymphomas: reappraisal of a provisional entity in the 2016 WHO classification of cutaneous lymphomas." Modern Pathology : an Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc 30, no. 5 (May 2017): 761-772.

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28128277
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Bergfeld, WF, Christiano, AM, Hordinsky, MK, Barbosa, VH, Bergfeld, WF, Betz, RC, Blume-Peytavi, U, Botchkarev, V, Callender, VD, Cappetta, ME, Christiano, AM, Cotsarelis, G, Dawson, TL, Doche, I, Dyer, J, Farjo, NP, Fried, RG, Gilhar, A, Goldberg, LJ, Gray, J, Higgins, CA, Holland, M, Hordinsky, MK, Horsley, V, Huh, C-H, King, LE, Mackay-Wiggan, J, McMichael, A, Mikkola, ML, Millar, SE, Mirmirani, P, Ohyama, M, Olsen, EA, Paus, R, Romiti, R, Rose, PT, Sim, W-Y, Sinclair, R, and Shapiro, J et al. "Proceedings of the Ninth World Congress for Hair Research (2015)." Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings 18, no. 1 (2017): S1-S28.

Full Text

Olsen, EA, and Canfield, D. "SALT II: A new take on the Severity of Alopecia Tool (SALT) for determining percentage scalp hair loss." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 75, no. 6 (December 2016): 1268-1270. (Letter)

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27846957
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Albrecht, J, Lebwohl, M, Asgari, MM, Bennett, DD, Cook, A, Evans, CC, Green, LJ, Hodge, JA, Kourosh, AS, Maloney, ME, Howard, LM, Olsen, EA, Rosenberg, SP, Rubin, A, Stough, DB, Taylor, SC, and Brod, BA. "The state and consequences of dermatology drug prices in the United States." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 75, no. 3 (September 2016): 603-605.

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27423978
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Blume-Peytavi, U, Shapiro, J, Messenger, AG, Hordinsky, MK, Zhang, P, Quiza, C, Doshi, U, and Olsen, EA. "Efficacy and Safety of Once-Daily Minoxidil Foam 5% Versus Twice-Daily Minoxidil Solution 2% in Female Pattern Hair Loss: A Phase III, Randomized, Investigator-Blinded Study." Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 15, no. 7 (July 2016): 883-889.

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27391640
Scholars@Duke

Bichakjian, CK, Olencki, T, Aasi, SZ, Alam, M, Andersen, JS, Berg, D, Bowen, GM, Cheney, RT, Daniels, GA, Glass, LF, Grekin, RC, Grossman, K, Higgins, SA, Ho, AL, Lewis, KD, Lydiatt, DD, Nehal, KS, Nghiem, P, Olsen, EA, Schmults, CD, Sekulic, A, Shaha, AR, Thorstad, WL, Tuli, M, Urist, MM, Wang, TS, Wong, SL, Zic, JA, Hoffmann, KG, and Engh, A. "Basal Cell Skin Cancer, Version 1.2016, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology." Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : Jnccn 14, no. 5 (May 2016): 574-597.

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27160235
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Bichakjian, CK, Olencki, T, Aasi, SZ, Alam, M, Andersen, JS, Berg, D, Bowen, GM, Cheney, RT, Daniels, GA, Glass, LF, Grekin, RC, Grossman, K, Higgins, SA, Ho, AL, Lewis, KD, Lydiatt, DD, Nehal, KS, Nghiem, P, Olsen, EA, Schmults, CD, Sekulic, A, Shaha, AR, Thorstad, WL, Tuli, M, Urist, MM, Wang, TS, Wong, SL, Zic, JA, Hoffmann, KG, and Engh, A. "Basal cell skin cancer, version 1.2016: Clinical practice guidelines in oncology." JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 14, no. 5 (May 1, 2016): 574-597. (Review)

Scholars@Duke

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