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 Director and Founder of the Duke Dermatopharmacology Study Center. This clinical trials unit, started in 1983 by Dr. Olsen, has been involved in over 160 clinical studies for dermatological indications. The studies have included Phase 1-IV, pharmaceutical, FDA, and FTC sponsored, and investigator initiated research protocols for multiple considtions or treatments of dermatology.  

Dr. Olsen's specific areas of expertise include hair disorders and cutaneous lymphoma.  She remains committed to helping dermatologists and other physicians/providers diagnosis and treat patients with all types of hair loss or hair overgrowth. She is Director and Founder of the Duke Hair Disorders Diagnosis 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 with difficult to treat alopecia areata or scarring hair loss and hair loss in children that may be genetic in origin. She serves as the Primary Investigator for two multicenter clinical trials on hair loss in African American women and frontal fibrosing alopecia and for 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.

Dr. Olsen also has a long standing interest in cutaneous lymphoma and is Director and Founder of the Duke Cutaneous Lymphoma Research and Treatment Center.   She accepts referrals from dermatologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists for all types of cutaneous T and B cell lymphomas.  She confirms all diagnoses with Duke pathologists who have expertise in cutaneous lymphoma and coordinates all potential NCCN recommended treatments for cutaneous lymphoma that are offered at Duke including topical and systemic immunomodulators and chemotherapy, phototherapy, photopheresis, and radiation including total skin electron beam radiation.  She is Founder of the United States Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium that has recently begun a nationwide registry on all types of cutaneous lymphoma and serves as Registry Chairman for the Society.

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, 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.

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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: Clinical practice guidelines in oncology." JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 14, no. 5 (May 1, 2016): 574-597. (Review)

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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Olsen, EA, Hodak, E, Anderson, T, Carter, JB, Henderson, M, Cooper, K, and Lim, HW. "Guidelines for phototherapy of mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome: A consensus statement of the United States Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 74, no. 1 (January 2016): 27-58. (Review)

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26547257
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Kim, JK, Ahmad, A, Selim, MA, Olsen, EA, and Cardones, AR. "Disseminated Cutaneous Cytomegalovirus Infection Following Total Body Electron Beam Irradiation for Mycosis Fungoides." JAMA dermatology 151, no. 12 (December 2015): 1380-1381.

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26266470
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