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Josephine McAllister

Josephine C. McAllister, MD, FAAD is an award-winning Dermatologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (board-certified in Dermatology).

Dr. McAllister attended Harvard College, winning the Detur Book Prize as a freshman and graduating Magna Cum Laude with an AB in Biology. She then earned her medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she spent a year pursuing highly specialized wound healing research in the internationally renowned laboratory of Dr. Peter Marinkovich and also published her work on vitamin D deficiency in diet-restricted children with renowned Department Chair and Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Alfred Lane.

Dr. McAllister matched through the highly competitive National Residency Matching Program to an elite training spot at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program, where she worked closely with leaders in dermatology such as Dr. Harley Haynes, Dr. Arthur Sober, Dr. Samuel Moschella, American Academy of Dermatology President Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, Dr. Hensin Tsao, and Dr. Mathew Avram, as well as some of the most highly regarded dermatopathologists in the world including Dr. Martin Mihm, Dr. George Murphy, and Dr. Scott Granter, and practiced dermatology at the country’s most prestigious hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Lahey Clinic, and the Boston VA HealthCare System.

Dr. McAllister is the founder of Dermatology Associates of Ithaca and is committed to providing excellence in dermatologic care to patients of all ages. She specializes in skin cancer prevention and treatment as well as in general dermatology conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory diseases of the skin, and warts.

Dr. McAllister is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, where she is a member of the President's Ambassadors Society. In 2018, she was awarded the Presidential Citation Award for service to her specialty by the President of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Suzanne Olbricht. Dr. McAllister enjoys giving back to her specialty through the Dermatology Foundation as a member of the Leaders Society, and also gives back to her community in many ways including through the annual Free Skin Cancer Screening at Ithaca Festival, the donation of a Shade Structure to provide sun protection to children in Lansing Myers Park, serving on the Ithaca City School District External Health Advisory Committee, interviewing local high school students for Harvard College, and giving educational lectures on Dermatology to the general public and physician community. Dr. McAllister also founded the Central New York Dermatology Society in 2018, leads the Ithaca Women in Medicine, and serves as the Vice President of the Tompkins County Medical Society.

Outside of work, Dr. McAllister enjoys spending time with her family including her husband Liam P. McAllister who is a Professor of Physics at Cornell University and their young daughters Aelwen, age 8, and Vala, age 6, who love helping to water the plants in their garden and dancing to Hawaiian music.

“I am so pleased with the service I have received from Dr. McAllister and her very supportive and efficient staff whether the procedure I received was medical or elective in nature. Addressing issues related to potential skin cancer as well as the aging process causes lots of anxiety. Dr. McAllister and her staff have the patience to address my concerns. Thank you all!”

“Your dedication to your patients, practice, and community truly stands out among your peers!”

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