Dr. Mario E. Lacouture
Director of Oncodermatology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Mario Lacouture is a board-certified dermatologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and serves as the Director of their Oncodermatology program.
Dr. Lacouture specializes in dermatologic conditions in cancer patients and survivors that result from cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapies. His globally recognized clinical career is devoted to preventing and treating side effects affecting the skin, hair, and nails of cancer patients and survivors.
Dr. Lacouture conducts clinical trials to discover ways to treat dermatologic side effects during treatment, such as ways to prevent hair loss, itching, dry skin, and nail changes during and after treatment. His research focuses on major components of dermatologic side effects: the accurate description and severity grading, the effects on quality of life, the identification of factors that place individuals at higher risk, and the development of treatments.
With over 240 articles published in medical journals, Dr, Lacouture has also written two books, a patient-directed book, “Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer” and a textbook for healthcare providers, “Dermatologic Principles and Practice in Oncology”. His lectures and research have increased awareness and the care of millions of people living with cancer worldwide.
In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Lacouture founded the SERIES Clinic, an interdisciplinary effort comprising patient care, education, and research. This clinical program provides pre-treatment counseling and preventive efforts in order to minimize the development of side effects, as well as rapid attention to those patients who develop them. Close communication with treating oncologists ensures that interventions against side effects do not affect the effectiveness of cancer treatments. In summary, the ultimate goal is to ensure the best dermatology-related quality of life and benefit from anticancer treatments.
In addition to his role in the treatment of dermatologic conditions in cancer patients and survivors, Dr. Lacouture serves as Co-Chair to the Skin Toxicity Study Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, an international organization devoted to the understanding of side effects in cancer patients.
Honors & Recognition
Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014-2018)
Physician of the Year (2012) — Cancer Care
“Always, our emphasis is to help people continue to receive their therapy and treat their side effects, and not only live better but live longer.” — Dr. Mario Lacouture
“Maintaining Quality of Life While Treating Melanomas”
“Communication Between Oncologists and Dermatologists”
“Understanding the Impact of Cancer Treatment on Skin”
Preventing Skin and Nail Problems after Cancer Treatment