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Whitney High, MD, JD, MEng


  • Professor of Dermatology

  • Vice-Chairman, Dermatology

  • Director of Dermatology Clinic

  • Director of Dermatopathology Laboratory, University of Colorado

Whitney A. High, MD, MEng, a native of Colorado, is the Vice Chairman of Dermatology, and the Director of both the Dermatology Clinic and the Dermatopathology Laboratory at the University of Colorado.  He is board-certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He also has certification in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

After practicing as a chemical engineer in the industry, Dr. High returned to medical school to receive his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. High completed his dermatology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident.  He completed his dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Colorado.

Dr. High is appointed to the Departments of Dermatology & Pathology at the University of Colorado.  His research laboratory was the first in the world to discover gadolinium in the tissue of patients with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.

Dr. High also has a degree in law from the University of Denver.  He has authored 4 textbooks, 40 chapters, and more than 80 medical papers. He has served as an editor/editorial board member in many top medical journals in his fields. Dr. High’s current research interests include:

  • Pigmented lesions

  • Medicolegal issues

  • Infectious disease/sexually transmitted disease

  • Pharmacological and toxicological dermatology/dermatopathology

  • Advanced biochemical testing applied to dermatology/dermatopathology

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