Emma Guttman-Yassky, MD, PhD is the system chair of the department of dermatology, and the Sol and Clara Kest Professor of Dermatology and Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is the Director of the center for excellence in eczema and the occupational dermatitis clinic and director of the laboratory for inflammatory skin diseases. She earned her M.D. degree from Sackler School of Medicine at the Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. degree from the Bar-Ilan University, Israel. After obtaining her Israeli Board certification in dermatology at Rambam Medical Center/Technion, Israel, Dr. Guttman moved to the U.S. to pursue a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University in the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology. Upon completion of her fellowship, she became board-certified by the American Board of dermatology after a second dermatology residency training at the Weill-Cornell Medical College, in NY. Dr. Guttman’s major clinical and research focus areas are atopic dermatitis (AD)/eczema and alopecia areata. Her research made paradigm-shifting discoveries on the immunologic basis of atopic dermatitis (AD)/eczema in adults and children with atopic dermatitis, enriching the understanding of the pathophysiology of this common disorder, opening the door and accelerating testing of novel immune, pathway-specific drugs in this disease. She is now testing (both clinically and mechanistically) multiple targeted therapeutics for atopic dermatitis that target Th2, Th22, and Th17/IL-23 axis. Recently Dr. Guttman also extended her research interest to hair loss disorders such as alopecia areata and scarring hair loss disorders, chronic hand eczema, keloids, ichtyosis, and other skin diseases, in which her findings are also translated to novel therapeutic targets.
Dr. Guttman is considered one of the world’s leading experts in inflammatory skin diseases. Her achievements have been repeatedly highlighted by the media including the New York Times, ABC news, CBS news, Daily news, Reuters, wall street journal, NY1, and others.
Dr. Guttman divides her time between a busy clinic, where she sees patients from all over the US and the world, that are coming to seek her advise in treating inflammatory skin diseases, and her growing laboratory that focuses on research on the mechanisms underlying inflammatory skin diseases, leading to novel treatments for these patients.
She co-founded the international eczema council (IEC), for which she functions as president since early 2018. Dr. Guttman received many national and international awards, including the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI) Award for Scientific Innovation, American Academy of Dermatology Young Investigator awards, and others. She was elected as a member to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), as well as the American Dermatological Society (ADA. Dr. Gutman is often invited as a keynote speaker to international and national meetings, and authored ~240 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Guttman is also the co-organizer of the inflammatory skin disease summit, that is considered one of the most successful meetings in dermatology.