Ally-Khan Somani, MD, PhD, FAAD

Special Interests:

Diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Melanoma
  • High Risk Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas
  • Other Rare Skin Tumors
  • Skin Cancers in Organ Transplant Patients
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Intraoperative Mohs Micrographic Mapping
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Plastic Reconstructive Surgery after Skin Cancer Extirpation
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Laboratory Research


MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 
PhD, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
BSc, Interdepartmental Honors in immunology, McGill University

Postgraduate Education
Rotating Internship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Residency, Investigative/Academic Track Dermatology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship, Psoriasis Research, Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis, University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship, Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Certification/Special Training
Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology
Mohs Surgery, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology

Awards and Professional Activities/Committees
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (ACMS)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
American Society of Laser and Medicine Surgery (ASLMS)
European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV)
International Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ISDS)
International Transplant-Skin Cancer Collaborative (ITSCC)
Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)
Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID)
Editorial Board - Insidermedicine ( Dermatology Section
Annals of Neurology (Ad hoc reviewer)
Archives of Dermatology (Ad hoc reviewer)
 Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (Ad hoc reviewer)
Journal of Cutaneous Pathology (Ad hoc reviewer)
Journal of Immunology (Ad hoc reviewer)
Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Ad hoc reviewer)
The American Journal of Pathology  (Ad hoc reviewer)
Journal of Dermatologic Surgery (Ad hoc reviewer)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Named Top Doctor by Castle Connolly (2015)
Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery (2010-2013) Dermatology Foundation Patient Directed Investigation Grant (2007)
Translational Research Award, Case Western Reserve University Department of Dermatology (2007)
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Scholarship  Award (2007)
Richard B. Stoughton Memorial Fellowship (2006)
Listed in "America's Top Dermatologists" by the Consumers Research Council of America (CRCA) (2009)
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in America (2012-present).

Clinical Interests

IU Health Physicians

IU Health University

Practice Locations
IU Health University

Accepting New Patients

Research Interests

  • Cellular Signaling
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Skin Cancers
  • Wound Healing
  • Tumor Immunology/Regulatory T cells
  • Type I IFN signaling
  • Photoaging / UV carcinogenesis

Publications:   pubmed

Department of Dermatology | Indiana University School of Medicine |550 N. University Blvd., Suite 3240 | Indianapolis, IN 46202