Clara N Curiel
Director, Cutaneous Oncology Program
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Medicine - (Tenure Track)
Primary Department
Department Affiliations
(520) 626-0307
Research Interest
Clara Curiel-Lewandroski, PhD, is the director of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic and Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Program, both part of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Skin Cancer Institute. She completed two research fellowships, the first in the Department of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and the second at the Ludwig Boltzman Institute and Immunobiology of the Skin at Miinster University in Germany. Dr. Curiel is certified by the American Board of Dermatology.Dr. Curiel-Lewandroski’s research focus is on melanoma chemoprevention, early detection of melanoma, cutaneous T cell lymphomas and skin cancer. She studied the extended use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, particularly aspirin, and their ability to possibly decrease the risk of cutaneous medanoma (CM) development. CM is responsible for more than 77 percent of skin cancer deaths.


Loescher, L. J., Crist, J. D., Cranmer, L., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C., & Warneke, J. A. (2009). Melanoma high-risk families' perceived health care provider risk communication. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, 24(4), 301-7.

Families with a melanoma history are at risk of melanoma. Melanoma survival improves when people are aware of their risk and ways to modify it. We explored at-risk families' perceived risk communication from healthcare providers.

Tuzova, M., Conniff, T., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C., Chaney, K., Cruikshank, W., & Wolpowitz, D. (2015). Absence of full-length neurokinin-1 receptor protein expression by cutaneous T cells: implications for substance P-mediated Signaling in Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma. Acta dermato-venereologica, 95(7), 852-4.
Trofymenko, O., & Curiel-Lewandrowski, C. (2017). Surgical treatment associated with improved survival in patients with cutaneous angiosarcoma. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV.
Kittler, H., Marghoob, A. A., Argenziano, G., Carrera, C., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C., Hofmann-Wellenhof, R., Malvehy, J., Menzies, S., Puig, S., Rabinovitz, H., Stolz, W., Saida, T., Soyer, H. P., Siegel, E., Stoecker, W. V., Scope, A., Tanaka, M., Thomas, L., Tschandl, P., , Zalaudek, I., et al. (2016). Standardization of terminology in dermoscopy/dermatoscopy: Results of the third consensus conference of the International Society of Dermoscopy. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Evolving dermoscopic terminology motivated us to initiate a new consensus.

Sekulic, A., Kim, S. Y., Hostetter, G., Savage, S., & Curiel-Lewandrwski, C. N. (2010). Loss of Inositol Polyphosphate-5-Phosphatase (INPP5A) is Associated with Development and Progression of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). Cancer Prev Res (Phila), 3(10), 1277-83.