Allison R. Larson, MD| Dermatology | MedStar Health

Allison R. Larson, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (387 reviews)

Specialties: Dermatology

Languages: English


About me

Allison R. Larson, MD, MS, is a board-certified dermatologist affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is Physician Executive Director of Dermatology for MedStar Health and Academic Chair for Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center. She is also fellowship-trained in dermatopathology.

Dr. Larson sees patients for all general dermatologic concerns. Her clinical interests include lichen sclerosus; inflammatory dermatoses; and benign, premalignant and malignant skin growths. Her research interests include medical education and equity in medicine.

Dr. Larson received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following her internship, she completed a three-year residency in dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a dermatopathology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

She was part of the Department of Dermatology at Boston University until 2021, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year for Preclinical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine and Department of Dermatology awards for teaching and leadership. At Boston University, she served as Assistant Dean for Medical Education and as Dermatology Residency Program Director. She joined MedStar Health in 2021. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Association of Professors in Dermatology, and Women’s Dermatologic Society.

In keeping with her interest in medical education, she is currently serving as Chair for the American Academy of Dermatology Basic Curriculum Working Group.

Philosophy of Care
“My philosophy of care centers on empathic patient-centered communication. I partner with my patients and the entire MedStar Health clinical team to ensure our patients receive the highest-quality care.

“There are thousands of things that can happen in the skin, which can be confusing and frustrating for patients. I am a general dermatologist first and foremost. My role is to provide clarity for patients about their condition and to figure out the best treatment options.

“Each person is unique and the approach to skin conditions in each person is equally unique. I believe in an individualized approach to care.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Hair Diseases
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Examination
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Wart Removal
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acne
  • Atypical Mole
  • Bullous Disease
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Eczema
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Folliculitis
  • Granuloma Annulare
  • Hair Diseases
  • Herpes
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Impetigo
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Lentigo
  • Lichen Nitidus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Mucinosis
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Necrobiosis Lipoidica
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1
  • Nevus
  • Non Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Onychomycosis
  • Panniculitis
  • Paronychia
  • Perioral Dermatitis
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Plantar Wart
  • Poison Ivy
  • Polymorphous Light Eruption
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
  • Psoriasis
  • Pyogenic Granuloma
  • Rash
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Tag
  • Squamous Carcinoma In Situ
  • Staphylococcus Infections
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Tinea Pedis
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Xanthoma
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Procedures I perform

  • Cryotherapy For Skin Lesions
  • Dermatologic Immunopathology
  • Dermoscopy
  • Destruction Of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction Of Premalignant Skin Lesions
  • Isotretinoin
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Check
  • Mole Examination
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Wart Removal
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Practice locations

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5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 730
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


Fax 301-951-2401

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 410S
Washington, DC, 20010


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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Network OA
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Open HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Tricare Prime
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • First Health PPO
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO



Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, Dermatopathology

Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology

Fellowship Program: Harvard University (2014)

Residency Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (2012)

Internship Program: Mercy Hospital/University of Maryland Medical Ctr (2009)

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Dec 27, 2023

    Personable, caring, knowledgeableLedgeable

  • Dec 27, 2023


  • Dec 20, 2023

    Dr. Larson is a rock star! I have recommended her but she isn't on their insurance plans. Sad day