Chesahna Kindred

chesahna-kindredChesahna Kindred, MD, MBA, is an attending dermatologist at MedStar Physician Partners Dermatology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Her practice is focused on patients with skin of color, an interest she developed during her residency and fellowship at Howard University, Washington, DC.

In conjunction with her clinical duties, Dr. Kindred is conducting research to gain insight into vitiligo. This research has afforded her the opportunity to use novel devices for suction blister grafting and to solve problems associated with procedure time, pain and recovery that traditional vitiligo surgery can pose.

Dr. Kindred has published several scholarly articles on an array of dermatologic conditions. Topics have ranged from hypopigmented mycosis fungoides to ethnic skin and alopecia. In addition, Dr. Kindred regularly presents her research at meetings of dermatologic societies.

She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Women's Dermatologic Society, the National Medical Association, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and the Maryland Dermatologic Society. She is fluent in Spanish as well as English, and she is board certified in Dermatology.

Her medical degree and Master's of Business Administration are from the University of Cincinnati. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at The Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati. She continued her training with a residency and fellowship in Dermatology at Howard University.

Research Interests

Dr. Kindred's research interests include

  • Dermatology
  • Acne
  • Skin of color
  • Hair and scalp disorders
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in ethnic minorities
  • Melasma
  • Vitiligo

Selected Research

Efficacy and Safety of Clindamycin Phosphate 1.2% and Tretinoin 0.025% Gel for the Treatment of Acne and Acne-Induced Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation in Patients with Skin of Color

Dr. Kindred and colleagues assessed the efficacy and safety of a topical gel to treat acne and acne-induced postinflammatory hyperpigmentation in patients with dark skin. This condition is common in patients with skin of color and can persist for months or years. The results of this pilot study, published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology (2012;5:25-32), suggest that this topical gel is safe and effective for treating mild-to-moderate acne in these patients.

Depilatory Versus Razor Use in Black Men

Shaving with a razor can be problematic for men with sensitive skin, especially black men prone to pseudofolliculitis barbae. Physicians often recommend that such patients use depilatory creams instead of razors to remove facial hair. In this 1-week, controlled, single-center, split-faced, randomized trial, Dr. Kindred and colleagues compared the effects of shaving with a manual razor to the effects of three different depilatory compositions in black men. The results of this study have been published in Cutis (2011;88:98-103).

View Dr. Kindred's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Other Medical