Division Head & Professor
Division of Dermatology
University of Washington
- M.D. – University of Washington – 1971
- B.S. Zoology – Washington State University – 1965
John Olerud, M.D., earned a B.S. in Zoology from Washington State University, where he was named to the NCAA All American Baseball Team in 1965. He is a member of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He entered the University of Washington School of Medicine, earning his MD in 1971, and is Board Certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine. He joined the UW Dermatology Faculty in 1978 and was named George F. Odland Professor of Medicine in 1995. He has served since 1988 as Head of the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, in the UW School of Medicine. He is the Director of the NIH T32 Grant entitled “Training for Investigative Dermatology” and he currently is an active NIH Principle Investigator, including a project in collaboration with WSU Chemical Engineer Haluk Beyenal.
Dr. Olerud served on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He is member of the Association of Professors of Dermatology, serving on the Board of Directors and as President (2004–2006) during which time he lead the development of the APD Strategic Plan 2010. He has been a member of the American Skin Association, Scientific Advisory Committee and served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Vice-President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. He was a charter member of the Advisory Board of Prosthetic Research Study Group in Seattle.
His research interests include percutaneous biomaterials, human wound healing, wound biofilm models and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. His clinical interests include cutaneous lymphoma, skin manifestations of internal diseases and diabetes, leg ulcers, and connective tissue diseases. He has been repeatedly selected as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine.