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Howard Maibach, M.D.


Dr. Howard Maibach is an expert in contact and occupational dermatitis and sees patient at the Environmental Dermatosis Clinic, which is part of the Dermatology Clinic. His specialty is dermatotoxicology, or skin exposure toxicity; allergies and skin disorders; and dermatopharmacology or the study of medications for skin disorders.

Maibach has been on the editorial board of more than 30 scientific journals and is a member of 19 professional societies including the American Academy of Dermatology, San Francisco Dermatological Society and the Internal Commission on Occupation Health. He is a professor in the Department of Dermatology at UCSF.

To make an appointment with Maibach, patients need a referral from a primary care doctor or dermatologist.


Dermatology Clinic
1701 Divisadero St., Third and Fourth Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–7800
Fax: (415) 353–7870

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Tulane University School of Medicine 1955


University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Dermatology 1961

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Warshaw EM, Maibach HI, Taylor JS, Sasseville D, DeKoven JG, Zirwas MJ, Fransway AF, Mathias CG, Zug KA, DeLeo VA, Fowler JF, Marks JG, Pratt MD, Storrs FJ, Belsito DV. North american contact dermatitis group patch test results: 2011-2012. Dermatitis. 2015 Jan-Feb; 26(1):49-59.
  2. Roussel L, Gilbert E, Salmon D, Serre C, Gabard B, Haftek M, Maibach HI, Pirot F. Measurement, analysis and prediction of topical UV filter bioavailability. Int J Pharm. 2015 Jan 30; 478(2):804-10.
  3. Elkeeb R, Hui X, Murthy N, Maibach HI. Emerging topical onychomycosis therapies - quo vadis? Expert Opin Emerg Drugs. 2014 Dec; 19(4):489-95.
  4. Zheng Y, Chen H, Lai W, Xu Q, Liu C, Wu L, Maibach HI. Cathepsin d repairing role in photodamaged skin barrier. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2015; 28(2):97-102.
  5. Zug KA, Pham AK, Belsito DV, DeKoven JG, DeLeo VA, Fowler JF, Fransway AF, Maibach HI, Marks JG, Mathias CG, Pratt MD, Sasseville D, Storrs FJ, Taylor JS, Warshaw EM, Zirwas MJ. Patch testing in children from 2005 to 2012: results from the north american contact dermatitis group. Dermatitis. 2014 Nov-Dec; 25(6):345-55.
  6. Jung EC, Maibach HI. Animal models for percutaneous absorption. J Appl Toxicol. 2015 Jan; 35(1):1-10.
  7. Vieille-Petit A, Blickenstaff N, Coman G, Maibach H. Metrics and clinical relevance of percutaneous penetration and lateral spreading. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2015; 28(2):57-64.
  8. Warshaw EM, Kingsley-Loso JL, DeKoven JG, Belsito DV, Zug KA, Zirwas MJ, Maibach HI, Taylor JS, Sasseville D, Fowler JF, Mathias CG, DeLeo VA, Pratt MD, Marks JG, Fransway AF. Body piercing and metal allergic contact sensitivity: North American contact dermatitis group data from 2007 to 2010. Dermatitis. 2014 Sep-Oct; 25(5):255-64.
  9. Chow M, Botto N, Maibach H. Allergic contact dermatitis caused by palladium-containing dental implants. Dermatitis. 2014 Sep-Oct; 25(5):273-4.
  10. Xu Q, Hou W, Zheng Y, Liu C, Gong Z, Lu C, Lai W, Maibach HI. Ultraviolet A-induced cathepsin K expression is mediated via MAPK/AP-1 pathway in human dermal fibroblasts. PLoS One. 2014; 9(7):e102732.
  11. Gorouhi F, Maibach H. Evidence or experience: that is the question. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014 Jul; 15(3):147-8.
  12. Alikhan A, Maibach HI. Allergic contact dermatitis. Chem Immunol Allergy. 2014; 100:97-100.
  13. Ryberg K, Agner T, Andersen KE, Bircher A, Diepgen T, Foti C, Giménez-Arnau A, Gonçalo M, Goossens A, Johansen JD, Le Coz C, Maibach HI, Bruze M. Patch testing with a textile dye mix--a multicentre study. Contact Dermatitis. 2014 Oct; 71(4):215-23.
  14. Sahin MT, Maibach HI. Adhesive tape technique to enhance potassium hydroxide diagnosis of occult fungal infections. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 May; 70(5):e103.
  15. Isaksson M, Andersen KE, Gonçalo M, Goossens A, Gruvberger B, Johansen JD, Maibach HI, Rustemeyer T, Le Coz CJ, White IR, Bruze M. Multicentre patch testing with methylisothiazolinone by the European Environmental and Contact Dermatitis Research Group. Contact Dermatitis. 2014 May; 70(5):317-20.
  16. Blickenstaff NR, Coman GC, Maibach HI. Emphasizing basic science research in medical training for evidence-based practice. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2014 May-Jun; 80(3):199-200.
  17. Edwards A, Coman G, Blickenstaff N, Maibach H. Dermatotoxicologic clinical solutions: hair dying in hair dye allergic patients? Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2015 Mar; 34(1):72-4.
  18. Bruze M, Isaksson M, Gruvberger B, Andersen KE, Gonçalo M, Goossens A, Johansen JD, Maibach HI, Rustemeyer T, Le Coz CJ, White IR. Patch testing with methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone 200?ppm aq. detects significantly more contact allergy than 100?ppm. A multicentre study within the European Environmental and Contact Dermatitis Research Group. Contact Dermatitis. 2014 Jul; 71(1):31-4.
  19. Coman G, Blickenstaff N, Edwards A, Maibach H. Dermatotoxicologic clinical solutions: textile dye dermatitis patch testing. Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2015 Mar; 34(1):68-71.
  20. Schweitzer J, Maibach H. Pharmacogenomics in dermatology: Taking patient treatment to the next level. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015 Feb; 26(1):94-6.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.