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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. 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.
  2. Gorouhi F, Maibach H. Evidence or Experience: That is the Question. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014 Jul; 15(3):147-8.
  3. Alikhan A, Maibach HI. Allergic contact dermatitis. Chem Immunol Allergy. 2014; 100:97-100.
  4. 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.
  5. Isaksson M, Andersen KE, Gonšalo 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Bruze M, Isaksson M, Gruvberger B, Andersen KE, Gonšalo 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.
  8. Salocks CB, Hui X, Lamel S, Hafeez F, Qiao P, Sanborn JR, Maibach HI. Dermal exposure to methamphetamine hydrochloride contaminated residential surfaces II. Skin surface contact and dermal transfer relationship. Food Chem Toxicol. 2014 Apr; 66:1-6.
  9. Yacobi A, Shah VP, Bashaw ED, Benfeldt E, Davit B, Ganes D, Ghosh T, Kanfer I, Kasting GB, Katz L, Lionberger R, Lu GW, Maibach HI, Pershing LK, Rackley RJ, Raw A, Shukla CG, Thakker K, Wagner N, Zovko E, Lane ME. Current challenges in bioequivalence, quality, and novel assessment technologies for topical products. Pharm Res. 2014 Apr; 31(4):837-46.
  10. Angelucci FL, Silva VV, Dal Pizzol C, Spir LG, Praes CE, Maibach H. Physiological effect of olfactory stimuli inhalation in humans: an overview. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2014 Apr; 36(2):117-23.
  11. Warshaw EM, Raju SI, Mathias CG, Dekoven JG, Belsito DV, Maibach HI, Taylor JS, Sasseville D, Zug KA, Zirwas MJ, Fowler JF, Deleo VA, Marks JG, Pratt MD, Storrs FJ. Concomitant patch test reactions to mercapto mix and mercaptobenzothiazole: retrospective analysis from the north american contact dermatitis group, 1994-2008. Dermatitis. 2013 Nov-Dec; 24(6):321-7.
  12. Hafeez F, Hui X, Chiang A, Hornby S, Maibach H. Transungual delivery of ketoconazole using novel lacquer formulation. Int J Pharm. 2013 Nov 18; 456(2):357-61.
  13. Warshaw EM, Raju S, DeKoven JG, Belsito DV, Zug KA, Zirwas MJ, Maibach HI, Taylor JS, Sasseville D, Fowler JF, Mathias CG, Fransway AF, DeLeo VA, Marks JG, Pratt MD, Storrs FJ. Positive patch test reactions to carba mix and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate: data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, 1998-2008. Dermatitis. 2013 Sep-Oct; 24(5):241-5.
  14. Hafeez F, Maibach H. An overview of parabens and allergic contact dermatitis. Skin Therapy Lett. 2013 Aug; 18(5):5-7.
  15. S°sted H, Rustemeyer T, Gonšalo M, Bruze M, Goossens A, GimÚnez-Arnau AM, Le Coz CJ, White IR, Diepgen TL, Andersen KE, Agner T, Maibach H, MennÚ T, Johansen JD. Contact allergy to common ingredients in hair dyes. Contact Dermatitis. 2013 Jul; 69(1):32-9.
  16. Warshaw EM, Wang MZ, Maibach HI, Belsito DV, Zug KA, Taylor JS, Mathias CG, Sasseville D, Zirwas MJ, Fowler JF, DeKoven JG, Fransway AF, DeLeo VA, Marks JG, Pratt MD, Storrs FJ. Patch test reactions associated with sunscreen products and the importance of testing to an expanded series: retrospective analysis of North American Contact Dermatitis Group data, 2001 to 2010. Dermatitis. 2013 Jul-Aug; 24(4):176-82.
  17. Chiang A, Hafeez F, Maibach HI. Skin lesion metrics: role of photography in acne. J Dermatolog Treat. 2014 Apr; 25(2):100-5.
  18. Emson CL, Fitzmaurice S, Lindwall G, Li KW, Hellerstein MK, Maibach HI, Liao W, Turner SM. A pilot study demonstrating a non-invasive method for the measurement of protein turnover in skin disorders: application to psoriasis. Clin Transl Med. 2013; 2:12.
  19. Shaw DW, Maibach HI. Clinical relevance of tixocortol pivalate-positive patch tests and questionable bioequivalence of different hydrocortisone preparations. Contact Dermatitis. 2013 Jun; 68(6):369-75.
  20. Fanti PA, Dika E, Misciali C, Vaccari S, Barisani A, Piraccini BM, Cavrin G, Maibach HI, Patrizi A. Nail apparatus melanoma: is trauma a coincidence? Is this peculiar tumor a real acral melanoma? Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2013 Jun; 32(2):150-3.

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.