Kara blackwell, m.D.

Assistant Professor of Dermatology


Dr. Kara Sternhell-Blackwell is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Blackwell completed an internship in pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She completed her residency in dermatology at Washington University, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Blackwell sees patients of all ages at the Washington University West County Dermatologic Outpatient Clinic. She is actively involved in clinical practice, research, and teaching. Her interests include general medical dermatology (including detection and prevention of skin cancer, acne, eczema, psoriasis, autoimmune disease and other common skin conditions) and care of patients at high risk for skin cancer due to solid organ transplantation.

Dr. Blackwell is also actively involved in diversity efforts in Dermatology and the Department of Medicine, and she serves as the Director of LGBTQ Initiatives in Medicine.


Selected Publications:

1. Coughlin CC, Pérez M, Kumar MG, Jeffe DB, Bayliss SJ, Sternhell-Blackwell K. Skin   cancer risk education in pediatric solid organ transplant patients: an evaluation of knowledge, behavior, and perceptions over time. Pediatr Transplant. 2017 Mar;21(2).

2. Garrett GL, Blanc PD, Boscardin J, Lloyd AA, Ahmed RL, Anthony T, Bibee K, Breithaupt A, Cannon J, Chen A, Cheng JY, Chiesa-Fuxench Z, Colegio OR, Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Del Guzzo CA, Disse M, Dowd M, Eilers R Jr, Ortiz AE, Morris C, Golden SK, Graves MS, Griffin JR, Hopkins RS, Huang CC, Bae GH, Jambusaria A, Jennings TA, Jiang SI, Karia PS, Khetarpal S, Kim C, Klintmalm G, Konicke K, Koyfman SA, Lam C, Lee P, Leitenberger JJ, Loh T, Lowenstein S, Madankumar R, Moreau JF, Nijhawan RI, Ochoa S, Olasz EB, Otchere E, Otley C, Oulton J, Patel PH, Patel VA, Prabhu AV, Pugliano-Mauro M, Schmults CD, Schram S, Shih AF, Shin T, Soon S, Soriano T, Srivastava D, Stein JA, Sternhell-Blackwell K, Taylor S, Vidimos A, Wu P, Zajdel N, Zelac D, Arron ST. Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Mar 1;153(3):296-303.

3.Rosman IS, Nunley KS, Lu D. Leukemia cutis in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia presenting as a papulovesicular eruption. Dermatol Online J. 2011 Sep 15; 17(9): 7.

4. Nunley KS, Gao F, Albers AC, Bayliss SJ, Gutmann DH. Predictive value of café au lait macules at initial consultation in the diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type 1.Arch Dermatol. 2009 Aug;145(8):883-7.

5. Nunley KS, Cornelius L. Current management of onychomycosis.J Hand Surg [Am]. 2008 Sep;33(7):1211-4.

6. Tull S, Nunley KS, Sengelmann RS. Nonsurgical treatment modalities for primary cutaneous malignancies.Dermatol Surg. 2008 Jul;34(7):859-72.

7. Graves JE, Nunley K, Heffernan MP. Off-label uses of biologics in

dermatology: rituximab, omalizumab, infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, efalizumab, and alefacept. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Jan;

56 (1): e55-79.