Shani Francis, MD, Dermatology, Gurnee, IL


Dermatology Gurnee, IL

Ashira Dermatology

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  • Experienced board certified dermatologist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Six Sigma Quality Improvement, Data Analysis, and Medicine. Strong education professional and thought leader with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) focused in Medicine from Wake Forest University, MBA from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Engineering.

    Interested in media relations, product and process development, hair and scalp disorders, skin cancer, ethnic skin, holistic/integrative healing and executive leadership.

Education & Training

  • University of Chicago
    University of ChicagoRESIDENCY
  • University of Chicago
    University of ChicagoRESIDENCY
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Wake Forest School of MedicineMEDICAL_SCHOOL
  • Auburn UniversityOTHER_TRAINING
  • North Carolina A&T State UniversityOTHER_TRAINING

Certifications & Licensure

  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2019 - 2021
  • OR State Medical License
    OR State Medical License 2018 - 2021
  • WA State Medical License
    WA State Medical License 2018 - 2019
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2017 - 2021
  • HI State Medical License
    HI State Medical License 2017 - 2022
  • ME State Medical License
    ME State Medical License 2017 - 2018
  • WI State Medical License
    WI State Medical License 2017 - 2019
  • American Board of Dermatology Dermatology
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Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Fellow American Academy of Dermatology, 2012
  • Mentorship Award with Dr. Vera Price North American Hair Research Society, 2012
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2012-2013
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Hair care practices and structural evaluation of scalp and hair shaft parameters in African American and Caucasian women  
    Lewallen R, Francis S, Fisher B, Richards J, Li J, Dawson T, Swett K, McMichael A, J Cosmet Dermatol, 1/1/2015
  • Hair care practices as a barrier to physical activity in African American women  
    Hall R, Francis S, Whitt-Glover M, Loftin-Bell, K, McMichael, AJ, JAMA Dermatol, 1/1/2013
  • A Clinical approach to traction alopecia  
    Ntuen-Kaminska EC, Francis S, Stein S, Cosmet Dermatol, 1/1/2012
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  • Low level laser therapy in scarring alopecia.
    Francis S, Maui Dermatology; North American Hair Research Society International meeting, Multiple Locations, 2015, 2016, 1/1/2016
  • Increasing skin cancer screening in high-risk African American and Hispanic populations: A prospective, cohort study using electronic medical records to facilitate imp...
    Francis S, Maui Dermatology, 1/1/2016
  • Palmoplantar Psoriasis.
    Francis S, Iyengar V, Chicago Dermatological Society, 1/1/2010
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  • Wenske Women�s health immersion day: Beauty preservation: maintenance of skin and hair health. 
    Northshore University HealthSystem, 2015, 2016 - 1/1/2016
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer, Family medicine noon conference. 
  • Clinical Pearls in Hair Loss Management: a dermatologic perspective 
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  • Should you pop pimples, or leave them alone.(Interview by Ian Lecklitner) 
    Francis, Shani, Dollar Shave Club
  • 9 Best Drugstore Shampoos for Every Hair Type, According to Dermatologists (Interview by Emily Shiffer) 
    Francis, Shani,
  • Traction alopecia.(Interview by Dr.Michael Whitlow) 
    Francis, Shani, Doctors Radio, SirrusXM 110
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Press Mentions

  • Dermatologist: Valley Summers Harsh on Skin
    Dermatologist: Valley Summers Harsh on SkinAugust 25, 2020
  • Which Underlying Diseases Count Hair Loss as a Symptom?
    Which Underlying Diseases Count Hair Loss as a Symptom?March 11, 2020
  • These Are the Hair Disorders That Cause Permanent Hair Loss
    These Are the Hair Disorders That Cause Permanent Hair LossMarch 11, 2020
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