Deva Wells
Acting Instructor
Division of Dermatology
MD, VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Faculty Information

Biography

Dr. Deva Wells (she/her/hers) is an attending dermatologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and an Acting Instructor in the Division of Dermatology at the University of Washington. A proud Seattle native, Deva received her MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2015. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, after which she served as an inpatient Chief Medical Resident at the VA. She then completed a residency in dermatology through the UW Division of Dermatology where she served as a Co-Chief Resident.

Dr. Wells enjoys teaching medical students and residents from multidisciplinary backgrounds. She has scholarly interests in soft tissue infections, applications of Teledermatology, and the intersection of social media and medical ethics.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys going on adventures throughout the city with her family, playing tennis, and learning new artistic endeavors such as watercolor painting.

Education & Training: 
Residency in Dermatology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
2019-2022
Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
2015-2018
MD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
2011-2015
Study Abroad, Advanced Spanish, Cuban Culture & History, Study on Afro-Cuban Religiosity
University of Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos, Cuba
2007
BS, Neurobiology with College Honors
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2005-2010
Honors: 
Co-Chief Resident, University of Washington School of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
2021-2022
Chief Medical Resident, University of Washington School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
2018-2019
UW Internal Medicine Resident Excellence in Teaching Award
2017
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society—Junior Inductee
2014
Gold Humanism Medical Society—Junior Inductee
2014
Contact
Mailing Address: 

To make an appointment with Dr. Wells, visit the VA Puget Sound Health Care System website.

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Dr. Wells' scholarly interests include:

  • Soft tissue infections
  • Applications of Teledermatology
  • Intersection of social media and medical ethics 
Publications
Publications: 

Wells DM. Sugar cane makes the medicine go down. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2014;29(8):1211-1212 [original work]. 

Wells DM, Lehavot K, Isaac ML. Sounding off on social media: The ethics of patient storytelling in the modern era. Academic Medicine. 2015;90(8):1015-9 [original work]. 

Wells DM. When faced with Facebook: What role should social media play in selecting new residents? Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2015;7(1):14-15 [original work]. 

Wells DM, White LL, Fahrenbruch CE, Rea TD. Socioeconomic status and survival from ventricular fibrillation out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Annals of Epidemiology. 2016;26(6):418-423 [original work]. 

Kutteruf R, Wells DM, Stephens L, Posner KL, Lee LA, Domino KB. Injury and liability associated with spine surgery. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2018 Apr;30(2):156-162 [original work].

Wells D, DeNiro KL, Ramsey A. Telemedicine in Drug Hypersensitivity. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America. 2022;42(2):323-333 [original work].