Roy Colven
Division of Dermatology
Adjunct Professor
Global Health
Harborview Medical Center Dermatology Section Head
John E. Olerud Professor of Dermatology Training

Faculty Information


Roy Colven, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist at the Dermatology Clinic at Harborview and a UW Professor of Dermatology and Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Global Health. He has previously served as the Director of the UW Dermatology Residency Program from 2006 to 2022, and is currently the John E. Olerud Professor of Dermatology Training. Dr. Colven believes medical education starts with the patient. Understanding one's illness allows a patient to become a partner in his or her health care. Dr. Colven earned his M.D. at the UW. His clinical and research interests include general dermatology, systemic diseases and the skin, HIV and the skin, and skin of color.  In his free time Dr. Colven enjoys his family, travel, rowing and cycling. 


Education & Training: 
University of Washington
Seattle WA
Residency in Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle WA
Residency in Dermatology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham NC
Faculty Member
UW Division of Dermatology
Seattle, WA
Alpha Omega Alpha
UW Derm John Olerud Distinguished Teaching Award (2008, 2018)
Past President, Seattle Dermatological Society
Fulbright Lecturer, Cape Town, South Africa
Mailing Address: 

To make an appointment with Dr. Colven, visit the UW Medicine website.

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • General dermatology
  • Systemic diseases and the skin
  • HIV and the skin
  • Skin of color
Clinical Interests: 
  • HIV-related skin disease
  • Telemedicine
  • Medical education
  • Internal medicine in dermatology
  • Dermatology in diverse populations
  • Global health dermatology
  • Skin of color
  • HIV-related dermatology.
  • Systemic disease-influenced dermatology.
  • Systemic therapies in dermatology.
  • Procedural dermatology.
  • Inpatient dermatology consultation.
  • SJS/TEN and other severe cutaneous adverse reactions.
  • Cost stewardship in clinical practice.

Selected Publications

Colven RM, Shim M-HM, Todd G.  Improvement in primary provider diagnostic acumen using a tele-dermatology network.  13th Annual American Telemedicine Association International Meeting and Exposition.  Telemed eHealth 2011 Jun;17(5):363-9.

Doorenbos AZ, Demiris G, Towle C, Kundu A, Revels L, Colven R, Norris TE, Buchwald D.  Developing the Native People for Cancer Control Telehealth Network.  Telemed J E Health. 2011 Jan-Feb;17(1):30-4.

Vary JC Jr, Colven R, Kirby P.  Hypertrophic scars from surgical staples mimicking folliculitis.  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62:157-8.

Mann T, Colven R. A picture is worth more than a thousand words: enhancement of a pre-exam telephone consultation in dermatology with digital images. Acad Med;77:742-3, 2002.

Dank JP, Colven R. Protease-inhibitor-induced angiolipomatosis. J Am Acad Dermatol; 42:129-31, 2000.

Colven R, Harrington RD, Spach DH, Cohen CJ, Hooton TM. Rebound retroviral syndrome after cessation of suppressive antiretroviral therapy in three patients chronically infected with HIV. Ann Int Med; 133:430-34, 2000.