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Roy Colven
Roy Colven, MD
The University of Washington Division of Dermatology is proud to announce the establishment of a new endowment in recognition of Roy Colven, MD, and his exceptional leadership as Director of UW Dermatology’s Residency Program (2006-2022).
The Colven Endowed Fund to Support Dermatology Residency Team Building and Training Enhancement will provide broad-based direct financial support to UW Dermatology’s residents and fellows; ensuring our commitment to provide the highest quality medical training and education to prepare future leaders in dermatology.

The Colven Endowment was officially announced at the Division of Dermatology’s annual Robert Pommerening Memorial Lecture on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. This year’s lecture included a celebration of Dr. Colven who recently stepped down as Director of UW Dermatology’s Residency Training Program after 16 years. Known for his calm, steady guidance, as Program Director Dr. Colven successfully led the residency program through years of immense transformation and growth; constantly evolving in response to new technologies, research and the unique learning needs and interests of our trainees.

“As a teacher, clinician and mentor, Roy’s kind, open-minded approach to learning and patient care has extended far beyond Seattle, and has inspired countless young physicians to pursue dermatology as a career path. This endowment will serve as an enduring reminder of the impact Roy has had on a generation of young dermatologists. We’re thrilled to celebrate Roy as he enters this new chapter in his career” —Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD, Head of the Division of Dermatology


Colven Fund

Colven Endowed Fund to Support Dermatology Residency Team Building and Training Enhancement

Distributions to the Colven Endowment will be used to benefit residents and fellows in the division by providing opportunities for individual career development, innovation, elective pursuit or research, or team building and group bonding. The Colven Endowment aims to support these enhancements that help take excellent training to the next level. 

We welcome our alumni, colleagues, industry and community partners to contribute to this endowment. Thank you for supporting our residents during this critical period in their career.

Click here to donate to the Colven Endowment.


Meet Dr. Roy Colven

Dr. Roy Colven attended medical school and internal medicine training at the University of Washington. After a chief resident year at Harborview Medical Center and two years in the UW General Internal Medicine Division, he completed dermatology residency at Duke University. He returned to Harborview after, where he has practiced for the past 26 years. In 2004-2006, he spent a sabbatical in Cape Town, South Africa, where the impact of HIV/AIDS helped demonstrate the use of simple technology for enhancing dermatology access in that country.

Upon return, Dr. Colven became UW Dermatology's Residency Program Director, a role he held for 16 years. In this role, Dr. Colven has served as a teacher, clinician, advocate, and mentor, helping to ensure the success of young physicians in the Division. Dr. Colven is passionate about the role safety net hospitals have in caring for our most underserved patients and is equally passionate about medical education, both in building a foundation of excellence of our future doctors and in enhancing the quality of care at academic medical centers.

Colven Photos

Colven Photos