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Acting Instructor, Department of Dermatology
Sites of Practice
VA Puget Sound Health Care System


VA Puget Sound Health Care System

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Seattle VA Medical Center 
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108-1532


Dr. Deva Wells (she/her/hers) is an attending dermatologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and an Acting Instructor in the Department 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 Department 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)

Research Interests

Dr. Wells' scholarly interests include:

  • Soft tissue infections
  • Applications of teledermatology
  • Intersection of social media and medical ethics 



Selected 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].