Clara Curiel

Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandowski, U. of A.

Monday, August 5, 2019, 2:30-3:30,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Skin cancer is the most-diagnosed cancer worldwide, and Arizona has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. The main culprit is Arizona’s sun, UV radiation being the primary cause. The state’s higher altitude is an aggravating factor, rendering the sun’s rays more intense. 

Traditionally skin cancer was most common among older adults who had spent lots of time outdoors. Today it seen with increasing frequency in younger adults thanks to tanning beds, salons, and lamps.  Disguising the risk is the fact that skin builds up sun damage over time but often does so invisibly, leaving little or no warning before the onset of cancer.

Prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer are Dr. Curiel’s passion.  She is a world-renowned researcher, compassionate clinician and enthusiastic community spokesperson.  She will share her knowledge with us as part of her quest to disseminate the message of what every Arizonan should know about this potentially deadly disease.

Dr. Curiel is the clinical director for the U. of A. Cancer Center’s Skin Care Institute. She also works with the International Society for Digital Imaging of the Skin, a leading organization that is working to standardize dermatological digital imaging.  She is also a professor at the U. of A. School of Medicine.

Clara Curiel received her M.D. from Central University of Venezuela. She did her internship and residency at Boston University and Tufts, respectively, and held a fellowship in dermatology at Harvard.  She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, has five patent applications and been the principal investigator in numerous clinical trials.  She has won many awards for her outstanding work and has established interdisciplinary research collaborations, building a strong cancer research network that is unique to the United States.

Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village Volunteer 

Photo: Dr. Clara Curiel

Aug. 5: “Skin Cancer and Arizona”