At Skin Specialty Dermatology, our medical team includes:

Director, Principal Investigator


Clinical Research Division

Fran E. Cook-Bolden, M.D.
Director, Skin Specialty Dermatology
Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
Director, The Ethnic Skin Specialty Group

Dermatologist in New York City, Laser, Botox, Skin Care, Ethnic Skin - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, NY - Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD - Skin Specialty Dermatology

Fran E. Cook-Bolden, M.D., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, which means she is a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Cook-Bolden specializes in the practice of dermatology and dermatologic surgery, cosmetic and laser surgery, and is the Director of the Skin Specialty Dermatology and the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group.

Dr. Cook-Bolden participates in cutting edge research. She lectures regularly at local, national, and international conferences. She maintains several professional affiliations, including an appointment to the board of The Dermatologic Society of Greater New York, and is currently an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University in New York.

She is the co-author of BEAUTIFUL SKIN OF COLOR: A Comprehensive guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin.

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Shelley Fox, DNP, FNP-BC
Licensed Dermatology Nurse Practitioner


Shelley Fox is a board certified Nurse Practitioner and specializes in all areas of adult and pediatric medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She has dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida in nursing and in exercise and sport sciences, where she graduated Cum Laude. Shelley received both her Masters in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Columbia University in dermatology and emergency medicine. Along with many honors, Shelley has publications that range from the Treatment of Asthma in the Pediatric Population to highly specialized publications on the Treatment of Epidermaldysplasia Verruciformis. She acts as a clinical instructor to nurse practitioner students at Columbia University and provides Mentorship opportunities in dermatology to these students.

Shelley developed a passion for the practice of dermatology when she worked as a dermatology medical assistant. During her specialized nursing training in dermatology and years of practicing dermatology in New York City, she has developed expertise in treating patients of all skin types with a focus on acne, rosacea, warts, eczema, skin cancer, skin infections, psoriasis, keloids, hyperpigmentation, hair loss and skin of color. In addition to medical dermatology, Shelley has extensive training and experience in performing Botox, fillers, various lasers including laser hair removal, and chemical peels. In addition to providing the best and most current dermatologic care, her goal is to provide optimal results for patients who are looking for a youthful, healthier glow to their skin.

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Clinical Research Study

Is your face persistently flushed and/or red?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational topical cream being used to help with facial redness due to rosacea.

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Skin Specialty Dermatology's Dr. Cook-Bolden featured in Aug 2010 Allure Magazine
Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in Allure magazine.

Be sure to get your copy of Self-June 2009 to get the most up-to-date information on the latest advances for securing beautiful skin of color at any age featuring Skin Specialty Dermatology!

Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in Self magazine.

Be sure to get your copy of People Style Watch-May 2009 to get the most up-to-date information on the latest advances for securing beautiful skin of color at any age featuring Skin Specialty Dermatology!

Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in People magazine.

Dr. Cook Bolden has also been featured in Ladies Home Journal, SELF, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, O Magazine, Dermatology Times and many more!

Check out our In the Media page for additional magazine articles featuring Dr. Cook-Bolden.

Skin Specialty Dermatology hits international news again!
Dr. Cook-Bolden provides tips in the May issue of Vis.A.Vis Magazine for an age-defying beauty regimen that will help you
Look Great At Any Age

Dr. Cook Bolden has also been in informative news segments in local newspapers and news across the US including The New York Post, Newsday, The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star, New York Times, The Courier, special feature on CBS TV and more.

Check out our In the Media page for additional News and Headlines featuring Dr. Cook-Bolden

Are you hiding out because of ACNE?
If you are 12 years of age or older and have acne, you may be able to participate in a clinical research study testing an investigational gel medication.

Do you have thickened yellow and disfigured toenails (onychomycosis/toenail fungus)?
Enrolling subjects 16 yrs or older, male or female in a research study

Dr. Cook-Bolden & Skin Specialty Dermatology Discuss Skincare in the FASHION & STYLE section of the New York Times for January 4, 2007:
Skin Deep: The Cosmetics Restriction Diet - By Natasha Singer
"Forget $200 beauty creams and medicine cabinets full of products. The best regimen for your face involves three simple steps and nothing more expensive than $30."

Are you SUFFERING with ACNE??
Are you tired of suffering with acne? Is it getting worse or not responding to treatments? We are currently enrolling for acne research studies. Free medication and compensation provided. Please call 212.223.6599. Limited space available!

New Opportunity for Fraxel Laser Treatments: see information in our Research Division

Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in the New York Times, Thursday, November 3, 2005. An outstanding article on "Treating Skin of Color With Know-How" in which Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden is one of the doctors featured!

Are you finding it difficult to juggle your daytime schedule to accommodate your skin, hair and nail health concerns?
We do offer limited after work and evening hours for patients who are unable to make daytime hours. Weekend appointments also available... We're here for you!

Opportunity for Laser Treatments
Would you like to improve the appearance of scars, keloids, stretch marks, prominent pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation, or even acne? Now is the time! Call for a consultation today and ask for the COSMETIC CENTER 212.223.6599.

Clinical Research Studies
Call us about ongoing and future enrollment for clinical research studies of safe and effective treatments for dark spots, acne, razor bumps, hair loss, dry scalp and many other skin problems. All treatments and visits at no cost. To learn more, visit our Research Division.
For more information, contact us at 212.223.6599 or email now.
Enrollment in research studies is limited!

Dr. Cook-Bolden's Book
Now updated in paperback, in all major bookstores (also available in our office), find BEAUTIFUL SKIN OF COLOR: A Comprehensive guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin, co-authored by Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden.
A great GIFT idea!