Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Yaohui Xu, MD, PhD

  • Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery
Yaohui Xu, MD, PhD


Yaohui Gloria Xu, MD, PhD, earned her medical degree from the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences in China and completed her residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Dr. Xu is a Board Certified dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgery/procedural dermatology fellowship trained surgeon, specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery, with interests that span both cosmetic and general dermatology.

Dr. Xu has particular interest and expertise in dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology. In addition to managing non-melanoma skin cancers using well-established Mohs surgery, she also uses modified Mohs surgery to optimize the management of melanoma, particularly difficult cases of melanoma, such as lentigo maligna with ill-defined margins on the head and neck areas, amelanotic melanoma and recurrent melanoma. She has published many articles on surgical and general dermatology in peer-reviewed medical journals, she has written book chapters on dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology, and she has been an invited speaker at the national Mohs College Annual Meetings.

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
University affiliation

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Dermatology
    Medical School
    • Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China
    • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
    • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA
    • University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL
    • Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center for Health Professions, Grand Rapids, MI


    Additional conditions and treatments
    • Biopsies of Disorders of Nails and Skin
    • Botox® and Fillers
    • Chemical Peels
    • Cosmetic Laser Services
    • Dermabrasion
    • Earlobe Repair
    • Excisions
    • Laser Hair Removal
    • Laser Vascular Lesion Removal
    • Melanoma Dermatology
    • Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions (Dermatology)
    • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
    • Mole and Skin Tag Removal
    • Nail Tumors
    • Non-melanoma Skin Cancer
    • Photochemotherapy
    • Photodynamic Therapy
    • Pigmentary Alterations of the Nail
    • Removal of Benign and Malignant Skin Lesions
    • Skin Biopsy
    • Skin Cancer Screening
    • Transplantation Dermatology
    • Ultraviolet Light Therapy

    Research and publications

    Dr. Xu is actively involved in several research projects related to melanoma and other skin cancers. Along with her co-PI, Dr. Vladimir S. Spiegelman, she is working on a project on cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in non-transplant and transplant patients. It is hoped that this research will lead to pre-operative treatment to reduce the size of the tumor or post-operative treatment to enhance the cure rate. She is involved in a project with Dr. Mark Albertini to study immune responses to melanoma. She is also involved in a project led by Andrew Sheinis, UW Professor of Astronomy, to determine if an imaging technology developed for Astronomy can be used to detect early melanoma as well as to detect cancer margins prior to surgical removal.