Amy McMichael, M.D.

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Amy McMichael, M.D.

Amy McMichael, M.D.

Chair, Dermatology

Professor, Dermatology

Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Physician Rating

4.5 out of 5

343 Ratings

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  • Department: 336-716-3926

  • Fax: 336-716-9258

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  • NPI: 1134104177

Clinical Interests

  • Hair and Scalp Disease, Ethnic and Pigmented Skin Disease, Epidemiology of Skin Disease, Skin Care, Dermatology (general), Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Dermatology

Education & Training

  • B.A.

    1986 - Swarthmore College

  • M.D.

    1990 - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

  • Internship

    1991 - Internal Medicine: T Jefferson U Affil Hosps

  • Residency

    1994 - Dermatology: U Michigan Affil Hosps

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology Dermatology


Research Contact Information

Research Interests

  • Alopecia, Hair Preparations, African Americans, Alopecia Areata, Hair

Recent Publications

  • Objective outcome measures: collecting meaningful data on alopecia areata Olsen EA, Roberts J, Sperling L3,Tosti A, Shapiro J, McMichael A, Bergfeld W, Callender V, Mirmirani P, Washenik K, Whiting D, Cotsarelis G, Hordinsky M.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018;79(3):470-478.e3.
  • Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation meeting, May 2016: progress towards the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of primary cicatricial alopecias [commentary] Sundberg JP, Hordinsky MK, Bergfeld W, Lenzy YM, McMichael AJ, Christiano AM, McGregor T, Stenn KS, Sivamani RK, Pratt CH, King LE Jr.. Exp Dermatol. 2018;27(3):302-310.
  • Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of topical dapsone gel, 7.5% for treatment of acne vulgaris by Fitzpatrick skin phototype Taylor SC, Cook-Bolden FE, McMichael A, Downie JB, Rodriguez DA, Alexis AF, Callender VD, Alvandi N.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(2):160-167.
  • No sulfates, no parabens, and the "no-poo" method: a new patient perspective on common shampoo ingredients Cline A, Uwakwe LN, McMichael AJ.. Cutis. 2018;101(1):22-26.
  • Alopecia areata is a medical disease [commentary] Korta DZ, Christiano AM, Bergfeld W, Duvic M, Ellison A, Fu J, Harris JE, Hordinsky MK, King B, Kranz D, Mackay-Wiggan J, McMichael A, Norris DA, Price V, Shapiro J,.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018;78(4):832-834.
  • A proposed mechanism for central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia [hypothesis letter] Subash J, Alexander T, Beamer V, McMichael A.. Exp Dermatol. 2018;():.
  • Cicatricial alopecia in identical twin Lumbee Native American women Strowd LC, Subash J, McGregor S, McMichael A.. Skin Appendage Disord. 2018;4(2):108-111.
  • Dermatosis papulosa nigra: a quality of life survey study [abstract] Uwakwe LN, Subash J, McMichael A.. J Invest Dermatol. 2018;138(5 Suppl):S219.
  • Alopecia in association with malignancy: a review Suchonwanit P, McMichael AJ.. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2018;():.
  • Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia in children: a case series and review of the literature Eginli AN, Dlova NC, McMichael A.. Pediatr Dermatol. 2017;34(2):133-137.
  • Spectrum of diversity in dermatology: the need to broaden clinical trial participants in our increasingly multiethnic and multicultural society [editorial] Desai SR, Hernandez C, McMichael AJ.. JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(2):132-134.
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia [research letter] Bomar L, McMichael A.. Br J Dermatol. 2017;177(3):e58-e59.
  • Transparent reporting of demographic characteristics of study participants [editorial] Robinson JK, McMichael AJ, Hernandez C.. JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(3):263-264.
  • Hair disorders in systemic disease Salkey KS, McMichael A. In: Callen JP, Jorizzo JL, Zone JJ, Piette WW, Rosenbach MA, Vleugels RA, eds. Dermatological signs of systemic disease. 5th ed. Edinburgh (NY): Elsevier;2017: 377-386.
  • A retrospective review of treatment results for patients with central centrifugal cicatrical alopecia Eginli A, Dothard E, Bagayoko CW, Huang K, Daniel A, McMichael AJ.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017;16(4):317-320.
  • A case of rapidly transformed mycosis fungoides [abstract] Dothard EH, McMichael AJ, Strowd LC.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(6 Suppl 1):AB8.
  • Diversity in dermatology: a society devoted to skin of color Subash J, Tull R, McMichael A.. Cutis. 2017;99(5):322-324.
  • Defining the impact of attitudes towards hair and hair care practices on physical activity in African American women: a prospective survey study [abstract] Subash J, Hawkins S, Ahn C, McMichael A.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(6 Suppl 1):AB93.
  • Hair loss myths DiMarco G, McMichael A.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017;16(7):690-694.
  • Laser treatment in FFA [abstract] Eginli A, Culp L, Subash J, McMichael A.. J Invest Dermatol. 2017;137(5):S59.
  • Hair and scalp disorders in adult and pediatric patients with skin of color Taylor SC, Barbosa V, Burgess C, Heath C, McMichael AJ, Ogunleye T, Callender V.. Cutis. 2017;100(1):31-35.
  • Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia: new insights and a call for action Dlova NC, Salkey KS, Callender VD, McMichael AJ.. J Investig Dermatol Symp Proc. 2017;18(2):S54-S56.
  • Cultural competence for the 21st century dermatologist practicing in the United States McKesey J, Berger TG, Lim HW, McMichael AJ, Torres A, Pandya AG.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;77(6):1159-1169.
  • A novel multi-targeting approach to treating hair loss, using standardized nutraceuticals Farris PK, Rogers N, McMichael A, Kogan S.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017;16(11 Suppl):S141-S148.
  • Efficacy and safety of topical dapsone gel 7.5% for treatment of acne vulgaris by Fitzpatrick skin type [abstract] Taylor SC, Cook-Bolden FE, McMichael A, Downie JB, Rodriguez DA, Mariwalla K, Alexis AF, Callender VD, Alvandi N.. Value Health. 2017;20(9):A942.
  • Approach to treatment of medical and cosmetic facial concerns in skin of color patients Callender VD, Barbosa V, Burgess CM, Heath C, McMichael AJ, Ogunleye T, Taylor SC.. Cutis. 2017;100(6):375-380.
  • Efficacy and safety of topical dapsone gel 7.5% for treatment of acne vulgaris by Fitzpatrick skin type [abstract] Taylor S, Cook-Bolden F, McMichael A, Downie J, Rodriguez D, Mariwalla K, Alexis A, Callender V, Fathali N.. Australas J Dermatol. 2017;58(Suppl 1):92.
  • Isotretinoin laboratory test monitoring-a call to decrease testing in an era of high-value, cost-conscious care [editorial] Shinkai K, McMichael A, Linos E.. JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(1):17-19.
  • Factors affecting the severity of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia Suchonwanit P, Hector CE, Bin Saif GA, McMichael AJ.. Int J Dermatol. 2016;55(6):e338-e343.
  • Hair and scalp care in African American women who exercise [research letter] Ahn CS, Suchonwanit P, Foy CG, Smith P, McMichael AJ.. JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(5):579-580.
  • Pseudofolliculitis barbae: understanding the condition and the role of facial grooming Gray J, McMichael AJ.. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2016;38(Suppl 1):24-27.
  • A case of frontal fibrosing alopecia in a patient with primary biliary cirrhosis and polymyalgia rheumatica Eginli AN, Bagayoko CW, McMichael AJ.. Skin Appendage Disord. 2016;2(1-2):79-82.
  • Efficacy, safety, and dermal tolerability of dapsone gel, 7.5% in patients with moderate acne vulgaris: a pooled analysis of two phase 3 trials Thiboutot DM, Kircik L, McMichael A, Cook-Bolden FE, Tyring SK, Berk DR, Chang-Lin JE, Lin V, Kaoukhov A.. J Clin Aesthetic Dermatol. 2016;9(10):18-27.
  • Efficacy and safety of minoxidil 2% solution in combination with a botanical hair solution in women with female pattern hair loss/androgenic alopecia McMichael A, Pham H, von Grote E, Meckfessel MH.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016;15(4):398-404.
  • Side effects related to 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor treatment of hair loss in women: a review Seale LR, Eglini AN, McMichael AJ.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016;15(4):414-419.
  • Hair loss in patients with skin of color Semble AL, McMichael AJ.. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2015;34(2):81-88.
  • Bimatoprost 0.03% for the treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis: a pooled safety analysis of six randomized, double-masked clinical trials Wirta D, Pariser DM, Yoelin SG, Arase S, McMichael A, Weng E, Mao C, Demos G, Vandenburgh A.. J Clin Aesthetic Dermatol. 2015;8(7):17-29.
  • Hair care practices and structural evaluation of scalp and hair shaft parameters in African American and Caucasian women Lewallen R, Francis S, Fisher B, Richards J, Li J, Dawson T, Swett K, McMichael A.. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2015;14(3):216-223.
  • Bimatoprost 0.03% for the treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis: a pooled safety analysis of six randomized, double-masked clinical trials [abstract] Pariser D, Wirta D, Yoelin S, Arase S, McMichael A, Weng E, Mao C, Demos G, VanDenburgh A.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015;72(5 Suppl 1):AB14.
  • Treatment of alopecia areata in the United States: a retrospective cross-sectional study Farhangian ME, McMichael AJ, Huang KE, Feldman SR.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015;14(9):1012-1014.
  • Acne in patients with skin of color: practical management Yin NC, McMichael AJ.. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014;15(1):7-16.
  • Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia: what has been achieved, current clues for future research Ogunleye TA, McMichael A, Olsen EA.. Dermatol Clin. 2014;32(2):173-181.
  • Dyschromia in skin of color Kang SJ, Davis SA, Feldman SR, McMichael AJ.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014;13(4):401-406.
  • Rosacea in skin of color: not a rare diagnosis [commentary] Al-Dabagh A, Davis SA, McMichael AJ, Feldman SR.. Dermatol Online J. 2014;20(10):.
  • Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia severity is associated with cowhage-induced itch Bin Saif GA, McMichael A, Kwatra SG, Chan Y-H, Yosipovitch G.. Br J Dermatol. 2013;168(2):253-256.
  • Pigmentation concerns: assessment and treatment [editorial] McMichael AJ.. Cutis. 2013;February(Suppl):4.
  • Shave frequency and regimen variation effects on the management of Pseudofolliculitis barbae Daniel A, Gustafson CJ, Zupkosky PJ, Candido A, Kemp HR, Russell G, McMichael A.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2013;12(4):410-418.
  • Hair care practices as a barrier to physical activity in African American women Hall RR, Francis S, Whitt-Glover M, Loftin-Bell K, Swett K, McMichael AJ.. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(3):310-314.
  • Epidemiology of patients with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia [abstract] McMichael A, Hector C, Binsaif G.. J Invest Dermatol. 2013;133(5):1403.
  • Brazilian keratin hair treatment: a review Weathersby C, McMichael A.. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2013;12(2):144-148.

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Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
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Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.

  • 8/17/2018

    I refer Dr. McMichael to other people since she has helped my hair growth.

  • 8/11/2018

    Dr.Mcmichael was wonderful!

  • 7/29/2018

    Have known Dr. McMichael for quite a long time, and have always found her to be a pleasure to care for me, and inform me if any changes in my skin, and follow up care, as needed.

  • 7/25/2018

    I will wait 5 years to see Dr. McMicheal! !! My appointments are Awesome, she listens and she is proactive!

  • 7/17/2018

    Overall, the care provider rates highly efficient in every respect based on my experience.

  • 7/7/2018

    She's very good..

  • 7/3/2018

    Dr. McMichael was very knowledgeable. She was able to show me things I had no idea about. She was showed kindness and compassion and also listened very well to make sure she understood everything that was going on with me. She made me feel very comfortable and at ease.

  • 6/26/2018

    I feel as though when I finally had time with thew provider it was rushed and I should have been given better instructions about the treatment plan. What was verbally told to me and what was put on the papers I received after the visit were somewhat different.

  • 6/18/2018

    I have full confidence in Dr. McMichael. She is knowledgeable and explains things in terms that I can understand.

  • 6/5/2018

    *Dr. McMichael is an extraordinary clinician & tremendous asset to Wake Forest Baptist Health.

  • 5/29/2018

    excellent care

  • 5/8/2018

    Dr. McMichael has an excellent demeanor as a physician. She is both extraordinarily knowledgeable and extraordinarily patient and kind. I also enjoy watching her interact with the residents/fellows that she is training. She exudes a positive and educational air when interacting with residents that other attending could learn from watching. I have recommended her to anyone that needed her skills and experience. I look forward to coming to see her.

  • 4/21/2018

    I would recommend her but encourage people to try to get first appointment of the day or be prepared for long wait times unnecessarily.

  • 3/27/2018

    Friendly, made me feel at ease. Asked me if it was ok to have a visiting doctor observe the visit

  • 3/13/2018

    My husband has a history of skin cancer- I have encouraged him to see Dr. McMichael.

  • 3/12/2018

    The residents and *Dr. McMichael (attending physician) were all very kind and informative.

  • 3/11/2018

    I have the highest confidence in Dr. McMichael. She is very knowledgeable. She is thorough. She takes time to explain my condition and treatment options. She has concern to answer my questions. I know that she cares about me and my health. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in her care.

  • 2/20/2018

    With the amount of time you spend waiting to see this provider she send residents in before she comes in and when she does the time she spend with you is not long at all.She seems to always be running behind.

  • 2/15/2018

    The Doctor was rushing me. Spent no more than 5 minutes in the exam with me. I several concerns regarding my treatment plan.

  • 2/14/2018

    Dr. Mc Michael seemed rushed during the visit. I wanted to review the treatment plan with her and it was done so quickly that I am still not sure I understand everything.

  • 1/18/2018

    Top notch. Almost regret that my next app't is two years.

  • 1/9/2018

    I just adore this doctor & staff.

  • 1/1/2018

    I love Dr. McMicheal. I've been going to her since I was 9 and even though I've lived in Maryland and Nebraska, I still come back to see her.

  • 12/20/2017

    *Dr. McMichael is the personification of what doctor should be. She's very knowledgeable and concerned about her patients.

  • 12/4/2017

    This is an excellent medical practice and should be used as a model for others. I've seen a regular doctor as well as two others for an emergency staph infection. All doctors, med students and nurses were outstandingly helpful and inspired confidence.

  • 12/3/2017

    I would recommend with the caveat, it will cost you at least a half day.

  • 11/5/2017

    see prior comment, I'm thoroughly satisfied with my physician and her staff.. best physician I've ever had...

  • 10/16/2017

    Dr. McMichael is the best. I would recommend her to anyone.

  • 10/10/2017

    I've been going to Dr. McMichael annually for about 10 years. She is the consummate professional, as are her student physicians.

  • 10/10/2017

    As answered, very good.

  • 9/27/2017

    Dr. Amy McMichael is an A++ doctor in my opinion. She explained my diseases so clearly even a child could understand. I have a lot of respect for her and I have full confidence in her abilities, and I hope I can see her again in the future. I did not know she is also the Chair of Wake Forest University Dermatology.

  • 9/26/2017

    I LOVE Dr. McMichael. I look forward to every appointment I have with her. She's so knowledgeable and always puts my mind at ease when I have a question. I recommend her to all my friends, which is a double-edged sword. They wind up keeping her booked. Love this wonderful, intelligent, talented medical professional!!!! A+ ALL THE WAY!


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