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Ellen Dorinda Shelley, MD

Title: Dermatologist, Clinical Professor of Dermatology
Company: The University of Toledo
Location: Grand Rapids, Ohio, United States

Ellen Dorinda Shelley, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The University of Toledo, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of dermatology.

Passionate about pursuing a career revolving around helping others, Dr. Shelley decided to become a dermatologist after being inspired by her dermatology professor in medical school. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in 1962, Dr. Shelley earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri in 1966 and achieved certification from the American Board of Dermatology in 1971. She interned at Saint Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO, from 1966 to 1967 before becoming a resident in dermatology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, from 1967 to 1970. Dr. Shelley completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Stanford University from 1970 to 1971 and became an assistant professor of dermatology with the institution from 1971 to 1974. She then relocated to the University of Illinois at Chicago where, from 1974 to 1978, she served as an assistant professor and then an associate professor before working as a professor and chairman of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria from 1978 to 1983.

After her time in Illinois, Dr. Shelley took her talents to the University of Toledo. She served as a professor and chief of dermatology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences from 1983 to 1997 and has served as a clinical professor of dermatology since 1997. In addition to her main pursuits, Dr. Shelley has served as a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD, from 1974 to 1982. A highlight of Dr. Shelley’s career was when she and her husband Walter B. Shelley, also a dermatologist, produced a professional and personal diary called, “Portrait of a Practice.” The diary documented their lives as well as their children’s lives. They submitted 30 pages to a medical journal called Cutis and their work was published in the journal from 1990 to 1995.

Dr. Shelley has authored other creative works such as “The Helium Table,” “The Helium Egg,” “Consultations in Dermatology,” “Helium Heels,” “Shelley’s 77 Skins,” “Advanced Dermatologic Therapy II,” “Advanced Dermatologic Diagnosis,” “Santa’s Sleigh-Train” and “A Century of International Dermatological Congresses.” She has served as an editor for “Bernadine Stetzel’s Our Town,” “Earl W. North, American Landscape Painter,” Adolescent Dermatology” and “A Community of Scholars: Recollections of the Early Years of the Medical College of Ohio.” Furthermore, Dr. Shelley has been a co-author of “Advanced Dermatologic Therapy” and has contributed more than 200 articles to professional journals.

As a testament to her success, Dr. Shelley holds memberships with numerous organizations such as the American Dermatological Association, the Ohio Dermatological Association and the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C. She has also been a member of the board of trustees, of the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, on the board of directors of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and a former president of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has earned numerous accolades due to her success such as the Walter B. Shelley MD Leadership Award from the Women’s Dermatologic Society in 2012 and the Rose Hirschler Award, from the Women’s Dermatologic Society in 2007. Dr. Shelley has been lauded with the coveted Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

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