Meet Dr. Alison Durham

About Dr. Alison Durham

Dr. Alison Durham was raised in Burton, Ohio where she graduated from Berkshire High School. She then went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University, where she graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and received accolades for mathematics and chemistry. After undergraduate school, she moved to San Diego and worked as a research assistant at the Scripps Research Institute in the lab of Dr. Paul Schimmel before attending medical school.

Dr. Durham received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at the University of Michigan Medical School in 2008, where she earned an Academic Recognition Award, presented to the top five graduates each year. Following graduation, she completed her transitional year internship at Summa Health System in Ohio, and her dermatology residency at the University of Michigan, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She completed an ACGME-accredited Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at the University of Michigan, prior to her recruitment as a clinical lecturer in dermatology in 2013. Dr. Durham became a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2014 and was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2020.

During her time at the University of Michigan, she served as Director of the University of Michigan Cutaneous Oncology Biobank Program, Assistant Program Director of the Dermatology Residency and as Fellowship Director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship. She established herself as a national expert on management of melanoma and other high-risk skin cancers in the field of cutaneous oncology. She has published over 28 peer-reviewed articles and has presented nationally and internationally.

Dr. Durham is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology in Dermatology and Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology.


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biochemistry, summa cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

    • Years: 1998-2002

  • Research Assistant, Schimmel Laboratory, The Scripps Research Institute, LaJolla, CA

    • Years: 2002-2004

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Years: 2004-2008

  • Transitional Year Intern, Department of Internal Medicine, Summa Health System, Akron, OH

    • Years: 2008-2009

  • Dermatology Resident/Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Years: 2009-2012

  • Fellow, ACGME Procedural Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Years:2012-2013