Dr. Steve Feldman grew up in Washington, D.C., attending the Hebrew Academy of
Washington and Beth Sholom Congregation, institutions that his grandfather and father helped to found and lead. As a child he collected dimes to help plant trees in Israel. Like many young Jewish children, he believed that Jews had come to an uninhabited land of deserts and swamps and made the land bloom. But as an adult he saw United Nations data that showed that about 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the fighting of 1948. That seemed odd, he thought. If we Jews had come to a land of empty swamps and deserts as I had been taught as a child, how did so many Palestinian men, women and children become refugees?
Professionally, he received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Duke University in Durham, N.C., in
1985, then he completed his dermatology residency at the UNC-Chapel Hill and his
dermatopathology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. He is a professor of Dermatology, Pathology, and Public Health Sciences and the Director of the
Psoriasis Treatment Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dr. Feldman leads the Center for Dermatology Research, health services research
center whose mission is to improve the care of patients with skin disease. Dr. Feldman’s chief clinical interest is psoriasis, a chronic, physically & psychosocially disabling condition.
His passion is to help guide how patients with psoriasis receive treatment. He serves on the
Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation, was awarded the Foundation’s 2019
Outstanding Educator in Psoriatic Disease Award and directed psoriasis education programs for the American Academy of Dermatology. Feldman has also done groundbreaking work on
addiction to tanning beds (and was interview by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America) and on patients’ adherence to their medication treatment regimens. The website Expertscape.com has ranked him as the #1 expert in the world on dermatology and on psoriasis, and the #2 expert on acne.
Feldman’s work in psoriasis led him to an interest in patient satisfaction. Feldman
created the http://www.DrScore.com doctor rating/patient satisfaction website. He analyzes data
from that website to better inform doctors on how to enhance their care of their patients. He
has given more than 700 invited lectures to dermatology groups and organizations around the world including the Pan Arab Dermatology Meeting held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Iranian Dermatology Society meeting in Tehran, Iran, and the Pan Asian Dermatology Meeting held in Seoul, Korea.
Dr. Feldman’s work was published in over 1,000 articles in peer-reviewed journals,
including top dermatology and managed care journals. Feldman serves as the editor of the
Journal of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery (the journal of the Saudi Society of
Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery), as an editor of the Journal of Dermatological
Treatment, and as chief medical editor of The Dermatologist.
Steve’s questions about the situation in the Middle East led to more research, finding
many moral Jewish voices that have been advocating for peace for all people in Israel and
Palestine. The Jewish sourced materials and historical artifacts that he found are now on display in the online Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience that Steve curates at
“You don’t have to be anti-Palestinian in order to love Israel,” he says. “Judaism, not to
mention the Holocaust, teaches us to support peace, justice, and security for all