Maureen Poh-Fitzpatrick

Dr. Maureen Poh-Fitzpatrick is a Professor Emerita and Special Lecturer in the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University.  She joined Columbia in 1973, establishing as Principal Investigator an NIH-funded laboratory and clinical research program in cutaneous porphyrias and a New York State and City licensed clinical porphyrin laboratory.  Dr. Poh moved to New York Medical College in 1987, as Tenured Professor and Acting Chairman of its Department of Dermatology, Director of its Dermatology Resident Training Program, plus a secondary professorship in the Department of Medicine.  She returned her clinical, research and laboratory programs to Columbia University in 1993.  Dr. Poh was the first woman elected to the New York Dermatological Society; she served sequentially as its Secretary-Treasurer and President.  She was elected Secretary-Treasurer, then President, of the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Poh served two terms as an NIH General Medicine study section member and as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  In 1998, she became an emeritus professor at Columbia and moved to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, to enable her caring for an aging parent in Memphis, first as a Visiting Professor and later as Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) and Associate Dermatology Resident Training Program Director.  She returned to Columbia after her mother’s demise to continue teaching and administrative activities in the role of Professor Emerita and Special Lecturer in the Department of Dermatology.



  • General Dermatology
  • Photomedicine
  • Cutaneous Porphyrias

Education & Experience

Medical School & Residency
  • Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    • Residency, Dermatology
  • University of Tennessee
    • Residency, Internal Medicine
  • University of Tennessee
    • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease
  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine
    • Medical School

Certifications & Licensure

  • American Board of Dermatology
    • Certified in Dermatology
  • NY State Medical License


Last updated August 26, 2020