Aaron M. Secrest portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dermatology


  • BS, Microbiology, Brigham Young University
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh. Project: Competing Interests: Policy vs. Science on the Road: Examining the Effects of Pennsylvania's Current Legislation on Seatbelt and Motorcycle Helmet Use
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh. Project: Mortality trends in a population-based type 1 diabetes cohort
  • MD, Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


I am an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Dermatology and Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah. I received my medical and research training at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a master's degree in Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology (population health research). My academic interests are increasingly focused around patient-centered care and outcomes. I am currently developing a system-wide computer and tablet-based platform to collect patient reported outcomes data for all dermatologic conditions at every patient visit at the University of Utah Clinics. This information from patients will be invaluable in optimizing care and treatment algorithms in dermatology and understanding and recognizing the extent to which patients' skin disorders affect their daily lives.

My dermatology research to date has centered around patient motivations and preferences with care, as well as the problem of increasing medication costs to the patient and the healthcare system overall. I successfully obtained an NIH training grant during my MD/PhD training. I have co-authored more than 30 journal articles and one book chapter in the NIH publication Diabetes in America. I am a member of the American Academy of Dermatology's Drug Pricing and Transparency Task Force as well as serving on several committees within the Department of Dermatology. I also serve as a reviewer for several journals, including JAMA Dermatology. I am deeply committed to mentoring and training faculty, residents, and medical students in clinical and epidemiologic research.