Avery LaChance


  • Director, Connective Tissue Disease Clinic
  • Director, Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Assistant Professor in Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Avery LaChance, MD, MPH is a dermatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Within the BWH Department of Dermatology, she serves as the department’s Director of Health Policy and Advocacy and Director of the Connective Tissue Disease Clinic. She graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Japanese Studies and received her MD, MPH from University of Connecticut School of Medicine. During her MPH year, she drafted legislation to ban tanning for minors in CT and then served as a key advocate for the bill which passed and was signed into law that year. Dr. LaChance completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During this year she also completed a six-week internship at the Office of the Surgeon General where she worked on federal skin cancer prevention initiatives in the wake of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Subsequently, she trained in dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and in her final year she served as the chief resident. Dr. LaChance is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and New England Dermatological Society. She is a member of committees of the American Academy of Dermatology as well as the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. LaChance teaches medical students, residents, and fellows at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on connective tissue disease and health policy.

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