Lauren Orenstein, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Dermatology


BIRCWH Scholar: 2019 - Present


Lauren Orenstein is an Assiatant Professor at Emory University Department of Dermatology and staff physician at the Dermatology Division of Grady Memorial Hospital. She attended college at the University of Georgia, where she majored in Comparative Literature and Microbiology.  Dr. Orenstein attended Emory School of Medicine.  While studying at Emory, she spent 1 year in Mali, West Africa working on a clinical trial of maternal influenza vaccine and she also had the opportunity to participate in the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.  She completed dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was selected as Chief Resident and completed a specialized residency track in Healthcare Leadership and Quality Improvement.  After graduating from residency, she joined faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia.  Now on faculty at Emory University, Dr. Orenstein sub-specializes in the medical and surgical management of hidradenitis suppurativa and sees patients at The Emory Clinic and Grady.

For Dr. Orenstein's BIRCWH proposal, she proposes to perform a secondary analysis of electronic health record data to describe sex and race disparities in medical management and opioid use in HS. I will also use in-depth interviews and qualitative analysis to explore HS patient perspectives on pain experiences, treatment decisions, and communication with providers. Dr. Suephy Chen is her lead mentor and Dr. Rachel Patzer is her co-mentor.