Dr. Anna Falabella
Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology
Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
Fellow, American Academy of Wound Management
Voluntary Associate Professor of Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery, Miller School of Medicine – University of Miami
Dr. Anna Falabella is internationally known and respected for her passion and expertise in general dermatology, pediatric dermatology and the specialized area of wound healing. Her work has been featured in national and international periodicals, including People Magazine, and she has appeared on Dateline NBC, Discovery Channel Health, Discovery Channel Germany, Univision, and Channel 10 Health News in Miami.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in Cali, Colombia, Dr. Falabella’s clinical training has spanned two continents. In 1989, she earned her Doctorate of Medicine and Surgery from the Universidad del Valle Sección de Medicina in Cali, graduating as salutatorian. After completing an internship and dermatology fellowship at the Hospital Universitario del Valle, she moved to New Orleans, LA where she completed a three-year International Fellowship in Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. In 1994, she joined the University of Miami School of Medicine / Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL where she completed an internship in Internal Medicine, residency in Dermatology, and fellowship in Wound Healing in four years. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and the American Academy of Wound Management.
In 1998, Dr. Falabella joined the faculty of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Within a matter of months, she achieved international recognition for her work in wound healing, becoming the first physician in the world to transplant bioengineered skin onto the wounds of an infant born with epidermolysis bullosa. This novel therapy changed the paradigm for treating this incurable disease. Between 1998 and 2004, Dr. Falabella served as Director of the Dermatology Wound Healing Clinic, Director of the Wound Healing Fellowship Program, and Associate Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine / Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also served as Chief of the Dermatology Clinic at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Oakland Park, FL. In 2004, Dr. Falabella entered private practice, and is now a co-owner of Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists, with offices throughout South Florida. She maintains an appointment with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a Voluntary Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. She holds clinical privileges with the Memorial Healthcare System, including Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL.
Dr. Falabella’s accomplishments in clinical care and research are widely respected. She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator in more than 40 research trials and has authored or co-authored more than 60 articles, book chapters and abstracts. She is co-editor of Wound Healing, the first textbook ever published that focuses on this critical area within dermatology. She has been invited to give lectures at national meetings and world dermatologic congresses. She has received a number of prestigious awards including the Young Investigators Award from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). In 2002, she was one of 80 physicians who was named by the AAD as a Future Leader in Dermatology, and in 2003 the American Biographical Institute selected her as one of 2,000 Notable American Women.
Dr. Falabella is a strong advocate for community health and prevention. She routinely volunteers at local health fairs, providing skin cancer screening to high-risk patients. In 2008, she successfully acquired a $10,000 grant from the American Academy of Dermatology to build a sunshade structure for Indian Trace Elementary School in Weston, FL. In 2013 and 2015, she participated in 10-day medical mission trips to Peru with her medical staff.