• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Dermatology

Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Dr. Colven is the John E. Olerud Professor of Dermatology Training and Director of the UW Dermatology Residency.

Besides medical education, Dr. Colven’s interests include HIV-related skin disorders, systemic disease dermatology, and telemedicine. In 2004-06, as a Fulbright Lecturer, he worked in Cape Town, South Africa, initiating a teledermatology network to reach underserved regions of that country. Following that work, Dr. Colven has continued similar store and forward teledermatology consultation for safety net clinics in Washington State and with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

In the past four years, Dr. Colven has traveled twice to Hunan Province, People's Republic of China, to assist with establishing standards of dermatology residency training there.

  • BS (University of Washington)
  • MD (University of Washington)
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  • Dermatology
  • Telemedicine

HIV dermatology and a research interest in telemedicine.


Colven R, Harrington RD, Spach DH, Cohen CJ, Hooton TM. Rebound retroviral syndrome after cessation of suppressive antiretroviral therapy in three patients chronically infected with HIV. Ann Int Med 2000; 133:430-34.

Doorenbos AZ, Demiris G, Towle C, Kundu A, Revels L, Colven R, Norris TE, Buchwald D. Developing the Native People for Cancer Control Telehealth Network. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Jan-Feb;17(1):30-4.

Colven RM, Shim M-HM, Todd G. Improvement in primary provider diagnostic acumen using a teledermatology network. Telemed eHealth 2011 Jun;17(5):363-9.

Totten JE, Brock DM, Schimelpfenig TD, Hopkin JL, Colven RM. Prolonged exposure dermatosis: reporting high incidence of an undiagnosed facial dermatosis on a winter wilderness expedition. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015 Dec;26(4):525-30.

Swanson L, Colven R. Approach to the Patient with a Suspected Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reaction.
Med Clin North Am. 2015 Nov;99(6):1337-48. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2015.06.003. Review.