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How Chicago Dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson Crusades For Women of Color

Dr. Caroline Robinson

Caroline Robinson, MD, is really excited for next spring in Chicago. Sure, the temperatures might be (slightly) warmer than, say, December, but the 34-year-old dermatologist isn’t thinking about the weather. She’s focused on her new practice, Tone Dermatology℠, which she’ll be opening in the South Loop in the new year. 

“It was very important for me to do that, so patients from the South and West side can have access to dermatologic care,” says the native Chicagoan. She earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University® before attending the University of Louisville® School of Medicine. 

Between graduation and residency, she married her husband LaRue, with whom she just celebrated 10 years of marriage and renewed her vows. Dr. Robinson went on to complete her residency at Southern Illinois University®, where she was Chief Resident in her final year. Her family has certainly benefited from her dermatological expertise, as her skincare advice has rubbed off on her husband and their two daughters, Corinne, 7, and Elle, 4 — especially when it comes to regimens and sunscreen. 

Dr. Robinson doesn’t just teach her family about the importance of caring for their skin. She is a proud member of The Skin of Color Society℠. Its purpose is to promote awareness of and excellence in the area of skin of color within the field of dermatology. This isn’t just a cause she idly supports — she frequently speaks on panels, uses her Instagram account to help champion diversity, and inspires others to pursue a career in medicine. “When I was in medical school, and I was exposed to dermatology, I realized that I could actually help people of color as a dermatologist,” she explains, “The light bulb was turned on.”  Here, she talks about being an advocate in her community, what she’s learned about beauty (thanks to her children), and the questions she’s most frequently asked.

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