Dr. Rajani Katta is an award-winning educator who is deeply passionate about patient, medical student, and physician education. She served as Professor of Dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine for over 17 years and founded the Baylor College of Medicine Contact Dermatitis Clinic. She served as Course Director for Dermatology in the basic science years for 15 years, and previously served as Clerkship Director of Dermatology. In 2015, she left to establish her own practice dedicated to allergic contact dermatitis. Since then, she has been Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the McGovern Medical School at University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. 

She has authored over 70 scientific articles and chapters in prestigious publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has also been honored to serve on the Review Panels for the Archives of Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and American Family Physician. Her current research involves diet and dermatology, allergic contact dermatitis, diet and dermatitis, and patient perceptions of diet and acne. 

Dr. Katta has lectured at the national meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Contact Dermatitis Society. She has also lectured extensively both nationally and locally at such institutions as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Texas, University of Southern California, University of Nebraska, and Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Katta has been quoted and featured in multiple media outlets, including Good Housekeeping, the Oprah magazine, the Dr. Oz magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Detroit News, Family Circle, and Glamour magazine. She has also been featured in news programs on the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox networks, as well as NPR. She also serves as a member of the Media Expert Team of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Having advised many students over the years regarding the dermatology residency match process, she was determined to become an expert in this area. In 2009, she co-authored the first edition of The Successful Match. The book quickly became the best-selling title in this field. It has been recommended as Suggested Reading in the AAMC Careers in Medicine Student Guide and identified as a high-value resource by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs.

She has co-authored a total of 7 books. One of these books, Success on the Wards, has helped thousands of medical students make the difficult transition from the preclinical to clinical years of medical school. Success on the Wards is a required or recommended resource at many U.S. medical schools.

She has a strong interest in preventive dermatology, and her latest book, Glow, explores the link between diet and dermatology. She maintains a blog and podcast on this topic at www,kattamd.com. Her goal is to foster better dietary choices by emphasizing the effects of diet on the skin.

After graduating with honors from Baylor College of Medicine and completing her internship in Internal Medicine, she completed her residency at the Northwestern University School of Medicine.

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