Rashel Goodkin

leading cosmetic dermatology provider in Boston-Wellesley

Dr. Rashel Goodkin took my concerns seriously and with compassion. With quiet grace, she listened and understood my concerns, the way you would be able to speak to your best friend...she is kind, an excellent listener...the knowledge she possesses is comforting. You feel like you are in good hands with a derm with a good heart.

Kathi, Age 50 - Canton, MA

I have been fighting a [rash] on one foot and was receiving treatment for five years with no success. It has been three weeks and I do not see any [rash]. I can't tell you how great that feels.

Carol, Age 50's - Bellingham, MA

r. Goodkin is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, graduating summa cum laude

with Distinction in Major (Biology) from Boston University. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Lahey Clinic and her residency in dermatology at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. She served as Chief Resident in Dermatology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 2001.

Dr. Goodkin received an award in recognition of outstanding performance during her dermatology training and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in 2002. A Board-certified dermatologist since 2002, Dr. Goodkin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and serves on the membership committee of the Massachusetts Academy of dermatology.

Clinical Interests

  • Medical: acne, rosacea, warts, molluscum, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer, and pruritus (itching)
  • Surgical: treatment of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma
  • Cosmetic: laser treatments
  • Dr. Goodkin's original research on brachioradial pruritus (itchy skin condition) was published in the foremost dermatology journal, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, in 2003. She also presented the work at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2001. Dr. Goodkin had also published other manuscripts on pruritus (itching) in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and in a major medical textbook, Conn's Current Therapy. Dr. Goodkin was selected for a prestigious Howard Hughes Research Fellowship in 1993 and received the Cancer Federation Award for her research on genes involved in tumor suppression and immune response in 1994. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology asked Dr. Goodkin to serve as a reviewer in 1999.
  • Dr. Goodkin served as a Harvard Medical School Clinical Instructor in 2002, teaching residents and other physicians about dermatology, and she was staff dermatologist at Lahey Clinic from 2002-2004. She has volunteered at skin cancer screenings at Newton Wellesley Hospital, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center and Lahey Clinic.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Admitting physician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Admitting Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Needham Hospital


Dr. Goodkin is fluent in Russian. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her three children.

In Dr. Goodkin's Own Words

leading Boston area dermatologist

For every patient I see, I focus on being compassionate to their individual situation. How would I feel and what would I need to know if I had the same problems? I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families. I entered medicine because it was a scientific field that would allow me to help patients directly. Today, my greatest joy as a doctor is being able to apply my scientific knowledge and skills to improve my patients' lives.