Dr. Jennell Nelson - MD
Our Staff


At Nelson Dermatology, we recognize that your choice of a dermatologist is driven both by the doctor's competency and personality. When searching for dermatological treatment, you need a dermatologist who is experienced, understanding and supportive. You get this caring attitude from all the staff at Nelson Dermatology every day. Our staff works together as a team to be sure we are responsive to your needs and keep you informed about your health issues. We look forward to getting to know you.



Jennell E. Nelson-Outerbridge is a highly qualified and recognized authority in Dermatology, Aesthetics and Dermatologic Surgery. This year she was named the new Chair of the INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Department of Dermatology. Her unique expertise includes advanced treatments for recalcitrant acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hair loss treatment and nonsurgical restoration. She is a recognized skin of color expert specializing in safe aesthetics for darker skin tones, hyperpigmentation, complexion blending, and scarring issues that uniquely affect ethnic minorities. Our staff is multicultural and bi-lingual serving Spanish clientele as well.

She is accepting new dermatology patients Monday through Thursday. Saturday cosmeticappointment only.


  • University Hospitals of Cleveland, Dermatology Residency, 2000
  • Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Internal Medicine Internship, 1997
  • Meharry Medical College, 1996, Magna Cum Laude
  • Board Certified – American Board of Dermatology, Diplomat
  • Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Fellow, Skin Cancer Foundation
  • Active Hospital privileges at INOVA Fairfax Hospital 2000-present


  • Cutera LaserTraining, 2012 Allergan Partner Privilege (APP),2010 to present;
  • Director, Kaiser Permanente MAPMG Region, Cosmetic Laser program, 2002-2008;
  • Candela Laser Training, 2002


  • Chair Department of Dermatology, INOVA Fairfax Hospital 2017
  • Chair, National Medical Association, Dermatology Section, 2013-2016
  • Commissioned Officer Student Training & Extern Program (COSTEP)1993
  • Public Health Service Bureau of Primary Health Care - Supervised by Dr. Marilyn Gaston, Assistant Surgeon General & Director, Bureau of Primary Health Care


  • Weimin Hu, Nelson J, Mohney C, Willen M. Malignant Melanoma in an African-American pregnant Female with a Congenital BlueNevus. Dermatologic Surgery. Dec 2004, v. 30, no.12p2, pp. 1530-1532(3).
  • Agarwal S, Nelson JE, Stevens SR, Gilliam AC. An Unusual Case of Cutaneous Pancreatic Fat Necrosis. J Cutan Med Surg. 2002 Jan-Feb;6(1):16-18.
  • Tattoos and Body Piercing: Health Implications—NMA Public Health Newsletter 2001
  • Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevi Risky in Blacks. Skin and Allergy News, January 1999, p.40.
  • -interview adopted from a presentation at the National Medical Association.
  • Nelson,J, Russell, S. Collagen Synthesis in Normal and Keloid Fibroblasts Grown in Collagen Gel Matrices. Journal of the Association of Academic Minority Physicians 1995: 6(4): 146.


  • Nelson J, Willen, M: Keloids and Hypertrophic Scarring.National Medical Association Dermatology Section, John A. Kenney, Jr., MD Residents Research Symposium,August 2000
  • Nelson J, Stevens S, Cooper K: Pyoderma Gangrenosum Arising in association with Crest Syndrome - poster presentation, American Academy of Dermatology Conference, March 2000
  • Nelson J, Florentino F: Menkes’ Kinky Hair Syndrome Revisited - oral presentation, Gross and Microscopic Forum, American Academy of Dermatology Conference, March 2000


  • Cityof Manassas Black History Proclamation recognizing African American Health Professionals, 2015
  • Douglas-Satcher Visiting Clerkship Award, Case Western Reserve University 1995
  • Fellow, National Medical Fellowships, Inc. Program in Academic Medicine 1994
  • -Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and the Commonwealth Fund