News Release

February 21, 2008

Contact: Christopher DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

UConn Dermatology Practice Continues to Grow

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Arni Kristjansson, M.D., has joined the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is seeing patients at the Department of Dermatology in Farmington.

Kristjansson is board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology. He practices general clinical dermatology, which includes acne, rashes, moles and skin cancers. He also is doing clinical lab work in the dermatopathology laboratory, analyzing skin biopsies from the Health Center and from private practitioners in the community.

“It’s like an extra layer of care, seeing patients and being in the lab,” Kristjansson says. “If I see a patient with a difficult rash, for instance, I can do the biopsy and take a look at it. It can be helpful to be able to see both the patient and the specimen.”

“Dr. Kristjansson is an outstanding dermatologist and dermatopathologist,” says Jane Grant-Kels, M.D., chief of dermatology at the UConn Health Center. “We are very fortunate to have him as a member of our team and faculty.”

Kristjansson graduated from medical school at the University of Iceland, and did his internship and residency training in Reykjavik before coming to the U.S. He completed an internship and dermatology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His fellowship training was in dermatopathology at Case Western Reserve University and its primary partner, University Hospitals of Cleveland.

In addition to his clinical duties and lab work, Kristjansson is an assistant professor of dermatology at the UConn School of Medicine.

Kristjansson, 35, lives in West Hartford.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692. More information on the UConn Health Center Department of Dermatology is available at

When he’s not seeing dermatology patients, Dr.Arni Kristjansson analyzes skin biopsies at the UConn Health Center.

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