James J Contestable


Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director, Dermatology and Laser Clinic
Location: Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, NC
Research Interests:
Scars, keloids, skin cancer
Acne Keloidalis nuchae
Office Phone


Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA
Residency, Dermatology, 2017-2020

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Internship, Transitional Year, 2013-2014

Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
Medical Degree, 2009-2013

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Molecular Biology, 2009

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, 2004-2008


James J. Contestable, MD is the head of the Dermatology and Laser Clinic at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. He is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and active-duty Naval Officer. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and his M.D. at the Uniformed Services University where he received the Navy Surgeon Generals award and was a first-class AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) selectee.

Dr. Contestable served onboard three US Navy aircraft carriers during deployments at sea as a flight surgeon and aeromedical evacuation specialist. During his tour, he was selected as the Flight Surgeon of the year for the Pacific Command. He completed his residency in Dermatology at Naval Medical Center San Diego where he served at the House Staff Council President for the entire campus. He currently serves as a member of the Dermatology In-Review Advisory Council and reviewer for three medical journals. Dr. Contestable volunteers weekly for The Addis Clinic providing pro bono virtual care for underserved patients in Africa. He enjoys teaching residents, PA students, and medical students daily in his clinic where future providers are educated in the treatment of skin disease. Dr. Contestable treats skin conditions in all ages and has a special interest in scar revision and rehabilitation. He has published a number of articles and textbook chapters addressing subjects such as contact dermatitis, lupus, autoimmune blistering disease, laser treatments, scars, etc.

Dr. Contestable is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. Dr. Contestable’s memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the North Carolina Dermatology Association.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

2021 - Vice-President - Association of Military Dermatologists

2013 - Navy Surgeon Generals Award

2017 - Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year - NAVCOMPAC

2012 - Alpha Omega Alpha

2007 - Florida Blue Key

2019 - House Staff Council Chair - Naval Medical Center San Diego

2019 - Dermatology-in-Review Advisory Council

Representative Bibliography

Shumaker PR, Contestable JJ. (2020). “Management of Hypertrophic Scars” in Krakowski AC (ed.) Procedural Pediatric Dermatology. Philadephia: Wolters Kluwer.

Case A, Contestable J, Venick R, Reilly E, Barnes D. Beware of what lurks beneath: Diffuse Infantile Hepatic Hemangiomas in neonate resulting in cardiac failure and hypothyroidism: A Case Report. Poster Presentation, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, November 2020.

Contestable JJ, Edhegard KD, Meyerle JH. Bullous Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Review and Update to Diagnosis and Treatment, Am J of Clin Dermatol; Dec 2014; 15(6): 517-24.

Hardy L, Contestable JJ. Laser Treatment of Benign Pigmented Lesions Medscape Drugs & Diseases. Updated: Dec 13, 2019. Available at: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1120359-overview

Contestable JJ, Logemann, NF. Hansen’s Disease, It’s Still Around. Poster Presentation, The American Society of Dermatopathology. Oct 17, 2019. San Diego, CA.

Werbel T, Castrovinci P, Contestable JJ. Ethosuximide-induced drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms with mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Pediatric Dermatology. 2019; https://doi.org/10.1111/pde.13848.

Field RD, Contestable JJ. Pemphigus Vulgaris Successfully Treated With Rituximab. Consultant. 2019;59(4).

Contestable JJ, Ward ML. A Case of Mycoplasma Pneumoniae-associated mucositis. Consultant. 2017;57(12):698-699, 701.

Contestable JJ. Jet Fuel-Associated Occupational Contact Dermatitis. Military Medicine, 2017; Vol. 182, e1870-3.

Contestable JJ, Kashem FI, Wade SM. Neuromyelitis optica. Consultant. 2016;56(4):378,380.