Current Editors: Keith Wagner and Michael Ryan

Past Editors: Tim Allen, Kristyna Gleghorn, Dung Mac, Alex Acosta, William Tausend, Sheila Jalalat, Rebecca Philips, Chelsea Altinger, Lindsey Hunter, Alison Wiesenthal, Leslie Scroggins, Mara Dacso, Ashley Group, Fadi Constantine, Emily Fridlington, Joslyn Witherspoon, Tasneem Poonawalla.

Friday, October 19, 2018

DIG Suture and Procedure Workshop

UTMB DIG will be hosting it's annual Suture and Procedure Workshop on November 5th at 5pm in the 4th floor Dermatology Conference room (4.130 McCullough Bldg). Seats are limited so please only RSVP if you are certain you can make it. Preference will be given to underclassmen as well as students who attended the opening meeting. Please use this link to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/DzDZZ6yO7jm5VMMp2 Confirmation or wait-list emails will be sent out 1 week in advance. If you can no longer make it you must let us know at that time so we can give the spot to someone else on the wait-list.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

St. Vincent Health Fair

UTMB DIG will be hosting a booth at the annual St. Vincent's Health Fair on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The health fair is a community-wide event focused on providing health screening opportunities, health resources and health education to the underserved population in Galveston. Our booth will be focused on sun and skin care, and we will be providing participants with free samples and skincare education materials during the fair. Volunteers are needed to help run the booth for any or all of the time between 9:00am to 12:00pm. Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering. Please contact Elise Weisert (emweiser@utmb.edu) with any questions. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

UTMB DIG Blog Request

Our UTMB DIG blog is the best way to let our community (and others) know about your recent dermatology presentations and publications. Although we make every attempt to bring these academic accomplishments to everyone’s attention, your help is needed to make sure we are aware of them. Please share your success with our DIG blog editors, so that your excellence can be recognized!

More UTMB Medical Student Publications in September 2018 OJCPCD

A Pioneer of Dermatologic Literature
Gibbons J and Marion T

Skin Stretching
Marion T, Cao K, Roman J

Monday, October 08, 2018

UTMB DIG Needs Volunteers for Annual Fall Bake Sale

UTMB DIG will be hosting its annual fall bake sale in the UTMB library on October 31st from 11:00am to 2:00pm. If you didn't get a chance to sign up to donate a baked good during our opening meeting and would still like to help out, please email the DIG fundraising chairs Catherine Hazen (cehazen@utmb) and Caroline Crain (cbcrain@utmb.edu) to sign up to bring a treat. We are also looking for volunteers to run the table for any or all of the time between 11am and 2pm and you can email Catherine and Caroline to sign up for that as well.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cutis "Diagnose This" Question Features Medical Student's Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB medical student Michael Ryan (MS3) on a prior case report of his being turned into a "Diagnose This" challenge question in the most recent edition of Cutis. (September 2018, page 184). Michael had originally published the case report in Cutis earlier this year (2018 May;101(5):362, 365-366) in order to highlight a rare presentation of a common disease.

Can you figure out the diagnosis for this case?  You can find the question and answer online at http://bit.ly/2KOAeu0 A link to the case report will also show up after an answer is submitted.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 10/4/18

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty and residents for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot.
When: Thursday, October 4th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Dermatology Interest Group - Opening Meeting Notes – 9/24/18

The Dermatology Interest Group would like to thank everyone who came out to the opening meeting on Monday. Below are the notes from the meeting:

Q&A with Dr. Wagner (UTMB Program Director)
-UTMB Dermatology Residency Program has 4 spots each year and looks to fill them with high achieving students who have strong research background.
-Faculty are willing to assist students with research and mentoring.
-Honors Research Program is a good opportunity to complete independent project.
-Many clinical electives are available for students most years.
-1st years can take a 4 week elective between MS1/MS2 in dermatology.
-Dermatology electives can count for many graduation requirements.
-There are didactive courses offered that can allow ample time for interviews.
-Opportunities for Conferences: Texas Dermatological Society meetings (fall and spring) and Annual AAD meeting (spring).
-Avoid prioritizing research at the cost of grades and learning. Applicants should be able to manage academics, research, and extracurriculars.

What options are available if you don’t match:
-Must have a back-up plan.
-Delay graduation (Super-senior year, master’s degree, more away rotations).
-Other specialties in the match.
-Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Period (SOAP).
-PGY-1 Year (intern year) + Apply again or Research years.
-Research Fellowships.
-Unmatched dermatology applicants have applications and step scores much higher than the median for many other fields.

Dermatology Fellowships Available:
-Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs Surgery)
-Pediatric Dermatology

Stay Shady Events
October 24th @ 8:30 am to 9:15 am
February 8th (tentative date)
~6 more events in the works
Contact: heko@utmb & aldejong@utmb.edu

DIG Fall Bake Sale
October 31st (Time TBD)
Contact: cbcrain@utmb.edu & cehazan@utmb.edu

Suture and Procedure Workshop
November 5th at 5pm
Space will be limited
Preference given to underclassmen (MS1/MS2)
Preference given to people who attended 1st meeting
Must RSVP to attend – Link will be sent out next month

Email list
If you are not receiving emails after signing in at the opening meeting, please check your spam filter settings and if that fails please contact Keith Wagner (President) or Michael Ryan (Vice President).

Monday, September 24, 2018

UTMB Medical Student and Resident Podium and Poster Presentations at 2018 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting in Galveston, Texas

Podium Presentations

“Online Skin Disease Hoaxes: An Evaluation of Their Scope and Potential Impact”
Keith D. Wagner, MS, Julie A. Crowley, MD, Janice M. Wilson, MD

“Insect Repellents: a Comprehensive Review for Clinicians”
Mai-Anh N. Vu, Quoc-Bao Nguyen, MD, Adelaid A. Hebert, MD


“Discrepancies in the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Appropriate Use Criteria”
Julie A. Croley, MD, Josh A. Hammel, MD, Aaron Joseph, MD, Richard F. Wagner, Jr., MD

“Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor Induced Psoriatei Alopecia”
Swaminathan Sundaresan, MD, Andrew Armenta, BS, Brandon Goodwin, MD

“An Impressive Case of Levamisole-Induced Vasculitis”
Frank Winsett, MD, Christopher Dallo, BS

"Pediatric Skin Tumors: Differential Diagnoses for the Rare, the Malignant, and the Benign"
Mai-Anh N. Vu BS, Quoc-Bao Nguyen MD, Matthew R. Grieves MD, Adelaide A. Hebert MD

“A Case of Spindle Cell Lipoma on the Nose”
Jacob E. Benavidez, BS, Adam V. Nguyen, MD, Janice M. Wilson, MD, Brandon P. Goodwin, MD

“A 47-year-old Male with Bullous Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis”
Caroline B. Crain, BS, Adam V. Nguyen, MD, Janice M. Wilson, MD, Brent C. Kelly, MD

“Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in a Two-Month-Old Infant”
Maureen Ezekor, BBA, Vlad Codrea, MD, PhD, Janice Wilson, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Ashley Group, MD

“The First Surgical Skill: How to Cut Suture”
Josh A. Hammel, MD, Kristyna Gleghorn, MD Richard F. Wagner, Jr., MD

“Lupus profundus in a 51-year-old Female Patient: A Case Report”
Ryan E. Lawrence, BS, Arathi Rana, MD, Bernard Gibson, MD

“A Case of Hepatotoxicity Associated with Vismodegib”
Pricilla Ly, BS, Kristin Wolf, MD, Janice Wilson, MD

“Micosphaeropsis arundinis and Chromoblastomycosis Coinfection in a Liver Transpland Patient”
Tyler Marion, MBA, Seena Monjazeb, MD, Lindy Ross, MD, Bernard Bibson, MD

“Pyoderma Gangrenosum Complicated by Cellulitis: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management”
Michael P. Ryan, BS, Katelyn F. Woolridge, MD, Janice Wilson, MD

“Opportunities for Summer Sun Protection Counseling in a Southeast Texas Family Practice”
Keith D. Wagner, MS, Odis W. Gossett, MD, Bernard R. Gibson, MD

Elizabeth “Betty” Head Recognized by Texas Dermatological Society

Ms. Head was honored at the 2018 fall meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society Meeting held at Moody Gardens on September 21st and 22nd for 72 years of service to dermatologists and to dermatology patients. The oleander depicted on the award is a reminder of the leadership role she plays in the International Oleander Society ( oleander.org ), where her contributions are recognized through the Betty Head Oleander Garden Park (2624 Sealy Street in Galveston, Texas).

Ms. Head (center) with Drs. M Wilkerson (left) and Sharon Raimer (right).

Congratulations Dr. Ashley Group!

Dr. Ashley Group, a former UTMB medical student, dermatology resident, and current dermatology faculty member has been promoted to Associate Professor of Dermatology on the tenure track. Congratulations on this great professional accomplishment!

UTMB Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty Star at 2018 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting Virtual Case Presentations

UTMB dermatology residents, medical students (along with some visiting medical students) and faculty presented 20 interesting patients with skin diseases at the fall 2018 meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society Meeting in Galveston  over the past weekend. The cases included:

Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris-like Paraneoplastic Syndrome      
Skyler White, M.D. and Janice Wilson, M.D.

Juvenile Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris  
Skyler White, M.D., Andrew Armenta, B.S., and  Brandon Goodwin, M.D.

Severely Impetiginized Scabies  
Kristyna Gleghorn, M.D., Maureen Ezekor, B.S., Katelyn Woolridge, M.D.,  Lindy Ross M.D., and Sharon Raimer M.D.

Pseudoporphyria in a Dialysis Patient     
Kristin Wolf, M.D., Alfredo Siller, B.S. Brent Kelly, M.D., and Janice Wilson, M.D.

Darier Disease Complicated by Ecthyma Gangrenosum  
Kristin Wolf, M.D., Lyndsey Schexnayder, B.S. and Brent Kelly, M.D.

Pemphigus Vegetans    
Arathi Rana, M.D., Ryan Lawrence, B.S., and Janice Wilson, M.D.

Systemic Sclerosis in Pregnancy
Arathi Rana, M.D., Caroline Crain, B.S., and Janice Wilson, M.D.

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva     
Kyle Kaltwasser, M.D., Tyler Marion, M.B.A., Michael Wilkerson, M.D.

Progressive Osseous Heteroplasia           
Kyle Kaltwasser, M.D., Priscilla Ly, B.S., Brandon Goodwin, M.D., and  Erica Kelly, M.D.

Aquagenic Wrinkling of Palms    
Swami Sundaresan, M,D., Christopher Dallo, B.S., and Brandon Goodwin, M.D.

Clinically Amyopathic Dermatomyositis with Associated Invasive Lung Adenocarcinoma  
Kate Woolridge, M.D., Caitlin Pekowski, B.S., Brent Kelly, M.D., and Brandon Goodwin, M.D.

Erythema Multiforme Major in the Setting of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus: Revisiting Rowell Syndrome
Kate Woolridge, M.D., Allison Good, B.S., Janice Wilson, M.D., and Brent Kelly, M.D.

Kaposi Sarcoma                
Adam Nguyen, M.D., Allison J. Good, B.A., Janice M. Wilson, M.D., and Erica B. Kelly, M.D.

Adam Nguyen, M.D., Michael P. Ryan, B.S., Brent C. Kelly, M.D., and Ashley R. Group, M.D.

Woolly Hair Nevus          
Seena Monjazeb, M.D., Timothy Zimmerman, B.S., and Brandon Goodwin, M.D.

Congenital Candidiasis  
Vlad Codrea, M.D.,  Ph,D.,  Maureen Ezekor, B.B.A.,  Keith Wagner, M.S., Brent Kelly, M.D.; and Erica Kelly, M.D.

Murine Typhus 
Vlad Codrea, M.D. Ph.D., Maureen Ezekor, B.B.A.,  Brent Kelly, M.D., and Ashley Group, M.D.

Follicular Mucinosis        
Julie Croley, M.D., Matt LaCour, B.S., and Bernard Gibson, M.D.

Secondary Syphilis          
Julie Croley, M.D., Alexander L De Jong, B.S., Janice Wilson, M.D., and  Brent Kelly, M.D.

Leprosy Presenting as a Scrotal Mass      
Frank Winsett, M.D., Ryan Lawrence, B.S., and  Janice Wilson, M.D.

UTMB Faculty Lectures at 2018 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting, Galveston, Texas

Pearls from Wound Care
Ashley Group, MD
UTMB Associate Professor of Dermatology

Mentoring Students in Dermatology
Janice Wilson, MD
UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

UTMB Dermatopathology Case Updates
Brent Kelly, MD
Professor, Dermatology


Monday, September 17, 2018

Lots of Interest in UTMB Dermatology Residency for July 2020

ERAS applications for dermatology became available for program review on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and UTMB has already received 384 applications!

UTMB MS4's Abstract Published in Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Keith Wagner and his faculty mentor, Dr. Janice Wilson, for their abstract titled, "Online skin disease hoaxes: An evaluation of scope and potential impact" that presented preliminary data about their survey results at the May 2018 joint International Investigative Dermatology and Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting in Florida. This late breaking abstract (LB1498) was published in the September 2018 issue of Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 138, Issue 9, Page B5  ( https://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(18)32086-4/fulltext )

Friday, September 14, 2018

Flooding in Galveston, Friday September 14, 2018

Heavy rain and flooding around the UTMB campus in Galveston could not stop our 12 dermatology residents and faculty from preparing for the upcoming fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting scheduled for next week at Moody Gardens. Hopefully the weather will improve by then!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

UTMB Medical Students Publish 2 New Articles in Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology

A Pioneer of Dermatologic Literature ( http://ojcpcd.com/marion-t/a-pioneer-of-dermatologic-literature/ )
Jake Gibbons, B.S., Tyler Marion, B.S., M.B.A.

Tyler Marion, B.S., M.B.A., Kevin Cao, B.S., Jorge Roman, M.D.

Congratulations to all involved!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Two Articles in SKIN

UTMB Department of Dermatology has published two more articles in the latest issue of SKIN Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, Volume 2, Number 5. https://jofskin.org/index.php/skin

They are:

A Rare Case of Multicentric Reticulohistiocytosis
Priscilla Ly, Paige Hoyer, Adrian Subrt, Brandon Goodwin, Brent Kelly

A Review of Auto-Injector Pen Safety and Preventative Strategies
Eduardo Adrian Rodriguez, Morgan Leigh Arnold, Michael G Wilkerson

Congratulations to our medical students, dermatology residents, and faculty for their academic collaborations on these manuscripts. SKIN is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication that like Dermatology Online Journal, does not charge a publication fee to authors.

Monday, September 10, 2018

2018-2019 DIG Opening Meeting 9/24/18

Come join the Dermatology Interest Group for their first meeting of the year! We will have UTMB Dermatology Program Director Dr. Richard Wagner present to answer questions about matching into dermatology. We will also discuss future events and have sign ups available for our fall fundraising bake sale and community outreach "Stay Shady" program. The meeting will be held in the 5th floor Dermatology conference room (5.124) at 5 pm. We hope to see you there!


All 4 of our recently graduated UTMB dermatology residents have passed the certification examination administered by the American Board of Dermatology on their first attempt. Congratulations Drs. Chinelo Ikpeama, Lindy Ross, Adrian Subrt, and Will Tausend! This marks the 7th straight year that all of our dermatology residents have passed “the boards” and became board certified dermatologists. One of our new dermatology faculty, Dr. Kathleen Kroger, and the Mohs fellow, Dr. Josh Hammel also received notification that they passed the examination. Congratulations all!

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Tattoos Costly to Remove by Laser!

According to the Wall Street Journal Saturday, September 1-2, 2018, (page A2) tattoo removal costs $49 to $300 dollars per square inch and usually requires between 3 and 12 laser treatments. Removing a 3 x 5 inch tattoo that needs 8 laser treatments costs between $5880 and $36,000. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mai-Anh Vu (MS3) Writes Column for National DIGA Newsletter

The national Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) Summer Newsletter has been released. Mai-Anh Vu's (MS3), who is DIGA's Psoriasis Chair as well as UTMB DIG's Psoriasis Chair, column can be found under "Psoriasis Section". DIGA is a national, non-profit dermatology interest group encompassing over 100 medical schools in the US. The newsletter can be found here: https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=87e06011a087bf7c3fc72dfff&id=29c4dfe304

Sunday, August 26, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 9/6/18

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty and residents for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot.
When: Thursday, September 6th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Thursday, August 23, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Adds Two Additional Full Time Faculty

UTMB Dermatology now has two new Assistant Professors. Dr. Lindy Ross completed dermatology residency at UTMB in June, and is now on the faculty. Dr. Kathleen Kroger completed dermatology residency at UT Houston Health Science Center and is also a new UTMB dermatology faculty. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you during our dermatology rotations.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

UTMB Planning Ahead for House Staff Orientation in June 2019

The UTMB GME has released dates for new house staff orientation for 2019. This will apply to all incoming PGY1 residents and PGY2 dermatology residents who did not take their PGY1 at UTMB. UTMB GME plans new house staff orientation on June 20th and 21st. Epic training will follow on June 24th through June 26th, unless it is all completed on June 25th

Monday, August 20, 2018

National Psoriasis Foundation Walk

Want to make a difference? UTMB DIG will be participating in the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)'s Houston Walk on Saturday, 9/22/18! Since 2007, the NPF has raised over $10 million to help find a cure for psoriasis. Help us raise awareness and have fun while giving back. We would love for members to either walk with our UTMB DIG team or volunteer to set up/break down the event & health fair for our psoriatic "psuperheros"! Our team page can be found here. 

  • When: Saturday, 9/22/18
  • Time: Registration opens at 8 AM. Walk begins at 9 AM. 
  • Where: Brown Foundation Lawn at Buffalo Bayou Park 
  • Address: 105 Sabine Street, Houston TX 77007

Please RSVP if you would like walk or volunteer by filling out this form here by 9/1/18.

NPF walkers & volunteers will be contacted via e-mail by Mai-Anh Vu (MS3), UTMB DIG's Psoriasis Chair. Mai-Anh is also the national DIGA Psoriasis Chair. Please e-mail mnvu@utmb.edu should you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you change the world one step at a time!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Volunteers needed to help residents for TDS

The UTMB Dermatology residents are looking for students to help them write up cases for the virtual presentations at the upcoming TDS 2018 meeting. If you would like to help, please sign up at


Friday, August 17, 2018

UTMB MS4 Awarded Dermatology Research Graduation Honors

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Keith Wagner for the successful defense of his thesis, “Skin Disease Hoaxes on the Internet: An Evaluation on Their Scope and Potential Impact on Dermatology.” His ad hoc honors thesis committee Drs. MK Peek, Janice Wilson (faculty mentor), Sharon Raimer, and Brent Kelly award him Magna Cum Laude graduation research honors. There were a total of 2 UTMB MS4s who completed Dermatology Honors Research Programs in the SOM Class of 2019. 32 UTMB UTMB medical students have now completed this program in dermatology research since the Department of Dermatology began participation in 2001.  26 of them are currently in dermatology residency programs or practicing dermatology, 1 is currently in a dermatology clinical fellowship, and 3 are still medical students at UTMB.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Friday UTMB Dermatology Photo Op

2018-2019 UTMB Dermatology Residents with Chair ad interim, Dr. Bernard Gibson

Monday, August 13, 2018

Disease Specific Support Groups

The internet has facilitated disease specific support groups for patients and their families. One of the earliest ones for skin diseases was N.O.A.H (National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation: https://www.albinism.org/ ).
The UTMB DIG, through its association with DIGA, has learned about an additional organization for those impacted by vitiligo ( see https://www.globalvitiligofoundation.org/support-groups ). Texas currently has vitiligo support groups in Dallas and in Houston according to this website.