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Current Editors: Michael Ryan and Alec De Jong

(Please email editors if there is blog-worthy news that you would like to see shared)

Past Editors: Keith Wagner, 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, November 15, 2019

UTMB PGY3 Resident to Attend the 2020 Dermatology Foundation Clinical Symposia

Dr. Seena Monjazeb, a UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, received a nomination from the UTMB Department of Dermatology and was selected to attend the 2020 Dermatology Clinical Symposia in Naples, Florida during February 5-9, 2020. Congratulations!

Galveston to Host Two Dermatology Meetings in 2020-2021 Academic Year

The first of these two meetings, the 28th Annual John M. Knox, MD Memorial Lecture, will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020. The Texas Dermatological Society will hold its annual spring meeting in Galveston on April 30 to May 1, 2021. DIG members and other interested medical students are encouraged to work with UTMB dermatology residents and faculty on case presentations for these upcoming meetings.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Resident Appointed to AAD Teledermatology Task Force

Congratulations to Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn, a current PGY2 dermatology resident at UTMB, for her recent two year appointment (2020-2022) as a dermatology resident member to the American Academy of Dermatology Teledermatology Task Force. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Appointed to AAD Regulatory Policy Committee

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wilkerson, Professor of Dermatology for his recent appointment to the American Academy of Dermatology Regulatory Policy Committee for the 2020-2023 term. At UTMB Dr. Wilkerson holds the Sharon and Ben Raimer Professorship in Dermatology and is Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

UTMB Bay Colony Dermatology Clinic has Moved

The UTMB Bay Colony Dermatology Clinic has moved across I-45 to its new location in League City, UTMB Health Multispecialty Center -Dermatology,
2660 Gulf Freeway South, Entrance A,  Suite 14, League City, TX 77573

Monday, November 11, 2019

UTMB DIG Participates in St. Vincent's Health Fair


On Saturday November 9th UTMB DIG members volunteered at the St. Vincent's Health Fair in order to teach community members about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. UTMB DIG would like to give a special thanks to medical students Benjamin Garcia (MS1), Andrea Francis (MS1), and Kristen Kay (MS1) who took the time to run the table! The event was a resounding success and UTMB DIG looks forward to returning again next year!



Left to Right: Benjamin Garcia, Andrea Francis, and Kristen Kay 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

UTMB Medical Student Publishes in American Journal of Dermatopathology

Congratulations to Michael Ryan (MS4) for his recently published article "Basomelanocytic Neoplasms: A Report of Two Similar Tumors with Divergent Treatments". 

The article has been published ahead of print in the American Journal of Dermatopathology, and can be found at: https://journals.lww.com/amjdermatopathology/Abstract/publishahead/Basomelanocytic_Neoplasms__A_Report_of_Two_Similar.98048.aspx 


This article was the result of a multi-institution collaboration and Michael's co-authors on the manuscript are Dr. Daniel Bennett from the University of Wisconsin Department of Dermatology and Drs. Brandon Goodwin and Brent Kelly from University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Dermatology. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Yet Another Successful Stay Shady Presentation

UTMB DIG's Stay Shady Program is off to a very strong start thanks to the work of Stay Shady Chairs Christina Davis (MS2) and Nicholas Tahmassi (MS2) as well as the numerous volunteers that have helped run these events.

Our third Stay Shady event of the year took place at Satori School on 11/4/2019! Medical Student and DIG member Andrea Francis (MS1) went to Satori School to teach students about sun safety and brought supplies for students to make UV-light sensing bracelets.




Don't forget to follow the DIG blog for future opportunities to volunteer with Stay Shady!

UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Publishes About Controversies in Mohs Surgery

Congratulations to UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident, Dr. Julie Croley for her recent featured Resident’s Corner review about controversies in Mohs surgery (Croley JA, Current Controversies in Mohs Micrographic Surgery,Cutis; 2019 October;104(04):E29-E31. The article is currently available online at cutis.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Former UTMB DIG President Publishes Review Article About Scleroderma Ulcer Care

 Congratulations to Dr. Keith Wagner and his co-authors for their recently published literature review, “Filling in the Gaps of Scleroderma Ulcer Care: A Review,” that was published as an online pdf before print at the peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Skin and Wound Care, doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000582636.98643.3b, October 26, 2019. It is currently available on the journal’s website: https://journals.lww.com/aswcjournal/toc/publishahead  His co-authors are Drs. Kate Woolridge (UTMB completing resident in 2019) and Ashley Group, former UTMB Associate Professor of Dermatology.

Monday, October 28, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Residents Attend 2019 ASDS Meeting in Chicago

Three UTMB dermatology residents (one from each class) attended the recent American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting in Chicago (October  24-27, 2109). They were (left to right) Drs. Kristyna Gleghorn (PGY3), Julie Croley (PGY4), and Paige Hoyer (PGY2). They are eager to share what they learned at this meeting with our department!


Rare Colllision Tumor Presented at 2019 ASDS Meeting by UTMB Dermatology Resident

Congratulations to Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn and her coauthors for their poster, “An Unusual Presentation of a Collision Tumor, Containing Primary Basal Cell Carcinoma and Apocrine hidrocystoma, Encountered During Mohs Micrographic Surgery,” that was presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) in Chicago this October. Dr. Gleghorn’s coauthors on this poster were Drs. Matthew Lacour (UTMB SOM 2019), Skyler White (UTMB PGY4), Josh Hammel (2018-2019 UTMB Mohs Fellow), David Raimer (Core UTMB Mohs Fellowship Faculty), Brandon Goodwin (Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology), Brent Kelly (Professor Dermatology and Director of Dermatopathology), and Richard Wagner (Professor Dermatology and Mohs Fellowship Director).

Friday, October 25, 2019

Dr. Aaron Joseph Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Joseph, who was recently promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology (nontenure track without salary) at UTMB. Dr. Joseph is active in the UTMB’s Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO) Fellowship Program, where he serves as the Associate Program Director and provides expert clinical and research supervision to the fellows in his Pasadena, Texas Mohs practice. Since 2016, three fellows have completed the UTMB MSDO program, with two currently in full-time academic positions (Dr. C. Helen Malone at Baylor Medical College and Dr. Jason Hirshburg at Oklahoma University School of Medicine). The 2019 completing fellow, Dr. J. Hammel is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Vlad Codrea is the current MSDO Fellow.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

UTMB DIG Presents Stay Shady at Collegiate Academy

UTMB Medical Student and DIG Stay Shady Chair Nicholas Tahmassi (MS2) presented Stay Shady to Students at Collegiate Academy on Tuesday October 22nd. Nicholas taught the students about sun protection and skin cancer, and made UV sensitive bracelets for students to take home. The event was a resounding success and the teachers and students were very enthusiastic about the presentation!




The next Stay Shady Event will be at Satori Elementary School on Monday November 4th at 2:30 pm. Please contact Nicholas Tahmassi  (nstahmas@utmb.edu) or Christina Davis (dndavis@utmb.edu) if you would like to participate.

UTMB Participates in the 2019 Annual ASDP Meeting

The Annual American Society of Dermatopathology Meeting was held in San Diego on October 17-20th and several UTMB medical students, fellows, and faculty participated. UTMB Medical Students Caroline Crain (MS4) and Michael Ryan (MS4) worked on the following posters with dermatology faculty and dermatopathology fellows:

A Rare Case of Endocrine Mucin- Producing Sweat Gland Carcinoma
Caroline Crain, BS; Liliana Rincon, MD; Brandon Goodwin, MD

Basomelanocytic Neoplasms: A Report of Two Similar Tumors with Divergent Treatments
Emily Behrens, MD; Michael P. Ryan, BS; Daniel D. Bennett, MD; Brandon P. Goodwin, MD; Brent C. Kelly, MD.

A Metastasizing Atypical Fibroxanthoma or a Pleomorphic Dermal Sarcoma? A Highlight on the Blurred Boundaries
Ghadah Al Sannaa, MBBS; Michael P. Ryan, BS; Adam V. Nguyen, MD; Brent C. Kelly, MD; Sharon S. Raimer, MD.




UTMB MS4 Caroline Crain and Dermatology Faculty Dr. Brandon Goodwin in front of their poster

Monday, October 21, 2019

Flooding in Galveston

Monday morning, October 21, 2019 found areas around the UTMB campus flooded on Market St and 9th St, including parts of campus.


UTMB MS4 Publishes in Dermatologic Surgery

Congratulations to Michael Ryan (MS4) for his recent publication "Atypical Fibroxanthoma of the Scalp with Cutaneous Metastasis" in Dermatologic Surgery. His coauthors on the manuscript are Drs. Adam Nguyen (PGY-4 Dermatology Resident), Brent Kelly (Professor of Dermatology) and Sharon Raimer (Professor of Dermatology). The article can be found online ahead of print at:  https://journals.lww.com/dermatologicsurgery/Citation/publishahead/Atypical_Fibroxanthoma_of_the_Scalp_With_Cutaneous.98132.aspx

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 11/7/19

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, November 7th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Volunteer link: http://stvsc.org/index.php/students/sign-up

Thursday, October 10, 2019

UTMB Dermatology NP Selected for UTMB Academy of Master Clinicians

Congratulations to Dr. Liz Petitt, DPN, RN, FNP-C, DCNP, Assistant Professor, SON for her selection to the UTMB Academy of Master Clinicians.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Texas Leads Nation in Uninsured

 According to the Texas Medical Association (https://www.texmed.org/TexasMedicineDetail.aspx?id=51651&utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=TMT), 11.2% of Texas children and 17.7% of adults lack health insurance.

Congratulations 2019 Completing UTMB Dermatology Residents

The results are in, and all of UTMB’s PGY4 completing 2019 dermatology residents passed the American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination. Congratulations to Drs. Vlad Codrea, Kyle Kaltwasser, Kristin Wolf, and Kate Woolridge. It has been a great pleasure working with you! Good luck in your future practices!

UTMB Dermatology Posters at 2019 Fall Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) Meeting

UTMB was well-represented at the 2019 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting in San Antonio. UTMB posters presented were:

Foreign Body Reaction to Hydrophilic Polymer Following Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Kristyna Gleghorn MD, Marie Clark BA, Skyler Maher MD, Vlad Codrea MD, Brandon Goodwin MD, Richard F Wagner Jr. MD

A Case of L. Mexicana in a Mexican Cave Diver from California and a brief review of treatment, Adam Nguyen

Primary cutaneous nocardiosis in a patient with pancytopenia, Frank Winsett

DRESS Syndrome: A Refractory Case with Severe Hepatitis, Julie Croley

Cystic Molluscum: A Unique Histopathologic Presentation of a Common Condition, Paige Hoyer

Dermatitis Herpetiformis in an African American Female, Bianca Uzoma

The diagnostic challenge of a chemotherapy-related drug eruption in a patient with a bullous rash, Caroline Crain

Case of severe pemphigus vulgaris in an 11-year-old girl treated with rituximab and methotrexate, Corley Pruneda

Lab Monitoring in Healthy Asymptomatic Acne Patients on Isotretinoin: A Cost Comparison Between Daily Practice and Literature Based Recommendations, Michael Ryan

Vismodegib-induced alopecia: description of histologic findings, Natalya Gallega

Squamous Cell Carcinoma within a Verrucous Cyst, Michael Phan

A Rare Case of Familial Generalized Multiple Glomangioma in an Adult Female, Elise Weisert


Dermoscopic Clue for Diagnosis of Involuting Congenital Nevus of the Scalp, Maureen Ezekor

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Publishes in Cutis

Congratulations to Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn for her 2019 case letter published in Cutis, “Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation Following Treatment of Hyperkeratosis Lenticularis Perstans With Tazarotene Cream 0.1%” (Cutis. 2019 August;104[02]:E37-E38). Her coauthors were Drs. Tanya Riddle, and Adrian Subrt, and Erica Kelly (UTMB Professor of Dermatology). Their article is available at https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/207756/pigmentation-disorders/postinflammatory-hyperpigmentation-following

UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Featured in Twitter Chat About Skin Cancer

UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident Dr. Julie Croley will participate in a twitter chat about skin cancer on Tuesday, October 8, at 8 pm est. Her co-hosts are Drs. Candrice Heath (Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Temple University Dermatology) and Anthony Rossi (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The chat is being held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at #MDedgechats.  Please join us to learn more about skin cancer, sunscreens, skin of color, and melanoma!

Stay Shady Volunteer Opportunities

UTMB DIG will have two upcoming Stay Shady Presentations that medical students can volunteer for:
-The first is at Collegiate Academy @ Weis on Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 2:00-2:51pm.
-The second is at at Satori Elementary School on Monday November 4th at 2:30 pm .
Please contact Stay Shady Chair Christina Davis (cndavis@utmb.edu) for more information if you would like to help out.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

UTMB DIG Hosts Fall Bake Sale

The Dermatology Interest Group had its annual Fall Bake Sale on Wednesday October 2nd. The event was organized and planned by DIG Fundraising Chair Elise Weisert (MS3). Special thanks to McKenzie Poehl (MS1) and Claire Culbertson (MS1) for coming out and helping Elise run the stand. The following students provided the baked goods that were sold: Caroline Crain (MS3), Alyssa Hansen (MS2), Will Meyer (MS1) ,McKenzi Poehl (MS1), and Claire Culbertson (MS1). Thank you to everyone who participated and those in the community who bought baked goods!

Left to Right: Claire Culbertson (MS1), McKenzie Poehl (MS1), and Elise Weisert (MS3)

Friday, September 27, 2019

UTMB DIG Presents First Stay Shady of the Year

UTMB DIG visited Austin Middle School on Thursday 9/26/19 to teach students about skin cancer and sun safety. Special thanks to Nicholas Tahmassi (MS2) and Christina Davis (MS2) for setting up the event and volunteering to give the presentation and make UV-sensitive bracelets with the students. Nicholas and Christina are the DIG Stay Shady Chairs for the 2019-2020 year and are working to plan many more events throughout the year.  Stay tuned for future blog posts with additional opportunities to get involved with Stay Shady!



Medical Student Christina Davis in front of Austin Middle School

Bake Sale Volunteers Needed

DIG will be hosting our annual Fall Bake Sale on October 2nd from 11:00-1:00. We are still in need of volunteers to bake or bring treats. Please sign up using the link below if you are able to donate treats and/or would like to volunteer! Please contact Elise Weisert at emweiser@utmb.edu with questions. 





Tuesday, September 24, 2019

St. Vincent Health Fair 2019

UTMB DIG will be hosting a booth at the annual St. Vincent's Health Fair on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 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. We are looking for 2 to 4 volunteers who can create an educational poster and then help run the booth for any or all of the time between 9:00am to 12:00pm.


Please contact Michael Ryan (mpryan@utmb.edu) if you would like to be a part of this event.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 10/3/19

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 3rd at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Volunteer link: http://stvsc.org/index.php/students/sign-up