Editors



Current Editors: Tim Allen and Keith Wagner



Past Editors: 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, January 29, 2010

Beach Run During Galveston's Mardi Gras Next Weekend

This year the Galveston YMCA will host a Beach Run during Mardi Gras on Saturday morning, February 6th. Additional information is available on their hotline number (409-763-4607), and their website is: https://webmail.utmb.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=9e2f562d583c41ba8edf4db2fe9c6995&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.mardigrasbeachrun.com%2fdefault.asp

Join in on all the fun for a very good cause. And please remember the sunscreen!

Dr. Cameron Coury Completes UTMB Dermatology Residency


Congratulations to Cameron Coury, MD, who completes her dermatology residency at UTMB today. Dr. Coury was one of the combined 5-year dermatology/pediatrics residents, but following the closure of this combined residency program at UTMB in 2008 after Hurricane Ike, Dr. Coury continued residency training as a full-time dermatology resident at UTMB. She is joining a private dermatology practice in Richardson, Texas (Dermatology Specialists, office telephone 972-699-0000).

Dr. Mika Yamazaki made this flower arrangement.

Rain, Rain, Go Away...


Heavy rainfall in Galveston this morning caused temporary street flooding around the UTMB campus this morning.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Volunteer for Science Night at Odyssey Academy

Join DIG at Odyssey Academy's Annual Science night:

When: February 17, 2010 5pm-7pm
Where: Odyssey Academy
2412 61st Street
What: Teach kids how to stay safe in the sun
Make UV Bead bracelets with the kids

Interested in participating? E-mail Alison Wiesenthal at acwiesen@utmb.edu.

False Health and Safety Claims about Indoor Tanning

The American Academy of Dermatology has issued a statement about the recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action on indoor tanning health and safety claims. It is available at: http://www.aad.org/media/background/news/Releases/American_Academy_of_Dermatology_Lauds_US_Federal_T/

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dermatology Times Offers Advice to Applicants

The January 2010 issue of Dermatology Times (Volume 31, Number 1) by John Jesitus, Senior Staff Correspondent, offers expert advice to dermatology applicants on page 26. To match into dermatology and to be happy with this career choice, you should be in the top 10% of your medical school class (unless there is a research background), become a mentor to students once you graduate, have a strong self-image so that negative peer comments about dermatology being less worthwhile than other specialties won't bother you, select dermatology because of your passion about the specialty (not because of perceived lifestyle benefits that may change with increasing governmental regulation), application to every dermatology program, and knowledge that most daily dermatology practice involves the management of only 5 or 6 specific diagnoses.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

DIG Presents Stay Shady! at Odyssey

DIG presented "Stay Shady!" this week at Odyssey Elementary School. The first and second graders were enthusiastic about sun safety and asked many wonderful questions! Thank you to Odyssey Academy for being a great audience.

Interested in presenting Stay Shady! at another school? Contact our Community Service Rep Rebecca Philips at rcphilip@utmb.edu or Co-Pres Alison Wiesenthal at acwiesen@utmb.edu.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Former Dermatology Residents Visit Department Before Sunday Marathon

Drs. Julie Brantley (The Woodlands, TX) and Josh Dimmick (Springfield, MO) visited the UTMB Department of Dermatology on Friday, prior to their races in the Houston Marathon this weekend. They shared their experiences in their first seven months of private dermatology practice with our faculty and residents. It was great getting their feedback about our dermatology residency program now that they are practicing dermatologists. Good luck to you both in the upcoming marathon! We will all be cheering for you!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"Skin Diseases Depicted in the Cinema" is Ready for the Next Hurricane!

Our dermatology senior BSHS selective (DERU-4051) and elective (DERU-4007) have been improved so that in the event of another hurricane in Galveston, these courses will not be disrupted. Instead of using the dermatology conference room in the McCullough building on the UTMB campus in Galveston, the course will be relocated in the new dermatology conference room located at the dermatology clinic in the Bay Colony Town Center, League City, TX. In the event of another Galveston hurricane, students will be welcome to join Dr. Wagner in League City or teleconference with the class from any location. Dr. Wagner plans on contacting enrolled students via email with class details in the event of another hurricane. In the aftermath of another hurricane, enrollment restrictions are typically dropped and Dr. Wagner will permit over enrollment to accommodate students needing BSHS graduation or elective credit. This registration process is usually accomplished through email following a hurricane.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Skype Videoconferencing Comes To UTMB

Starting next week, UTMB dermatology residents plan on using our new Skype Videoconferencing System to link the two main dermatology conference rooms at UTMB in Galveston and the UTMB Bay Colony Clinic in League City. This will restore the option of traditional morning and noon academic conferences that were disrupted by Hurricane Ike in 2008, without additional resident and faculty travel, in addition to "Academic Friday" when the entire department meets in Galveston for grand rounds, lectures and journal club. The first joint videoconference scheduled is the dermatopathology textbook review.

UTMB Dermatology Resident "Cosmetic Boot Camp" This Friday Afternoon (1/15/09)

Dr. Erica Kelly, UTMB's faculty cosmetic dermatologist, will host another dermatology resident "cosmetic boot camp" this Friday afternoon following Dermatology Grand Rounds, academic Friday activities, and dermatology journal club. All ten of the UTMB dermatology residents will have enough product to treat two patients requesting fillers and two patients requesting treatment with neurotoxin under her expert supervision. UTMB dermatology residents typically feel very competent and experienced to perform these cosmetic and other outpatient surgical procedures once in practice due to the strong training UTMB dermatology residency provides in these subspecialty areas.

Reminder for National Student Research Forum Abstracts (due 1/22/10)

Submit your abstracts today for the 51st Annual National Student Research Forum!

Location: Galveston, TX
Date: April 22-23, 2010
Abstract Deadline: January 22, 2010!

The primary purpose of the National Student Research Forum is to provide a national scientific assembly, planned and managed by students for the presentation of research by medical students, graduate students, interns, and residents in the biomedical sciences. The Forum provides an opportunity for young biomedical scientists to receive critical analysis and recognition of their research efforts from established scientists.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Visiting Medical Student Takes UTMB Dermatology Film Course

Dr. Wagner's elective film course, DERU-4007, "Skin Diseases Depicted in Film" seems to be getting more popular with medical students. Our first visiting student from Texas Tech's El Paso campus enrolled for this 4 week class during Period 7, that started on Monday, January 11th.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Doing Your Best at the Dermatology Residency Interview

Congratulations, you have received some dermatology interviews! That means that on paper you could be a good potential fit for the requesting program. While most undergraduate programs and some graduate schools, such as law schools, do not usually interview applicants but instead go with test scores and the GPA, as a rule medical schools and their postgraduate medical education programs (residency and fellowship) want to meet you personally before placing you on their match list. How do some applicants make a great first impression at their interviews while others are not as successful?

There is no doubt that interviewing for a dermatology residency can be stressful. Try to prepare as much as you can for the interview. Robin Ryan’s updated book, 60 Seconds & You’re Hired (2008), although not completely geared to the needs of dermatology residency applicants, offers valuable advice about improving interview skills. If you have time on the “trail“ this next month, it could be a worthwhile read!

Friday, January 01, 2010

UTMB Dermatology and Dermatopathology Alumni

Ashley Allison, MD
UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship: 2007-2008
Current Location: Dermpath Diagnostics, Birmingham, Alabama
Website: dermpathdiagnostics.com

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Stacy Russell Beaty, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology at St. Louis University: 2005-2007
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2005
Current Location: Northeast Tarrant Dermatology, Hurst, Texas: 2007-Present
Website: http://www.northeasttarrantderm.com/

Additional Information: Married to Drew Beaty, MD (allergist) with 3 children

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Alma Berlingeri-Ramos, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship: 2008-2009
Current Location: UTMB Department of Dermatology, Galveston, Texas
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/dermatology/faculty/index.html

Additional Information: Areas of special interest: Dermatopathology, Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease

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Julie Brantley, MD
UTMB School of Medicine: 2004
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2009
Current Location: Sadler Clinic, The Woodlands, Texas
Website: sadler.com

Additional Information: She has a personal interest in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Interests include traveling, exercising, spending time with husband and their bloodhound.

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David F. Butler, MD
Chair, Department of Dermatology
Professor of Dermatology
UTMB School of Medicine: 1980
Dermatology Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Chief Resident
Current Location: Texas A&M Medical Center/Scott & White Clinic, Temple, Texas
Website: sw.org/dermatology

Additional Information: Interests and hobbies include golf, swimming, walking

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Conner Chan, MD
PGY-3 Dermatology Resident
UTMB School of Medicine: 2008
Current Location: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Website: lsuhsc.edu/dermatology/residency

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Catherine Chen-Tsai, MD
UTMB School of Medicine: 2002
Dermatology Residency: Roger Williams Medical Center - Boston University Medical School, Chief Resident, Boston, Massachusetts
Current Location: Chandler, Arizona
Website: evderm.com

Additional Information: She's married with 2 boys and a dog. She enjoys playing the guitar, singing, painting, traveling, and reading.

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Cameron Coury, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2010
Current Location: Richardson, Texas, Dermatology Specialists
Website: dermspecialist-tx.com

Additional Information: Special interests include: pediatric dermatology, general medical and surgical dermatology, skin cancer management and surveillance and cosmetic dermatology.

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Josh Dimmick, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2009
Current Location: Ferrell Duncan Clinic, Department of Dermatology, Springfield, Missouri
Website: ferrellduncan.com

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Dayna Diven, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1990
Current Location: Austin, Texas
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/dermatology/faculty/index.html
Publications: Dr. Diven's Publications

Additional Information: Areas of special interest include: Lasers in Dermatology and Teledermatology

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Marcia Driscoll, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1997
Current Location: Department of Dermatology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Website: medschool.umaryland.edu

Additional Information: Dr. Driscoll is married to Dr. Brian Driscoll, an ENT/Facial Plastic Surgeon, partner in a private practice and part-time staff clinician at the NIH. They have 3 children.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Craig Eichler, MD
Chief, Division of Dermatology
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1993
Current location: Physicians Regional Medical Group, Naples, Florida
Website: physiciansregionalmedicalgroup.com

Additional Information: Special interests include: Skin cancer, dermatologic surgery, psoriasis, acne

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Emily Fridlington, MD
PGY-4 Dermatology Resident
UTMB School of Medicine: 2005
Current Location: University of Iowa Dermatology, Iowa City, Iowa
Website: uihealthcare.com/depts/med/dermatology

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Adrienne Glaich, MD
UTMB School of Medicine: 2003
Dermatology Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Current Location: Jon K. Stern, M.D. & Associates, Houston, Texas
Website: jonksternmd.com

Additional Information: Dr. Adrienne Glaich was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a board-eligible Dermatologist with interests in general dermatology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Glaich is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Houston Dermatologic Society, Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society. She has authored over 20 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Glaich specializes in the treatment of skin cancer with a concentration in aesthetic dermatology through the use of chemical peels, Botox, cosmetic fillers and laser.

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Brent Kelly, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology, University of Texas Medical Branch
Co-Director, Dermatopathology Labarotory
UTMB Internal Medicine Residency: 2002
UTMB Internal Medicine Chief Residency: 2002 – 2003
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2006
UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship: 2006-2007
Current Location: UTMB Department of Dermatology, Galveston, Texas
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/dermatology/faculty/index.html
Publications: Dr. B. Kelly's Publications

Additional Information: Areas of special interest include: Medical Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Transplant Dermatology. Married to Erica Kelly, MD (dermatologist). Musician- guitarist, instructor, and writer; digital audio home recording. Family - raising three children. Outdoors - hiking, adventure vacations, soccer coaching.

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Erica Kelly, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
Director of Cosmetic Dermatology
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2002
Current Location: UTMB Department of Dermatology, Galveston, Texas
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/dermatology/faculty/index.html
Publications: Dr. E. Kelly's Publications

Additional Information: Areas of special interest include: General Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology. Married to Brent Kelly, MD (dermatologist). Aerobics, Spinning, Weight training, Travel, Hiking, Digital Photography, Theater/Musicals

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Rebecca Kelso, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2007
Current Location: Kelso Dermatology, San Antonio, Texas
Website: kelsodermatology.com

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Norma Magee, MD
UTMB School of Medicine: 2004
Dermatology Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Current Location: West Lake Dermatology, Austin, Texas
Website: http://www.westlakedermatology.com/staff_magee.php

Additional Information: Dr. Magee enjoys both medical and cosmetic dermatology and has a special interest in treating skin cancer. She is a current member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Dermatology Foundation.

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Amy McClung, MD
Dermatology Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
UTMB School of Medicine: 2005
Current Location: Evans Dermatology Partners, Austin, Texas
Website: evans-dermatology.com

Additional Information: She is active in several medical organizations, including the AAD and the Texas Dermatology Sociey. She is an avid runner and has completed nine marathons. She is an active volunteer for Marathon Kids. She and her husband, Christopher, have recently moved to the Tarrytown section of Austin and have a young son.

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Catherine McNeese, MD
UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship: 2007-2008
Current Location: ReitPath Pathology, Austin, Texas
Website: Dr. Cathernine McNeese

Additional Information: Dr. McNeese is a member of several professional organizations including College of American Pathologists, American Medical Association, American Society for Clinical Pathologists and Texas Medical Association.

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Anthony Perri, III, MD
UTMB Dermatology: 2008
Current Location: Sadler Clinic, Conroe, Texas
Website: http://www.perridermatology.com/

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Matt Petitt, DO
PGY-3 Dermatology Resident
UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship: 2006-2007
Current Location: UTMB, Galveston, Texas
Website: UTMB Dermatology

Additional Information: He enjoys spending time with his two kids

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Jennifer Pike, MD
PGY-4 Dermatology Resident
UTMB School of Medicine: 2006
Current Location: Texas A&M Medical Center/Scott & White Clinic, Temple, Texas
Website: sw.org/Dermatology/Residents

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Jennifer Ray, MD
Dermatology Residency: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
UTMB School of Medicine: 2005
Current Location: Skin Care Doctors PA, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Website: skincaredrs.com

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Allison Readinger, MD
Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist
UTMB School of Medicine: 2002
Dermatology Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Dermatopathology Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Current Location: Texas Dermatology Associates, P.A., Dallas, Texas
Website: texasderm.com

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Cecilia Rosales, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatopathology
Dermatology Residency: University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship: 2008-2009
Current Location: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Website: bcm.edu/pathimmuno

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Monica Scheel, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1999
Current Location: solo practice in Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Website: drmonicascheel.com

Additional information: She practiced with a dermatology group in Texas for three years prior to moving to Hawaii in 2002. She is a faculty member for the University of Minnesota Medical School and assists in teaching a course on integrative medicine to 4th year medical students. Dr. Scheel’s community service includes free skin cancer screenings in her office, at the Waimea Senior Fair and the Makalei Golf Course. She also lectures in the schools, to women’s groups and cosmetic practitioners about skin wellness and skin cancer prevention. Dr. Scheel is also a triathlete. She recently did the Ironman World Championship race in Kona Hawaii!

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Laura Speck, MD
PGY-4 Dermatology Resident
UTMB School of Medicine: 2007
Current Location: New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
Website: nymc.edu/depthome/academic/dermatology

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Brent Spencer, MD
Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon
UTMB School of Medicine: 2004
Dermatology Residency: Texas A&M Medical Center/Scott & White Clinic, Temple, Texas
Combined Mohs Surgery and Procedural Dermatology Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Current Location: Dermatology & Skin Surgery Institute of North Texas, Frisco, Texas
Website: dermntx.com

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Karen Sra, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 2008
Current Location: Dermatological Association of Texas, Houston, Texas
Website: dermtexas.com

Additional Information: Dr. Sra has published over 15 scientific manuscripts in medical journals and books in the last few years. She has received numerous academic awards including 2 scholarships from the National Institutes of Health. When Dr. Sra is not working, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and running.

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Cloyce Stetson, MD
Associate Professor & Chairman of Dermatology
UTMB School of Medicine: 1994
Dermatology Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
Dermatopathology Fellowship: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, 2000-2001
Current Location: Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, Department of Dermatology
Website: ttuhsc.edu/som/dermatology
Publications: ttuhsc.edu/som/dermatology/publications

Additional Information:
1998-2004: Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Lubbock, TX
2001-Present: Assistant Professor of Pathology, TTUHSC, Lubbock, TX
1999-2001: Secretary/Treasurer, Southwestern Dermatological Society
2004-Present: Associate Professor of Dermatology, TTUHSC
2003-2005: Interim Chairman, Department of Dermatology, TTUHSC
2005-Present: Chairman of Dermatology, TTUHSC
Interests: Pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, Mohs micrographic surgery, general dermatology

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Kevin St.Clair, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1991
Current Location: Ozark Dermatology Clinic, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Jamison Strahan, MD
General Dermatology and Procedural Dermatology Fellow
UTMB School of Medicine: 2005
Dermatology Residency: University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
Current Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
Website: lomalindahealth.org

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R. Stan Taylor, MD
Professor of Dermatology
UTMB School of Medicine: 1985
Dermatology Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center
Immunodermatology Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center, 1988 - 1990
Dermatology Surgery Fellowship: Oregon Health Sciences University, 1990 - 1991
Current Location: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Website: utsouthwestern.edu/dermatology
Publications: utsouthwestern.edu/dermatology/research

Additional Information: Dr. Taylor, Director of the Skin Surgery and Oncology Clinic at UT Southwestern. He also serves as the Director of the UT Southwestern Melanoma Center, a multidisciplinary clinic which addresses the needs of patients with melanoma and those patients at risk for developing melanoma. His research interests include the use of digital technologies in the surgical treatment of skin cancers, genetic causes of skin cancer and the non-surgical means of treating skin cancer.

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Thomas Taylor, MD
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1964
Current Location: Wichita Falls, Texas

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Eduardo Tschen, MD, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1980
Current Location: Academic Dermatology Associates, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Website: http://www.abqdermtrials.com/

Additional information: Involved exclusively in clinical research and has conducted over 2500 clinical trials

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Mandy Warthan, MD
Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist
UTMB School of Medicine: 2001
Dermatology Residency: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
Dermatopathology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
Current Location: Warthan Dermatology Center, McKinney, Texas
Website: mckinneydermcenter.com

Additional Information: Dr. Warthan grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas - in a medical family; both her father and sister are also dermatologists. She has published extensively in academic journals and has been quoted in the New York Times. Dr. Warthan is highly trained in the latest developments in aesthetic dermatology, as well as the prevention and treatment of skin cancer and other diseases. She is committed to volunteering her time to others by participating in Melanoma Monday through the American Academy of Dermatology. She also actively participates in the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, the Ronald McDonald House, and Young Texans Against Cancer.

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Molly Warthan, MD
UTMB School of Medicine: 2004
Dermatology Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.
Current Location: The Dermatology Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Website: thedermatologycenter.com

Additional Informaion: She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery as well as the American Medical Association.

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Karen Wiss, MD
Director of Pediatric Dermatology
Director of Dermatology Residency Program
Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) and Pediatrics
UTMB Dermatology Residency: 1989
Current Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Dermatology, Worcester, Massuachusetts
Website:http: umassmed.edu/derm

Additional information: Special interests include: Pediatric dermatology, epidermolysis bullosa, genodermatoses, midline developmental defects, childhood exanthems, medical education, pediatric laser, and journalology.