Current Editors: Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, and Andrea Francis

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

Past Editors: Elise Weisert, Michael Ryan, 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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

DIG Participates in St. Vincent's Health Fair

The Dermatology Interest Group hosted a booth at the annual St. Vincent's Health Fair on Saturday, November 13th. The health fair is a community-wide event focused on providing health screening opportunities, health resources, and health education to the underserved population of Galveston. The booth provided participants with free skincare items as well as educational materials on the skin of color in dermatology, sun protection, sunscreen usage, and spotting skin cancers. Thank you to our hardworking medical students who participated and presented the booth on Saturday. 

Pictured (from left to right): Kate Zipperer (MS3), Olivia Arriaza (MS2), Gregory Ugoh (MS3), Renat Ahatov (MS4), Bianca Uzoma (MS4), Jacqueline Ochoa (MS2), Brenda Carrillo (MS3), Grace Obanigba (MS2). 

DIG Bake Sale

Hi everyone! We will be holding the DIG bake sale on December 2nd in the HEC at 12PM! Please sign up below and list what you would like to contribute! 

We would like to have all items dropped off on December 1st or the morning of December 2nd . I will send out the details of what time and where to drop off the items the week of! 


Please contact Grace Obanigba or Claire Culbertson at goobanig@utmb.edu or caculber@utmb.edu if you have any questions!


You can sign up at this link here:




Friday, November 12, 2021

UTMB Dermatology Research Project Awarded Graduation Honors

 UTMB MS2 Fareen Momin presented her Dermatology Research Honors Project Thesis on Friday, 11/12/21 (“Dermatological Findings in Children's Films”) and was awarded Magna Cum Laude dermatology research honors by her ad hoc Honors Committee. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Richard Wagner and her thesis committee members were Drs. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine) and dermatology faculty Richard Wagner (faculty mentor), Janice Wilson, and Brent Kelly. Congratulations! This presentation was the first dermatology honors research presented virtually. It was also the best attended with 16 participants

Congratulations Dr. Winsett


Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Winning DIG Posters for St. Vincent's Health Fair

Congratulations to MS1 Jane Onyemachi for her winning poster submission titled, “Skin of Color and Skin Cancer" and MS2s Nesiya Sheriff & Jacqueline Ochoa on their honorable mention collaboration poster titled "Sun Safety/Protección Contra el Sol" in English and Spanish. Their posters will be on display at the 2021 St. Vincent’s Health Fair this Saturday, November 13th. Please come out and join us as we teach patients about the importance of sun safety and cancer screening in all skin types.

DIGA & APD Interview Tips Webinar

Join the DIGA & the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD) for a webinar on interview tips!

Zoom webinar

When: Nov 16, 2021 5pm PST/ 8pm EST (US and Canada)

Topic: APD X DIGA Webinar

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Webinar ID: 836 3589 5515

Passcode: 308488

Saturday, November 06, 2021

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Publishes In-Depth Review about Wound Dehiscence

  Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident Dr. Drew Armenta for his recent in-depth review, “Pathophysiology, risk factors, and prevention of wound dehiscence following dermatologic procedures that was published in the 2021 November issue of SKIN (Volume 5, Issue 6). His co-authors were UTMB dermatology faculty, Drs. Frank Winsett and Richard Wagner.

Friday, November 05, 2021

Stay Shady Presentation 10/26/2021

 Olivia Arriaza (MS2) presented to 3rd-6th graders at Crenshaw School last Tuesday, October 26th. She presented sun safety information as well as ways children can avoid lifelong sun exposure. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

UTMB Dermatology Publishes in JAMA Dermatology

 Congratulations to MS4 Bianca Uzoma and her co-authors, Drs. Paige Hoyer and Kathleen Kroger for their October 2021 JAMA Dermatology Clinicopathological Challenge publication in the journal JAMA Dermatology, titled “Violaceous Plaques on the Left Lower Extremity.”

October 2021 Hats for the Homeless

 Another successful meeting for Hats for the Homeless. Pictured from left to right: Benjamin Garcia (MS3) and Andrea Francis (MS3)

UTMB Dermatology Contributes to Analysis of 2020 Dermatology Match and Impact of COVID-19

Congratulations to UTMB Dermatology Professor Dr. Richard Wagner and UTMB SOM graduate Dr. Michael Ryan (current PGY2 dermatology resident at UTHSC Houston) for their November 2021 JAAD Research Letter (Volume 85, Issue 5, November 2021, Pages 1364-1366), “Internal and geographic dermatology match trends in the age of COVID-19.” Their research found that home applicants for dermatology residency had over a 50% increase in match rate at their home institutions compared to pre-pandemic matches (40.3% vs. 26.7% ,P < .001) .

Dr. Brandon Goodwin Participates in Physician Art Show

 Congratulations to Dr. Brandon Goodwin, UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology for his participation in “The Arts of Healing” held in Houston on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Dr. Brandon Goodwin Recognized

 UTMB Medical Assistants recognized Dr. Brandon Goodwin for his efforts to care for a pediatric dermatology patient recently: Dr. Goodwin “Went above and beyond to help a pediatric patient be comfortable with Doctor and dressed up as Harry Potter.”  He received an eGEM Card in recognition. Recipients of 3 GEM or eGEM cards permits entry into the annual UTMB GEM Drawing.

DIGA Meeting

 DIGA and the APD (Association of Professors of Dermatology) will host a joint webinar Tuesday, November 16th at 5PM PST/8PM EST to provide updates and tips regarding interview season for the current 2021 - 2022 cycle.

Please refer to the official APD statement for this application cycle to see what guidance has already been released regarding interviews. The APD will NOT be releasing a further statement specifically on interviews.Submit any questions that you have using this form. Questions will be compiled and used to guide discussion during the webinar.The zoom link will be released in the coming weeks. Make sure that you are subscribed to our listserv or follow us on social media for updates!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Positive Comments Received from Attendees of UTMB Dermatology Residency Open House

 A number of positive remarks were received from MS4 from other institutions who attended the UTMB Open House on Friday, October 22, 2021:


“I wanted to extend my thanks for hosting a wonderful information session last week on your program. I especially enjoyed hearing from your devoted faculty and exceptional residents about the comprehensive curriculum and comradery of your program.”


“I have attended many virtual open houses. Every program says, “we are a family.” Although this may be true, your program SHOWS it. The interactions and rapport you had with one another were unparalleled. Your attitude about training residents, coupled with your passion for serving individuals from all walks of life, would be the perfect recipe for success in my future career. This program provides an opportunity to become an excellent resident, having the ability to graduate with a sense of graduated independence, something I long for in a program.”

COVID-19 and Increased Dermatology Match Rate at Home Programs

 The September 2021 issue of Dermatology Online Journal published an interesting letter that found that dermatology applicants had a higher match rate at their home programs during COVID-19 than in previous years (“The impact of COVID-19 on the dermatology match: an increase in the number of students matching at home programs”), see https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8m77413g

Potential explanations for this observation were limited opportunities for away rotations and the use of virtual interviews that may have favored home applicants.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

URM Dermatology Applicants in the COVID-19 Era

 Cutis has published an important article in the October 2021 issue: “Underrepresented minority students applying to dermatology residency in the COVID-19 Era: Challenges and considerations (pages 216-217) in their Commentary section. The authors advise in their “Practice Points” that “The implementation of holistic review, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and virtual opportunities might mitigate some of the barriers faced by URM applicants.”

Monday, October 25, 2021

UTMB Dermatology 2021 Open House Huge Success

Special thanks to Dr. Lindy Ross (UTMB Dermatology Assistant Professor) and two PGY2 UTMB Dermatology Residents, Drs. Tim Tran and Emily Williams for their efforts in making the UTMB Dermatology Open House such a big success last Friday! This virtual event included UTMB Dermatology Grand Round Presentations by UTMB residents with faculty participation as well as a video about the UTMB Dermatology and Galveston prepared by Dr. Ross. 32 visitors from  Vanderbilt, UT Southwestern, Tulane, Dell, Miami, Michigan, Baylor,  Cincinnati, TCOM, University of Washington, Texas Tech, UAB, McGovern, U Mississippi, LSU, Cleveland Clinic, Foster, and other medical schools participated.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Skin of Color Talk with Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

DIG presents Skin of Color Talk with a dermatologist keynote speaker - Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

Join us at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, 10/27 at the following link:

Monday, October 18, 2021

DIGA Posts UTMB Dermatology Open House Notice for October 22, 2021 (2 to 4 pm CST)

 Hope to see you there for our dermatology grand rounds and to learn more about our residency program!

DIG Poster


Friday, October 15, 2021

UTMB MS2 Fareen Momin Schedules Virtual Dermatology Research Honors Program Thesis Presentation

 Please join UTMB MS2 for her virtual Dermatology Honors Research Presentation, “Dermatological Findings in Children’s Films” on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8 am CST.

Her faculty mentor is Dr. Richard Wagner. Ad hoc honors thesis committee members are Drs. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine) and dermatology faculty

Richard Wagner (faculty mentor), Janice Wilson, and Brent Kelly.

Join Zoom Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2021

TTUHSC Meet and Greet 10-21-2021


The 2021 National Psoriasis Foundation Houston Annual Walk will be held this Saturday October 16, 2021 virtually.

 We have set up our own team page for UTMB DIG. We would love for all DIG members to consider signing up with the DIG team. Enrollment is free and this is a great way to show your support to those suffering from psoriasis!

All donations are appreciated as well and will go towards psoriasis research. 

If you would like to donate to fund this event, please click this link: https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=33053

If you would like to join the team and walk with us, please click this link: https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=8584

Thursday, October 07, 2021

St. Vincent's Health Fair Volunteer Sign Up

 St Vincent's Health fair is on November 13, 8AM-1PM.  Volunteer orientations are on October 18th, 6PM and November 3, 12PM. Five DIG Volunteers are needed to present Sun-safe information to Galveston locals. Please email Andrea Francis at asfranci@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

UTMB MS3 Dermatology Research Honors Project Approved

  Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Kristen Kay for her recent UTMB Dermatology Honors Research approval. Her research topic is

“#1 Dermatologist Recommended: A Clinician’s Guide to Self-Tanning.” Her dermatology faculty advisor for this project is Dr. J. Wilson

and her ad hoc Honors Committee Faculty are Drs. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine), Wilson, Erica Kelly and Richard Wagner

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

UTMB Announces Dermatopathology Fellows for 2023-2024 Academic Year

Congratulations to Naomi Hardy, MD from the University of Maryland (Pathology) and Morgan Fletcher, MD from UT San Antonio (Dermatology) for their selection into the UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. We look forward to working with you!


 All four of the 2021 UTMB completing dermatology residents achieved Board Certification in Dermatology from the American Board of Dermatology on their first attempt. Congratulations to Drs. Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, Swami Sundaresan, and Frank Winsett! Our current dermatopathology fellow and UTMB SOM graduate, Dr. Drew DeCrescenzo also received Board Certification in Dermatology.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

H4H September 2021

 Another successful meeting for Hats for the Homeless. Pictured from left to right: Andrea Francis (MS3), Benjamin Garcia (MS3), Puja Shah (MS2), and Jane Onyemachi (MS1).

TDS Fall 2021

Congratulations to Paige Hoyer MD for receiving second place for her podium presentation: Comfort in Performing Cosmetic and Surgical Procedures for Skin of Color Patients: a national survey among U.S. dermatology residents with co-authors Gregory Ugoh, BS and Lindy Ross MD. 


Congratulations to Allison Good MD for receiving second place for her poster presentation: A Rare Case of Aggressive Cytotoxic T-Cell Lymphoma in a Patient on Dupilumab with co-authors Renat Ahatov BSA, Shelby Tipton MD, Brandon Goodwin MD, and Brent Kelly, MD 


We appreciate UTMB medical students, dermatology residents, and faculty for a good showing at the Fall 2021 Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) Meeting. The following podium and poster presentations were made: 


Podium Presentations 


Comfort in Performing Cosmetic and Surgical Procedures for Skin of Color Patients: a national survey among U.S. dermatology residents  

Paige Hoyer, MD; Gregory Ugoh, BS; Lindy Ross, MD  


Photoactivated Rose Bengal Dye May Improve Early Wound Healing in Deep Cutaneous Injuries  

Quincy H. Seigel, B.A., Henry T. Tran, B.S., Jayson W. Jay, M.S., PhD, Anesh Prasai, PhD, Amina El Ayadi, PhD, Steven E. Wolf, M.D., Michael G. Wilkerson, M.D.  


Hats for the Homeless (H4H): A Reflection of the Galveston Quality Improvement Project Andrea Francis B.S., Richard Wagner M.D. 


Management of Pediatric Melanonychia: a report of a unique case and review of the literature Shayan Owji, BS, Paige Hoyer, MD, Lindy Ross, MD 



Poster Presentations 




A Rare Case of Aggressive Cytotoxic T-Cell Lymphoma in a Patient on Dupilumab  

Allison Good, MD; Renat Ahatov, BSA; Shelby Tipton, MD; Brandon Goodwin, MD , ; Brent Kelly, MD 


A 9-year-old Female Presenting With Multiple Facial Papules  

Seena Monjazeb M.D., Andrea Francis B.S., Maleka Najmi B.S., Andrew M. Armenta M.D., Brandon P. Goodwin M.D.  


Review of Lip Flap Reconstruction after Mohs Micrographic Surgery  

Brinda Chellappan, MD , Grace Obanigba BS , Paige Hoyer, MD , Lindy Ross, MD  


An Updated Reference for Empiric Antibiotic Therapy in Hidradenitis Suppurativa  

Paige Hoyer, MD; Fareen Momin, BBA; Elizabeth Ellison, BS; Renat Ahatov, BSA; Elise Weisert, MD; Janice Wilson, MD  


Use Caution When Traveling and Wearing Medical Dressings: Mepilex® Ag May Set off Metal Detectors  

Andrew M. Armenta, M.D.; Sarah Kesaria, B.A.; Kristyna Gleghorn, M.D.; Richard F. Wagner Jr., M.D.  


Mycosis Fungoides Unmasked by a True Mycosis  

Caroline Crain, MD; Sarah Kesaria, BA; Erica Kelly, MD; Brandon Goodwin, MD; Frank Winsett, MD  


Exophytic Nodules of the Elbows  

Ayezel Munoz MD, Sarah Kesaria BA, Puja Shah BA, Kathleen Kroger MD  


Medical Students 


Unusual Presentation of Eccrine Poroma  

Renat Ahatov, BSA; Andrea Francis, BS; Jacqueline Ochoa, MPH; Victor Teran, MD; Brent Kelly, MD; Michael Wilkerson, MD, MS  


Psoriasiform Eruption After Treatment with Pembrolizumab  

Olivia Arriaza BS, Benjamin Garcia BS, Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez MD, Brent Kelly MD Frank Winsett MD  


Necrotizing Infundibular Crystalline Folliculitis: A Case Series  

Nikke Bowerman, BS, Anthony W. Linfante, MD, Kathleen Kroger, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Janice Wilson, MD  


Successful Quadruple Bypass Surgery Amid Active Leprosy Infection  

Brenda Carrillo, BS; Paige Hoyer, MD; Brent Kelly, MD; Sharon Raimer, MD  


Congenital Melanocytic Nevus with Meyerson Phenomenon  

Mary Cavanagh, BS; Mojahed Mohammad K Shalabi, BS; Emily Williams, MD; Christi Wargo, CPNP-PC; Lindy Ross, MD  


Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans with Fibrosarcomatous Features: What This Means for Patients  

Mary Fitzgibbon BS, Kate Zipperer BSA, Paige Hoyer MD, Allison Good MD, Brent Kelly MD, Brandon Goodwin MD  


Assessing Health Literacy in the Homeless and its Application in Dermatology  

Andrea Francis B.S., Richard Wagner M.D.  

Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides: A Case Report

Allysa Hansen BS, Allisa Redko MD, Lindy Ross MD, Brandon Goodwin MD

Ischemic Reactive Fasciitis of the Hip  

Benjamin Garcia BS, Kate Zipperer BSA, Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez MD, Brandon Goodwin MD  


Hyaluron Pens: A Public Safety Issue Compounded by TikTok  

Sarah Kesaria, BA; Quoc-Bao Nguyen MD, MBA; Adelaide A. Hebert MD , ; Murad Alam MD MSCI MBA  


Doxorubicin-Induced Eruptive Lentigines: A Study of Two Cases  

Victoria Margolis, M.S., Caroline Hagan, M.D., Keith Wagner, M.D., Lindy Ross, M.D 



Brittany Miles, MS; Andrew Armenta, MD; Khaled Atieh, MS; James Mackey, MD  


Multiple Collagenomas in a Patient with Down Syndrome  

Fareen Momin B.B.A., Andrew M. Armenta M.D., Michael G. Wilkerson M.D., Brandon P. Goodwin M.D.  


Clear Cell Papulosis: A Rare Pediatric Diagnosis  

Maleka Najmi BS , Kristen E. Kay BS , Paige E.Hoyer MD , Kathleen Kroger, MD  


Trichilemmal Carcinoma of the Scapula: A Case Report  

Jacqueline Ochoa, MPH, Andrea Francis, BS, Renat Ahatov, BSA, Victor Teran, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Michael Wilkerson, MD, MS  


Not Your Average Lipoma: Adenolipoma  

Shayan Owji, BS, Paige Hoyer, MD, Bernard Gibson, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD 


An Interesting Case of Subcutis Myxoid and Round Cell Liposarcoma  

Michael B. Phan BS, Timothy Tran MD, Allison Good MD, Joshua M. Peterson MD, Suimmin Qiu MD PHD, Brent Kelly MD  


Pseudoxanthoma elasticum-like papillary dermal elastolysis: a histopathological diagnosis  

Xavier Rice, BS, Caroline Hagan, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD Janice Wilson, MD  


An Interesting Case of Cutaneous Phaeohyphomycosis  

Puja Shah BA, Michael B. Phan BS, Kaitlyn Streight MD, Brandon Goodwin MD, Bernard Gibson MD  


A Rare Case of Papular Elastorrhexis  

Gregory Ugoh MS, Keith Wagner MD, Brandon Goodwin MD, Janice Wilson MD  


Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Lymphovascular and Perineural Invasion  

Kate Zipperer BSA, Morgan Arnold MD, Julie Croley MD, Brandon Goodwin MD, Richard Wagner MD 


Exercise and Oxandrolone Modulate Key Regulators in the Protein Synthesis Pathway in Burn and Hindlimb Unloaded Rats  

Lyndon Huang, Henry Tran, Kassandra Corona, Elvia Villareal, Juquan Song, Steven E. Wolf  

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

University of Chicago Dermatology Virtual Meet and Greet 9/22/21 at 7:30PM CT

 The University of Chicago Dermatology Residency Program invites you to join us for a chance to learn more about our program and to ask us questions on:  Wednesday, September 22 – 7:30 CDT

Contact Michelle at dermres1@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu to receive a formal invitation with further information and the Zoom link.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Psoriasis Walk 2021

 The 2021 National Psoriasis Foundation Houston Annual Walk will be held October 16, 2021 virtually. We have set up our own team page for UTMB DIG fundraising. 

If you would like to donate to fund this event, please click this link: https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=33053

If you would like to join the team and walk with us, please click this link:  https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=8584

Cooper Virtual Open House - Tues, Sept 21


Monday, September 13, 2021

Delayed Opening for Dermatology Clinics on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

 Due to impending weather conditions due to Tropical Storm Nicholas and the “high risk” rain warning from the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center for Galveston County, dermatology clinics are cancelled for Tuesday morning, September 14, 2021. They are expected to reopen at 1 pm later that day.

Open House Flyer


Wayne State Dermatology Diversity Meet and Greet Invitation