Current Editors: Jane Onyemachi and Madelyn Schmidt

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

Past Editors: Fareen Momin, Andrea Francis, Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, 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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

 UTMB Dermatology Chair Receives Golden Apple Award

Dr. Michael Wilkerson recognized for 10 Years of service as the UTMB Course Director for Practice of Medicine 2.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

UTMB Dermatology Announces Interview Dates in 2025 for Dermatology Residency Applicants

Friday afternoon, February 7: Internal Applicants

Thursday afternoon, February 13: External Applicants

Friday afternoon, February 14: External Applicants

Please note and save these dates!

Good luck in the interview process?

Monday, May 13, 2024

UTMB Publishes in Archives of Dermatological Research

Congratulations to David Garate, MS3 and Christopher Thang, MS3 for their co-first authorship publication in the Archives of Dermatological Research Journal with co-authors Dr. Alyssa Hansen, MD (Research Fellow), Dr. George Golovko, and Dr. Michael Wilkerson, MD (Professor and Chair of Department of Dermatology).

Citation: Garate D, Thang CJ, Lai J, et al. Bidirectional association between alopecia areata and prurigo nodularis: a population-based cohort study using TriNetX. Arch Dermatol Res. 2024;316(5):157. Published 2024 May 11. doi:10.1007/s00403-024-03042-9

Friday, May 10, 2024

2024 Dermatology Interest Group Resident & Faculty Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Drs. Timothy "Tim" Tran (PGY4 dermatology resident) and Bernard Gibson (dermatology faculty) for receiving the annual teaching award from the UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG). Each year the current MS4 members of the DIG vote to recognize exceptional mentorship and teaching by a senior resident and faculty member. Thanks to all of UTMB’s dermatology residents and faculty for their excellent teaching throughout the academic year. It truly makes a difference for medical students!


From left to right: Jane Onyemachi (UTMB DIG President), Dr. Bernard Gibson (UTMB Faculty Award recipient), Dr. Tim Tran (UTMB Resident Award recipient) and Madelyn Schmidt (UTMB DIG Vice-President)

UTMB Mohs Fellow to Present at Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium on Surgical Management of Lentigo Maligna

DIG members are invited to attend Dr. Andrew (“Drew”) Armenta’s Quality Improvement Project and Patient Safety Presentation (“Review of Tumor Margins for Lentigo Maligna with Staged Surgical Excision and Permanent Section en face Processing”) at the annual GME symposium on Wednesday, May 15 from 1 -2 pm on the 4th floor of Jennie Sealy.

His coauthors on this project are UTMB MS3 Michael Adkison and UTMB Mohs faculty Drs. Frank Winsett and Richard Wagner.

Saturday, May 04, 2024

UTMB Mohs Program Reunion

UTMB Mohs faculty and former fellows at 56th Annual American College of Mohs Surgery Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

Left to right Drs. Aaron Joseph, Vlad Codrea, Kristina Gleghorn, Frank Winsett, Josh Hammel, and Richard Wagner.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Wayne State Department of Dermatology Virtual Meet & Greet

Wayne State will be hosting their annual virtual meet and greet for their dermatology residency program on Tuesday May 7th at 8 PM Eastern.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to Emma Reves at az3432@wayne.edu 

Register for the virtual meet & greet using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegGC1H2LMiiCHzlPibB1PNTpLRBhglj4IlldVVAVYPXTcUyQ/viewform

Registration Still Open for 18th Annual Melanoma Walk!

Please join us for the 18th Annual Melanoma Walk on May 19, 2024 at 9am. We are proud to announce that this year’s walk Presenting Sponsor is Black Girl Sunscreen! They've generously contributed $7,500 and will be in Galveston to share free products with attendees (some sunscreens that are only exclusively on blackgirlsunscreen.com)! We also want to thank Bayou City Dermatology, founded by UTMB alumni, Dr. Karan Sra, for their $1,000 sponsorship! 

Register here to stay updated and to give BGS an estimate on how many products to bring!  https://support.aimatmelanoma.org/event/steps-against-melanoma-galveston-2024/e559704

Don't forget about our ongoing raffle, where a $5 donation puts you in the running for amazing prizes like gift cards to Smooth Tony’s, Bent on Healthy Living, Koop BBQ, and a First Aid skincare beauty bundle. Send a screenshot of your donation to bddesta@utmb.edu or sibuckle@utmb.edu to enter. Don't miss this amazing event—register now!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

DIG members present at UTMB Interprofessinal Education and Practice Symposium

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Jane Onyemachi, MS3 Caroline Nguyen, and MS1 Lynchi Nguyen who presented their project “Bridging the Gap Between Dermatology and Psychiatry: Review on Trichotillomania’s Impact on Quality of Life” at the 2024 3rd Annual Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) Symposium. Their co- authors were Olivia Chukwuma, MD and Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez, MD.

National Student Research Forum (NSRF) 2024 - Congratulations to awardees and participants!

Please join DIG in congratulating the following awardees and presenters in the category of Dermatology at the NSRF 2024 that took place this past Saturday, April 20th:

1st place derm poster: Andrew Spires, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an Adjunctive Approach for Chronic Non-Healing Wounds: A Case Series - Andrew Spires, BS; Michael Adkison, BS; Katherine Benandi, BBA, MPH; Manju Badam, MD

2nd place derm poster: Gengi Kleto, The Role of Vitamin D Deficiency in the Development of Alopecia Areata: A Comprehensive Review - Gengi Kleto, BS; Bethel Desta, BA; Zachrieh Alhaj, BA, BS; Samsudeen Iyamah, BS, MS; Kathleen L. Vincent, MD

Case Report: Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis, Not Just Another Rash - Manjushree Shanmugasundaram; Rebekah Brown; Meghana Koleti MD; Anita Mercado, MD

A Case of Koebnerization of Atopic Dermatitis in Tattoos - Alekhya Gurram, BA; Matthew Scholl, MD; Anthony Linfante, MD; Lindy Ross, MD

Review of Tumor Margins for Lentigo Maligna with Staged Surgical Excision and Permanent Section en face Processing - Michael Adkison, BS; Andrew Armenta, MD; Frank Winsett, MD; Richard F. Wagner Jr., MD

Treatment of Toxic Erythema of Chemotherapy with Glycopyrrolate - Quincy H. Seigel, BA; David Garate, BS; Caroline Crain, MD; Alissa Redko, MD; Brent Kelly, MD; Anthony Linfante, MD.

Assessing the Short- and Long-Term Complications of Multiple Intramuscular Kenalog Injections in the Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Flares -. Madelyn Schmidt, B.S.; Yash Ramgopal, B.S.; Kathleen Kroger, M.D.

A Review on Publication Trends in Topical Steroid Withdrawal Literature Over the Past Decade - ​​- Lynchi Nguyen, BS; Casey Brusen, BS; Alyssa Hansen, MD, MPH; Emily Williams, MD; Lindy Ross, MD

Endocrine Mucin-Producing Sweat Gland Carcinoma: A case report of an unusual asymptomatic entity - Sarah Muir, B.S.A., B.A.; Agnes I. Udoh MD, MBA; Liliana Rincon-Alzate, M.D.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

UTMB Mohs Group Publishes Review of Lymphovascular Invasion in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Congratulations to former UTMB DIG President (and current PGY4 dermatology resident at UT Houston) and his co-authors for publishing a comprehensive review about lymphovascular invasion in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the April 2024 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Dermatologic Surgery (online ahead of print). UTMB coauthors are Drs. Winsett (UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Mohs Surgery), Andrew Armenta (current UTMB Mohs fellow), Brandon Goodwin (Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology), and Richard Wagner (Professor Dermatology and Mohs Surgery). For additional information please see: Lymphovascular Invasion in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Ryan MP, Winsett FT, Armenta AM, Goodwin BP, Wagner RF Jr. Dermatol Surg. 2024 Apr 10. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000004187. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38603804

Sunday, April 21, 2024

UTMB at Texas Dermatology Society Spring 2024

Please join DIG in congratulating all UTMB medical students, residents, and faculty who were well presented at the Texas Dermatology Society (TDS) Spring meeting hosted in Houston, TX on April 19-20, 2024!


A Review on Publication Trends in Topical Steroid Withdrawal Literature Over the Past Decade - Lynchi Nguyen, BS; Casey Brusen, BS; Alyssa Hansen, MD, MPH; Emily Williams, MD; Lindy Ross, MD.

Delayed Seroma of a Facial Full Thickness Skin Graft Donor Site - Renat Ahatov MD, Michael Adkison BS, Andrew Armenta MD, Sarah Rivera De Pena MD, Brinda Chellappan MD, Bernard Gibson MD, Richard F Wagner Jr., MD.
The Efficacy of Doxycycline versus Spironolactone in Treating Acne Among Pediatric and Adult Females: Preliminary Data from a Retrospective Observational Cohort Study - Justine Galambus MD and Michael Wilkerson MD, MS
Acute Inflammatory Edema Mimicking Cellulitis: An Underdiagnosed Entity in a
Critically Ill Patient - Antonio Jimenez MD, Morgan Hammack BA, Anthony Linfante MD.
Halo Nevus as a Triggering Factor for the Development of Non-Segmental Vitiligo – A Case Report - Sarah Kesaria, MD, Melissa Marchan-Martinez, BS, Ayezel M. Munoz Gonzalez, MD, Brent Kelly, MD.
Why are Cases of Female Genital Melanoma Declining in the United States?: Unveiling Potential Undiagnosed Cases after the ACOG Guideline Changes - Ethan Matthew, MD, Kritin K. Verma, MBA, Danita Mathew, BS, Mary Fitzgibbon, BS,
Daniel P. Friedmann, MD, Michelle B. Tarbox, MD, Theodore Rosen, MD.
Clinical Microbial Contamination in Liquid Nitrogen Cans: Evaluating
Hygiene Practices in the Dermatology Clinic - Kaitlyn Streight, MD; David Garate, BS; Alyssa Hansen, MD MPH; Janice M. Wilson, MD; Brandon P. Goodwin, MD.
Updates in Diagnosis of Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Case Presentation - Elise Weisert MD, Shea Ireland Buckley, Anthony Linfante MD.
An Enlarging, Violaceous, Nodular Plaque on an Infant’s Arm - Katherine Woolridge, MD; Sonia Patel BSA; Elise Weisert, MD; Brent Kelly, MD; Lindy Ross, MD.
Review of Tumor Margins for Lentigo Maligna with Staged Surgical Excision and
Permanent Section en face Processing - Michael Adkison, BS, Andrew Armenta, MD, Frank Winsett, MD, Richard F. Wagner Jr., MD.
Perforating Folliculitis Presenting with Vitamin A and C Deficiency - Diana Bonilla MS; Matthew Scholl MD; Brandon Goodwin MD; Ayezel Munoz Gonzales MD.
16-Year Incidence of Dematiaceous Fungal Infections in Houston, TX: a cross-sectional Study - Hugo Certuche BSA ,Anthony Linfante MD, Jaime A. Tschen MD.
A Rare Case of Hypertrichosis in Infantile Hemangioma after Propranolol Use - Bethel Desta, BA, Sarah Kesaria, MD; Ayezel Munoz, MD.
A Case of Koebnerization of Atopic Dermatitis in Tattoos - Alekhya Gurram, BA; Matthew Scholl, MD; Anthony Linfante, MD; Lindy Ross, MD.
Myiasis Masquerading as a Snake Bite - Luke Hamilton, BS, Shawn Lim, BS, Shayan Ravanassa, BS, Keith Wagner, MD.
Dapsone Hypersensitivity Syndrome in a Patient with IgA Vasculitis - Morgan Hammack BA, Olivia Chukwuma MD, Anthony Linfante, MD.
Comparison of Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Incidence Across Races & Ethnicities - Samsudeen Iyamah, MS, Alyssa Hansen, MD, MPH, Michael Wilkerson, MD.
Acanthosis Nigricans in Hispanic Children is Associated with an Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome - A Retrospective Cohort Study - Melissa Marchan-Martinez, BS, Diana Bonilla, MS, Alyssa Hansen, MD, MPH, Lindy Ross, MD.
Trends in Alopecia: Analyzing Trends in How Baldness is portrayed among popular cartoon characters - Nina Martin, B.A., Maryam Babar, M.D
Spotlight on Pigmented Epithelioid Melanocytomas: A Tale of Two Rare Cases
Chinenye Onejeme, BS, Andrew Spires, BS, Antonio Jimenez, MD, Janice Wilson, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD.
The Rub: Physical Diagnosis Technique Decreases Healthcare Cost - Shayan Ravanassa, BS, Timothy Tran, MD, Keith Wagner, MD, Anthony Linfante, MD.
An Atypical Presentation of an Atypical Mycobacterial Infection - Hannah Riva, MPAS, Mary E. Cavanagh, M, Brandon P. Goodwin, MD & Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez, MD.
Sclerosing perineurioma of the finger: a case report - Michelle B. Samaniego, Mary E. Cavanagh, MD, Brandon P. Goodwin, MD, & Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez, MD.
Safety signals for concomitant use of topical ruxolitinib and dupilumab in atopic dermatitis patients - Katherine Benandi, BBA, MPH, Andrew Spires, BS, Alyssa Hansen, MD, MPH, Alissa Redko, MD, Anthony Linfante, MD. 
Assessment of Microneedle Acne Patch Products and their Formulations - Sarah Muir, BSA, BA, Aparna Medarametla, BS, Alyssa Hansen, MD, MPH.
Guarding the Rays: Use of an Educational Training to Enhance Sun Safety Practices
Among Lifeguards - Madelyn Schmidt, BS, Nina Martins, BA, Diana Bonilla, MS, Melissa Marchan, BS, Sylvia Jimenez, BS, Richard F. Wagner Jr., MD.
Transient Acantholytic Dermatosis (Grover’s Disease) Following Pembrolizumab Treatment - Zachary Walton BS, Peter Nguyen MD, Katherine Woolridge MD, Morgan Fletcher MD, Brent Kelly MD, Anthony Linfante MD.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

UTMB Department of Dermatology Graduation Awards 2024

Best Original Essay for “Skin diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Vishaal Sakthivelnathan (“Critical Analysis of Filmmaker Depictions of Male Pattern Alopecia and Hair Transplantation in Snakes on a Plane”)

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Fareen Momin (Graduation Research Honors (Richard Wagner, MD, Professor Dermatology, faculty advisor), UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program, “Dermatological Findings in Children's films” (2021), magna cum laude

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Olivia Arriaza (Graduation Research Honors (Lindy Ross, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, faculty advisor), UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program, “Social media misinformation leading to delay in dermatology care and poor outcomes for acne vulgaris patients,” (2024), magna cum laude)

Congratulations for your outstanding academic work!

Department of Dermatology Research Guidelines for Medical Students

  1. All research with our department should be reviewed by Dr. Juan Pinto-Cuberos, that means, he is the first person any medical student must contact before starting research that involves our residents or faculty. An exception will be made when faculty or residents have a project with specific medical students.
  2. Priority will be given to MS3s/rising MS4s and those who are part of the UTMB DIG. Of course, MS1s and MS2s will be given opportunity as well. Please identify by name and MS year when sending emails.
  3. Medical students should contact Dr. Pinto-Cuberos with a defined research idea and at least 3 references on which their research will be based on.
  4. If the research project uses the TriNetX database, it must only include one medical student.
  5. Unless it is an urgent matter, students must contact Dr. Pinto-Cuberos via email, and only on non-holiday Friday afternoons.
  6. If a project is intended for a poster/presentation at a conference, it must be started at least 2 months before the submission deadline.
  7. Progress on research must be reported every 2 weeks to faculty, residents involved and Dr. Pinto-Cuberos.
  8. Once the research project is approved, all parties will be notified and it will be a Department of Dermatology project, failure to meet quality standards and/or deadlines may result in dismissal of the student from the project.
  9. If multiple medical students are involved, they must decide on specific tasks for each student for the project and report it to the faculty, residents involved and Dr. Pinto-Cuberos.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

UTMB Dermatology at AAD Spring 2024

As highlighted recently in the first UTMB Dermatology Newsletter, UTMB Dermatology was well presented at the Spring 2024 AAD Conference in San Diego, CA. Congratulations to medical students, residents, and faculty for all of the accepted submissions. The following presentations and Eposters were accepted:



Anagen Effluvium Associated with Acrokeratosis Paraneoplastica (Bazex Syndrome): A Report of 2 Cases

Presentor: Mary Cavanagh, MD

Session: Gross and Microscopic Symposium 




Mohs micrographic surgery tourism: can we accurately verify credentials of international surgeons?

Authors: Juan Pinto-Cuberos MD, Frank Winsett MD, Andrew Armenta MD, and Richard Wagner Jr MD, JD

Category: Education & Community Service

Sulfonamide Drug Reactions: Evidence for Limited Cross-Reactivity Between Furosemide and Bumetanide

Authors: Frederick Ditmars BA, Elise Weisert MD MPH, and Anthony Linfante MD

Category: Pharmacology

Lepromatous Leprosy Masquerading as Necrotizing Fasciitis with Septic Shock

Authors: David Garate BS, Christopher Thang BS, Kaitlyn Streight MD, and Anthony Linfante MD

Category: Infection — Bacterial & Parasitic

IL-17 Inhibitors Reduce Colorectal Cancer and Polyp Formation in Psoriasis Patients

Authors: Frederick Ditmars BA, Sarah Rivera De Peña MD, Anthony Linfante MD, and Brandon Goodwin MD

Category: Psoriasis & Other Papulosquamous Disorders

Immunosuppression Drugs in Merkel Cell Carcinoma: A Retrospective Analysis of Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

Authors: Justine Galambus MD, Alyssa Hansen MD, MPH, and Michael Wilkerson MD

Category: Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

Photosensitizing Statins in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Retrospective Analysis

Authors: Alyssa Hansen MD, MPH, Justine Galambus MD, and Michael Wilkerson MD

Category: Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

Association Between Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Increased Risk of Venous Thromboembolism: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study

Authors: David Garate BS, Katherine Woolridge MD, Michael Wilkerson MD, and Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez MD

Category: Acne


Pediatric Dermatology Made Simple: Physician Assessment of Informative Guides on Common Dermatologic Conditions for Spanish-Speaking Patients

Authors: Melissa Marchan-Martinez B.S., David Garate B.S., Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez MD, and Lindy Ross MD

Category: Education & Community Service


A Retrospective Analysis of Demographic and Clinical Factors Influencing Excisional Intervention Outcomes in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Authors: Christopher Richter BS, Sunskruthi Krishna BA, and Anthony Linfante MD

Category: Surgery — Dermatologic


Histological Subtype Reporting Disparities in Studies Informing AJCC Staging Guidelines for Melanoma

Authors: Katie Roster, Christopher Thang, Sumaiya Islam, and Shari Lipner M.D. Ph.D

Category: Dermatopathology


Semaglutide and Hair Loss: A Real-World Analysis

Authors: Ruple Jairath, Crystal Chang, Christopher Thang, Damien Abreu MD, PhD, and Caroline Mann MD

Category: Hair & Nail Disorders