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

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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Former UTMB Dermatology Resident Featured in Aspire

Dr. John Stephens completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2011 and returned to his home state (Indiana) for private practice. He was featured in the Winter 2016 American Academy of Dermatology magazine, Aspire: Healthy Skin. Healthy Lives (“Learning, leading, and growing: From residency to practice, dermatologist stays involved,” volume 3, number 4, page 3). In the article, Dr. Stephens wrote, “I am thankful that my residency program at The University of Texas Medical Branch was so supportive of my involvement with the AAD. I was always encouraged to pursue these interests by my program and I will be forever grateful for that support.” While at UTMB, Dr. Stephens was awarded the prestigious “UTMB Outstanding Resident” in 2011, an annual institutional professional recognition from the UTMB Graduate Medical Education Office.

Monday, November 28, 2016

UTMB SOM and Dermatology Residency Alum in Texas Monthly

We were happy to see Dr. Renee Snyder’s professional announcement that was published in the December 2016 issue of Texas Monthly. Dr. Snyder completed dermatology residency in Galveston in 2005. She was the first UTMB medical student to complete the UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Program as a MS4 in 2001 (Magna Cum Laude).

UTMB Mohs Fellow Publishes Article About Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans

Congratulations to Dr. Helen Malone, the current UTMB Fellow in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. She published a case report, “Nodular Fasciitis Complicating a Staged Surgical Excision of Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans” in the peer-reviewed journal, Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine (vol. 2016, Article ID 6074182, 5 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/6074182). Her article is available online at
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cridm/2016/6074182/ Her coauthors on this academic paper are UTMB dermatology faculty (Drs. Brandon Goodwin, Richard Wagner, and Brent Kelly) from the Mohs and Dermatopathology Services and from the UTMB Department of Otolaryngology (Dr. Vicente Resto).

Friday, November 25, 2016


Congratulations to the UTMB Department of Dermatology and Dr. Erica Kelly in particular for achieving 100% participation in the “Together We Care,” the 2016 Annual State Employee Campaign. Dr. Erica Kelly coordinated the department’s effort this year, and did a great job!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 12/1/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, December 1st, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, December 1st, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Best Practices for Identifying Future Dermatology Academicians

Can future dermatology academicians be accurately identified when they apply for dermatology residency? The University of North Carolina, a storied dermatology department with one of the better records of developing academic dermatologists recently reviewed their institutional experience with completing residents (Morales-Pico BM, Cotton CC, Morrell, DS. Factors correlated with residents’ decisions to enter academic dermatology. Dermatology Online Journal, Volume 22, Number 11, November 2016, http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7295783b#page-1 ). The only variable that predicted a future academic career was a PhD (p=0.05).

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Editor of Practical Dermatology Worried About Dermatology Future

Dr. Neal Bhatia, the Chief Medical Editor of Practical Dermatology has written a thought provoking editorial in the October 2016 issue (“Thanks, Doc, but we don’t need you anymore...”, page 7). He is concerned that traditional dermatology care is being challenged by changes in the healthcare marketplace and technologies that promote online and virtual care of skin diseases to patients. Dr. Bhatia is also in private dermatology practice in San Diego, California. His editorial is recommended reading.