Robert Dellavalle MD, PhD, MSPH
Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus; Chief of Dermatology - Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, and US Department of Veterans Affairs National Dermatology Program Director
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Dr. Dellavalle is the Dermatology Service Chief for the US Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System. He serves as a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received undergraduate and master's degrees in philosophy at UCLA before matriculating from the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago. He subsequently completed a dermatology residency, fellowship in dermatology research, and master of science in public health at the University of Colorado. Dr. Dellavalle is a funded skin cancer prevention investigator and has published over 300 PubMed indexed dermatology research articles. He serves as editor-in-chief of JMIR Dermatology and joint Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Skin.
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Dr Raed Alhusayen, MBBS, MSc, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Division of Dermatology, University of Toronto; Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute (Canada)
Dr. Alhusayen is a Clinician Investigator and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Associate Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is a past president of the Canadian Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation. He completed his dermatology residency and a fellowship in laser and procedural dermatology from the University of Ottawa. He also completed a master's in clinical epidemiology and a clinical fellowship in advanced medical dermatology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Alhusayen's clinical epidemiological research focuses on studying outcomes, comorbidities, and risk factors of inflammatory/autoimmune skin diseases.
Kurt A. Ashack, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (USA)
Dr. Ashack is a private practice dermatologist at the Dermatology Associates of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hope College and a Master of Biomedical Science at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Ashack received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and subsequently completed his dermatology training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include connective tissue diseases, epidemiology, dermatology training across the globe, factors associated with physician burnout, integrative dermatology, radiation therapy within dermatology, and melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
Dr. Ashack believes strongly in mentorship and is currently the advisor for the dermatology interest group at Michigan State University CHM. Additionally, he published more than 40 papers in scientific journals prior to finishing his dermatology training.
Ian S. Brooks, PhD
Research Scientist and Director, Center for Health Informatics, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Dr Brooks is the Director of the Center for Health Informatics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the WHO Collaborating Center for Information Systems for Health. He earned an MS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD in Biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College. Previously the director of health sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, his research focuses on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence to data from structured and unstructured sources to understand the health of communities. Since 2014 he has been working to understand the burden of skin disease primarily through the analysis of patient discussions on social media.
David B. Buller, PhD
Senior Scientist and Director of Research, Klein Buendel (USA)
David Buller, PhD is a Senior Scientist and Director of Research at Klein Buendel, Inc., a health communication research company in Golden, Colorado. Formerly, he was a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona (1986-1997), a Senior Scientist at AMC Cancer Research Center (1997-2002); and the Harold Simmons Chair for Health Communication at the Cooper Institute (2002-2005). For over 30 years, Dr. Buller has tested health communication strategies for skin cancer prevention in schools, worksites, and community settings, focusing on individual sun protection practices and school and workplace sun safety policy. He has also examined public policy on indoor tanning restrictions, scale-up of sun safety education and policy interventions, impact of built-shade for sun protection, and sun safety interventions delivered over the latest communication technology such as smartphones and social media. Dr. Buller has contributed to the literature on the measurement of sun protection behavior and has been an expert consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on skin cancer prevention in schools and public spaces. Dr. Buller’s research has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Environmental Protection Agency, and state governments. He has served on a number of extramural grant review teams for NIH and international health organizations. Dr. Buller is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He has published over 225 books, chapters, and articles on his research.
Jessica Clark Newman, MD, MPH, FAAD
Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Columbia University; Chief of Dermatology, James J Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Centre (USA)
Jessica Clark Newman is the Chief of Dermatology at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She also serves as Site Director for the Columbia University Dermatology Residency Program.
Dr. Newman received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, trained in dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and received a Master’s of Public Health (Epidemiology) from Columbia University School of Public Health.
Her research focuses on Teledermatology and military exposure and disease in the veteran population.
Sigrid Collier, MD, MPH
Division of Dermatology, University of Washington; VA Puget Sound Health Care System (USA)
Dr. Collier is a board-certified dermatologist at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System and Acting Instructor in the Division of Dermatology at the University of Washington. Dr. Collier completed her MD training at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio and her MPH at the University of Texas School of Public Health. She went on to complete a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Dermatology at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Collier has specific expertise in global dermatology and tropical medicine. She has a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health through the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and completed a Fogarty Global Health Research Fellowship through the Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium.
Dr. Collier's ongoing research focuses on applying methods from implementation science to improve access to and quality of dermatologic care in underserved and vulnerable populations both in the United States and around the world.
Dinesh Kumar Devaraj, MD
International Society of Teledermatology, Private Practice (India)
Dinesh Kumar Devaraj has been a practicing Dermatologist since 2008 (based in Chennai, India). He completed his MBBS and MD from Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore, India. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK.
Along with his clinical practice, he plays an active role in Medical Associations. He is currently the Secretary-General of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (2022-24) and the Secretary (Coordination and Inter-institutional Relations) of the International Society of Teledermatology. He has served as the Secretary-General of the Association of Cutaneous Surgeons (India) (2019-2021) and the Indian Society of Teledermatology (2013-2020)
He is passionate about his work and conducts numerous awareness programs on skin care and prevention of topical steroid abuse/misuse among General Practitioners and the general public. He conceptualized the Virtual Skin Clinic, an online platform to provide distant Dermatological care to patients.
His special interests are Dermatosurgery, Paediatric Dermatology, and Teledermatology.
Cristian Gonzalez, MD
University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center (USA)
Cristian Gonzalez is a PGY-4 dermatology resident at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. He completed his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed a clinical research fellowship with Dr. Dellavalle and Dr. Walkosz at the University of Colorado. His research interests include tattoos, sun protection for minority populations, and cosmetic dermatology for medical purposes. His clinical interests include skin of color, pigmentation disorders, hair loss, skin cancer, and cosmetics.
Susanne R. Gulliver, BA, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist, NewLab Clinical Research (Canada)
Susanne Gulliver is an Epidemiologist from St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. She is currently the Senior Epidemiologist and Research and Operations Manager at NewLab Clinical Research Inc, a firm specializing in real-world data, clinical trials, genetics and the epidemiology of immune-mediated disease in Dermatology. Her research interests include Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Psoriasis, real-world data, and biologic persistence. She is involved as a scientific advisor to several patient support groups, including PsoriasisNL and HS Heroes. She is also a member of the IDEOM Hidradenitis Suppurativa workgroup.
Caroline Heckman, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (USA)
Dr. Heckman is Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Health Psychology and Addictions. Dr. Heckman’s research focuses on indoor tanning and behavioral and digital interventions for skin cancer prevention and detection.
Christophe Hsu, MD
University of Basel; International Society of Teledermatology (Switzerland)
Christophe Hsu is a practicing dermatologist trained in Geneva, Switzerland and Singapore. Currently in private practice (since 2010), he is a consultant of Teledermatology and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Basel, an editorial board member of JAAD, JEADV and a board member of the International Society of Teledermatology.
He manages the PASSION.derm project: a Global Health collaborative that aims to augment Teledermatology through the use of AI to diagnose common conditions in the Pediatric Population.
His special interests are: digital health and education in dermatology through social media.
Jules Lipoff, MD
Clinical Associate Professor (Adjunct), Division of Dermatology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University (USA)
Dr. Lipoff is a board-certified dermatologist, Clinical Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and formerly Assistant Professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. His research focuses on access to care, telemedicine, social media, and health equity.At the American Academy of Dermatology, he is the outgoing chair of the teledermatology Taskforce and a current member of the ad hoc COVID-19 task force and the editorial board of the Dialogues in Dermatology podcast series.Dr. Lipoff directed a Penn dermatology clinic for HIV/AIDS, transgender, and non-binary patients (PRIDE clinic - PRoviding Integrated Dermatology for Everyone), and also volunteers for the Philadelphia municipal STD Clinic, Puentes de Salud, Physicians for Human Rights, and serves as a Senior Specialist Consultant for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
Jalal Maghfour, MD
Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Health System (USA)
Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Professor and Health Psychologist, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut; Director, UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media (USA)
Dr. Pagoto is a health psychologist and Professor of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut and Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. She is also a past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She has received funding from the NIH and CDC to conduct skin cancer prevention research and has published 225+ research articles. Her work focuses on tanning and sun protection behavior. Her work examining the presence of tanning beds on college campuses led to the development of the Skin Smart Tan Free Campus Initiative, a national initiative aimed at promoting sun safety on college campuses.
Eva R. Parker, MD, FAAD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA)
Dr. Eva Rawlings Parker is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Denver. Dr. Parker earned her medical doctorate at the University of Colorado and completed her residency in dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Parker practices general and complex medical dermatology as well as cosmetic and procedural dermatology. She also provides volunteer dermatologic care to immigrant, refugee, and underserved populations in Nashville, TN, at Siloam Health and the Shade Tree Clinic.
Additionally, she provides volunteer telehealth consultation services in Kenya through The Addis Clinic and has taught internationally in resource-limited settings. Dr. Parker’s clinical and academic interests include complex medical dermatology, health-related effects of climate change, global health, HIV dermatoses, and tropical skin disease. She sits on the executive board for the American Academy of Dermatology’s Expert Resource Group on Climate and Environmental Affairs and is a member of the International Society of Dermatology’s Committee on Climate Change. Dr. Parker is an editorial board member for the Journal of Climate Change and Health. She previously served as the Scientific Committee Chair for the Chicago Dermatological Society. Currently, she is President of the Nashville Dermatologic Society and Vice President of the Williamson County Medical Society. Prior to returning to her hometown of Nashville, Dr. Parker was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, serving as Associate Director of the Dermatology Residency Training Program and Director of the Inpatient Dermatology Consultation Service.
Prof. Fahafahantsoa Rapelanoro Rabenja
Professor, University of Antananarivo (Madagascar)
Prof. Fahafahantsoa Rapelanoro Rabenja studied in Antananarivo (Madagascar) and completed his specialization in Dermato-Venereology at the University of Bordeaux II; he also has a D.E.S.S. in Project Management in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Bordeaux II. He received training in the field of ICT and health, including a certificate from the New England Medical Center - Tufts University School of Medicine International Training Program in Medical Informatics Boston – and the University of Natal School of Medicine Durban in 1999. He has been Agrégé of CAMES since 2000 and is currently Full Professor of the Chair of Dermato-Venereology at the Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital of Antananarivo. He also leads the LAboratory in public health, Research and Technique of medical Informatics and Communication (LARTIC), which he founded in 2002. LARTIC has been a partner of the African Francophone Telemedicine Network RAFT since 2005, where it is a focal point and member of the scientific council. He has had several national and international hospital and university responsibilities. Former Dean of the Faculty of Human Medicine, Veterinary and Pharmacy, a former member of the permanent board of CIDMEF, and Former Director and PCA of the CHU Antananarivo, he founded the faculties of Medicine in the provinces of Madagascar and also contributed to the establishment of the pharmacy department and the Charles Mérieux CICM Infectious Disease Center research laboratory. Prof. Rapelanoro Rabenja is involved in several projects: PASSION artificial intelligence in the five main dermatological pathologies in Africa (scabies, atopic dermatitis, mycoses, impetigo and insect bites), Malaria Index Survey 2016, HELP “HIV Electronic Platform,” HIV mapping, therapeutic itinerary in HIV, fever, global fund financing. He is also working on a study on chromomycosis and sporotrichosis in collaboration with the Mérieux Foundation and the University of Grenoble. He is a Member of the African Society of Dermatology Venereology ASDV, an Editorial Board Member of "Dermatology and pigmentation disorders," contributes to the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index, and is a Member of the Scientific Committee of several scientific journals. He is the former Secretary-General of the ADF Association of Francophone Dermatologists and founder of the Malagasy Society of Dermatology, and an honorary member of the SFD French Dermatologist Society. In 2020, he received a L’Oreal Grant for African Hair and Skin Research. He has been Judge/Examiner of more than 100 medical theses published in international scientific journals – including those in the Doctoral school jointly supervised by the Universities of Reunion - Bordeaux – Grenoble. He has given over 100 conference papers (internationally) since 1992 and has more than 80 articles published in scientific journals.
Torunn Sivesind, MD
Research Fellow, University of Colorado Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus (USA)
Dr Sivesind is a dermatology clinical research fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz. Her research includes projects incorporating large-scale data from the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) network to characterize prescribing patterns for dermatologic conditions. Her academic interests include dermatologic surgery, immune-mediated skin diseases, and cosmetic dermatology. She attended the University of Queensland School of Medicine - Ochsner Clinical School, a US-Australian partnership. After obtaining her MD degree, Dr Sivesind completed her first year of residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Louisiana State University in New Orleans before choosing to pursue a career in Dermatology.
Dr Sivesind receives fellowship funding from the Pfizer Global Medical Grant (58858477) Dermatology Fellowship 2020 (PI: RP Dellavalle) and serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Antedotum Inc.
Dr James A Solomon, MD, PhD, FAAD
Professor, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida; Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience; Carle-Illinois College of Medicine (USA)
Dr Solomon is the Director of Ameriderm Research, Ormond Beach, Florida. He maintains several academic appointments as Professor of Dermatology: University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Florida State University, College of Medicine; and Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. He also is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Carle-Illinois College of Medicine.He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; a Ph.D. in Immunology from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York; and an M.D. from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York.He completed cancer research fellowships at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, NY, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed residency training in Pathology at the Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston City Hospital: Pediatrics at Tufts New England Medical Center, and Dermatology at a combined Boston University/Tufts University program.Dr Solomon is actively engaged as a principal investigator in multiple pharmaceutical company-initiated clinical trials. He also has ongoing dermato-epidemiology/outcome research projects involving analysis of the 4.5 million dermatology database of ADCS Clinics, the clinical practice of which Ameriderm Research is the research division. Dr Solomon also has multiple ongoing projects analyzing millions of dermatology patients' publicly available social media posts. He has published /presented over 150 articles/abstracts/posters. He serves as an assistant editor for the JAAD and as Editorial Board Member for JMIR Dermatology.
JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (USA)
Barbara Walkosz, PhD
Senior Scientist, Klein Buendel, Inc., Professor Emerita, University of Colorado Denver
Dr. Barbara Walkosz is a Senior Scientist at Klein Buendel, Inc. and Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado Denver. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona. Dr. Walkosz has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous skin cancer prevention studies that have been implemented in workplaces, outdoor recreation, and community settings. She is also focused on how media literacy can be employed as a tool to combat disinformation and misinformation about public health in the current media ecosystem.
Victoria Williams, MD
Director in Global Regulatory Affairs for Vaccines and Infectious Disease, Merck (USA)Dr. Williams is a board-certified dermatologist with a broad interest in public health, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, albinism, healthcare access, medical education, and eHealth. She has worked in a variety of global health settings in Central/South America, Africa and Asia since 2008. Prior roles have included Dermatology Site Director for the Botswana UPenn Partnership and Head of Dermatology at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana (2016-2018). From 2018 to 2020, she was an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director of the Penn Dermatology Global Health Track and Director of the Botswana UPenn Partnership's Dermatology Program. She is currently a Director in Global Regulatory Affairs for Vaccines and Infectious Disease at Merck, where she works on the development of HIV and small-molecule antiviral therapeutics. Dr. Williams continues her global health work through clinical, research/educational collaborations and global health organizational roles, including Co-Director of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Resident International Grant Program and Steering Committee Member of the International Alliance for Global Health Dermatology.
Dr Shuang Zhao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Central South University (China)
Dr Zhao is an Associate Professor, Dermatologist in the Department of Dermatology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. He earned an M.D. from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University in Changsha, China; a Ph.D. in Dermatology and Venereology from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University in Changsha, China; and is a visiting scholar in Dermatology and Venereology, Kagoshima Medical Center, Japan.
Dr Zhao’s research interests center on the combination of dermatology and artificial intelligence. He has endeavoured to expand the applications of artificial intelligence in medicine. He believes that with the assistance of artificial intelligence, doctors in primary health settings would be able to make an early diagnosis of uncommon but high-risk skin diseases. He has published several articles in the top journals of this field, including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, Swarm and Evolutionary Computation, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, IEEE Access, Journal of Medical Systems among others.
Dr Zhao has rich and varied research experience. The projects he has led include the Medical Ministry of Education-China Mobile Laboratory Development Project, National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Fund, Hunan Provincial Innovation Platform and Talent Program-Hunan Young Talent Program and Education Reform Project of Hunan Provincial Department of Education. The content of his research spans from medical science to education.
He is the deputy chairman of the Youth Committee of the Professional Committee of Dermatovenereology, Hunan Medical Association, the Dermatology Group of the Professional Committee of Dermatology and Venereology, Hunan Medical Association and Youth Committee of China Medical Equipment Association Telemedicine and Information Technology Branch. He is also a member of some official medical associations, including: Member of Youth Committee of Anti-aging Branch of China Plastic Surgery Association and the Special Committee of Injection Aesthetics and Micro-plastic Surgery Art Branch of China Plastic Surgery Association.
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Jarrett Anderson, BSc
Jarett is a 4th-year medical student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has published papers concerning eczema, melanoma, Imiquimod as a prophylactic treatment for COVID-19, and gamification within dermatology. His academic interests include atopic dermatitis, social media in dermatology, and medical dermatology.
Jarett enjoys working with others to increase awareness of skin diseases, particularly those that illustrate a systemic condition, through social media. He has promoted various systematic reviews from the Cochrane library by managing the Cochrane Skin Facebook page.
Anthony Concilla, BSc
Anthony is a 4th-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His academic interests include cutaneous oncology, biological therapies, and medical dermatology. He is a co-author on multiple dermatology-related internet research publications and is an editor of the Cochrane Skin Group's social media accounts.
Anthony has a passion for the dissemination of evidence-based medicine on Twitter and loves connecting with colleagues from across the globe. He serves as a Social Media Editor for JMIR Dermatology and takes pride in increasing the impact of the journal by sharing its high-quality literature.
(Personal Twitter handle: @ConcillaAnthony)
Austin Hamp, BSc
Austin is a 4th-year medical student at Midwestern, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has published papers on melanoma, atopic dermatitis, and preventative medicine. In addition, he has a strong interest in utilizing social media in dermatology to improve medical education.
Austin is the Instagram social media editor for Cochrane Skin, where he continues to work to promote Cochrane Skin research, events, and news. He aspires to continue to help disseminate evidence-based dermatologic knowledge.
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