Medical Dermatology Fellowship Program
Today, there is a shortage of clinicians with in-depth expertise on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Dermatology Fellowship program seeks to increase the number of scientists focused on studying and treating psoriatic diseases by encouraging young scientists to become physician researchers and dedicate their careers to psoriatic diseases.
Recruited from top medical schools as residents, each fellow receives a one-year grant of up to $50,000 to conduct research on psoriasis. The schools provide lab space, equipment and supplies needed to carry out their investigative work while the funds from the fellowship help pay their salaries.
National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Dermatology Fellowships
The recipients of the 2014 National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Dermatology Fellowships are:
Dena Elkeeb, M.D., of University of Utah. Elkeeb will develop a pediatric study group within the Utah Psoriasis Initiative to assess the impact of systemic corticosteroids on physical characteristics of psoriasis, its severity and the patient's overall health.
Aleksandra Florek, M.D. of University of Colorado Denver. Florek will study the epidemiology of psoriatic disease and related health risks, or comorbidities, and investigate issues related to treating psoriasis, such as cost and effectiveness.
Dr. Mark G. Lebwohl Medical Dermatology Fellowship
Emily Osier, M.D., of Rady Children's Hospital, University of California, San Diego, received the National Psoriasis Foundation Dr. Mark G. Lebwohl Medical Dermatology Fellowship. Osier will use the one-year, $50,000 grant to develop screening guidelines for comorbidities, or associated health risks, in children with psoriasis.
The fellowship honors Dr. Mark Lebwohl—dermatology chair at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—one of the world's foremost psoriasis experts and a leader in medical dermatology.