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Erin Boh, M.D., Ph.D. » | Kristina Callis Duffin, M.D. » | Joel Gelfand, M.D. MSCE »  
Mark Lebwohl, M.D. » | Alan Menter, M.D. » | Amy Paller, M.D. »  
Gerald Krueger, M.D. » | Arthur Mandelin, M.D., Ph.D. »

Erin Boh, M.D., Ph.D.Erin Boh, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Chairman
Department of Dermatology
Director, Clinical Research Unit
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

Erin E. Boh, M.D., Ph.D. received her Ph.D. from Tulane University Department of Biochemistry and medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, she did a residency in Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Parkland Hospital).

After completion of residency, she became a full-time faculty member at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, which she currently is Professor of Dermatology and has served as Chairman of the Department of Dermatology since 2006. She also holds the Joseph B. Chastain Clinical Professorship of Dermatology.

Throughout her clinical career, Dr. Boh has been interested in clinical research and the impact of Basic Science on Clinical Medicine. She has been a principal investigator on a number of studies involving psoriasis as well as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

She is a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board. She is currently Director of the Academic Dermatology Leadership Program, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. She is on the Editorial Board for The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

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Kristina Callis Duffin, M.D.Kristina Callis Duffin, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Dermatology
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Kristina Callis Duffin graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1993, and completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center in 1997. After three years in private practice, she was hired by Gerald Krueger, MD as a clinical trials research fellow at the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah. She completed a dermatology residency at the University of Utah in 2005, and then joined the faculty where she is now as an assistant professor. She is the co-director of the Utah Psoriasis Initiative, a database of over 1200 patients with psoriasis that was developed to elucidate phenotype-genotype association. She has participated in over 30 clinical trials for psoriasis therapies, and is interested in comparative effectiveness studies, co-morbidities of psoriasis, and teaching investigators on clinical trial endpoints such as PASI scoring.

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Joel M. Gelfand, M.D. MSCEJoel M. Gelfand, M.D. MSCE

Medical Director, Clinical Studies Unit
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Associate Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Gelfand received his undergraduate training at Tufts University, (BS, Biology, Summa Cum Laude), and his medical degree from Harvard (Magna Cum Laude). He performed an internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, (New York, NY), and completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania as well. He is a board certified dermatologist whose clinical work focuses on general dermatology and psoriasis. His research focuses on clinical trials and epidemiology. His clinical trials research is aimed at improving trial efficiency through the development and validation of surrogate endpoints and the use of efficient statistical designs.

Dr. Gelfand is the author of over 75 research articles, reviews, and text book chapters and is an Associate Editor for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, and Continuing Medical Education Editor, Emedicine, Dermatology section. He is also an ad hoc editor for over 10 peer reviewed medical journals. Dr. Gelfand's research and career are supported by grants from the National Institute for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, the American Skin Association, and the Dermatology Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

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Mark G. Lebwohl, M.D.Mark G. Lebwohl, M.D.

Professor, Chairman
Department of Dermatology
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Dr. Lebwohl is professor and chairman of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine dermatology department in New York City. Well known and respected among dermatologists worldwide, he has led numerous professional dermatological organizations, organized symposia and delivered lectures on psoriasis in the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Lebwohl earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed residencies in both internal medicine and dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In addition to his instrumental involvement in clinical trials of many new dermatologic treatments, Dr. Lebwohl has served as president of the New York Dermatological Society, the Manhattan Dermatologic Society and the New York State Society of Dermatology and as chairman of the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine.

He has also served as chairman of the Psoriasis Task Force of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and has directed the AAD's annual Psoriasis Symposium. He was a member of the Scientific Assembly Council and chaired Academy 2001 in California and the AAD annual meeting in 2004. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the AAD and chairman of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board.

His accomplishments also include writing, editing or co-editing several books, among them the first atlas devoted entirely to cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease and the leading book on dermatologic therapy, "Treatment of Skin Disease." His books have been translated into Chinese, French, Portuguese and Polish. Other books written by Dr. Lebwohl include "Difficult Diagnoses in Dermatology, Psoriasis, Mild-to-Moderate Psoriasis" and "Moderate-to-Severe Psoriasis."

He is the founding editor and an editor-in-chief of Psoriasis Forum, the Foundation's journal for medical professionals. He has served as medical editor of the Psoriasis Foundation's Bulletin, and its successor, Psoriasis Advance, a magazine for Foundation members. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and is editor of the Dermatology Section of Scientific American Medicine, now called ACP Medicine.

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Alan Menter, M.D.Alan Menter, M.D.

Chief of Dermatology
Director, Baylor Psoriasis Research Center
Clinical Professor, University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Professor Menter was born in England and received his dermatology residency training in South Africa. He subsequently undertook further postgraduate training and research at Guy's Hospital and St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London, England. After moving to the United States, he completed a fellowship in Dermatology at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He was Board Certified in dermatology in 1977. Professor Alan Menter is a world-renowned dermatologist, noteworthy for his expertise in the treatment of psoriasis and other complicated diseases of the skin and has authored 252 articles, 4 books, and multiple book chapters in peer reviewed medical publications.

In August 2004, Professor Menter founded the International Psoriasis Council (IPC), an international organization dedicated to raising international consciousness and understanding of psoriasis as a serious immune-mediated disease with major quality of life implications. Professor Menter served as the initial President of IPC until December 2010.

He currently serves as Director of the Baylor Research Center, as well as Director of the Dermatology Residency program and Chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Baylor University Medical 3 Center. Dr. Menter is also Chair of Research for Dermatology at Baylor Research Institute, and Program Director, Dermatology Residency Program, Baylor University Medical Center, as well as Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Professor Menter is also a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Dermatological Association, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, British Association of Dermatologists, and The Society for Investigative Dermatology. He is Past President of the Texas Dermatology Society (1995–1996)

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Amy Paller, M.D.Amy Paller, M.D.

Professor, Chair
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Dr. Amy Paller is the Walter J. Hamlin Chair and Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She also serves as Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Skin Disease Research Center at Northwestern. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and her medical degree from Stanford University. Dr. Paller completed residency training in Pediatrics at the Children's Memorial Hospital of Northwestern University and her training in Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University. Her research fellowship training was performed at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Paller was the head of the Division of Dermatology at Children's Memorial Hospital before assuming the position of chair of the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University in 2004. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, the Women's Dermatologic Society, and the American Dermatological Association. She has been President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology as well as President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. She is currently is a Director of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the Dermatology Residency Review Committee. An author of more than 350 original publications, Dr. Paller is an NIH-funded investigator who has served on the NIH Board of Scientific Counselors (NIAMS). Dr. Paller's clinical interests focus on genetic disorders of the skin and cutaneous immunologic disorders in children, including inflammatory skin disorders.

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Gerald Krueger M.D.Gerald Krueger M.D.

Professor of Dermatology
HA & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr Krueger was born and raised in a ranching community it North Dakota. Following a BA degree in chemistry from Union College, Dr. Krueger obtained his MD degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1966. Following internship in the military and the residency at the University of Colorado, Dr. Krueger was recruited to the University of Utah where he started the Division of Dermatology, later to become the Department of Dermatology.

He served as the chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation (1993 to 2003) and has served as the principal investigator on over 100 clinical trials on psoriasis over the past 35 years. He has done basic research on psoriasis and has had NIH support for over 25 years of support. Dr Krueger has published over 200 papers in the medial literature. His basic research has ranged from gene therapy to his current focus, understanding the relationship of genotype to phenotype using psoriasis as a model disease via the Utah Psoriasis Initiative (UPI).

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Arthur Mandelin M.D., Ph.D.Arthur Mandelin M.D., Ph.D.

Junior Faculty, Rheumatology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Dr. Mandelin undertook both his doctoral and medical training at The Chicago Medical School (now part of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) in North Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2001, and graduated from medical school in 2002.

He then served his Internal Medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, where was elected president of the housestaff during his senior year. He completed his Rheumatology Fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he also conducted post-doctoral research under Dr. Richard Pope into apoptosis in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Mandelin is proud to have been selected to stay on as a junior member of the faculty at Northwestern.

Dr. Mandelin loves the thrill of speaking about arthritis to large groups; both professionals and the lay public. He has given talks on behalf of the Chicago Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Chicago Chapter of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, and has appeared on Chicago Access Network Television’s live call-in show “Hotline 21” in addition to having given workshops at both the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting and at the State of the Art Symposium.

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