Skin of Color Symposium 2017: Bench to Bedside
November 10-12, 2017
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, VA


Christina Chung, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Iltefat Hamzavi, MD
Henry Ford Health System Dept of Dermatology
Detroit, MI

Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi is an active clinic researcher and investigates causes and treatments for vitiligo, pigmentation hidradenitis suppurativa, photomedicine, psoriasis, and acne and has practiced since 2001. He specializes in photodermatology and laser technology and has performed thousands of laser procedures working with all ethnic skin types. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency in dermatology at Wayne State University and then spent time in Europe training at some of the world's leading skin care centers. In 2001 he completed an advanced one-year laser and photo medicine fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

In addition to his work in private practice at Hamzavi Dermatology and its affiliate Dermatology specialist group, Dr. Hamzavi also serves as Senior Staff Physician at Henry Ford Health Systems Department of Dermatology Center for multicultural dermatology. Dr. Hamzavi also teaches medical students at Wayne State University. He has authored more than 70 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and has been awarded several commendations for his patient care and research.

John E. Harris, MD, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA

Assistant Professor Director of the Vitiligo Clinic & Research Center UMass Medical School

Dr. Harris directs the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), which incorporates a specialty clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vitiligo, as well as a vitiligo research laboratory. He uses basic, translational, and clinical research approaches to better understand autoimmunity in vitiligo, with a particular focus on developing more effective treatments.

He earned his MD/PhD degrees at UMMS, and entered a combined research/residency program in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where his postdoctoral research focused on the development of a mouse model of vitiligo with epidermal depigmentation. He now advises multiple graduate students, MD/PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows in his research laboratory at UMMS, and teaches medical students and residents in his vitiligo clinic.

Dr. Harris has authored multiple research publications and textbook chapters on vitiligo and other topics, serves on a number of advisory boards and committees, and is a consultant and collaborator with multiple pharmaceutical companies.

Ncoza Dlova is a Principal Specialist, Senior Consultant Dermatologist for 5 Regional and Tertiary Dermatology Hospital Complexes in Durban, South Africa, and academic co-ordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programmes within the Department of Dermatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (NRMSM), Durban, South Africa. She qualified as a Medical Practitioner and Dermatology Specialist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa. Her research interests are on Ethnic skin and Hair as well as HIV and Skin.

Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

Assistant Professor of Dermatology Eastern Virginia Medical School Co-Director, Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute Hampton University

Dr. Valerie Harvey is a board-certified dermatologist, whose clinical interests lie in general dermatology including the diagnosis and treatment of acne, eczema, disorders of pigmentation, moles, cutaneous melanoma, and skin conditions which disproportionately impact minority populations. She currently serves as an assistant professor of Dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology, and she is also an adjunct faculty member at Hampton University.

Dr. Harvey attended University of Virginia School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society. She completed her dermatology residency at University of Maryland in Baltimore where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Harvey recently completed her Master's in Public Health at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Harvey was awarded a grant from the Dermatology Foundation to study the clinical and molecular aspects of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation in different racial and ethnic groups. She is the recipient of the Nethercott Research Fellowship Award and has published as well as given numerous presentations on diseases that affect individuals with skin of color.

Joslyn Sciacca Kirby, MD
Penn State Hershey
Hershey, PA

Yolanda M. Lenzy, MD, MPH
Lenzy Dermatology | University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center
Chicopee, MA

Michelle Lowes, MD, PhD
The Rockerfeller University
New York, NY

David McDaniel, MD
Hampton University
Hampton, VA

Co-Director, Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute; Director McDaniel Laser Cosmetic Center of Virginia; Adjunct Faculty Hampton University

David H. McDaniel, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a Co-Director of the Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute, Adjunct Professor in the School of Science, Hampton University, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences for Old Dominion University. In addition to his dermatology training, he has special training in physical chemistry, light physics, pathology and dermatopathology, botany and emergency medicine.

He is the author of over 75 scientific articles and book chapters, primarily concentrating in the field of laser cosmetic surgery, antioxidants, and anti-aging medicine.

Dr. McDaniel helped pioneer the science and theory of LED photomodulation and has been involved in the development and/or FDA clinical trials of some of today's leading laser and energy based devices for cosmetic treatments or for non-surgical skin rejuvenation. He serves as Director of the McDaniel Institute of Anti-Aging Research as well as the Laser & Cosmetic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia (USA) and consults for some of the major skin care companies in the world.

More recently Dr. McDaniel has been involved in the testing and also the development of several new antioxidant skin care products as well as research related to extending lifespan and healthy longevity.

Dr. McDaniel has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in American for 2013-2014 for the 20th year in a row. He is one of the expert voices quoted in popular magazines such as O, Elle, Vogue, Allure, Essence, Time, Forbes, as well as by major media such as Good Morning America and the BBC. Dr. McDaniel also serves as president of a non-profit charity, The Center for Disfigurement.

Lynn McKinley-Grant, M.D.
Duke University
Durham NC

Lynn McKinley-Grant, M.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a Board-certified dermatologist, author, researcher, lecturer practicing dermatology at Duke University, Durham NC. She is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine and Vice Chair for Diversity and Community Engagement in the Department of Dermatology. Dr. McKinley-Grant practiced Dermatology for over 25 years in Washington DC area. She has been listed in Washingtonian Magazine since 1992 as one of the "Top Doctors" in the area, as selected by other physicians. Dr. McKinley-Grant is the senior editor of VisualDx: Essential Dermatology in Pigmented Skin. She has authored many chapters in the textbook Dermatology for Skin of Color, Paul Kelly MD and Susan Taylor MD, 2nd edition to be published in 2015.

As an innovator in medicine, early on in her medical career, Dr. McKinley-Grant worked at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon, Africa, she founded the Bellvue Hospital Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) clinic in New York City and she identified the skin protein Fillaggrin while at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and was a Google Glass Explorer. Dr. McKinley-Grant continues to be passionate about new ideas that improve the quality of health care and decrease healthcare costs. In 2013, she co-founded Insight Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes innovation, critical thinking and creative problem solving through art-based initiatives and programs, from medical training to business management.

Amy McMichael, MD
Wake Forest Baptist health
Winston-Salem, NC

Chair, Dermatology, Professor Dermatology Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Wake Forest Baptist Health

Dr. McMichael attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, then received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed Internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and travelled to Ann Arbor, MI where she completed her Dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Dr. Amy McMichael, MD is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem. She has also served as the Residency Director of the department for the last 9 years. Dr. McMichael's clinical and research interests include: hair and scalp disorders and skin of color.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the current Chair of the Skin of Color Society, and past Chair of the National Medical Association Dermatology Section.

She has served as Vice President of the Women's Dermatologic Society and Secretary/Treasurer of the North American Alopecia Research Society. She is co-editor of the text Hair Diseases: Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Treatments, serves on the editorial boards of Cosmetic Dermatology and The Dermatologist, and is the author of numerous journal articles and chapters. She is a reviewer for many Dermatology journals.

Amit Pandya, MD
UT Southewestern
Dallas, TX

Professor, Dr. J.B. Shelmire Professorship in Dermatology: Univ. of TX Southwestern Medical

Dr. Amit G. Pandya is a Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from UT Southwestern Medical School and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and in Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Pandya has a special interest in vitiligo, melasma and other pigmentary disorders. His ongoing clinical research is focused on the etiology, epidemiology, measurement, quality of life, diagnosis and treatment of these cutaneous disorders.

Kimberly S. Salkey, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

Chris Sayed, MD
University North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Meena Singh, MD
Dr. Meena Singh is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She attended Harvard Medical School, trained at the Mayo Clinic, and completed a surgical fellowship in New York City, where she became trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, as well as cosmetic dermatology procedures, such as Botox, lasers, and fillers. Additionally she completed a fellowship with the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery, where she was trained in all hair transplantation techniques, including strip excision and manual/motorized/robotic follicular unit extraction, and transplanting into scarring alopecias. She specializes in medical treatments for hair loss of all types.

Dr. Singh also has an interest in treating ethnic skin/skin of color. She has performed clinical trials in laser hair stimulation, as well as studies in hair transplantation for scarring and non-scarring forms of hair loss. She has performed investigative studies on skin cancer in transplant recipients, as well as tissue engineering. She has numerous publications in many peer-reviewed dermatology journals, book chapters, and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Singh is a reviewer for the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and the Dermatologic Surgery Journal. Her blog articles have also been published in online periodicals and has also been featured on the cover of New York Times.

Jennifer Stein, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

John Sundberg, DVM, PhD
The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine

Giuseppe Valacchi, PhD
Associate Professor, Regenerative Medicine, Department of Animal Science, NC State University
Raleigh, NC