News & Events

General Announcements

2018-2019 Resident Leadership Positions
The Department of Dermatology is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 resident leadership positions:
Med Derm Chiefs: Sigrid Collier and Brittney Schultz
Dermatology Chiefs: Addison Demer and Brittney Schultz / Jaime Kingsley-Loso (shared position)
Dermatopathology Rep: Sarah Harvey
Education Rep: Kathryn Shahwan
Grand Rounds Rep: Katherine Kenneweg
GMEC Rep: Matthew Mansh
GMEC Alternates: Nikifor Konstantinov / Ryan Wells
Please join us in congratulating them on their new positions!

2018 Resident Recruitment Match Results
The Department of Dermatology is thrilled to announce that the following applicants have matched for a residency position in our programs:
For the Categorical Dermatology residency program:
Yi Gao, Case Western Reserve University
Brooke Hanson, University of Minnesota
Molly Hirt, Indiana University
Tiana Kazemi, University of California, Los Angeles
Marki Klapperich, University of Wisconsin

For the Combined Internal Medicine/Dermatology program:
Timothy Allen, University of Texas Medical Branch
Thomas Freeman, University of Minnesota

Many thanks to all who were involved in the process!

New Faculty in the Department of Dermatology

Portrait of Dr. Kevin Gaddis

 The Department of Dermatology is pleased to announce that Dr. Kevin Gaddis will be joining us in July, 2018!

Dr. Gaddis is a clinician and dermatopathologist with a strong track record in leadership having been chief resident in dermatology and an elected board member to the Organization of Resident Representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Kevin's clinical interests include psoriasis, blistering disorders, and cutaneous lymphoma; his pathology interests are melanocytic lesions, blistering disorders, and cutaneous lymphoma.
Dr. Gaddis graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine with special distinction, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and then moved what he considers very far North. He completed his dermatology training at the University of Minnesota, serving as chief resident in his final year. He joined the academic faculty at the U of M and VA Medical Center for an initial year, and was honored to be recognized as a Top Doctors Rising Star in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. He is currently a fellow in dermatopathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gaddis will be involved in patient care and resident education at the University and the VA Medical Center. He will practice in medical dermatology and dermatopathology and will direct the teledermatology program at the University site. Welcome back, Dr. Gaddis!

Honors, awards and presentations

Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow Dr. Nikoo Cheraghi and Dermatology Resident Dr. Addison Demer attended the American College of Mohs Surgery annual meeting last weekend. Dr. Cheraghi presented her poster "Melanoma Treated with Mohs Surgery Using a Modified 15-minute Mart-1 Immunostatin: Discussion of Technique and Experience." Dr. Demer gave an oral presentation titled "Benefit of Mohs Micrographic Surgery Over Wide Local Excision for Melanoma of the Head and Neck: A Rational Approach to Treatment" and presented his poster "Narrow Pedicle Transposition Flap: A Modified Rhombic Flap with Broad Reconstructive Applications." Great work, Drs. Cheraghi and Demer!

Medical students Molly Goodier, Kelly Aschenbeck, and Dr. Anne Boyd received the gold, silver and bronze awards for their oral presentations at the American Contact Dermatitis Society Meeting. A Minnesota sweep! Congratulations everyone!

Congratulations to Professor and Chair of the Department, Dr. Maria Hordinsky, for being awarded the 2017 WDS Mentor of the Year Award! This award serves to recognize Dr. Hordinksy's hard work and commitment to teaching and mentoring her national and international students, fellows, residents, faculty, and colleagues.

Med Derm Resident Dr. Amrita Goyal received an American Society of Dermatopathology grant to work with Dr. Lyn Duncan, Directory of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, on a project regarding the number of biopsies needed to diagnose mycosis fungoides (MF), as well as a report of antigen loss in recurrent anaplastic large cell lymphoma treated with brentuximab. Dr. Goyal also received an HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists) Grant for 2017-2018 from the American Society of Hematology (ASH). For the ASH grant, she performed a study examining the risk of second malignancies in patients with MF. This included an analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) data, and examination of a cohort of 175 patients with MF at the University of Minnesota. They found that patients with MF are at significantly increased risk of developing second primary solid and hematologic malignancies.

Med Derm Resident Dr. Brittney Schultz has received a Medical Dermatology Society Mentorship Award and will be working with Dr. Nicole Fett, Dermatology Residency Program Director at Oregon Health & Science University, to gain experience in complex medical dermatology and residency education. Dr. Schultz will also be working on a research project that investigates the impact different treatment regimens for pemphigus vulgaris may have on patients' quality of life. Congratulations Dr. Schultz!

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has appointed Dr. Walter Liszewski to serve as Resident Member of the Patient Advocate Task Force (PATF). The PATF serves in the coordinating role on educational, legislative, and research issues of shared concern to patients, patient advocacy groups and the AAD. Congratulations Dr. Liszewski!

Dermatology Faculty in the News

Congratulations to Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness who received the Distinguished Mentoring Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Dean's Tribute to Excellence in Education! Pictured are Dr. Maguiness with the pediatric dermatology fellow Dr. Melissa Dodds and Sakeen Kashem, MD, Ph.D. who also was honored and who will be starting his dermatology residency at the University of California, San Francisco in July.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Miller, Dr. Christina Boull, and Dr. Kevin Gaddis, who were recently honored as "Rising Stars" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, along with almost 70 other M Health physicians!

More than 200 University of Minnesota Health physicians were named "Top Doctors" in 2017 by Minnesota Monthly magazine, including six from Dermatology! Congratulations Drs. Hordinsky, Bohjanen, Hook, Polcari, Maguiness and Farah!!

Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness was featured on the MHealth blog for her successful treatment of eczema in children. Check it out!

Dr. Ingrid Polcari was featured in an interview regarding sun exposure at the state fair in conjunction with the cancer screening organized by the student-run Dermatology Interest Group, Dr. Noah Goldfarb and Dr. Ronda Farah. Free sunscreen is available at the fair again this year thanks to sponsorship from Official Vanicream​ and the efforts of Dr. Polcari.

Upcoming events

Clinical Research Division Recruiting Study Subjects

The Clinical Research Division in the Department of Dermatology conducts ongoing studies of novel therapeutic agents. The Division is currently enrolling subjects for studies in:

  • alopecia areata
  • psoriasis
  • cutaneous T cell lymphoma
  • atopic dermatitis
  • discoid lupus erythematosus

We are also recruiting for normal control subjects. Please contact the clinical research office at 612-624-5721 for more information or to see if you qualify.

Center for Pediatric Vascular Lesions

The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital Pediatrics Specialty Clinic, in conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Dermatology, is pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Pediatric Vascular Lesions. Experts in the fields of Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Survery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology, Hematology/Oncology and Interventional Radiology have collaborated to provide multi-disciplinary care for children in Minnesota and the Midwest. Call 612-672-5932 for more information, 612-365-6777 for an appointment.