GINA KWON, MD

Resident Physician, Division of Dermatology

Contact Information

UW Dermatology Division
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356524
Seattle, WA 98195-6524
Continuity Clinic: Veteran’s Hospital, Seattle
Appts: 206-764-2300

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Education and Training

Resident, Dermatology, University of Washington, 2013 – present
Medicine Internship, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore MD 2009-2010
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2009
Sc. B, honors,Thesis: The Creation of a Stable Cell Line Expressing Chimeric a3[5]/a1/b4 Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors MA, 2003-2007

Scholarly/Research Activities

Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center, Minneapolis, 2011 - 2012, Principal Investigator: Erin Warshaw, MD, Department of Dermatology

Study coordinator for several clinical trials involving new treatments for Tinea Pedis and Onychomycosis as well as a VA cooperative trial assessing 5-FU for prevention of skin cancer. Analyzed allergic reactions of food service workers in the NACDG (North American Contact Dermatitis Group) database.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Bethesda, 2006 - 2007, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Medical Scholar National Institutes of Health, Pre-doctorate Intramural Research Scholar Principal Investigator:  Robert S. Balaban, Ph.D.

Characterized the three-dimensional microstructure of the arterial wall collagen and elastin and studied the steady state binding kinetics of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) at atherosclerosis-susceptible regions along the artery using two-photon microscopy.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Summer 2004, Principal Investigator:  Cynthia Grosskreutz, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology

Developed a stereological technique to quantify retinal ganglion cell loss in rat eyes and applied the developed method to assess retinal ganglion cell loss in glaucoma induced rats treated with a pharmacologic agent (FK506).

Department of Ophthalmology, Washington University, 2002-2003, Principal Investigator:  David Beebe, Ph.D.

Dissected and cultured bovine lens epithelial cells with TGFb antagonists and assessed its effects on myofibroblast differentiation using confocal microscopy, Western Blots, and qPCR. Cultured lens epithelial cells on micro-pattern chips to study cell spreading and geometric cytoskeletal changes.

Department of Pharmacology, Brown University, 2001-2002, Senior Honors Thesis Laboratory, Principal Investigator:  Edward Hawrot, Ph.D.

Created novel neural nicotinic acetylcholine a3-receptor subunits sensitive to Bungarotoxin and developed a stable HEK cell line expressing these mutant receptors to better characterize neural acetylcholine signaling.

Department of Pathology, Washington University, Summer 2001, National Science Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar, Principal Investigator:  Kyunghee Choi, Ph.D.

One of 16 undergraduates chosen nation wide to participate in a summer research emersion program. Trained and worked independently in elucidating the role of the MAPK pathway during the early hematopoietic differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells.

Department of Genetics, Stanford University, Summer 2000, Principal Investigator:  Douglas Vollrath, M.D., Ph.D.

Sequenced and analyzed for MERTK gene mutations in DNA samples taken from patients with retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Representative Publications/Posters/Abstracts

Warshaw EM, Kwon GP, Mathias CG, Fowler JF Jr, Belsito DV, Sasseville D, Zug KA, Taylor JS, Fransway AF, Deleo VA, Marks JG Jr, Pratt MD, Storrs FJ, Zirwas MJ, Dekoven JG. “Occupationally related contact dermatitis in North American food service workers referred for patch testing, 1994 to 2010.” Dermatitis Jan-Feb. 2013; 24: 1: 22-8

Kwon GP, Schroeder JL, Amar MJA, Remaley AT, Balaban RS. “Contribution of Macromolecular Structure to the Retention of Low-density lipoprotein at Arterial Branch Points.” Circulation Jun. 2008; 117: 22: 2919-27

Fileta JB, Huang W, Kwon GP, Filippopoulos T, Dobberfuhl A, Grosskreutz CL “Efficient Estimation of Retinal Ganglion Cell Number: a Stereological Approach.” J Neurosci Methods May. 2008; 170: 1: 1-8 

Garcia CM, Kwon GP, Beebe DC “Alpha-Smooth Muscle Actin is Constitutively Expressed in the Lens Epithelial Cells of Several Species.” Experimental Eye Research Oct. 2006; 83: 4: 999-1001 

Huang W, Dobberfuhl A, Fileta JB, Filippopolous T, Kwon G, Grosskreutz CL “Calcineurin Cleavage Is Triggered By Elevated Intraocular Pressure And Calcineurin Inhibition Blocks Retinal Ganglion Cell Death In Experimental Glaucoma.” Proc Natl Acad Sci Aug. 2005; 102: 34: 12242-7 

Kwon GP, Huang W, Filippopoulos T, Fileta JB, Grosskreutz CL. The Use of Stereologic Counting Methods to Assess Retinal Ganglion Cell (RGC) Loss. 2005 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference, (Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2005)  

Kwon GP, Garcia CM, Wang X, Guo J, Murphy A, McEnroe G, Dugar S, Chakravarty S, Beebe DC. Regulation of Genes Expressed Early in the Formation of Myofibroblasts from Lens Epithelial Cells. 2003 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference (Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2003)

Huang W, Dobberfuhl AP, Filippopoulos T, Fileta JB, Kwon GP, Grosskreutz CL. Neuroprotection From Calcineurin Mediated Retinal Ganglion Cell Apoptosis by FK506 in Experimental Glaucoma. 2005 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference, (Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2005)

Community Outreach

Mother Teresa’s Charity Homes, Kolkata, India, 1997 and 2004
Volunteer:  Nirmal Hirday - Home for the Dying and Destitute, Prem Dan – home for sick and mentally ill adults, Shishu Bhavan – orphanage.
Bandaged sores, administered medicine, prepared and fed meals to the poor and ill.

Northern Thailand Service Trip, Chiang Rai, Thailand, 1999
Volunteer: Happy Home Children’s Orphanage
Lived with and educated 14 Hill Tribe children orphaned or neglected by the effects of AIDS and drug trafficking.

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