NEWs and Highlights

June 2018

Graduation Day!

JULY 2018

Summer BBQ

On July 7th, the Dermatology Division celebrated our incoming Residents and Fellows with a BBQ. Great time was had by all!

JUNE 2017


Congratulations Katie DeNiro, Cait May and Shelley Yang!

MAY 2017


May 19th, 2017


We are extremely honored to have Dr. Anthony Oro as the
keynote speaker for our annual 2017 Odland Event

Professor of Dermatology
Member, Program in Epithelial Biology, the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Children’s Health Research Institute, Bio-X, and the Program in Cancer Biology
Stanford Medicine


MARCH 2017

Odland Scholar Luncheon!



2016 Annual Pommerening Lecture Event

UW Tower Auditorium, December 2, 2016
Carrie Kovarik, MD
Associate Professor
Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and
Infectious Diseases
University of Pennsylvania

“The Landscape and Future of Teledermatology”



UWMC Service Chief Award
goes to
Dr. Michi Shinohara

Congratulations to Dr. Michi Shinohara, clinical assistant professor (Dermatology) who has received a 2016 UWMC Chief of Medicine Service Award.

The awards recognize one outpatient and one inpatient-based clinician who have made outstanding contributions in direct clinical care, innovations in quality improvement and health delivery, consistently exhibit excellence in clinical teaching, and produce high quality scholarly works related to patient care.


JULY 2016

UW Dermatology New Residents/Fellows


Said Goodbye to
Graduating UW Dermatology Residents/Fellows

MAY 2016

FRIDAY MAY 20, 2016


Douglas R. Lowy, MD
Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology
Sr. Investigator Head, Signaling and Oncogenesis
Section Acting Director, NCI

Read more about Dr. Lowy here

Event Information


APRIL 2016

Articles on MCC and Immunotherapy (.pdfs and links):

NEJM Original Article on Immune Therapy for MCC: (.pdf) "PD-1 Blockade with Pembrolizumab in Advanced Merkel-Cell Carcinoma"

News stories on immune therapy for MCC:
Washington Post (Page A1) story (.pdf and .pdf) by Laurie McGinley titled "
The list of cancers that can be treated by immunotherapy keeps growing"

The Atlantic story (.pdf) by Vann R. Newkirk II titled "Cancer: The Final Frontier"

Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center story (.pdf) by Susan Keown titled "Finally showing hope"

Medscape story (.pdf) by Zosia Chustecka titled "Remarkable Responses in Rare Merkel­Cell Skin Cancer"

MedPageToday story (.pdf) by Charles Bankhead titled "Keytruda Active in Merkel Cell Cancer"

UW Medicine article (.pdf) "Immunotherapy: Hope for Merkel cell carcinoma patients"

AACR article (.pdf) "Pembrolizumab Yields Lasting Merkel-Cell Carcinoma Responses"

Johns Hopkins article (.pdf) "Immunotherapy drug shrinks tumors in half of patients with rare, virus-linked skin cancer"

TIME Article (.pdf) "A New Cancer Drug Shows Even More Promise"

MARCH 2016

Odland Scholar Lunch 2016

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Betsy Williams is retiring after 29 years of service at the University of Washington. Betsy came to the UW in 1986, after a couple years at WSU in Anthropology and Career Services. She began in the Division of Dermatology as an Administrative Assistant and quickly rose through the ranks to Division Administrator in 1990.

Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD was named one of
Newsweek's Top Cancer Doctors of 2015


2015 Annual Pommerening Lecture Event

Alder Hall Auditorium, October 23rd, 2015
2015 Pomm Lecture:
Youn Kim, M.D.
"Therapeutic Advances in Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma Research"

2015 Derm Division Retreat

2015 Annual Retreat
The UW Division of Dermatology holds a strategic working retreat each year for faculty to come together and work on division-wide initiatives.

Each year the Faculty compete against the Residents in a friendly bout of volleyball.

Winning team for 2015 = FACULTY!



Dermatology folks know how to work hard and have a great time!

Graduation Ceremony for Laura Swanson and Alice Zhao
(outgoing Dermatology Residents):


Faculty, Resident and Staff Appreciation BBQ at the Nghiem-Lee Home:


JULY 2015

1st Year Dermatology Residents:

Jayasri Iyer MD

Kate Khorsand MD

April Schachtel MD

Mohs Micrographic Fellow:

Sumul Gandhi MD, MBA, MPH

DermPath Fellow:

David Zlotnick, MD


JUNE 2015

The Mariners welcomed Dr. Paul Nghiem
(Head and Professor UW Dermatology) to throw out the first pitch on Sunday, May 31st as part of the Sesattle Mariners Sun Smart Day!

SunSmartArticle (.pdf)

Mariners First pitch (youtube video)

Mariners First pitch photos:

2015 Alfred Marchionini Research Prize

Dr. Paul Nghiem
, Professor and Head (Dermatology) has received the 2015 Alfred Marchionini Research Prize (only one prize awarded every four years) for his work on Merkel cell carcinoma. The Alfred Marchionini Foundation was founded in 1976 by Eva and Kurt Herrmann in memory of Alfred Marchionini, former Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University Munich and one of the greatest dermatologists both in terms of clinics and science. The primary mission of the foundation is to foster outstanding dermatologic research.


Special tribute was given to Dr. Olerud, a beloved mentor and the former head of UW Medicine’s Division of Dermatology as he received the 2015 UW Distinguished Alumni Award on June 5, 2015

Dr. Olerud Alumni Award
(vimeo video)

(special thanks to UW advancement for the video)

MAY 2015

“T Cells in Barrier Tissues”

Thomas Kupper, MD

T.B. Fitzpatrick Professor, Harvard Medical School Chairman, Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital Dana Farber Cancer Institute Professor -
Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Read more about Dr. Kupper here

Event Information


APRIL 2015

Paul Nghiem MD, PhD

On April 1st, 2015 Dr. Paul Nghiem became the new
Head of UW Dermatology and the
George Odland Professor of Dermatology.

There is excitement about the potential for further growth and development of UW Dermatology.

This calls for celebration in the Nghiem Lab as well as the Dermatology Administration Office!

Special thanks goes to
Dr. Philip Fleckman for his amazing leadership as interim Division Head since February 2014

MARCH 2015

We are honored to have had the following UW Derm Faculty speak at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Annual Meeting in San Francisco
March 20 - 24th 2015:

Nicholas Compton:
Dermatologic Manifestations of HIV and AIDS
Jennifer Gardner:
Finding Solutions to Challenging Cases
Paul Nghiem:
Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Diagnosis, Management and Controversies
Michi Shinohara:

Complications of Decorative Tattoo


Dr. John Olerud, Congratulations on being selected as the recipient of the UW School of Medicine’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award!

Dr. Paul Nghiem, Congratulations on recently becoming a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service!  Dr. Nghiem joins Dr. John Olerud, Dr. Jay Vary and Dr. Andrea Kalus as UW Dermatology faculty who are also members of AOA

Drs. Roy Colven and Meredith Sheedy, Congratulations on recently receiving UW PRAISE awards!  The PRAISE (Patient Reported Assessment in Satisfaction and Excellence) awards reflect patient comments and are awarded to healthcare providers who are rated among the top in the nation for their listening and communication skills.


JANUARY 28 2015

2015 Odland Scholar Luncheon at UW Faculty Club...



Pommerening Lecture Event
October 17th, 2014

This year our annual Robert Pommerening Memorial Lecture is on Friday, October 17, 2014.  We are honored to have Dr. Amy Paller, Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, as our guest speaker. 
Her presentation is entitled:

What's New in Genetic Skin Disorders.”

Read more on Dr. Paller here.

Please notify Heather Bottomley at or
206-543-5291 if you plan to present a patient.  If you wish to send pathology slides for the patient presentations, please send them directly to Heather c/o UWMC Dermatology, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356524, Seattle, WA 98195-6524,
no later than October 3rd2014.


Derm Division Retreat

2014 Annual Retreat
The UW Division of Dermatology holds a retreat each year for faculty to come together and work on division-wide initiatives. Each year the Faculty compete against the Residents in a friendly bout of volleyball.

Winning team for 2014 = FACULTY!


Dr. Andrea Kalus provides tips for protecting your skin!

JULY 2014

The Dermatology Division welcomes new trainees

Katie DeNiro graduated from UW School of Medicine, with a residency in Internal Medicine, also at the UW.  She recently completed a chief resident year at the VA Puget Sound.

Cait May graduated from the UW School of Medicine and just completed her R1 year at Virginia Mason, Seattle.

Shelley Yang graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical School and just completed a R1 Internal Medicine year at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester. A case study submitted with Jay Vary, Multiple papules on the hands of a woman with common variable immunodeficiency, has been accepted for JAAD publication.

Oliver Chang graduated from University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine and trained in the UW Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency. He just completed a year as UW Surgical Pathology Fellow/Anatomic Pathology Co-Chief.

Candice Church and
Erica Shantha
are new Reseach Fellows in Dr. Paul Nghiems' Lab. Candice has a PhD in T cell receptor-virus recognition biology from Einstein in NY. Erica is a junior AOA med school graduate from Morehouse in Atlanta, recently completing her Virginia-Mason internship.

Goodbye and Hello
to two exemplary residents

(Ope's family pictured above celebrating her graduation)

The Dermatology Division recently said goodbye to Onaopemipo Ofodile, MD, MHA.  Dr. Ofodile completed her Dermatology Residency in June and has departed for Northern California to reunite her family. When Dr. Ofodile arrived in Seattle three years ago, her new husband Ike remained in New York in order to not disrupt his career.  Dr. Ofodile, Ike, Isaac (3 years) and Andrew (4 months) are together at last. Dr. Ofodile just recently took her Dermatology Specialty boards and begins this summer as a dermatology physician with Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, CA.

(Lauren's family pictured above celebrating her graduation)

The Dermatology Division also recently said goodbye to Chief Resident, Lauren Biesbroeck, MD.  Fortunately for us, however, we now get to turn right around and say hello... We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Biesbroeck is joining the UW Dermatology Faculty. Dr. Biesbroeck arrived in Seattle three years ago from St. Louis and we are so very lucky she made the trip!
Dr. Biesbroeck recently took her Dermatology Specialty boards and begins with UW as a dermatology clinician/educator in September 2014. She will be providing patient care at UWMC Roosevelt Derm Center as well as Seattle Children's Hospital. 

MAY 16 2014

Special Thanks to this year's wonderful Odland speaker:

Boris Bastian, MD

Professor, Departments of Dermatology & Pathology
Gerson & Barbara Bass Bakar Distinguished
Professor of Cancer Biology
University of California, San Francisco, CA

Annual Odland Lecture
May 16, 2014

“Towards a Molecular Taxonomy of
Melanocytic Neoplasia”

Read more about Dr. Bastian here


2014 Odland Lecture
Teaching Awards
awarded by the Residents

Clinical Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award

Peter Odland, MD

John E. Olerud Resident
Teaching Award

John Olerud, MD

William Baker
Meritorious Service Awards

Kim Abson, MD | Mark Bressler, MD

James Collyer, MD | Kyle Garton, MD, PhD

John Hackett, MD | Joseph Langlois, MD

Dan Lantz, MD | Peter Odland, MD

Mike Piepkorn, MD, PhD

Jennifer Reichel, MD | Mark Valentine, MD

JANUARY 31 2014

Dr. John Olerud retires as Division Head after 26 years of dedicated service...
Click here for further details.

OCTOBER 18 2013

Annual POMMERENING lecture: "Melanoma Prevention Update"
Each year we have a guest speaker present for our annual Pommerening lecture. Dr. Leachman spoke to the faculty this year with updates on melanoma prevention.

Sancy A. Leachman, MD, PhD
Department Chair, OHSU Dermatology
Director Melonoma Research Program, Knight Cancer Institute
Read more about Dr. Leachman here.


2013 Residents Newsletter

JUNE 4 2013

Dr. John Olerud throws the First Pitch! to kick off the Play Sun Smart Campaign at Safeco Field! (Photos below by Ben VanHouten)

MAY 17 2013

Odland Lecture Event, Dr. Gelfand Presenting...

Annual Odland Lecture

"Psoriasis associated
co-morbidities: Implications for your clinical practice."

Presented by
Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE

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APRIL 22 2013

Odland Scholar Luncheon at UW Faculty Club...

MARCH 2013

Piepkorn Chair Event One year Anniversary:

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Article to peruse
Study: Dermatologists most qualified for skin cancer, cosmetic procedures


Dr. Sandy Barnes Retirement
Dr. Barnes many contributions to Dermatology over the past years are so very appreciated. We wish him well in his retirement and know he will be missed!

Click collage to enlarge (Thank you to Sue Montgomery for the awesome pictures!)


Betsy Williams is nominated for Distinguished Staff Award!

OCTOBER 29 2012

Dr. Philip Kirby Retirement
We are very grateful for Dr. Kirby’s many contributions to Dermatology over the past 30+ years. We wish him well in his retirement and want him to know he is so very appreciated!

We will miss you Obi-Wan! Don't be a stranger!

Link to video

Click collage to enlarge (Thank you to Sue Montgomery for the lovely pictures!)

Obi-Wan Kenobi, was a legendary Jedi Master who played a significant role in the fate of the galaxy during the waning days of the Galactic Republic. He was the mentor of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, training both in the ways of the Force. He had a long and tumultuous career that helped shape the fate of the entire galaxy.

Dr. Philip Kirby (aka Obi-Wan), was a legendary Derm Master who played a significant role in the fate of the Dermatology division during the glorious days of the Galactic Republic of Dermatology. He was a mentor of residents and medical students (and fellow faculty), training in the ways of the Force and the ways of the Skin. He had a long and successful career that helped shape the fate of the entire division. He will be missed upon his retirement.

OCTOBER 19 2012

Annual POMMERENING lecture: "Update on Melanoma Therapeutics"
Each year we have a guest speaker present for our annual Pommerening lecture. Dr. Tsao spoke to the faculty this year with updates on melanoma therapeutics.

Hensin Tsao, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Director, MGH Melanoma & Pigmented
Lesion Center
Director, MGH Melanoma Genetics Program
Read more about Dr. Tsao here.

Dr. Paul Nghiem and Guest Speaker Dr. Hensin Tsao

Dinner at Space Needle - evening prior to Pommerening Lecture 2012


2012 Annual Retreat
The UW Division of Dermatology holds a retreat each year for faculty to come together and work on division-wide initiatives. Each year the Faculty compete against the Residents in a friendly bout of volleyball.

Winning team for 2012 = RESIDENTS and FELLOWS!



JULY 1 2012

Congratulations to our three graduating trainees!

Jonathan Olson MD, Erin Moore MD, Shayla Francis MD 2012

After seven years of medical training at the University of Washington, Erin Moore MD has joined the physicians at Polyclinic, remaining in Seattle with her husband and twins.

Jonathan Olson MD remains at the University of Washington for his eighth year, accepting a Procedural Dermatology Fellowship with Drs. Dan Berg and Linda Chang.

Shayla O. Francis MD completed the one-year Procedural Dermatology Fellowship and moved to Dallas, TX joining the Skin Care Consultants practice.

MAY 18 2012

2012 Odland Lecture
The UW Division of Dermatology hosted Dr. Richard Gallo, MD, PhD as the 2012 George F. Odland

Lecturer on May 18, 2012. His presentation titled “Innate Immunity for Dermatologists” was a  primer on the newest research findings in skin immunology.
Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics
Dermatology Division Chief
University of California, San Diego
Read more about Dr. Gallo here. (link to his UC San Diego lab site)
The George F. Odland Lecture is sponsored by the UW Dermatology Division, Washington State Dermatology Association, Seattle Dermatologic Society and by generous contributions from friends of George Odland, clinical faculty and former trainees.

Dr. Gallo, his spouse Leslynn, and Dr. Elizabeth Vennos

More from the Odland Lecture evening
Dr. Olerud’s remarks included a tribute to Dr. Marvin Young as his mentor and longtime friend. Judy Young and her granddaughters accepted the Baker Award in honor of Dr. Young’s volunteer clinical activities, most recently in the VA telederm project.

Dr. Youngs' Family with past and present VA staff

Annual Teaching Awards

The Dermatology Residents awarded the 2012
John E. Olerud Resident Teaching Award to
Dr. Kyle Garton
for his inspiring and dedicated
teaching. Dr. Garton completed his dermatology
residency at the University of Washington in
2008, followed by a dermatopathology
fellowship at Geisinger.


Dr. Kim Abson was selected to receive the Clinical Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award for her commitment to resident teaching in didactics and as an inpatient attending at the UW Medical Center.

Dr. Jonathan Olson

received the first Resident Teacher of the Year
award for the opportunities
he found to teach and truly
educate all learners in


Other Awards

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