NEWs and Highlights

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.

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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