Thank you for your interest in our Categorical Dermatology Residency Program.
Among the more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties, the Department of Dermatology was the third department established at Cleveland Clinic and is currently located on the sixth floor of the outpatient superstructure, known as the A Building - Crile Building.
The Department of Dermatology has grown over the years to include over 40 full time clinical staff, of which there are 17 active teaching faculty, and 10 advanced practice providers, spread over our main campus location and 10 regional family health centers. Our surgical dermatology department includes six full time MSDO fellowship trained Mohs surgeons, as well as a fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon. We have three fellowship trained pediatric dermatologists and six fellowship trained dermatopathologists. Among our general dermatologists, we have specialists in contact and occupational dermatitis, phototherapy, oral and bullous diseases, and hair disorders. Currently, we have 17 residents undergoing extensive and rigorous training in this all-encompassing dermatologic learning environment.
- Antoine Amado De Olazaval, MD, General Dermatology
- John Anthony, MD, General Dermatology
- Joshua Arbesman, MD, General Dermatology, Research
- Cheryl Bayart, MD, Pediatric Dermatology
- Wilma Bergfeld, MD, Dermatopathology, General Dermatology
- Steven Billings, MD, Dermatopathology
- Anthony Fernandez, MD, General Dermatology, Dermatopathology
- Mahwish Irfan, MD, Pediatric Dermatology
- Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology
- Jennifer Lucas, MD, Dermatologic Surgery
- Jon Meine, MD, Dermatologic Surgery
- Melissa McEnery-Stonelake, MD, Dermatologic Surgery
- Melissa Piliang, MD, Dermatopathology, General Dermatology
- Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, Dermatologic Surgery
- Kathryn Riley, MD, General Dermatology
- Joan Tamburro, DO, Pediatric Dermatology
- Kenneth Tomecki, MD, General Dermatology
- Rashmi Unwala, MD, General Dermatology
- Allison Vidimos, MD, Dermatologic Surgery
- Alok Vij, MD, Dermatologic Surgery
- Rachel Ward, MD, General Dermatology
- Christine Warren, MD, General Dermatology
- Marilyn Wickenhesier, MD, General Dermatology
- Sarah Young, MD, General Dermatology
- Philip Bailin, MD,* Pigmented Lesion Clinic
- James S. Taylor, MD,* Patch Testing
- Undergraduate: Michigan State University
- Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
- Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
- Medical School: University of Maryland, 2017
- Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Medical School: University of Freiburg
- Undergraduate: Boston College
- Medical School: New York Medical College
- Undergraduate: Utah State University
- Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
- Medical School: University of Jammu
- Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago
- Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
- Undergraduate: St Bonaventure University
- Medical School: George Washington University
- Undergraduate: Miami University
- Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
- Undergraduate: Rice University
- Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
- Undergraduate: University of Miami
- Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
- Medical School: University of Minnesota
- Undergraduate: Wright State University
- Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Luis Sardina Pena
- Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela
- Undergraduate: Trinity University
- Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
- Undergraduate: West Virginia University
- Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
The Department of Dermatology offers a four-year categorical training program that fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Dermatology and the ACGME. Candidates apply for a four-year program to include a program specific transitional PGY-1 year with rotations in internal medicine and other specialties relevant to dermatology.
A commitment to excellence in residency training is one of the highest priorities of the Cleveland Clinic. Our Dermatology Residency Program provides a comprehensive academic and clinical experience in dermatology and the subspecialty fields of dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, and dermatologic surgery. Such training enables our graduates to pursue with distinction careers in academic dermatology, clinical dermatology, as well as subspecialty training in dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology and dermatologic surgery.
The overall specific goals of the Dermatology training program include:
- To provide residents with the requisite skills in differential diagnosis and in the management of dermatological problems which span the spectrum of common as well as complex dermatological diseases that encompass a multidisciplinary approach.
- To foster the development of essential personal and intellectual attributes which will facilitate growth and development throughout their career.
- To facilitate and foster the personal career development of every resident physician participating in the training program. While service and clinical experience are essential components of house staff training, the highest priority is to ensure an exemplary educational experience, which prepares a resident to embark on whatever career path is ultimately chosen.
- To develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve competency in the six areas of Core Competency as defined by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning & improvement, interpersonal & communication skills, professionalism and systems based practice.
- To develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in a successful scholarly activity during their 4 years of residency training.
Our program is a four-year categorical program and as such, all residents complete their PGY-1 year at Cleveland Clinic. Staff and residents agree that this structure has many advantages including excellent training in general medicine, familiarity with the hospital and its electronic medical records system, and generation of many colleagues in fields other than dermatology.
Thirteen four-week modules have been chosen to provide a well-rounded fund of knowledge in general inpatient medicine while providing exposure to fields of medicine and surgery that routinely have the most overlap with dermatology, such as rheumatology, infectious disease and plastic surgery. Early exposure to dermatology and dermatopathology during this year allows for a smooth transition into the dermatology residency period.
Electives: Psychiatry, Allergy
PGY 2 - 4
20 - 24 weeks
Electives* (PGY 4)
PGY 1 residents take call depending on their rotations. PGY 2 residents are responsible for on call activities in the core dermatology program, and rotate every week. There is no in - house call for core dermatology. All residents abide by the standards of clinical and educational work hours set by the ACGME.
Core Residency Program
The majority of the resident’s time is spent in the outpatient setting. There are 13 four week modules during each academic year, divided among general dermatology and subspecialty clinics, each of which are staffed by respective experts in the field. These include monthly rotations in dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, patch testing, hospital consults and Teledermatology. In the 7 four-week modules spent in general dermatology clinics, residents are similarly exposed to connective tissue diseases, bullous diseases, hair loss, lymphoma and general medical dermatology.
During the hospital consult rotation, residents have the opportunity to evaluate and treat inpatient dermatological problems, develop diagnostic strategies, interpret laboratory findings, order medications and counsel patients and the consulting team. Residents round daily with a staff member who discusses the problems and reviews residents’ recommendations.
Teaching is emphasized throughout the residency with additional educational opportunities included in the first year dermatology schedule (PGY-2), Chief Rounds, in particular. Teaching conferences, textbook club, and other scheduled educational events are outlined below.
A four week elective is incorporated into the third year resident’s schedule. Senior residents may train in different departments within Cleveland Clinic or at an approved institution outside of Cleveland Clinic, potentially working with future colleagues, or pursuing fellowship interests.
Continuity clinics allow residents the opportunity to assume primary responsibility for patient evaluation and care and ensure follow up with a cohort of patients overtime. These half-day weekly clinics begin in the first year of dermatology training and continue through the rest of the resident’s training.
Resident Surgery Clinics
Surgical clinics allow residents to have a hands-on opportunity to polish their procedural dermatology skills. Supervised by any of our surgical teaching faculty, each resident has an assigned clinic every other week. Procedures such as electrodessication and curettage, standard excisions, laser treatments, and cosmetic procedures are typically performed in these clinics.
The administrative and teaching responsibilities of serving as chief resident are granted to a deserving senior resident(s). Research projects are completed and presentations at major medical meetings and at the department’s Annual Research Day are expected.
- Large department with multiple world-renowned staff in clinical dermatology, dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology and dermatologic surgery
- Clinical dermatology includes well-rounded training in all facets of clinical dermatology including contact dermatitis, phototherapy, oral clinic, hair clinic, pediatric dermatology, and general dermatology
- Surgical dermatology provides exposure and training in all facets of surgical and cosmetic dermatology including Mohs micrographic surgery, multiple lasers, neurotoxins, peels, soft tissue augmentation, sclerotherapy and photodynamic therapy
- Culturally diverse patient population with extensive exposure to all skin types
- Tremendously supportive program directors
- High volume of patients with emphasis on continuity of care
- Categorical program with internship tailored toward dermatology
Throughout the year, residents attend and participate in various scheduled teaching conferences. The lunch hour, as well as the entire Thursday morning, is protected time for residents to participate in these educational conferences.
City Wide Grand Rounds
Every Thursday morning, patients with rare or unusual skin conditions or patients who pose diagnostic or therapeutic challenges, participate in grand rounds attended by staff, residents, and medical students from Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and Metro Health Medical Center Departments of Dermatology. The location of grand rounds rotates among the three programs. At our program, 3 - 4 cases are presented by the first year residents and discussed as a group following patient viewing.
Currently, Bolognia’s Dermatology is the text being reviewed (although this varies from year to year). Readings are assigned on a weekly basis. Additional textbooks used for selected chapters and textbook club readings include Andrews’ Clinical Dermatology, Fitzpatrick’s General Dermatology, Wolverton’s Drugs in Dermatology, Spitz’s Genodermatoses, Robinson’s Surgery of the Skin, Hurwitz’s Clinical Pediatric Dermatology, Weedon’s Skin Pathology among others. The various curricula for dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery and pediatric dermatology are similarly covered during protected education time over the noon hour. Additional protected education time occurs on Thursday mornings.
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, JAMA Dermatology, and Dermatologic Surgery journals are routinely reviewed. Selected readings may be reviewed from Journal of Investigative Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology, and Drugs in Dermatology, among others. Typically, residents are assigned specific articles to review, critique and summarize for the benefit of the group.
Extensive Curricula for general dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery & pediatric dermatology exist and the weekly teaching responsibilities are shared among the teaching faculty and fellows.
Weekly dermatopathology lecture series are supplemented with additional workshops, outside lecturers, and review sessions throughout the year.
Each staff provides didactic lectures based on their areas of interest.
Guest lecturers both from within Cleveland Clinic and outside institutions are invited to the dermatology department for participation in grand rounds, educational meetings and noon conferences. With the majority of our educational conferences occurring virtually, our cadre of speakers have expanded greatly this year.
Each resident participates in numerous scholarly activities, with a culmination of presentations at our Annual Research Day, as well as numerous local, regional and national meetings. Research projects range from IRB sponsored projects, to multiple book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, among others. Each resident also participates in a quality improvement project.
Weekly chief rounds consist of an afternoon of teaching sessions dedicated to PGY2 residents. These sessions focus on a particular aspect of dermatology and are led by a senior resident in a highly collaborative learning environment. Session topics include in-depth review of medical dermatology topics, pathology unknowns, article reviews, and high yield board review materials. The first year derm residents find this low key learning environment highly effective in flattening the steep learning curve that typifies the PGY 2 year.
Conferences & Meetings
Interdepartmental Combined Conferences
These combined conferences with other departments such as Plastic Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, Vascular Medicine, among others, occur throughout the year. These conferences focus on diseases and interesting or complex cases that hold a shared interest for the involved departments.
Cleveland Dermatological Society (CDS) Quarterly Meetings
Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Metro Hospital dermatology departments, and a local community practice sponsor this meeting 4 times per year and consists of the most interesting and complex cases in dermatology, attended by over 100 dermatologists from Northeast Ohio.
Attendance and participation in important regional and national meetings is encouraged and supported. Residents attend the annual AAD meeting, and most also present interesting cases at the Gross and Microscopic symposium, or other podium presentations. PGY 3 residents participate in the annual Indiana Basic Science Course to augment exposure to basic science principles.
Additional meetings residents often attend include Ohio Dermatological Society (ODA), American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS) and American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP), among others. Locally, residents are required to attend department CME events and the Annual Dermatopathology Workshop and Medical Dermatology Update, all organized by members of our department.
How to Apply
Applications are completed solely through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
Please note: Three letters of recommendation are required.*
Please be advised that this year's candidates should have completed and received their Step 1 USMLE scores. We encourage, but do not require, completion of Step 2 CK USMLE. No exceptions will be made due to the large number of applications we receive each year.
With the late release of ERAS applications to programs on October 21, the application deadline is October 25, 2020.
We are participating in the coordinated release of interviews in the end of November and early December, as supported by the Program Directors Task Force of the Association of Professors in Dermatology.
Virtual Interview dates:
- January 6, 2021 (Wednesday)
- January 12, 2021 (Tuesday)
- January 21, 2021 (Thursday)
- January 26, 2021 (Tuesday)
- February 2, 2021 (Tuesday) - limited to internal rotators
Virtual Meet & Greet
To learn more about our program, please join us for a Virtual Meet & Greet on October 8, 2020, Thursday, 7 - 8 p.m. ET.
For more information, please contact:
Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD
Melissa Piliang, MD
Associate Program Director
Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
The Graduate Medical Education Department -- NA23
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
- National Resident Matching Program
- National Dermatology Interest Group
- Dermatology Residency Information
- Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education Website
- Learn more about Cleveland, OH
- Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Tour
Preference signaling refers to the use of token(s) by residency applicants to express interest in a residency program during application review and prior to interview invite release. This formalized process allows applicants to express interest in a small number of programs apart from traditional methods of email, phone calls, or virtual or in-person away rotations. The goal is to ease application overload and provide programs credible expression of interest by applicants.
While the APD PD Task Force and APD Board have discussed mechanisms for preference signaling and has engaged with other specialties in ongoing discussions, we have decided that this effort requires further consideration. We will not be implementing preference signaling for the 2020-2021 dermatology residency application cycle.
We hope that the pilot program that otolaryngology is pursuing this year, with support of AAMC and NRMP, will provide additional data upon which to decide if this tool would be feasible for future dermatology application cycles. We will also continue to participate in cross-specialty discussions of preference signaling and other application process reforms.
There is a separate entity, Signal (@SignalTokens, signaltokens.org) that is marketing the use of tokens to students and programs via email and social media. This involves a fee to students, and does not guarantee that programs have registered to receive tokens. Given potential issues with equity and added expenses, the APD recommends against programs and dermatology residency applicants registering with the Signal service for this application cycle.
|Katherine Glaser, MD||University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine||Procedural Deramtology Fellowship, University of California, Irvine|
|Charlotte LaSenna, MD||University Of Miami LM Miller School Of Medicine||Dermatopathology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic|
|Robert Steele, MD||Virginia Commonwealth Un, School Of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship, Geisinger Health System|
|Elisabeth Tracey, MD||University of Pennsylvania||Private Practice|
|Brandon Beal, MD||Saint Louis University School of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Katherine Chiang,MD||Clvlnd Clnc Lerner Col of Med of Case Wstn Rsv Un||Private Practice|
|Daniel Knable,MD||Medical College of Wisconsin||Mohs Surgery Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical Center|
|Sara Young, MD||Indiana University School of Medicine||Cleveland Clinic|
|Carly Elston, MD||Commonwealth Medical College||Dermatopathology Fellowship trained, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama|
|Sara Hogan, MD||Loyola Un of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine||Cosmetic Dermatology, UCLA Health Santa Monica Medical Center|
|Christina Wong, MD||State Un Of New York At Buffalo School Of Med||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, University Hospital System|
|Sean Condon, MD||Drexel University College of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Timothy Pearson, MD||University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, MD||Private Practice|
|Michael Schowalter,MD||Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson||Dermatopathology Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Evan Stiegel, MD||Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Matthew Vasievich,MD||University of Michigan Medical School||Private Practice|
|Cheryl Bayart, MD||University of Connecticut School of Medicine||Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship trained,Cleveland Clinic|
|Omer Ibrahim, MD||Yale University School of Medicine||Cosmetic Dermatology Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Maria Sheron, MD||Drexel University College of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Alejandra Tellez, MD||University De Monterrey, Mexico||Cleveland Clinic|
|Mahwish Irfan, MD||SUNY Update Medical University||Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship trained,Cleveland Clinic|
|Shilpi Khetarpal. MD||Northeastern Ohio Medical University||Cosmetic Dermatology Fellowship trained, Cleveland Clinic|
|Lauren Krug Guren, MD||Temple University School of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Alok Vij. MD||Baylor College of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Cleveland Clinic|
|Mara Weinstein Velez, MD||Northeastern Ohio Medical University||Cosmetic Dermatology Fellowship trained, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester|
|Rayna Dyck, MD||Mayo Medical School||Private Practice|
|Ivanka Kovalyshyn, MD||Midwestern Un, Chicago College Of Osteopathic Med||Dermatopathology Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Brian Moore, MD||University of Toledo College of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Deanna Sikorski, MD||University of Michigan Medical School Ann Arbor, MI||Private Practice|
|Kyle Anderson, MD||Northwestern Un Feinberg School Of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Mikhenan Horvath, MD||Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Emily Keller, MD||Indiana University School of Medicine||Cosmetic Dermatology, Private Practice|
|Sara Lohser, MD||Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Med of Case Wstn Rsv Un||Private Practice|
|Antoine Amado, MD||Universidad Nacional De San Agustin||Cleveland Clinic|
|Natasha Atanaskova, MD||Mayo Medical School||Associate Clinical Professor, UC Irvine|
|Paul Benedetto, MD||Sidney Kimmel Med Col at Thomas Jefferson Un||Private Practice|
|Ed Galiczynski, MD||Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine||Private Practice|
|Natasha Atanaskova, MD||Mayo Medical School||Private Practice|
|Laleh Bedocs, MD||Ohio University, College Of Osteopathic Medicine||Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Sara Jurado. MD||University of Toledo College of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Haydee Knott, MD||University of Vermont College of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Nate Cevasco , MD||Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Med of Case Wstn Rsv Un||Private Practice|
|Laura Burdick, MD||Indiana University||Dermatopathology Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Esteban Fernandez, MD||University De Costa Rica||Assistant Professor, Program Director, Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship, Ohio State University|
|Ron Feldman, MD||Medical Un of South Carolina College of Medicine||Assistant Professor, Director, Autoimmune Blistering Disease Clinic, Emory University|
|Angela Kyei. MD||Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Med of Case Wstn Rsv Un||Private Practice|
|Golara Honari, MD||Iran University Of Medical Sciences||Clinical Associate Professor, Contact Dermatitis, Stanford University|
|Jennifer Lucas, MD||Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Cleveland Clinic|
|Michelle Tarbox, MD||Texas Tech University Hsc, School of Medicine||Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Health Science Center|
|John Ebner, MD||Arizona College Of Osteopathic Medicine||Private Practice|
|Lisa Grandinetti, MD||Hahnemann Univ School of Medicine||Program Director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (deceased)|
|Berna Remzi, MD||Hacettepe Universities||Private Practice|
|Mandi Sachdeva, MD||Ohio State University College of Medicine||Managing Director, Dermpath Diagnostics|
|Leonid Trost, MD||Ohio State University College of Medicine||Mohs Surgery, Private Practice (deceased)|
|Anya Enriquez, MD||Yale University School of Medicine||Private Practice|
|Chris Gasbarre, MD||AT Still Un Of Hlth Sc., Col Of Ost Med, Kirksv'e||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Klaus Sellheyer, MD0||Georg-august University||Dermatopathology Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Apra Sood||All-india Institute Of Medical Sciences||Associate Clinical Professor, UC Davis|
|Christine P Lopez, MD||Mount Sinai School of Medicine||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Program Director & Vice Chair, Cleveland Clinic|
|Allison Moosally, MD||MCP Hahneman SOM||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
|Oren Lifshitz, MD||Univeristy of Texas Houston||Private Practice|
|Anjeli Laungani, MD||SUNY Buffalo||Private Practice|
|Melissa Piliang, MD||Indiana University||Dermatopathology Fellowship trained, Associate Program Director, Cleveland Clinic|
|Jim Libecco, MD||Northeastern Ohio Medical University||Private Practice|
|Justin Woodhouse, MD||University of Iowa||Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained, Private Practice|
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