Dermatology Residency Program

Tufts College was founded in 1852 as a non-sectarian institution of higher learning in Medford, Massachusetts, about five miles from Boston. It is now organized into 10 schools on four campuses. The Medical Sciences campus is in Boston’s Chinatown adjacent to Tufts Medical Center (formerly New England Medical Center), the primary teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. The Medical School and the Dermatology Department were founded in 1893. Initially the Dermatology Department was centered at the Boston City Hospital. It was a Tufts Service and the major site of dermatology teaching for Tufts medical students. Important leaders of the Department in the modern era were Dr. John Downing (1944-1952), Dr. Bernard Appel (1952-1961), and Dr. Walter Lever (1961-1977). Dr. Lever, an eminent German-born dermatologist and dermatopathologist, was a pioneer in understanding and managing blistering diseases of the skin such as pemphigus vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid. Under his leadership dermatology at Tufts grew remarkably, with generous NIH support for research and training.

In 1980, Dr. David S. Feingold, boarded in internal medicine, infectious disease and dermatology, was appointed Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Feingold was given the charge of building a vibrant academic dermatology presence at Tufts. In the 1980s and 90s dermatology at Tufts prospered. Dr. Donald Grande set up a strong surgical division with a Mohs surgery fellowship. The surgical program remains very strong today. The Department has remained very busy and financially successful with over 13,000 outpatient visits yearly. Dr. Feingold stepped down as Chair in 2003 although he served as interim chair until 2006.

In March 2006, Dr. Alice B. Gottlieb, boarded in internal medicine, rheumatology and dermatology, and an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, joined Tufts Medical Center as its Chair of Dermatology. Her research using targeted immunobiologics as pathogenic probes, provided new understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and provided the foundation for biologic drug development in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. As a direct result of Dr. Gottlieb’s work, many biotechnology-engineered immunomodulators are FDA and /or EMEA-approved for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Gottlieb stepped down as Chair in 2016

In February 2018, Dr. F. Clarissa Yang, a Harvard-trained dermatologist, was recruited into the position of Chairman of Dermatology at Tufts Medical School and Dermatologist-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Yang brings with her more than a decade of experience at Harvard Medical School where she served in many leadership roles both at the Medical School and in the Harvard Combined Residency Program.  In addition, she was both the Outpatient Medical Director of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital which had 11 outpatient locations and was the Director of Brigham Dermatology Associates, their flagship practice. She is known to be a thought-leader and innovator in clinical care redesign with a strong dedication to the patient experience.  Dr. Yang is well-respected for her clinical acumen, her talent in procedural skills, and her commitment to supporting a positive and supportive culture for growth and learning.  


Area(s) of interest


David S. Feingold, MD

Infectious disease, general dermatology

 Tufts MC
Margaret Cavanaugh, MD, MPH Community outreach, general dermatology VA
Sandhya Deverapalli, MD, MBBS General dermatology, chemotherapy-related skin toxicities, transplant dermatology  Tufts MC

Joyce Hoot, MD

Contact dermatitis and patch testing

Tufts MC
Daniel Loo, MD General dermatology VA
Caroline Kim, MD Pigmented lesions, melanoma Tufts MC
Nellie Konnikov, MD  General dermatology, laser and cosmetics VA
Rebecca Hartman, MD, MPH Melanoma, skin cancer, general dermatology VA
Stephanie Liu, MD General dermatology, grafts vs. host disease VA

Meera Mahalingam, MD, PhD, FRCPath



Michael McLeod, MD

Immunobullous diseases, general dermatology

Tufts MC

Michelle Nguyen, MD, MPH

Dermatologic surgery

Tufts MC

Natalia Plotnikova, MD

Connective tissue diseases, laser and cosmetics, general dermatology

Tufts MC
Sarah Robinson, MD Adult and pediatric dermatology, acne, eczema, vascular birthmarks, moles, skin cancer  Tufts MC

David Rosmarin, MD

Atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, clinical trials

Tufts MC

Elizabeth Seiverling, MD

Dermoscopy, general Dermatology

Tufts MC

Jeffrey Sobell, MD

Psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, clinical trials

Tufts MC
Isha Tiernan, MD General dermatology, laser and cosmetic Tufts MC

Emily Tierney, MD

Dermatologic surgery

Tufts MC
Neelam Vashi, MD Ethnic skin, cosmetic dermatology VA
Abby Waldman, MD Dermatologic surgery VA

F. Clarissa Yang, MD

Laser and cosmetics, excisions, general dermatology

 Tufts MC

General Dermatology:

General dermatology will be a focus of clinical rotations during all three years at Tufts Medical Center and the VA. Residents are exposed to general dermatology and specialty clinics during this time, including pediatric dermatology, blistering diseases, connective tissue diseases, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, pigmented lesions and allergic contact dermatitis.


First year residents focus on the fundamentals of performing excisions at Tufts Medical Center under the supervision of Drs. Nguyen and Tierney. Second and third year residents perform excisions and assist in Mohs surgery during their VA rotation and at Tufts.

Inpatient consults:

Second and third year residents have a two month consult rotation which covers both adult and pediatric inpatient services at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children. Residents also get to experience the consult service at the West Roxbury VA.

Laser and cosmetics:

Drs. Plotnikova and Yang provide the following services at Tufts Medical Center:

Facial Rejuvenation:

  • Botox and Dysport injections for Crow's feet (around the eyes), frown and forehead lines
  • Facial volume replacement and wrinkle reduction using fillers like Belotero, Restylane Silk, Lyft, Juvaderm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella, Vollure, Voluma, Sculptra
  • Facial tightening and skin resurfacing using fractional and traditional radiofrequency

Removal of Pigmentation, brown spots, “age spots”using:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser treatment

Laser removal of Redness/unwanted facial blood vessels or rosacea

Laser Hair removal

Tattoo removal

Sclerotherapy of spider veins on the legs

Improvement of Acne and scars using:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Surgical removal of ice pick scars
  • Fractional non-ablative and ablative resurfacing
  • Fractional Radiofrequency
  • Photodynamic therapy

Body contouring and fat reduction using:

  • Kybella for the neck
  • Radiofrequency treatments for the face and body

Residents will rotate through cosmetic clinics and participate in hands-on learning cosmetic sessions during all three years.


Dr. Meera Mahalingam at the VA provide a comprehensive dermatopathology curriculum (lectures and slides at multi-headed scope) as part of the resident didactics.

Subspecialty Rotation

Second and third year residents have the unique opportunity for an 8-week rotation in various subspecialty clinics. These include:

  • Blistering clinic with world-renowned expert Dr. Razzaque Ahmed
  • Dermatopathology with Dr. Mahalingham
  • Patch testing with Dr. Joyce Hoot
  • Dermoscopy and teledermatology with Dr. Vinny Seiverling
  • Elective – residents have spent time in various clinical settings, both in Boston and away, studying and learning pediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, hair, wound care, cutaneous oncology and international work in Botswana

Seven hours per week are dedicated to formal didactic sessions systematically covering the following subjects below.

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical core curriculum (Bolognia)
  • Dermatopathology
  • Drugs in Dermatology
  • Kodaechromes and Morphology
  • Neoplastic Dermatology
  • Pediatric / Genodematoses (Hurwitz)
  • Surgical Dermatology
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club

Residents attend a wide variety of dermatology conferences.  These routinely include the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual spring meeting, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Annual meeting, and the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) annual meeting. The number of CME days allotted depends upon resident year.  The allotment is 5 days for chief residents, 4 days for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents, and 3 days for PGY-2 residents. 

New England Dermatological Society
The Departments of Dermatology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Harvard, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the University of Massachusetts rotate to provide 3 clinical meetings per year with 20-30 live patients with rare diagnoses followed by case discussion and lectures.

American Academy of Dermatology
Residents are encouraged to attend the annual spring meeting each year and to participate in poster and/or gross & microscopic presentations.

Class of 2020

Samantha Gordon, MD
MD: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Pediatrics

Abdullah Aleisa, MD
MD: King Saud College of Medicine
Internship: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Surgery

Class of 2021

Brooke Rothstein, MD
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine 
Internship: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Deep Joshipura, MD
MD: C.U. Shah Medical College & Hospital
Internship: Brandon Regional Hospital, Transitional Year

Rana Abdat, MD
MD: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
Internship: Tufts Medical Center, Surgery

Jessica Awerman, MD
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine 
Internship: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Transitional Year

Class of 2022

Julie Grossman-Kranseler, MD
MD: University of Washington School of Medicine 
Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Internal Medicine 

Lihi Tzur, MD
MD: Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology 
Internship: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Internal Medicine

Shaundra Eichstadt, MD
MD: Stanford School of Medicine
Internship: Stanford University, Plastic Surgery 

Abdulaziz Alomran, MD
MD: King Saud University, Riyadh College of Medicine
Internship: Tufts Medical Center, Surgery

Class of 2019

Adriane Levin, MD: Full-time faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Sandhya Deverapalli, MD: Full time faculty at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Class of 2018

Claire Noell, MD: Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery fellow at Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute with Dr. Robert Weiss

Sarah Tonelli, MD: Private practice in Philadelphia, PA

Saud Aleissa, MD: Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY

Class of 2017

Ari Goldminz, MD: Patch Testing Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with Dr. Pamela Scheinman

Natalia Plotnikova, MD: Full-time faculty at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Nujud Daham, MD: Private practice in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

Class of 2016

Shimrat Notik, MD: Private practice in Stamford, CT

Shiu Au, MD: Full-time faculty at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Abdulaziz Madani, MD: Full-time faculty at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Class of 2015

Chad Jessup, MD: Full-time faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Eva Volf, MD: Private practice in Swampscott, MA 

Tushar Dabade, MD: Private practice in Chicago, IL and part-time faculty at Northwestern

Yahya Argobi, MD: Full-time faculty at King Khalid University, Abha

Tufts Medical Center Department of Dermatology offers a dermatology rotation to interested medical students. For information about the application process, go to the Visiting MD Students section.

Our Resident Selection Committee will only review applications submitted through ERAS. There should be a minimum of three letters of recommendation (no more than 4). The deadline for receipt of the completed application is October 1st, 2019.

David Rosmarin, MD
Program Director, Director of Clinical Trials Unit
Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology

Theo Sullivan
Program Coordinator
Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology
Manger of Educational Programs / Administrative Assistant to Dr. David Feingold
Phone: 617-636-1359
Fax: 617-636-8316