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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
Joyce Hoot, MD
Contact dermatitis and patch testing
Meera Mahalingam, MD, PhD, FRCPath
Michael McLeod, MD
Immunobullous diseases, general dermatology
Michelle Nguyen, MD, MPH
Natalia Plotnikova, MD
Connective tissue diseases, laser and cosmetics, general dermatology
David Rosmarin, MD
Atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, clinical trials
Elizabeth Seiverling, MD
Dermoscopy, general Dermatology
Jeffrey Sobell, MD
Psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, clinical trials
Emily Tierney, MD
F. Clarissa Yang, MD
Laser and cosmetics, excisions, general dermatology
Removal of Pigmentation, brown spots, “age spots”using:
Laser removal of Redness/unwanted facial blood vessels or rosacea
Laser Hair removal
Sclerotherapy of spider veins on the legs
Improvement of Acne and scars using:
Body contouring and fat reduction using:
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.
Second and third year residents have the unique opportunity for an 8-week rotation in various subspecialty clinics. These include:
Seven hours per week are dedicated to formal didactic sessions systematically covering the following subjects below.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology
Manger of Educational Programs / Administrative Assistant to Dr. David Feingold