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URMC Dermatologist Tapped for Two National Leadership Positions

Friday, August 3, 2012

Marc Brown, M.D., professor of Dermatology and Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), was elected president of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) and also named to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

Brown joined the URMC Department of Dermatology faculty in 1989, developing its Division of Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. An expert in the Mohs technique to treat various forms of skin cancer, he performs about 2,000 cases annually and has completed more than 25,000 in his career.

Brown earned his medical degree at Georgetown University and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester. He served two years in the Public Health Service followed by a dermatology residency at the University of Michigan. After becoming board-certified in dermatology, he completed a two-year fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at the University of Michigan.

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Scouring the Skin for Clues to Better Health

Friday, June 15, 2012

The skin is much more than the part of our body that gets sunburned in the summer and pasty in the winter: It is our largest organ and the barrier that separates us from the outside world, where we encounter thousands of allergens, irritants, pollutants, microbes and more on a daily basis. Persistent defects in the barrier can result in crippling conditions, but brief breaches may enable the delivery of lifesaving drugs, improve vaccine effectiveness and allow new ways to diagnose disease.

Given the skin barrier’s power to hurt and heal, researchers in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center are teaming up with specialists from across the University – experts in environmental medicine, vaccine biology, optics and engineering, to name a few – to form the Skin Barrier Research Consortium. The goal: discovering how the barrier works and ways in which we can manipulate it to improve our health.

Alice P. Pentland, M.D., James H. Sterner Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and head of the new program, says, “The skin is where the action is. It is our first line of defense against everything we encounter in the environment and contains twice as many immune cells than any other place in the body.”

Researchers and clinicians will work to understand the factors necessary for a healthy skin barrier and characterize the skin barrier defects in the two most common inflammatory skin diseases – eczema and psoriasis – which Pentland’s team knows, firsthand, can be devastating for patients and families.

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URMC Rheumatologist, Pro-Golfer Phil Mickelson, Shed Light on Psoriatic Arthritis

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today, world class pro-golfer and psoriatic arthritis patient Phil Mickelson, in partnership with both Amgen and Pfizer, Inc., launched “On Course with Phil,” a disease education program for people with certain chronic inflammatory joint and skin conditions.

The program seeks to inspire people with psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or plaque psoriasis to take early action, educate themselves, and work with a medical specialist to build a disease management plan that’s right for them. The program also features the Joint Smart Coalition, a new effort by theArthritis Foundation and the National Psoriasis Foundation that aims to provide an empowering and educational resource for people with psoriatic arthritis and other related chronic inflammatory conditions.

The initiative has tapped local University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) rheumatologist and professor of Medicine Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H., to offer his expert insights into these conditions. Ritchlin will discuss the status of current treatment options, research, and underscore the importance of early intervention in mitigating long-term joint damage.

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Ibrahim Joins Medical Center Dermatology, Skin Cancer Team

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dermatologist Sherrif Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D., a fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in skin cancers and cosmetic procedures, recently joined the University of Rochester Medical Center. He practices at University Dermatology Associates’ offices at 400 Red Creek Drive in Henrietta.

Ibrahim recently completed fellowship training in Moh’s micrographic surgery, a delicate procedure to remove melanoma and squamous cell cancers, at the University of California-San Francisco.

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