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Chief Resident

Molly Marous, M.D.

Molly Marous, MDHometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame

Interests In Dermatology: Medical and Procedural Dermatology, Cutaneous Oncology

Hobbies: Running, hiking, spending time with family and friends, Pittsburgh Steelers Football

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Exploring local breweries and farmer's markets.

Chief Resident

Deborah Paul, M.D.

Deborah Paul, MDHometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Medical School: University of Rochester

Undergraduate School: University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Interests In Dermatology: Cutaneous Oncology, Skin of Color, Nail Disorders, Medical Education

Hobbies: Traveling, reality TV, brunch, following the NBA - Go Celtics! 

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting the Memorial Art Gallery, riding 4-Wheelers in Webster, local restaurants,  the Public Market.

Kelly Mueller, M.D.

Kelly Mueller, MDHometown: Deerfield, Illinois

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Undergraduate School: DePaul University

Interests In Dermatology: General Dermatology, Complex Medical Dermatology

Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, traveling to new places, craft beer, taking care of my plants

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Going to farmer's markets and local coffee shops, exploring the Finger Lakes Area, biking when the weather is nice.


Abigail Franco, M.D. 

Abigail Franco, M.D.Hometown: White Plains, New York

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergraduate School: Quinnipiac University

Interests In Dermatology: General Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology, Acne, Atopic Dermatitis, Dermoscopy, Integrative Dermatology

Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, group games/board games, spending time with friends, eating/cooking, arts & crafts

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Hikes with my dog, countless Summer Festivals, Live Music at "Party in the Park", exploring new restaurants, weekend Farmer's Markets, various breweries.


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Simon Hernandez, M.D.

Simon Hernandez, MDHometown: Bronx, NY 

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergraduate School: Dickinson College

Interests In Dermatology: Complex Medical Dermatology, Skin of Color

Hobbies: Running, indoor climbing, hiking, doing "do-it-yourself" projects, listening to podcasts and music 

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Walking down Park Avenue and exploring local parks, trying new breweries and restaurants, going to the Public Market, cooking with friends.

Gabrielle Willey, M.D.

Kelly Mueller, MDHometown: Washington, DC

Medical School: University of Michigan

Undergraduate School:  University of Maryland

Interests In Dermatology: General Dermatology/Surgery

Hobbies: Yoga, healthy eating/cooking, floral arranging, relaxing with my husband and baby, interior design and old houses

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Breathe Yoga studio in Pittsford and Wegman's!

Partik Singh, M.D.

Partik Singh, MDHometown: Cleveland, OH

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Case Western Reserve University

Interests In Dermatology: General Dermatology, Inflammatory skin disease, Epidemiology, Health Services research

Hobbies: Resistance band workouts, experimenting with cocktail recipes, Pittsburgh Steelers football

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Exploring coffee shops, restaurants, breweries, and Wegmans!

Jeanette Zambito, M.D.

Deborah Paul, MDHometown: Elba, NY

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Undergraduate School: Cornell University

Interests In Dermatology:  Pediatric Dermatology, Global Health Dermatology, working with underserved populations, Medical Education

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, hiking, traveling

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Rock climbing at Red Barn, shopping at the public market, wine tours in the Finger Lakes.



Alexandra Bender, M.D.

Alexandra Bender, MDHometown / Sartell, MN

Medical School /Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Undergraduate School / Johns Hopkins University

Interests In Dermatology / Medical dermatology, Research

Hobbies / Running, cycling, hanging out with my husband, son & daughter, cooking, gardening

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / biking to dinner, weekend trips to the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks, hiking on the nearby trails​.

Irina Lerman, M.D.

Irina Lerman, MDHometown / Rochester, NY

Undergraduate School / University of Rochester

Medical School/ University of Rochester
Interests in Dermatology / Medical Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Rheum-Derm

Hobbies / Cooking and eating diverse cuisines, traveling, hiking local parks with my husband and our 2 dogs, fishing, escape rooms, watching the X-Files

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / Exploring new restaurants and frequenting old favorites (Ox and Stone is #1), strolling along Erie Canal while enjoying Pittsford Farms Dairy ice cream, watching our dogs play at Spring Lake Park, wine tasting in the Finger Lakes, finding new escape rooms to try, hanging out with good company.

Eric Kowalski, M.D.

Eric Kowalski, MD

Hometown / Chicago, IL

Medical School / University of Illinois at Chicago

Undergraduate School / Loyola University Chicago

Interests In Dermatology / Medical dermatology, cutaneous oncology

Hobbies / Exploring our national & local state parks, hiking, skydiving, vegetarian cooking, sashiko style clothing repairs, summiting all 46 Adirondack tall peaks, board games

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / Farmer's Markets, kayaking, the local music scene.

Brendon Verhave, M.D.

Brendon Verhave, MD

Hometown / North Salem, NY

Medical School / SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergraduate School / Cornell University

Interests In Dermatology / General Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Procedural Dermatology

Hobbies / Weightlifting, Reading/Golf, Watching/Following Sports, Movies/Television

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / Anything outdoors, going to breweries, restaurants, spending times with friends, and co-residents.

Benjamin Williams. M.D.

Benjamin Williams. MD

Hometown / Bridgeport WV

Medical School / Marshall Joan C. Edward’s SOM

Undergraduate School / Marshall University

Interests In Dermatology / Wound Healing, Surgical & Cosmetic 

Hobbies / watching football, baseball, weightlifting

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / Wegmans, Exploring local restaurants, downtown life.

Dermatopathology Fellow

Michael Greas, M.D.

Michael Greas, MD

Hometown / Los Angeles, CA

Medical School/ Fayoum University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt.

Undergraduate School / N/A

Interests In Dermatology / Cutaneous lymphomas and melanomas.

Hobbies / Table tennis, hiking, soccer, and socializing with friends.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / Exploring local restaurants, parks and farmer’s markets.

Dermatopathology Research Fellow

Leah Laageide, M.D.

Leah Laageide, MD

Hometown / Gjøvik, Norway

Medical School / Roy J and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine (Iowa City, Iowa)

Undergraduate School / St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)

Interests In Dermatology / Inflammatory skin disease, complex medical dermatology, acne and medical education

Hobbies / Meeting new people and trying new things :). Appeasing my two ~20-lb Nebelung/Norwegian Forest cats. I’m a big fan of cross country skiing, hiking, and HIIT/weightlifting workouts. As a Scandinavian, I am slowly learning to add (any) flavor to my cooking - recipes welcomed.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester / Exploring the amazing scenery; soaking up the multitude of outdoorsy activities, variety of restaurants/markets, and other unique attributes of New York State.


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