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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!


Simon Hernandez, MD

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.

CHIEF RESIDENT Jeanette Zambito, MD

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.

Gabrielle Willey, MD

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!




Alexandra Bender, MD, PhD

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, MD, PhD

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, MD

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, MD

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, MD

Benjamin Williams. MD

Hometown: Bridgeport, WV

Medical School: Marshall Joan C. Edward’s SOM

Undergraduate School: Marshall University

Interests In Dermatology: Surgical & Cosmetic dermatology

Hobbies: Watching football, baseball, weightlifting

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Wegmans, exploring local restaurants, downtown life.


Josephine D’Angelo, MD

Josephine D’Angelo, M.D.Hometown: Rochester, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergraduate School: St. John Fisher University (formerly St. John Fisher College)

Interests In Dermatology: Medical and Procedural Dermatology, Autoimmune Skin Disease, Integrative Dermatology, Hair disorders

Hobbies: Cooking and trying new recipes, enjoying nature/being outdoors, traveling, spending time with family

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Walking/biking along the Erie Canal, kayaking or paddleboarding at Canandaigua Lake,  going to local shops and markets​.


Robert Fort, MD, MBA

Robert Fort, M.D. /M.B.A.Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate School:  Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: Penn State

Interests in Dermatology: Procedural Derm, Rheum-Derm

Hobbies: Vinyl record collecting, concerts, working out, cooking

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Roc cinema, running in Cobbs Hill Park, going to the many Rochester festivals.

Regina Liu, MD

Regina Liu, MD

Hometown: Arcadia, CA

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis

Interests In Dermatology: Medical Dermatology, Skin of Color, Environmentalism in Dermatology, Medical Education

Hobbies: International travel, road trips, chilling in coffee shops, reading on my Kindle, hanging with friends

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Exploring the ever-growing food scene, taking scenic walks along Erie Canal, enjoying ice cream at Pittsford Dairy, visiting local festivals.

Joy Lowry, MD

Joy Lowry, M.D.

Hometown: Bennington, VT

Medical School: The Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Undergraduate School: University of Vermont

Interests In Dermatology: Broad interests! General dermatology draws my interest at this time because it captures so many aspects of dermatology that I enjoy - cutaneous oncology, pregnancy dermatoses, immunologic dermatology, rheum/derm conditions. Who knows how that will change over time!

Hobbies: Pottery, drawing, painting, chasing my toddler, spending time with my family, traveling.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: So far I've enjoyed exploring the many parks and beautiful natural areas Rochester has to offer. There are also many farmers markets and Rochester Public Market is really neat! The city is very family friendly!

Liliana Montoya, MD

Liliana Montoya, M.D.

Hometown: Oak Brook, IL

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University

Interests In Dermatology: Pediatric Dermatology, Procedural Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermoscopy, Clinical Research

Hobbies: We​ight lifting, playing piano, biking, make-up artistry

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting Wegman's, breweries, and wineries.


Mohs Surgery Fellow

Molly Marous, MD

Molly Marous, M.D.

Hometown: 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.


Dermatopathology Fellow

Mona Deerwester, MD

Mona Deerwester, M.D.

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Medical School: Vanderbilt University (Surgical Pathology Fellowship) and NYU Long Island School of Medicine (Residency), University of British Columbia (Master’s Degree)

Undergraduate School: University of British Columbia

Interests In Dermatology: My interests in dermatopathology developed over the course of my residency training. The skin is a complex organ which often manifests the first signs of underlying internal disease. The nuances of skin pathology can be challenging, which is why receiving further training in this subspecialty is so important for patient care.

Hobbies: Painting, Wikipedia editing and Scuba diving

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: I'm a foodie and a wino so I love exploring the culinary scene in Rochester.

Clinic Trials Unit Fellow

Leah Laageide, MD

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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