Faculty 2019-09-02T22:22:50+00:00

Chris Adigun, MD, FAAD

Chris G. Adigun, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board certified dermatologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She practices both general dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Adigun has devoted much of her time to increasing public awareness of skin cancer and the harmful effects of U.V. rays—both medical and cosmetic. She has an academic specialty in nail disorders.

Prior to opening her practice at the Dermatology & Laser Center of Chapel Hill in 2016, Dr. Adigun worked as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the New York University Department of Dermatology in Manhattan. She subsequently joined Dr. Roy Geronemus at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.

Dr. Adigun’s educational career is marked with distinction. After graduating with an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, Dr. Adigun was awarded an academic scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There, she earned Graduate of Medicine with Distinction honors and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honors society. While completing her residency in dermatology at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, she studied closely with Dr. Richard Scher, an international leader in nail disorders. She then completed her training and joined the faculty at NYU Medical Center.

Dr. Adigun was soon elected to New York Super Doctors Rising Stars in 2013, 2014, and 2016, and she was featured in New York Times Magazine. Dr. Adigun has also been featured on Good Morning America, CBS News, Univision, and Fox 5 News New York for her expertise in dermatology and nail disorders. She has served as a media expert for publications including U.S. News and World ReportTeenVogueInStyleReal SimpleSelfHealthAllureMen’s Journal, among many others. She lectures extensively on the importance of diligent skin and nail care, and its effects on general well being.

Christy Bennett, DO

Dr. Bennett is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She completed an Allopathic Internship & Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa in 2000 and entered into a private practice. She received her undergraduate degree from the university of Tulsa in 1978 in Medical Technology. Dr. Bennett practices family practice medicine, operates a concierge injectable business and serves as Medical Director for a Medical Spa in Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Bennett has been an instructor in aesthetic medicine for over 9 years specializing in the areas of Injectables, Sclerotherapy, Microdermabrasion & Chemical Peels. Dr. Bennett has authored numerous teaching materials & presentations in the areas of aesthetic medicine and has attended national and international symposiums on aesthetic medicine.

Animesh (Andy) Bhatia, DPM, CWS

Dr. Bhatia has been in practice for over 17 years, providing medical and surgical solutions for foot and ankle pathologies to the Columbus, OH community across all age groups. He has special interests in the areas of sports medicine and the management of chronic wounds and limb salvage. He currently serves as a wound consultant to over 25 acute, rehab and long-term care facilities in Central Ohio. He is the Assistant Medical Director of the Wound Clinic at the Fairfield Medical Center. He also has a keen interest in research, participates in clinical trials in wound care, and regularly lectures at national wound care seminars. He is a board certified wound specialist, a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and a diplomate of the American Academy of Wound Management.

Dr. Bhatia is currently serving as the president Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association.

Alan Block DPM

Dr. Block is a nationally recognized expert and educator in amputation prevention and PAD. He serves as a keynote presenter around the country and his inspirational lectures are unparalleled. Among many accomplishments, Dr. Block currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board, Kent State University; Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons; and Past President, The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association.

Ivan Bristow, FcPod, PhD

Dr Ivan Bristow is a podiatrist in the United Kingdom who has worked in the profession for over twenty seven years. From early on in his career, after spotting a melanoma on a patients leg as a student, he has developed an interest in dermatological conditions affecting the feet.

During his career, he initially spent 11 years working full time within the National Health Service as a podiatrist. It was whilst working in Oxford, a chance meeting with a Dermatologist, allowed Ivan to establish the UK’s first dedicated foot clinic in a dermatology department – which he ran for ten years.

After leaving the health service, he embarked on an academic career focused on teaching and research. During this time he completed his Masters Degree at the University of Oxford and his PhD at the University of Southampton. He holds private clinics in Hampshire whilst continuing to work on various dermatology related projects in education and research.

With over 100 published papers on the subject of foot dermatology, including four books, and having spoken around the world at many meetings in dermatology, podiatry and wound care he continues to promote knowledge and research into treating common skin problems affecting the foot.

Michael Brody, DPM

Dr. Brody has been involved in Health Information Technology extensively.  He is a nationally recognized expert within the healthcare industry on Health Information Technology and has worked with organizations such as CCHIT, HITSP, The Standards and Interoperability Framework, HL7, CP215 of ISO and HIMSS.

Dr. Brody founded the podiatric residency program at DVAMC Northport where he served as residency director. In addition to his work in private practice, he actively participates in MIPS/MACRA and other Health Information Technology initiatives; becoming an authority in regulation compliance.

Dr. Brody speaks nationally and writes extensively on HIPAA and HITECH and the process of implementing Health Information Technology in physicians offices.

Garrett Desman, MD

Dr. Garrett Desman is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology. He has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, several book chapters, and is the author of the original textbook, “Barnhill’s Dermatopathology Challenge: Self-Assessment and Review”. He has lectured at numerous national and international academic conferences, such as the American Society of Dermatopathology and the Pathological Society of Puerto Rico. Additionally, Dr. Desman is part of the faculty for the Oakstone Dermatology Board Review Course, where he lectures on dermal tumors and cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders.

His academic interests include the identification of molecular and immunohistochemical markers of melanomagenesis. In particular, he has focused on soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC) and the use of its immunohistochemical marker (R21) in deciphering between benign and malignant melanocytic proliferations. Additionally, he conducts innovative research on the use of various cytokine and growth factor markers (immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization) in diagnostically evaluating complex inflammatory diseases.

G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM

Dr. Dockery graduated from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, as Valedictorian, and performed a surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery at the Waldo Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in Seattle. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Division of the National Academies of Practice.

He was voted “One of America’s 175 Most Influential Podiatrist” of 2006 and voted as “Movers and Shakers: America’s Most Influential Podiatrists” in 2012, by the Podiatry Management Magazine Editors & Advisors. Dr. Dockery is the author of Color Atlas and Text of Forefoot Surgery, Mosby Publishers, 1992; Cutaneous Disorders of the Lower Extremities, W.B.Saunders Publisher, 1997; Color Atlas of Foot & Ankle Dermatology, Lippincott-Raven, 1999; Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, Elsevier Science, 2006; and, Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Science, 2012.

He has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and he founded the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research in 1979 and is currently the Chairman of the Board and the Director of Scientific Affairs of that organization.

Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD

Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and serves as Residency Program Director, Director of Translational Research, and Director of t in the Department of Dermatology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and George Washington Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Friedman completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with Distinction in Dermatologic Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his internship at New York Hospital Queens, and returned to Einstein for his Dermatology residency and was appointed Chief Resident during his final year. Dr. Friedman joined the Einstein faculty after graduation from 2010-2015, during which time he was the Director of Dermatologic Research, Director of the Translational Research Fellowship, and the Associate Program Director.

Dr. Friedman’s clinical interests span the gamut of medical and pediatric dermatology, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, hair loss, wound healing, urticaria, blistering diseases, lupus, sarcoidosis, and skin cancer to name a few. Dr. Friedman lectures extensively in both national and international forums, and serves on a myriad of committees and advisory boards. He is a dermatology expert for healthguru.com and everydayhealth.com, and hosts an online series titled “Ask an Expert.”

Dr. Friedman is also committed to resident and medical education. He currently serves on the AAD Sulzberger Committee on Education as well as the Poster Task Force, and is the Senior Editor of the Dermatology In-Review Online Workshop and Director of the Oakstone Institute Dermatology Board Review. Dr. Friedman served as the Chair of the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine and now as Vice Chair, and in line with his research interests, as the Vice President of the Nanodermatology Society.

Waseem Garbia, PA-C

Mr. Garbia graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He then attended Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia and graduated with his degree and certification in Physician Assistant studies and has been practicing for over 14 years.

Waseem has worked in many different settings including general and plastic surgery, emergency medicine, critical cardiology and aesthetics. He is a certified Allergan master injector and has a vast knowledge in cosmecuticals, injectables and lasers.  Having experience with launching several medical spas, Waseem enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge in how to meet your client’s needs for long-term skin enhancement as well as meeting your personal business objectives.

Eckart Haneke, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Dermatology, Inselspital, University Bern, Switzerland

​Dr Haneke’s main research interests include nail diseases, dermatopathology, dermatological surgery, diseases of the oral mucosa and aesthetic dermatology.

Dr Haneke is professor at the Department of Dermatology, Inselspital, University Bern, Switzerland. Dermatologist at the Clinic for Dermatology Dermaticum, Freiburg, Germany; Senior Consultant at the Dermatology Centre Epidermis, Institute CUF, Porto, Portugal; and Senior Consultant at Department Dermatol, Acad Hosp, University Gent, Belgium.

Dr Haneke has published over 300 journal articles and 160 book chapters. He is an author of one book, co-editor of five books and has presented over 1200 lectures at national and international meetings. He is also a member of the editorial board of several journals and an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for the following journals: Archives of Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology, European Journal of Dermatology, Der Hautarzt, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and Journal of the German Society of Dermatology.

Candrice Heath, MD

Dr. Heath is a nationally recognized author, speaker and expert in dermatology for children and adults. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and her medical degree from the University of Virginia, she completed her pediatric training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Heath was selected chief dermatology resident during her final year of training. She served in a dual role at Johns Hopkins University Dermatology – pediatric dermatology fellow and dermatology instructor.

As an expert in skin of color, raising awareness about the skin cancer risks in people with skin of color is part of her mission. She loves designing platinum level skin care regimens by melding her knowledge as a dermatologist, researcher and beauty expert. In addition to educating her patients and social media audience, she is dedicated to educating both primary care providers who are on the front lines of healthcare and the general public.

Natalia Jaimes, MD

Natalia Jaimes, M.D., is an expert in melanoma and pigmented lesions, early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers. She has expertise in non-invasive images techniques including dermoscopy and total body photography, all of which improve early detection of skin cancer.

Dr. Jaimes’s research interests include skin cancer, particularly melanoma; nevi, dysplastic nevi, congenital nevi; imaging techniques such as photography, dermoscopy, sequential digital dermoscopic imaging, and confocal microscopy, to enhance early detection of skin cancer; skin cancer prevention.

Nathaniel Jellinek, MD

Dr. Jellinek graduated from Brown University and earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.He completed his Dermatology residency at the Massachusetts School of Medicine Division of Dermatology followed by a fellowship there in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology, and Nail Diseases under the direction of Mary Maloney, MD.

He is a trained and experienced skin cancer and reconstructive surgeon.  He is nationally recognized as a leading nail expert.He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology the American College of Mohs Surgery, and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.  He has served as an associate editor of the American Academy of Dermatology, is the author of numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and is an invited lecturer nationally and internationally.

Annette Joyce, DPM

Dr. Joyce is a key opinion leader in the dermatology focused areas of nail disorders, onychomycosis, biofilm, laser technology, and PCR. She believes onychomycosis is one of the most challenging dermatological conditions of our profession.

She is a fellow member of the Council for Nail Disorders. Dr. Joyce was voted “one of the most influential podiatrists in America” by her peers in Podiatry Management magazine. She has published literature in scientific journals in her areas of interest and participates in peer review for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). Dr. Joyce is a Regional Medical Director for 360Care and resides in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

As the Meeting Co-Chair for Dermfoot for the past 4 years, her vision is to increase awareness of dermatological disorders and improve skin cancer recognition skills for today’s foot and ankle specialists.

Shawn Kwatra, MD

Dr. Shawn Kwatra is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in medical dermatology and is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. His areas of clinical expertise include general dermatology, chronic pruritus, prurigo nodularis, atopic dermatitis, and dermatology for ethnic skin.

Dr. Kwatra obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University, medical training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and his dermatology residency training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kwatra’s primary clinical and translational research interest is in the pathogenesis and treatment of chronic pruritus. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the International Forum for the Study of Itch, and the Skin of Color Society.

Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM

Dr. Lehrman is in private practice just outside Philadelphia and is the Medical Director at the Crozer Wound Healing Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, serves on the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force, and is an Expert Panelist on Codingline. He sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

He is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and trains surgical residents and medical students at his hospital system. Dr. Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS.

Bryan Markinson, DPM

Dr. Markinson is a 1981 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He started a private practice in Brooklyn, New York, in 1984, and then started the Podiatric Pathology service at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Dermatology, and was elected President of that organization in December 2003, his term ending in September 2005. In 2004, Dr. Markinson began serving on the board of the Council for Nail Disorders, and affiliate of the American Academy of Dermatology. In 1999, he joined the full-time faculty practice at the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopedic Surgery of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as the Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Markinson’s special areas of interest are podiatric skin diseases and tumors, including early diagnosis of pedal melanoma and fungal diseases of the skin and nails, pedal dermatitis, diabetic foot problems, foot surgery, and the special foot health problems of the elderly. He lectures extensively and enjoys participating on various advisory boards in the pharmaceutical industry.

M. Joel Morse, DPM

Dr. Joel Morse is Board certified in Podiatric Surgery, Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has practiced in Washington DC since 1991 and is an associate clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he sees patients and performs surgery. He is also on staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He is actively involved with the Podiatric Surgical Residency at that hospital. He is also on staff at a surgery center in Wheaton, Maryland (Burkland Medical Center) for most elective surgery.

Dr. Morse is a dedicated educator, and strives to bring his passion for dermatology to students, residents and physicians of all specialties. He has published widely on many topics including diabetic foot care, sports medicine, vascular disease, and acral skin and nail diseases. He maintains his close association with academic and professional communities to keep abreast of the latest advances in the field.

Scott Norton, MD

Scott Norton is the Chief of Dermatology at Children’s National Health System and is on the faculty at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.  He maintains clinical privileges at the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and serves as a frequent consultant in Dermatology and in Tropical Medicine to the State Department, the Peace Corps, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

After the events of 9/11 and the anthrax scare in late 2011, Dr. Norton worked with the CDC to prepare for threats of bioterrorism.  He helped the CDC’s approach to manage suspected cases of smallpox and anthrax, as well as the national guidelines for the smallpox vaccination.

In addition to Pediatric Dermatology, Dr. Norton’s interests are in Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Global Health.  He has additional certification in Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Norton has more than 75 indexed publications including papers in many journals outside of dermatology literature such as, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lnacet, and British Medical Journal.

David Pariser, MD

A practicing dermatologist for 40 years, Dr. David Pariser is the senior physician of Pariser Dermatology Specialists. He is a world-renowned expert on psoriasis, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and photodynamic therapy, a treatment for early skin cancers and pre-cancers. He spends much of his time doing clinical research and has been involved in the development and testing of most drugs now commonly used in the practice of dermatology. A sought-after lecturer, he has been invited to teach other dermatologists at over 200 medical conventions in the US and around the word. His research work has led to the authorship of 4 textbooks and over 300 scientific publications in the medical literature.

In 2009, his colleagues elected him President of the American Academy of Dermatology, the organization which represents nearly all dermatologists in the US and many from abroad. He has served in leadership roles in many other national and local dermatologic organizations and was voted as “Top Doctor” by Hampton Roads Magazine.

Multiple national awards of recognition have been presented to him by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Dermatological Association. He has been voted by his peers the Educator of the Year (highest rated speaker) by both the Fall and Winter Clinical Dermatology Conferences, a popular educational convention for dermatologists from the US and around the world. As a member of the Executive Committee of the International League of Dermatologic Societies, the world body of dermatology, he has participated in the operation and management of and has participated in teaching and patient care on multiple visits to a special facility in Tanzania which provides dermatology education and patient care to a seriously underserved population in sub-Saharan Africa.

He has been interviewed and provided medical information to the public through media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WEB MD and many other print and on-line media outlets which help to educate the public on issues related to skin health and disease.

Lee Rogers, DPM

Dr. Rogers has been Medical Director of Amputation Prevention Centers of America at RestorixHealth, Inc. since January, 2017. Dr. Rogers serves as Founding Medical Director of Amputation Prevention Center of America(R) at Sherman Oaks Hospital. Dr. Rogers serves as the Co-Medical Director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Rogers serves as an Associate Medical Director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Rogers served as the Medical Director of Paradigm Medical Management Inc.’s amputation prevention programs. Dr. Rogers is a board certified podiatrist with fellowship training in diabetic limb salvage. He serves as co-medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys California and Chair of the Foot Council of the American Diabetes Association Inc. Dr. Rogers has authored many peer-reviewed articles, has participated in many research projects involving diabetic foot ulcers and infections and lectures around the world on the subject of amputation prevention. Dr. Rogers is an award-winning Researcher and has more than 100 publications. His work has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Report, USA Today and he has been a guest on “The Doctors Show”.

Adam Rubin, MD

Dr. Adam Rubin is a dermatologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 10 doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and one of 92 at Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian who specialize in Dermatology.

Sean Stewart, MS, MD

Dr. Stewart is the Regional Medical Director for Maryland and the Director of the Chemical Ablation and Sclerotherapy program for the Center for Vein Restoration. Dr. Stewart is a graduate of University of Maryland at College Park, where he studied Zoology with an emphasis in neuroscience and physiology. Upon graduation, he was awarded a National Institutes of Heath fellowship in the specialty area of pediatric AIDS research. His research was published in multiple peer review medical journals and was presented on the world stage.

During his residency training, Dr. Stewart was involved in developing an emergency ultrasound fellowship program for emergency medicine doctors. As a result, Dr. Stewart has over 12 years experience with ultrasound guided venous access, the very foundation used today in the procedures offered in his vein clinics. Dr. Stewart has spent 7 years as a managing partner in the emergency department at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was also an associate professor with the Georgetown University Medical School. He currently has privileges at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Suraj Venna, MD

Dr. Suraj Venna is a board-certified dermatologist and Director of the Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. He is fellowship trained in melanoma and cutaneous oncology.

Prior to his position at Inova, Dr. Venna directed and founded a multi-disciplinary melanoma and skin cancer program in Washington, D.C. The melanoma team was the recipient of the President’s Patients First Award, given for outstanding delivery and coordination of care. He was faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he taught medical students and trained residents in dermatology. Dr. Venna also directed the melanoma and cutaneous oncology fellowship program.

He is actively engaged with dermatologists both on a local and national level. Dr. Venna was on the Executive Committee of the Washington D.C. Dermatological Society and is also past president of the society. On a national level, he served the American Academy of Dermatology on the State Policy Committee and the Pigmented Lesions Subcommittee. In 2011, he was awarded the presidential citation from the American Academy of Dermatology for his testimony at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s hearing to ban tanning beds. Dr. Venna has been involved with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and served a three-year term on the Melanoma Education Committee for which he was the track leader in his final year.

Michael Warshaw, DPM

Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC is a practicing podiatrist and a certified coder with over 25 years of successful coding, management, and training experience for podiatric practices.

His local and national views come from active participation as a practicing podiatrist, having the distinction of being a certified professional coder, and years of serving as a national lecturer concerning coding issues.

Dr. Warshaw’s experience is unique and comprehensive. He has had the additional advantage of participating in all facets of the Medicare Appeals Process, including Redeterminations, Reconsiderations, and Administrative Law Judge Hearings, as well as the appeals processes of most commercial insurance companies and state Medicaid programs. Dr. Warshaw has also served as an expert witness in the actual court system, at both the federal and state levels.