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Suephy Chen named new Dermatology Chair

Suephy C. Chen, MD, MS, has been named the new chair of the Department of Dermatology, effective January 4, 2021. Dr. Chen is Vice Chair and Professor of Dermatology at Emory University. She also serves as director of the Emory Dermatology Center for Outcomes Research and Safety and as director of TeleDermatology for the Regional TeleHealth Service of the VA Southeast Network.

A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Chen is an internationally recognized expert in cutaneous melanoma and pigmented lesions as well as teledermatology. Under her helm, the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at Emory was one of the first in the country to incorporate and study the impact of total body digital photography in the care of patients with atypical nevi.  Dr. Chen’s research interests include melanoma and teledermatology; she also studies the quality of life impact of dermatologic conditions, most recently, itch.  She has been continuously funded by the Veterans Administration, National Institutes of Health, and numerous foundations.

Dr. Chen graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989 and received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1993.  She completed her medicine internship at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and her dermatology residency at Emory University in 1997.  She obtained a Master’s in Health Research and Policy at Stanford University in 2000.  Dr. Chen serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Investigative Dermatology. 

Li Lab Publication in NATURE


Dr. Chuan-Yuan Li and his lab have published their work in the prestigious journal Nature ( demonstrating how cholesterol-lowering drugs can be used to enhance the efficacy of immune checkpoint therapy for cancer. This work has very important implications for dermatology and the treatment of cancers like malignant melanoma, Merkle cell carcinoma, and others. Click below to read the press release.

Press Release


Keepers of the House

Dr. Neil Prose and his team have been chronicling how housekeepers and environmental service workers develop meaning relationships with patients. He is interviewed in a CNN article on how housekeepers are assisting patients during COVID-19. Links to both the article and the documentary are below.

CNN Article                                       Documentary


It's that time!  Our 7th Annual Pinnell Center Symposium has a great lineup of speakers presenting on skin autoimmunity.  

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Pinnell Center 2019-2020 Monthly Seminar Schedule

Our Pinnell Center of Investigative Dermatology's Monthly Seminar Series has some great speakers coming up, including Dr. Maria Morasso (NIH).  Click below to see the full schedule:

Full Schedule

Dermatology at the Food Bank

Dermatology residents, resident leadership, and local volunteers worked at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC in Durham for the 9/11 Day of Service.

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Dr. Prose is Blue Devil of the Week


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Society of Investigative Dermatology 2019 Annual Meeting

Our researchers presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting.  Click read more for awards, presentations, and abstracts.

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Active Clinical Trials

We have a number of clinical trials actively enrolling for Pemphigus, Morphea, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, and Alopecia.  Click read more for more information.

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Dr. Atwater is the Blue Devil of the Week


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AAD 2019 Presentations

We had many presentations at the Annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting in Washington, DC.

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Strength, Hope, and Caring Awards

LaFayette Chavis and the 3K clinic team won the Strength, Hope, and Caring Awards for Clinical and Team.

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NC Derm Meeting 2019

Dr. Cardones presented two talks and Diana Norton presented a poster.  Click below for more details

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Residents Receive AAD Travel Grants

Christopher Henderson and Jigar Patel, second year residents, received travel grants from the American Academy of Dermatology.

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SEC 2018 Congratulations

Two of our Dermatology Fellows presented at the Southeastern Consortium of Dermatology in November.  Click read more for more information.

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PET scans and Melanoma

Adam Brys, second year resident, presented at the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery on PET scans and stage II and stage III melanoma patients.

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