Welcome to our new first-year residents

A warm welcome to Drs. Cynthia Anyanwu, Stephanie Bayers, Sean Chen, Sharif Currimbhoy, Shauna Goldman, Alexander Marzuka, Meredith Orseth and Calvin Williams as they begin their dermatology residency training here at UT Southwestern.

Best wishes to our graduating third-year residents

Congratulations and best wishes to our graduating third-year residents: Drs. Adewole Adamson, Molly Austin, Lauren Cao, Isha Lopez, Gerardo Marrazzo, Jake Turrentine and Rebecca Vasquez. Wishing you success with the upcoming American Board of Dermatology Certification Exam, and with all of your future endeavors!


June 25, 2015, marked the Department’s annual Passages banquet and celebration. Highlights of the evening include:

  • Our outgoing Dermatology Residents: Drs. Adewole Adamson, Molly Austin, Lauren Cao, Isha Lopez, Gerardo Marrazzo, Jake Turrentine and Rebecca Vasquez
  • Our outgoing Cockerell Dermatopathology Fellows: Dr. Gabriel Currie and Dr. Matthew Goldberg
  • Our outgoing ProPath Dermatopathology Fellows: Dr. Pamela Aubert and Dr. Joshua Bradish
  • Our outgoing Surgical Dermatology Fellows: Dr. Jenny Nelson and Dr. Todd Mollet
  • Resident Peer Award for Humanism and Professionalism: Drs. Adewole Adamson, Jennifer Gill, and Jake Turrentine
  • Cognitive Excellence Award: Drs. Adewole Adamson, Nika Cyrus, Eunice Del Rosario, Lawrence Feigenbaum, Liqiao Ma, Gerardo Marrazzo, Khang Nguyen, Jake Turrentine, and Andrew Word
  • Leadership Award: Dr. Adewole Adamson and Dr. Jake Turrentine
  • Star Clinician Award: Dr. Gerardo Marrazzo and Dr. Jake Turrentine
  • Fellow Teacher of the Year: Dr. Pamela Aubert and Dr. Todd Mollet
  • Community Teacher of the Year: Dr. Tho Nguyen
  • Departmental Teacher of the Year: Dr. Heather Wickless

Le to be promoted to Associate Professor

We are pleased to announce that the Promotions and Tenure Committee at UT Southwestern has recommended that Lu Le, M.D., be promoted from Assistant Professor to the academic rank of Associate Professor with Tenure, effective September 1, 2015. Congratulations, Lu!!

Turrentine wins Award of Distinction

Jennifer Gill

Congratulations to Jake Turrentine, M.D., chief resident in the Dermatology Department, who won the 2015 Winter Clinical Derm Hawaii Residents of Distinction Award, and was able to attend the Hawaii Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference in Maui in January 2015. While at the conference, he won second place in the Residents of Distinction Competition with his presentation on "DC-HIL is a blood marker and potential treatment target for melanoma.

Gill wins UT Southwestern PSTP Award

Jennifer Gill

Jennifer Gill, M.D., Ph.D., a second year resident in the department, is a recipient of the UT Southwestern Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP), an institutional program which provides individuals who desire research training and have a commitment to an academic career up to three years of salary support during the years of their research training. Dr. Gill will be doing her research training in the laboratory of Sean Morrison, Ph.D., Director of the Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern and a Howard Hughes investigator. Dr. Morrison’s lab studies the mechanisms that regulate stem cell self-renewal and stem cell aging, and the role these mechanisms play in cancer.

Pandya Spearheads New Atlas of Skin of Color

Dr. Amit Pandya

Congratulations to Amit Pandya, M.D., for his recently published Atlas of Skin of Color. He is co-editor of this publication, along with Dr. Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D. from Henry Ford Hospital. The Atlas of Skin of Color includes 50 chapters, more than 400 images, and concise discussions to address the presentation of common skin disorders in pigmented patients.

Le Lab Identifies Cell of Origin for Plexiform Neurofibromas

Dr. Lu Le

Lu Le, M.D., Ph.D., and postdoctoral researcher Zhiguo Chen have determined the cell of origin for plexiform neurofibromas, large disfiguring tumors found in the genetic condition Neurofibromatosis type 1. Ten percent of these tumors become malignant – the identification of the cell of origin for plexiform neurofibromas is an important step towards drug discoveries that can stop cancer development. 

Ariizumi/Cruz Lab Receive CPRIT Grant

Ariizumi/Cruz Lab

Congratulations to the Ariizumi/Cruz lab for being awarded a research grant from CPRIT (Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas). The goal of their project, entitled “Targeting the DC-HIL Receptor for Anti-Cancer Immunotherapy,” is to create a antibody to block the molecule DC-HIL. This antibody, by blocking DC-HIL, can be used in advanced melanoma patients to inhibit melanoma growth and to increase the cancer-killing ability of these patients’ immune system.