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Prof H Francois Jordaan

Prof H Francois Jordaan qualified as a dermatologist in 1982 and has followed an academic career since. He is associate professor, principal specialist and head of the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch and Tgerberg Hospital South Africa. He is a honorary consultant at the Department of Anatomical Pathology at the same institution. Prof Jordaan acts as dermatopathology consultant for three private pathology practices in th Western Cape and as a clinical consultant for the Tyger Valley Skin and Laser Centre. He is actively involved in the teaching of skin signs of HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Cape and to caregivers from other African countries. He is vice-president of the Dermatological Society of South Africa and an associate member of the College of Medicines of South Africa. Prof Jordaan regularly conducts clinicopathological seminars at the University of Limpopo. He is involved in teaching of pregraduate and postgraduate students on a daily basis.  He regularly invigilates in the part 1 and 2 examinations for registrars in dermatology. He published 44 manuscripts in peer review journals and presented numerous papers at national and international congresses. His main interests are dermatopathology, skin signs of systemic disease, skin signs of HIV/AIDS, cutaneous tuberculosis and pediatric dermatology.

Melinda R. Mohr, MD

Melinda ("Mindy") Mohr is a dermatology resident at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.  She completed her medical degree and internship in internal medicine at EVMS as well.  She is a proud "Hokie" graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where she received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry.  During her residency, she has found a passion for dermatopathology and has enjoyed writing captions for the VirtualDermpath.com website.  After her dermatology residency, she will complete a fellowship in dermatopathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In addition to dermatopathology, she has an interest in HIV-related skin disorders and in medical education.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Shawn Cowper, MD

Associate Professor of Dermatology and of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine

1986 B.S. University of Michigan
1990 M.D. Michigan State University
1991 PGY 1, Henry Ford Hospital
1999 PGY 2-5, University of South Florida, AP/CP Pathology
2002 PGY 6-7, University of California, San Francisco, Dermatopathology

Research Interests
My primary research interest is in the mechanism of Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy, a newly-described fibrosing disorder seen in patients with renal disease. I am assisting in identifying new cases of NFD, tracking these cases with personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and examining the clinical, histopathological, and physiological features of this unusual disorder. In addition, I am interested in cutaneous lymphomas and alopecias, and the appropriate use of histopathology in diagnosing these disorders. My primary and preferred instructional tool is the networked computer. I have been involved with web-based pathology education for some time. My largest project is Pathmax, a web-based resource for pathology professionals currently accomodating 60,000 unique visitors per year from over 80 countries. In addition, ongoing web-based educational projects can be found on the Yale Dermatopathology Educational Links Site.

Paul Kostuchenko MD, PhD

Dr. Paul Kostuchenko M.D. Ph.D. (Dr. “K”) is a board certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist. He completed his undergraduate training at University of California, Berkeley. He received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his Dermatology training at the Medical College of Virginia and Dermatopathology training at Wake Forest University. Dr. ‘K” specializes in the microscopic diagnosis of skin disorders, and has a particular interest in malignant melanoma and rosacea.

Omar P Sangueza, MD

Professor of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology) and Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

  • Director: Dermatopathology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pathology: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (1992); American Boards of Pathology and Dermatology: Dermatopathology (1993)  
  • Undergraduate: Universidad Mayor de San Andres, 1977
  • Postgraduate:Universidad Literaria de Valencia, MD 1979
  • Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University, 1987-1991
  • Fellowships:Oregon Health Sciences University 1986-1987; New York University Medical Center 1991-1992
  • Teaching: Dermatopathology
  • Research: Dermatopathology
  • Clinical: Dermatopathology

Girish Munavalli, MD, MHS

Dr. Munavalli trained in fellowships in phlebology and advanced laser surgery at the Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute, and Johns Hopkins University with Dr Robert Weiss. His background also includes an intensive fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology, Facial Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Surgery at the University of California-San Francisco, where he trained with Dr. Richard Glogau, Dr. Christopher Zachary, and Dr. Roy Grekin.

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Masters of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Doctorate of Medicine from Morehouse Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by internship training at the Mayo Clinic. He completed his Dermatology residency training at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Munavalli received his Board Certification in Dermatology in 2002.

He also has years of experience performing the following procedures: tumescent liposuction and liposculpture, blepharoplasty, ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing, fat transfer, fillers, as well as lasers for the removal of small blood vessels, birthmarks, acne, tattoos, fine lines, and wrinkles. Additionally, he has a special interest in the treatment of ethnic skin using laser and light-based technologies.

Dr. Munavalli’s medical memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Micrographic and Cutaneous Oncology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a member of the American College of Phlebology. His affiliations include clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

On a personal note, Dr. Munavalli is originally from Salisbury, North Carolina, and spent a third of his life in the Tar Heel state. He and his wife Deyne, along with their dog Pearl, currently reside in Charlotte. They enjoy exercising, tropical fish keeping, and international travel.


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