SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Dermatology
Letter from the Program Director
Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Dermatology training program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Our program consists of individuals with many remarkable qualities, but to quote our former Chairman, Dr. Alan Shalita, we are just looking for "great people." It is with this guiding principle that our department was built from four residents in 1975 to 21 residents in 2017. The success of our graduating residents and talent of our faculty is the greatest celebration of Dr. Shalita's memory. His lifetime achievement in dermatology sets the tone for what can be accomplished in our program in Brooklyn, New York.
We offer an outstanding clinical training experience, servicing eight institutions including: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center, the Veterans Administration Hospital (Brooklyn campus), Maimonides Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, and Cumberland Medical Center. The diversity of our patient population sets the stage for a unique daily experience for our residents and gives them exposure to a range of dermatologic conditions. This backdrop is the reason our residents graduate with such a strong knowledge of adult and pediatric medical dermatology.
Our dermatopathology training, under the leadership of Drs. Ed Heilman and Usha Alapati, is another highlight of our program. In conjunction with the Ackerman Academy in Manhattan we attract and train the upper echelons in dermatopathology. The strength of our dermatopathology training is evident by the success of our residents who placed 1st in both the summer and winter American Academy of Dermatology Dermatopathology Bowls in 2013 / 2014, and more recently placed 1st in the 2018 AAD Dermatopathology Bowl.
Residents experience a vast majority of their procedural dermatology training at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration (VA) under Dr. Daniel Siegel and several other prominent Mohs surgeons. At the VA, residents have the unique opportunity to identify and biopsy skin cancers, read the corresponding pathology slides, and ultimately operate, all on the same patient. The VA experience gives our residents the opportunity to act as the primary dermatologist for their patients providing both a high level of continuity of care and a greater understanding of clinical-pathologic correlation.
Our pediatric dermatology clinic began more than 20 years ago at Kings County Hospital Center and was one of the first subspecialty clinics in this discipline. Our residents gain experience in managing a variety of conditions including hemangiomas, vascular anomalies, atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and genodermatoses in neonates, children, and adolescents. All residents rotate in outpatient pediatric dermatology clinic throughout residency, however, a specialized rotation in pediatric dermatology is offered in the second year of our program.
Most importantly, our program showcases its residents and provides opportunities for roads less traveled. Our residents have been the recipients of international scholarships to study melanoma in Melbourne, infectious disease in London, and teledermatology in Haiti. Our residents have even worked abroad in Africa and participated in electives across the United States including San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, Birmingham, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and more.
Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to meeting you and making you feel welcome in our department.
Sharon Glick, MD, FAAD, FAAP
Director of Pediatric Dermatology