SUNY Downstate Dermatology Makes History: Residents Score In 90th Percentile For Six Consecutive Years

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Feb 1, 2021

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Brooklyn, NY – For the sixth consecutive year, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Health Sciences University's graduating residents have scored at the highest levels of the American Board of Dermatology Certifying Examination in the U.S. and Canada. This marks the first time in Downstate's history that graduating residents scored in the 90th percentile for six consecutive years.

Since 2015, SUNY Dermatology graduates have collectively scored in the following percentiles: 98th in 2015, 97th in 2016, 93rd in 2017, 97th in 2018, 94th in 2019, and 90th in 2020.

Downstate Dermatology residents pursue prestigious post-graduate fellowships in various subspecialties, including Mohs and procedural dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, and complex medical and pediatric dermatology.

"SUNY Downstate has achieved remarkable success serving our community through medical science and public health," said College of Medicine dean F. Charles Brunicardi, M.D. "Our Dermatology residents and faculty are a key piece of this success. Their dedication to quality, innovative and compassionate dermatologic care – both in the clinic and in the classroom – bolsters our foundation of excellence and will continue to serve as inspiration for residents around the country."

"Our graduates deserve the credit for this tremendous accomplishment," said Dr. Edward Heilman, Chairman and Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pathology. "This success also reflects the strength of our clinical training program, the phenomenal work of our Vice-Chair and Dermatology Program Director Dr. Sharon Glick, and the invaluable support of our affiliated academic institution, all of whom undoubtedly provided the groundwork for this success. We are all confident this latest class of residents will undoubtedly follow in the footsteps of their predecessors."

The Downstate Dermatology Residency Program offers training in both medical and surgical dermatology. Residents rotate through several clinical facilities, including ambulatory and inpatient consultation services at Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), SUNY Downstate University Hospital, the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Hospital, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Maimonides Hospital Center, Cumberland Diagnostic Treatment Center, and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. Each medical center has a unique patient population, and residents frequently encounter complex and rare dermatologic conditions.

The SUNY Downstate Department of Dermatology was established in 1964 and is the only dermatology residency program in Brooklyn, providing a broad range of dermatologic services to its highly diverse patient population. SUNY Downstate's faculty has expertise in medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery (aesthetic and micrographic), and cutaneous oncology, and cosmetic dermatology. The Downstate Dermatology Residency Program also includes faculty specializing in vascular anomalies, skin of color, wound healing, dermoscopy, confocal laser microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and complex medical dermatology.


About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.