Pre-Conference: June 27th, 2018
General Conference: June 28th - July 1st, 2018
The Westin Seattle – Seattle, WA

Speaker Bios

Conference Education Planning Committee

The SDPA Conference Education Planning Committee consists of two committee chairs, one for each Fall and Summer Conference, respectively, as well as a CME Director of Conferences. These four individuals are responsible for coordinating and elevating the quality of education sessions at each event for the benefit of our attendees. As a team, they determine the program content, conference agenda, and CME accreditation. In addition, they coordinate to select conference medical directors and faculty.

Summer Conference Chair, Eileen Cheever, MPAS, PA-C

Eileen Cheever, MPAS, PA-C is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She obtained a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008 from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of Merrimack College in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. In addition to her leadership role in the SDPA, Eileen is also a current member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Massachusetts State Society of Physician Assistants. Besides practicing medical dermatology, she enjoys precepting both medical students and residents in clinic.

Fall Conference Chair, Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH

Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH is a Physician Assistant at the Dermatology Center of Salt Lake City, a private medical dermatology clinic. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. She is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program. She has served as Fall CME chair since 2012 after finishing her term as past president for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA). She also represented the SDPA at the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual House of Delegates meeting where she sponsored an accepted resolution against non-compete clauses.

CME Director of Conferences, Matthew Brunner, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Matthew BrunnerMatthew Brunner, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA received his Master of Health Science degree in August of 2000 from the University of South Alabama PA program. He has practiced in metropolitan Atlanta as a dermatology PA since 2001 with a focus on medical and surgical dermatology. Having first served as President of his state chapter, Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA), he had the honor of being elected as Director at Large of SDPA and then as President of SDPA during the 2015-2016 leadership year. Currently, he is a Trustee of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF.)  His passion is to expand and improve educational opportunities for his fellow dermatology practitioner peers.

Medical Director, Ted Rosen, M.D.

Our esteemed medical director for the Summer 2018 conference is Dr. Ted Rosen. Dr. Ted Rosen attended Michigan State University as a national merit scholar and then graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Medical School. He studied internal medicine at the University of Alabama and dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a Professor of Dermatology at Baylor and Chief of Dermatology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. He has spoken to most state and city dermatology societies and to the national dermatological associations of Canada, Mexico, Korea, Argentina, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and has twice been a plenary speaker at the EADV. He is truly honored to take the reigns as the summer medical director. His role as medical director will help to optimize educational experiences and to continue building both acceptance and respect for PAs by dermatologists. On a personal note, he is a lifelong numismatist and a fan of gory horror films. His proudest accomplishment consists of four stable and productive adult children.


SDPA Conference Faculty are carefully selected by both our Conference Medical Director and Conference Committee Chairs to ensure that the presenters are both leaders in the field of dermatology but also excellent clinicians and educators.

Brian Berman, MD

Brian BermanDr. Brian Berman is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has had the honor of serving as a member of the Board of Directors and is immediate past Vice President of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology Association, and past Vice President of the American Dermatological Association. He has served as Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Medical Director for Dermatology for inpatient and outpatients at Dade County’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, Professor of Dermatology and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The University of California, Davis, Chief of the Dermatology Service at the VA Medical Center, Martinez, CA, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He is past President and Founder of The National Association of Veterans Affairs Dermatologists, is Treasurer of the American Cutaneous Oncology Society, and serves on the Scientific Advisory / Editorial Boards of The European Journal of Dermatology, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, and SKINmed, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, SKIN, edited The Miami Review series and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education.

In addition to caring for patients at Skin and Cancer Associates in Aventura, FL, Dr. Berman is Co-Director of the Center for Clinical and Cosmetic Research he continues his broad-based clinical research program while focusing laboratory investigations on the study of the control of scarring. He has presented at over 300 local, regional, state, national and international Dermatologic Societies and conferences. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical articles, chapters and books, is the recipient of the Dean’s Senior Faculty Clinical Research Award from the University of Miami School of Medicine, was bestowed the “Scientist of the Year” Award from Sigma Xi the Science and Research Honor Society and is included in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Doctors in America”.

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dr. Neal Bhatia is a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego, California. He serves as Director of Clinical Dermatology at Therapeutics Clinical Research. He was also named Interim Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Division of Dermatology in 2011. In addition to his involvement on several AAD committees, he serves on AAD Board of Directors until 2018. He served as Scientific Chair for several meetings and has presented in Spanish and Portuguese at international dermatology conferences.

Dr. Bhatia has been published in multiple journals as well as Dermatology Clinics and serves as editor for Practical Dermatology. He has a background in immunology and has interests in mechanisms of therapy, skin cancer, and rosacea. He sits on several editorial boards and is an active teacher for dermatologists, industry, and patients.

Bill Brandenburg, MD

Bill Brandenburg, M.D. Bill Brandenburg, M.D. was born in St. Louis, MO. He attended Regis University on a basketball scholarship and majored in Biochemistry. He did immunology research and volunteer work in Mexico for 2 years before attending Medical school at the University of Colorado. He went on to residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Caldwell  rural training track where he is currently serving as chief resident. Bill is heavily involved in Wilderness medicine and research. He is a fellowship candidate in the wilderness medical society. He has published several papers in the field mostly involving epidemiology, toxicology, dermatology, plants, animals, and fungi. He enjoys climbing, mountaineering, skiing, brewing sake, gardening, and flying planes in his spare time.

Marc Brown, MD

Marc Brown

Marc Brown, M.D. is an upstate New York native. He graduated from LeMoyne College and Georgetown Medical School. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital and spent 2 years as a primary care physician in the Public Health Service, where he developed an interest in dermatology. He subsequently performed and completed dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Brown completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Dermatology and a fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1989 and is a tenured professor of Dermatology and Oncology. He has served as the director of the Dermatology Residency Program and the Mohs Surgery Fellowship Program and he has won the resident teaching award three times. Dr. Brown has been included in the Best Doctors in America, Best Cancer Doctors, and America’s Top Doctors. He has published articles, two books, and serves as an editorial reviewer for several major dermatologic journals. He lectures, teaches at local and national meetings, focusing on Mohs surgery, melanoma, facial reconstruction, challenging and unusual skin cancers, and transplant dermatology. Dr. Brown performs Mohs surgery on over 2,000 patients per year, and has performed a total of more than 40,000 Mohs procedures. His Leadership positions include the following: President, New York State Society of Dermatology; President, ACMS; Board member, ACMS and Cutaneous Oncology; President, Association of Academic Dermatology Surgeons; Board member, ASDS; President, International Transplant Skin Cancer Coalition; President, Rochester Dermatology Society; Board of Directors, AAD.

Rob Casquejo, PA-C

Robert CasquejoOriginally from Michigan, Robert graduated with honors from Michigan State University holding a degree in Biology and completed his physician assistant program at Western Michigan University, 1999. He began his career in trauma surgery service at the Toledo Hospital, and in the ED of University of Michigan Hospital, for three years.

His focus in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology began in 2002, and included management of patients in a psoriasis treatment center. Along with patient management, he also assisted in clinical trials for psoriasis therapies. He has served on committees or as an officer for several professional societies; as a co-founder and former executive officer of Michigan Dermatology Physician Assistants, as a founding executive board member of the Arizona Dermatology Physician Assistant Society and currently as committee member to Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants. He also has served as a clinical instructor, and consultant to the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. He currently serves as consultant to multiple pharmaceutical companies.

In March of 2012, Rob founded Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. As the CEO and owner he continues to have a particular interest in the management of Psoriasis, and practices medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He also continues to pursue his passion for humanitarian efforts in Arizona and other states, and has participated in multiple international medical missions in the Philippines and Africa.

Jennie Clark, MD

Jennie ClarkeDr. Jennie Clarke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Her clinical and academic focus is on complex medical dermatology, particularly autoimmune skin disease.

After completion of her Dermatology residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, she served on the faculty of the Penn State Department of Dermatology from 2005-2014 where her roles included: Medical Director of the outpatient dermatology clinic, medical student clerkship director, and director of the pre-clinical medical student Dermatology course. She joined the Dermatology faculty at the University of Utah in 2014 and is the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Clarke has extensive experience in teaching medical students and residents as well as practicing dermatologists and advanced practice clinicians through maintenance of certification and continuing education programs.

Kasey D’Amato, PA-C, MPAP

Kasey Damato

Kasey D’Amato PA-C, MPAP is a Dermatology Physician Assistant and President and Founder of Certified Physician Assistant Consulting. She has been a Dermatology PA since 2003 and has 10 years of practice administrator experience which gives her a unique perspective into the negotiation process as well as medical business management. In 2010 Kasey launched a consulting business to support PAs and MDs, bridge the gaps, and help encourage harmonious working relationships. Kasey also has 6 years of entrepreneurial experience as the CEO and Co-founder of Airelle Skin, LLC. Kasey continues to develop her management skills on an ongoing basis.

Ultimately, Kasey’s goal is to provide education, skills, encouragement, and guidance to allow others to reach their maximum professional potential.

Joseph Fowler, MD

Joseph FowlerDr. Joseph (“Joe”) Fowler is president of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and co-editor of the text, Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis. He is past president of the American Contact Dermatitis Society.



Gina Fragione, MPAS, PA-C

GIna GragioneGina Fragione attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree and remains a dedicated Husky Football fan. She attended Oregon Health and Sciences University for her PA education. Gina grew up in the greater Seattle area and has practiced Dermatology since 2002. Currently she works at North Pacific Dermatology in Renton, Washington. Gina enjoys teaching Dermatology to family practice residents and mentoring future physician assistants.


Randall Gold

Randall GoldMr. Randall (Randy) Gold has been a practicing lawyer since 1985, and has been an attorney with Fox & Fox, S.C., headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1999. Mr. Gold handles a variety of legal matters and litigation (including trial work) involving employment discrimination, retaliation, job harassment, civil rights, whistle-blowing, unlawful discharge, False Claims Act/Qui Tam matters, regulatory issues, fraud, contract and defamation claims. Mr. Gold earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law (1985) – where he served as an Assistant Instructor of Legal Writing and was a member of the Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from UW-Madison (1982).
Mr. Gold is a top AV Rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell; has been a Wisconsin Super Lawyer since 2009; is listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010; in Top Attorneys in Wisconsin since 2009; and in Top Attorneys in Madison, Wisconsin since 2010.

Abby Jacobson, MS, PA-C

Abby Jacobson, MS, PA-C has practiced as a physician assistant in dermatology since 2001. She has had many leadership roles during her career including being a past President of the SDPA, former board member of her state PA society, and AAPA committee member. She was the first PA ever asked to serve on the editorial board for a national dermatology physician journal and the first PA ever asked to serve on the medical board for the national psoriasis foundation.


Abel Jarell, MD

Abel JarellDr. Abel Jarell is a practicing Dermatologist, Dermatopathologist, and Clinical Trials Investigator. After obtaining his undergraduate education from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he subsequently completed a surgical internship at the University of Washington in Seattle. He then completed his dermatology training in the Harvard Dermatology Residency Program and a dermatopathology fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. He served out his military obligation at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where he was an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University and the Medical Director of the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic. He is the author of numerous publications and the Principal Investigator on more than 25 clinical trials.

Jeffrey Johnson, PA-C

Jeffrey JohnsonJeffrey Johnson, PA-C is a 1995 graduate of the United States Air Force PA program. He left the service to join his current practice in June of 2000 and has been working with a fellowship trained Mohs Surgeon ever since. For the past 18n years Jeff has practiced general dermatology, derm surgery and complex closures associated with Mohs. His previous awards include Officer of the Year and SDPA Dermatology Physician of the Year and has been the president of the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants for the past 4 years.


David L. Kaplan, MD

David KaplanDr. David L. Kaplan is a regionally and nationally recognized master clinician in dermatology. He lectures locally as well as nationally, publishes regularly in peer-reviewed medical publications, and has appeared numerous times on television and radio. He holds professorships at UMKC School of Medicine and University of Kansas School of Medicine, and has mentored students from numerous physician assistant and nurse practitioner graduate programs. Dr. Kaplan provides care for all ages, from newborn to the elderly. Having been trained and board certified in both dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Kaplan is able to look beyond the surface of most dermatologic conditions to identify underlying cause. While trained as a general dermatologist, Dr. Kaplan enjoys the challenge of tackling complex medical dermatology, solving difficult to diagnose or difficult to manage skin conditions. Dr. Kaplan is a recognized expert in dermatology; he writes a monthly feature in a national medical publication with 250,000 subscribing primary care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, provided over 50 radio and television interviews and appearances, including National Public Radio twice and has been quoted in newspapers across the country.

Joslyn Kirby, MD

Dr. Joslyn Kirby has been a clinician-researcher in Dermatology for several years. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Dermatology; Director of the Dermatology Residency Program; and Vice Chair of Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. She went on to earn her Medical degrees from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After completing her Dermatology Residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty at Penn State in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

While on faculty, Dr. Kirby returned to school to complete her Master degree in Public Health Sciences and Master degree in Adult Education. In her clinical and research work, she is interested in hidradenitis suppurativa – its effects on people, outcome measurement, and pathomechanism. She is also interested in value-based research, including alternative payment models. She is the PI of a number of clinical research trials and is an active member of a number of local as well as national committees and organizations.

Pearl Kwong, MD

Pearl KwongDr. Pearl Kwong is a board certified Pediatric Dermatologist in solo practice in Jacksonville FL She has been serving the pediatric community in Jacksonville since 2001. Prior to starting her private practice in 2006, she was head of Pediatric Dermatology at Nemours Children’s Clinic and was Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Prior to that she was head of Pediatric Dermatology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kwong trained in Dermatology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada and her Pediatric residency at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Medical school at the University of Alberta and had completed her BSc, MSc, and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia , Vancouver BC Canada.

Dr. Kwong was born in the Philippines and is of Chinese descent who grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She has one daughter who is following tradition and is currently attending McGill University in Montreal Quebec and is finishing her BSc degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

Michael Powe, BA

Michael PoweMichael Powe is the vice president Reimbursement & Professional Advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In that capacity he deals with healthcare policy issues, third party payment, the Medicare and Medicaid programs, health care reform, value-based payment initiatives and various state and federal regulatory agencies.

Mr. Powe also serves as AAPA’s staff liaison to the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel and the Relative Value Update Committee, which evaluates the Medicare payment process.

He is the author of the book, “The Essential Guide to PA Reimbursement”, and an adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC.

Alan Rockoff, MD

Alan Rockoff

Alan Rockoff trained at Yeshiva College in Manhattan, New York, and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He trained in Pediatrics at Albert Einstein and in Dermatology at a combined program of Boston University and Tufts University in Boston. He has practiced dermatology since 1979, and served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Tufts since 1982.

Dr. Rockoff has published a column in Dermatology News since 1997. His two books are “Under My Skin” and “Act Like a Doctor, Think Like a Patient,” as well as a children’s book, “Danny and the School Bus Farm.”

He lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts with his wife Shuli. Their 3 children and 11 grandchildren live all over the place, in New York, Kansas, and Jerusalem.

Ted Rosen, MD

Dr. Ted Rosen attended Michigan State University as a national merit scholar and then graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Medical School. He studied internal medicine at the University of Alabama and dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a Professor of Dermatology at Baylor and Chief of Dermatology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. He has spoken to most state and city dermatology societies and to the national dermatological associations of Canada, Mexico, Korea, Argentina, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and has twice been a plenary speaker at the EADV. He is truly honored to take the reigns as the summer medical director. His role as medical director will help to optimize educational experiences and to continue building both acceptance and respect for PAs by dermatologists. On a personal note, he is a lifelong numismatist and a fan of gory horror films. His proudest accomplishment consists of four stable and productive adult children.

Robert Sidbury, MD

Robert Sidbury

Robert Sidbury MD, MPH got his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University, and his Masters in Public Health from Harvard. He did his internship and residency at UCSF and the Oregon Health and Science University, and completed fellowships at Northwestern University and Harvard. He has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington School of Medicine where he is currently Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the division of dermatology. His clinical and research interests include atopic dermatitis, vascular tumors of infancy, vitamin D, and pediatric health services. He spends most of his time outside of work playing with his twelve year old daughter Claire.


Bruce R. Strober, MD, PhD

Dr. Bruce Strober is Professor of Dermatology, Chair of the Department of Dermatology, and Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. He received his medical and graduate degrees from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and completed his postgraduate training in dermatology at New York University. Dr Strober is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He currently serves on the board of the International Psoriasis Council, and is Scientific Director of the Corrona/NPF Psoriasis Patient Registry. He has authored numerous journal articles and has spoken extensively to both physician and patient audiences in the field of dermatology. Dr. Strober also sees patients at the University of Connecticut, where he specializes in complex medical dermatology.

John Wright, DDS

John WrightDr. John M. Wright is Regents Professor and Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. He is an oral pathologist and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Oral Medicine. He has contributed over 150 publications to the scientific literature, as well as 24 book chapters and three textbooks. Dr. Wright is a past President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the International Association of Oral Pathologists. He was recently selected by the World Health Organization as one of seven oral pathologists worldwide to determine and write the next WHO classification of odontogenic cysts and tumors which was published in 2017. Dr. Wright has participated in over 400 statewide, national and international programs.

Jashin Wu, MD

Jashin WuJashin J. Wu, M.D., is Director of Dermatology Research at the Department of Dermatology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Wu is a Medical Board member of the National Psoriasis Foundation and a Councilor for the International Psoriasis Council. He serves on the American Academy of Dermatology/NPF psoriasis guidelines committee. He is co-editor for 5 textbooks which include Therapy for Severe Psoriasis, 1st edition, 2016; Mild-To-Moderate Psoriasis, 3rd edition, 2014; Moderate-To-Severe Psoriasis, 4th edition, 2014. He is associate editor for the upcoming 4th edition of Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy projected to publish in 2019. He has written over 225 Pubmed articles, of which over 125 are about psoriasis. He is Past President of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society, Board Member of the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm), and Board Member of the Pacific Dermatology Association.

Michael T. Yen, MD

Michael YenMichael T. Yen, MD, specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. A fellowship in ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery with Dr. Richard Anderson in Salt Lake City followed.
Dr. Yen is currently Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. He is also Medical Director of the Alkek Eye Center and Co-Director of Baylor College of Medicine Aesthetics. He has been Principal Investigator in various research trials, authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, and edited three books on surgery of the eyelids and advances in aesthetic and reconstructive oculofacial plastic surgery. Dr. Yen is the recipient of a number of awards, including, in 2013, the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

“I love the excellent speakers and the broad range of topics SDPA conferences always provide! It’s always a great conference! From the meeting location to the comfort of the hotel, to mingling with colleagues – overall it’s such a wonderful experience.”

– 2017 Annual Summer Dermatology Conference Attendee