Meet the Derm In-Review Advisory Council (DIRAC)

The Derm In-Review Advisory Council (DIRAC) is a select group of top-performing dermatology residents and early career dermatologists who serve as content reviewers and subject-matter experts. They contribute their knowledge and time to ensure Derm In-Review remains the #1 study tool of choice for dermatology residents.

The Derm In-Review Advisory Council is chaired by Dr. Adam Friedman, Professor, Residency Program Director, and Chair of Dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Known for his forward-thinking approach to dermatology and his desire to support the next generation of dermatologists, Dr. Friedman is constantly spearheading innovative ways to increase emphasis on educational outcomes and serve as an exemplary role model for dermatology residents. Dr. Friedman has been and continues to be instrumental in the success of Derm In-Review, contributing his expertise to the constant review of our program.

Under Dr. Friedman’s guidance, members of the Derm In-Review Advisory Council help evaluate and choose content for our study tools and resources so that they reflect the most robust and up-to-date content all dermatology residents should know. Furthermore, DIRAC members are offered career development opportunities through other Derm In-Review media partners including Next Steps in Derm, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD), the Skin of Color Update, and the ODAC conference.

All DIRAC members receive recognition and credit in all of Derm In-Review publications and sponsored events and are welcome to cite their contributions in their CVs.

Advisory Council Chair – New Members

Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD

Professor and Chair of Dermatology
Residency Program Director
Director of Translational Research
Director of Supportive Oncodermatology
Department of Dermatology
George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Advisory Board Council

Nishad Sathe, MD

Resident Physician, PGY-3

Internal Medicine/Dermatology
University of Minnesota

Joyce Y. Cheng, MD, MHS

PGY-3 Dermatology Resident

University of California, San Diego

Sujitha Yadlapati, MD

PGY-3 Dermatology Resident

HCA Corpus Christi Medical Center- Bay Area Program

Jake Lazaroff, MD

Chief Resident, PGY-4

University of Chicago

Shanthi Narla, M.D.

PGY-4 Dermatology Resident Physician

Department of Dermatology, St. Luke's University Health Network

Dr. Nkem Ugonabo, MD MPH

Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Dermatologist

Unionderm

Benedict Wu, DO, PhD, FAAD

Assistant Professor & Director of Inpatient Dermatology

Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Jessica Kalen, MD

Dermatologist

SkinDC & Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kunal Malik, MD

Private Practice NYC

Assistant Clinical Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Advisory Board Council – Returning Members

Edita Newton, MD PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Dermatology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Jackie McKesey, MD, MS

Associate of the American Academy of Dermatology

University of California, San Diego

Freba Z. Farhat, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

MedStar Health/ Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, D.C

Matthew Willett, MD, FAAD

CDR MC (FMF/SS) USN, Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology Fellow

Skin Care Physicians of Georgia

James J. Contestable, MD

LCDR, MC(FS/SWMDO), USN

Director, Dermatology and Laser Clinic
Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune
Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology
Uniformed Services University

Jackie McKesey, MD, MS

Associate of the American Academy of Dermatology

University of California, San Diego

Andrea Waldman, MD, FAAD, FAAP

Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology, Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice

MedStar Health/ Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, D.C