“The Doctors Charles and Susan Crutchfield
Annual Dermatology Lectureship Series”
University of Minnesota
Department of Dermatology

The Doctors Charles and Susan Crutchfield Lectureship and Scholarship was designed and developed to enrich and enhance medical students, residents, physicians, and practicing dermatologists on the nuances of diagnosis and the selection of the best therapeutic approaches for patients with skin of color. Additionally, the program will provide essential practice management pearls.


The Doctors Charles and Susan Crutchfield Dermatology Lectureship is created through the generosity of Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield III in honor of his parents.

Susan Crutchfield, M.D., graduated in 1963 from the University of Minnesota Medical School at age 22. Her son notes that she was the first African-American woman and, at the time, the youngest person ever to graduate from the University's Medical School. Her pioneering accomplishments continued as she paved the way for the current success of Black physicians in the Twin Cities. In addition to providing medical care to countless patients through her family practice, she also provided leadership in children's health organizations, including serving as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Prudential Life, Medical Director of Metropolitan Health Plan, and Chair of the Board for Children's Hospitals.

Charles Crutchfield, M.D., a 1963 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, was the first African-American obstetrician to practice in Minnesota, and has delivered more than 10,000 babies in his career. Dr. Crutchfield, Past President of the Minnesota Association of Black Physicians, was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Citizens in the history of St. Paul, and has received countless civic awards, including the Ramsey-Twin Cities Medical Society and Minnesota Medical Association "Community Service Award" and the "Service to Humanity Award" from the United Hospital Foundation.

Dr. Crutchfield III recalls that his was the first African-American family to move into the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. They lived across the street from Dr. Francis Lynch, then Chair of the Department of Dermatology and his son, Peter Lynch who later also became a physician and Chair of the Department of Dermatology.

2022: Advances in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Vitiligo

Pearl Grimes

Presented by Pearl E. Grimes, MD, FAAD

Pearl E. Grimes, MD, FAAD is a globally recognized dermatologic expert and a leading international authority on vitiligo and pigmentation disorders. As Director of the Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California, she treats patients from all over the world who seek her expertise and extraordinary patient care.

In her role as the director of the Grimes Institute for Medical \and Aesthetic Dermatology, Dr. Grimes expertly treats a wide range of dermatologic health and aesthetic concerns in patients of all ethnicities and skin types. From treating everyday cosmetic concerns to treating and managing complex medical conditions, Dr. Grimes’ brings her scientific background and extensive medical training to skillfully perform dermatologic procedures and manage treatments, always with patient safety at the forefront.

She is a dedicated clinician, researcher, and speaker, lecturing globally on pigmentation disorders, cosmetic procedures such as chemical peeling, fillers, and microdermabrasion. She also serves as a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Grimes is also Chief Dermatologist for Versicolor Technologies, which has developed the world’s first cosmetic and therapeutic technology platform to address pigmentation and skin aging, by leveraging small molecule compounds produced naturally in the human microbiome.

Dr. Grimes is an accomplished author, having written over 100 professional articles, abstracts and two textbooks.

Recently, Dr. Grimes published a seminal hypothesis paper on low Vitamin D levels and COVID-19 infections in people of color in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (July 2020, with Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH and Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc). She has been a longtime champion of Vitamin D supplementation in patients of color, well before the COVID-19 pandemic underscored its vital importance in supporting immune health. In light of the dire COVID-19 outcomes in people of African and Latin descent, Dr. Grimes says her fervent mission to educate patients and the general public regarding the role of Vitamin D is about “our health, our humanity and saving lives.”

Dr. Grimes’ work was recently published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, studying “The Impact of Iron-Oxide Containing Formulations Against Visible Light-Induced Skin Pigmentation in Skin of Color Individuals.” She frequently speaks about the effects of visible or blue light on the skin.

Dr. Grimes is an active, contributing member of the following major societies: American Academy of Dermatology; American Society of Dermatologic Surgery; American Dermatological Association; Dermatology Foundation; Global Vitiligo Foundation (Founding Member); International Peeling Society; International Pigment Cell Society; Skin of Color Society; Society of Investigative Dermatology, and Women’s Dermatologic Society (President, 2017-2018).

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field, including: the 2019 Alan Shalita Memorial Award; the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Dermatology Award from the American Skin Association, the 2017 Everett C. Fox Memorial Award and Lectureship from the American Academy of Dermatology; the 2017 Goldman Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Dermatology; 2017 Women’s Dermatologic Society Legacy Award, the 2011 Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentor of the Year Award, the 2011 Dermatology Foundation Practitioner of the Year, as well as longstanding inclusion on lists such as Los Angeles Magazine Super Doctor, Best Doctors of America and the Hollywood Reporter’s Top Hollywood Doctors (voted by her peers).

Dr. Grimes is widely recognized for her passion in providing patients with outstanding medical care. She communicates directly and fully to her patients and emphasizes complete disclosure and honesty, which are essential to the success of her treatments.

In 2006, she founded CARRY (Coalition for At-Risk Restoring Youth), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and foster care youth through a variety of innovative programs including: pro bono dermatology clinics and other enrichment programs designed to enhance self-esteem, self-worth, self-sufficiency and long-term success.

Pearl of wisdom

3 Extra ‘Pearls’ from Pearl Grimes, M.D. to Dermatology Residents

Dr. Grimes shared 3 “Pearls” that she asked me to pass on to the residents.

The “3 things I know now that I wish I knew when I was a resident.”

  1. Embrace diversity in medicine
  2. Learn about the business side of medicine
  3. Consider valid integrative medicine
  • Embrace the diversity of medicine and treatment for dermatological conditions. There are always simple and or different ways/mild modifications of ways we treat dermatological conditions. Learn from your colleagues and if you have a chance to visit their institutions, even for a few days, do so. It will be so beneficial. “The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis may have slight variations from Stanford University to the University of Minnesota to the University of Michigan to Yale to Morehouse Medical School. Benefit from the diversity of our colleagues. 
  • Business. Learn the business of medicine. Dr. Grimes and I agree that this is the most significant shortfall of doctors/dermatologists. Moving forward, these thoughts are those of both Dr. Grimes and me. We need to know how clinics are run, especially when it comes to financials, to avoid putting ourselves at the mercy of administrators. The reason administrators are here is because of the revenue doctors generate. We are the true field Admirals. The administration should be reporting to physicians, not the other way around. Administrators are essential members of the team, but not the leaders. Physicians are the leaders and should act and be regarded as such. Physicians are here to help the sick. Without physicians, things happen. 
  • Physicians should run the show. Learn about business so you can run the show! You only get what you settle for, so settle for nothing less than you deserve, but you need to understand the business of medicine so you can. 
  • Learn and consider Valid Integrative medicine. 

Her inspiration came from the early use of Vitamin D to treat vitiligo. She is still a big proponent of Vitamin D for vitiligo and other medical conditions. (I (Dr. Crutchfield) have personally used Vitamin D creams to treat vitiligo for 20 years with success, having learned this ‘trick’ as Dr. Grimes mentored me as a medical student in 1993).

She said beware; many online treatments labeled as ‘integrative’ or ‘alternative’ are total malarkey, especially most of the stuff sole online.

 Most importantly, new, serious, peer-reviewed medications should be learned about and considered.  

2021: Updates in Our Understanding of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia

Latanya B.

Presented by Crystal Aguh, MD FAAD

Crystal Aguh, MD FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also the co-author of "Fundamentals of Ethnic Hair-The Dermatologist's Perspective. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and obtained a medical degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.

Dr. Aguh completed her residency training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, serving as the chief resident in her final year. She has published numerous articles in specialized areas such as pediatric dermatology and ethnic skin. During her training, she earned several awards, including a research award from the department of dermatology and an award for clinical excellence from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Aguh is committed to using medical journalism as a tool to empower patients. She has worked as a medical consultant for ABC News and developed original content for the ABC News website and helped to produce medical segments for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir and Good Morning America.

Her areas of clinical focus are ethnic skin, complex medical dermatology, autoimmune disease, procedural dermatology, and international health.

2020: Childhood Dermatoses: What NOT to Miss in Skin of Color

Latanya B.

Presented by Latanya Benjamin, MD

Latanya Benjamin, MD is a double board-certified, fellowship trained Pediatric Dermatologist and former Clinical Professor at Stanford University. She completed her fellowship at Northwestern University. She currently launched a new medical practice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Benjamin is nationally recognized as an expert in pediatric laser and surgery, atopic dermatitis (eczema), acne and sun safety with multiple media coverage, including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She holds many honorary positions including a position on the Society of Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) Executive Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS).

Dr. Benjamin was awarded the inaugural (WDS) Volunteer of the Year. She is a published author of two medical textbooks, Therapy in Pediatric Dermatology:Management of Pediatric Skin Disease and the recently published Pediatric Dermatologic Surgery.

She is a mother and passionate advocate for women and children. Dr. Benjamin serves on multiple medical advisory boards and is a consultant for select industry. Dr. Benjamin is a sought after speaker and is a respected leader in her field

Crutchfield Dermatology Lecture Zoom
Zoom meeting of some of the participants

2019: More than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer in People of Color

Garrett, A.

Presented by Algin Garrett, MD
Associate, Division of Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Geisinger Clinic, Richmond, VA

Algin B. Garrett, MD Algin B. Garrett, MD graduated from Bucknell University and received his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his training in dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Upon completion of his training in 1983, Dr. Garrett joined the faculty. He completed a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at Cleveland Clinic in 1988. Returning to VCU, Dr. Garrett served as Director of Dermatologic Surgery from 1988 until 2018 and as Director of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology fellowship training program from 2005 until 2018. In addition, Dr. Garrett served as Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at VCU from 1992 until 2018. Dr. Garrett is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and a member of the American Dermatological Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology and the Association of Professors of Dermatology.

2018: Cosmetic Procedures for Skin of Color patients

Susan C. Taylor MD

Presented by Susan C. Taylor, MD

Susan C. Taylor, MD, a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology, has been at the forefront of scientific research, clinical care and education for the Dermatologic health of underserved populations. She is an Associate Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Taylor was the Founding Director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke’s Hospital Center in New York, a First of its kind in the nation, and the founder of the Skin of Color Society. She has coauthored two major dermatology textbooks, Dermatology for Skin of Color (McGraw Hill) and Treatment for Skin of Color (Elsevier) and numerous articles.

2017: Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Update on Epidemiology & Management

Ginette Okoye MD

Presented by Ginette Okoye, MD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology Director, Ethnic Skin Program

Dr. Ginette Okoye is an Associate Professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical focus include ethnic skin, hidradentitis suppurativa and sarcoidosis. Dr. Okoye serves as the director of the Ethnic Skin Program and the director of the Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dr. Okoye is a board-certified dermatologist who focuses on the skin, hair and nail conditions of people with darker skin tones, such as people of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American descent. As director of the Ethnic Skin Program, which she launched in 2010 with Dr. Sewon Kang, she is committed to outstanding clinical care and research in the field of ethnic skin and to community outreach and enrichment. The program focuses on diseases that disproportionately affect people with ethnic skin, such as razor bumps, keloids, hair thinning, sarcoidosis, lupus and mycosis fungoides.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Barry University in Florida. She earned her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her residency at Yale University, where she served as chief resident. She completed a dermatology preceptorship at St. Johns Institute of Dermatology in London and a preceptorship in leprosy and leishmaniasis at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Okoye has received several awards, including recognition by the mayor and borough council of Point Fortin, Trinidad, her hometown, for her academic achievement and contributions to medicine.

2016: Keloids: Risk Factors, Research and Treatment

Donald Glass MD

Presented by Donald Glass, MD, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Dermatology University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Originally from the Bahamas, Dr. Glass enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in 1998. He received his PhD from BCM in 2005 from the Department of Human Genetics. He received his MD from BCM in 2006 and completed his transitional year internship at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts in 2008. Dr. Glass completed his residency training in Dermatology and a postdoctoral fellowship in the McDermott Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Glass' main research interest is in understanding how keloids occur and in finding the genes that predispose people to develop keloids. Keloids occur disproportionately more often in skin of color, and the ability to develop keloids can be inherited within families. His other research interest is identifying genes that cause rare skin disorders. Dr. Glass practices general dermatology and has an interest in genetic skin disorders.

2015: Skin of Color: Therapeutic and Diagnostic Update

Seemal Desai MD

Presented by Seemal Desai, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Dermatology University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Seemal R. Desai is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, and a Board Certified Dermatologist. He graduated with honors from Emory University. He received his medical training at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree with Magna Cum Laude honors. Following medical school, Dr. Desai completed his medical internship in Internal Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and served as Chief Resident for the Department of Dermatology. 

Dr. Desai has been active on a local, state, and national level with numerous medical organizations. His major accomplishments have been with the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association, where he has held more than ten elected positions. Dr. Desai is the National Secretary/Treasurer of the Skin of Color Society, and serves as a Trustee of the Texas Dermatological Society, and a member of AAD Congressional Policy Committee, on the Board of Directors of SkinPAC, as Deputy Chair of the AAD Leadership Development Steering Committee, and past president of the Dallas/Fort Worth Dermatological Society.

He is also actively involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. He serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and serves as the Founder and Medical Director of Innovative Dermatology in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Desai is the author of numerous publications, and serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology. He has been invited to present at numerous international Dermatology events including the World Congress of Dermatology, the French Society of Dermatology, the International Congress of Dermatology, and numerous regional and national conferences. His interests include the treatment of vitiligo, melasma and other disorders of pigmentation, skin of color, particularly psoriasis, acne, and phototherapy, while maintaining a keen interest and involvement in advocacy and medical policy affecting dermatology.

In his free time, Dr. Desai enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son, as well as travelling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, playing trivia games, exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

2014: Pearls in Treating Skin of Color and Practice Pearls

Dina Strachman MD

Presented by Dina D. Strachan, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor New York University School of Medicinem Director, Aglow Dermatology

Dr. Strachan (pronounced 'strawn'), the director of Aglow Dermatology, is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology. Having trained and worked on both the East and West coasts of the United States, and in a variety of practice settings, Dr. Strachan is an expert in treating patients of all skin types. Additionally, she is an internationally recognized expert in ethnic skin.

After graduating from Harvard College and Yale Medical School, Dr. Strachan completed her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. Known for her excellence in teaching, she went on to become Director of Resident Education at King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, and joined the faculty of UCLA. Given her interest in using technology to provide more efficient healthcare, Dr. Strachan did post-doctoral training in biomedical informatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and at Columbia University. She has been a mentor in the Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentor Award program.

Dr. Strachan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. She is published and has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in dermatology. Dr. Strachan is a sought after media source who has been cited in a variety of local and national media.

2013: Hair and Skin Updates in African American Patients


Presented by Amy McMichael, MD Professor and Chair Department of Dermatology Wake Forest University

Dr. Amy McMichael is a Professor and Chair sof Dermatology and Dermatology Residency Director at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She received her MD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, dermatology training at the University of Michigan and advanced training in epidemiology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. McMichael is a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology. Her research focuses on hair and scalp disorders and skin disease of deeply pigmented skin. Her publications include many peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and invited articles on these topics. She is also the co-editor of the text Hair and Scalp Diseases: Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Treatments.

Dr. McMichael is on the Editorial Board of Cosmetic Dermatology and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and has served as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. She serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. She has served as Vice-President of the Womens Dermatologic Society, Secretary-Treasurer of the North American Hair Research Society, and Chair of the Dermatology Section of the National Medical Association.

2012: Dermatological Apsects of Skin of Color

rebat halder

Presented by Rebat M. Halder Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine Washington D.C.

Dr. Rebat Halder is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C. He earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, where he went on to complete his residence and a fellowship in Vitiligo and Phototherapy. At Howard University, Dr. Halder has been Director of the Vitiligo Center since 1986 and Director of the Ethnic Skin Research Institute since 1992. He has received many honors for his research on pigmentary disorders in people of color and phototherapy and has published over 200 articles and book chapters on the subjects. He was sole author of a textbook published in 2006 titles “Dermatology and Dermatological Therapy of Pigmented Skin.”

Dr. Halder is a member of several professional societies on a national and international level. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Vitiligo Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Skin of Color Society.

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