“The Doctors Charles and Susan Crutchfield
Annual Dermatology Lectureship Series”
University of Minnesota
Department of Dermatology
The purpose of the Doctors Charles and Susan Crutchfield Lectureship is to enrich and enhance medical student, resident, and dermatology practitioner education on the topic of dermatological aspects of skin of color and practice management principles.
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.
2020: Childhood Dermatoses: What NOT to Miss in Skin of Color
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
2019: More than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer in People of Color
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Dr. Crutchfield is a member or graduate of these prestigious organizations.This demonstrates his education, experience, performance and commitment to providing his patients with the highest quality dermatologic, medical, laser, aesthetic and cosmetic skin care. When choosing a physician, demand nothing less. Remember..... "Quality Matters"
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