Fellowships

The Case School of Medicine Department of Dermatology offers a variety of fellowship opportunities spanning basic, translational, and clinical research including clinical cutaneous oncology. A highly interactive faculty provide cross-support and enrichment for a fellow mentored by a faculty member with established research expertise. The fellowship opportunities and the mentors who sponsor the fellowships are described below.

 


 

Clinical Trials Fellowship

The clinical trials fellowship is a two-year position. The fellow works as a sub-investigator on both sponsor- and investigator-initiated clinical trials, mentored by Neil Korman, MD, PhD. The responsibilities of the fellow include: working with the institutional review board (IRB) obtaining protocol approval, developing and initiating advertising plans to recruit potential study patients, screening and consenting patients, reviewing inclusion/exclusion criteria and determining with the principal investigator (PI) if a patient should be enrolled into a study, completing and documenting all patient visits and assessments, distributing and documenting correct use of study medication, acting as a liaison with the PI/monitor/sponsor during the study, and communicating with study patient’s primary care physicians when needed. The fellow is actively involved in caring for many patients with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and other inflammatory skin diseases such as pyoderma gangrenosum, lichen planus and pemphigus in clinical trials, the overwhelming majority of which are evaluating systemic biologic therapy. The fellow attends the investigator meetings for each study and coordinates protocol meetings with site personnel.

During the second year of fellowship the clinical trials fellow is expected to be involved in several academic projects. The fellow will be monitoring patients who are being treated with unique therapies that may be reported as case studies or case series. The fellow also has the opportunity to work on authoring manuscripts such as book chapters, review articles and case reports that will be submitted for publication. The fellow is expected to prepare a poster for the annual academy of dermatology (AAD) meeting. The fellow will have the opportunity to attend meetings and present data from investigational initiated studies and case reports.

Applicants must have completed a PGY-1 year by July of the preceding year. Pay and benefits are commensurate to PGY-2 level.

Interested applicants should submit the following information: letter of interest updated CV, list of references, copy of your Dean’s letter, and a copy of USMLE I, II scores. We normally start reviewing applications in early April.

Contact: Neil J. Korman, MD, PhD
Phone: 216-844-3622
Fax: 216-844-8993
Email: njk2@case.edu
Erich Zirzow
Phone: 216-844-7164
Fax: 216-844-3964
Email: erich.zirzow@uhhospitals.org

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Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship

The Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship is a one to two year position. As the Cutaneous Oncology Fellow you work as a sub-investigator for clinical trials, preparing patient presentations for a weekly tumor conference, assisting Drs. Kevin Cooper and Joshua Arbseman with the multidisciplinary melanoma and lymphoma programs, and seeing patients in melanoma and lymphoma clinics. You also have the opportunity to work on an independent research project. The department participates in multicenter trials and also performs investigator-initiated trials that translate findings from our labs. Cutaneous oncology is both stimulating and challenging, and this fellowship will enable the candidate to establish expertise in medical dermatologic oncology.

Applicants must have completed a PGY-1 year by July of the preceding year. Pay and benefits are commensurate to PGY-2 level.

Interested applicants should submit the following information: letter of interest updated CV, list of references, copy of your Dean’s letter, and a copy of USMLE I, II scores. Application review begins in early April.

Contact: Kevin D. Cooper, MD
Phone: 216-844-3111
Fax: 216-844-8993
Email: kevin.cooper@uhhospitals.org
Erich Zirzow
Phone: 216-844-7164
Fax: 216-844-3964
Email: erich.zirzow@uhhospitals.org

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Immunodermatology Fellowship

This fellowship is a research position that offers opportunities for MD, PhD or MD/PhD trained postdoctoral fellows to investigate cutaneous immunology. Several areas of cutaneous biology are under investigation in the Department of Dermatology including psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, cutaneous lymphomas, wound healing, microbiome, murine models of psoriasis, photodynamic therapy, angiogenesis, fungal interactions with the skin and hair disorders. This position is a two year training position under the supervision of Dermatology Faculty members. The Department has an NIH training grant that helps to support fellows in this training track. Fellows spend at least 75% effort on research during this period. State of the art research facilities are available in the Department and include supported core facilities associated with a NIH Skin Diseases Research Center (SDRC), one of only 6 such NIH-supported Centers in the country, as well as an NIH supported Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative.  In addition, support facilities from an NIH-supported Comprehensive Cancer Center are also available and include a fully staffed flow cytometry facility and gene expression array facility.

Fellows are expected to participate in research intended to address basic cutaneous immunolo-biology questions as well as translational studies addressing clinical research where appropriate. Past fellows have examined T cell apoptosis following UVB or photodynamic therapy, skin macrophages, proteomic profiling, regulatory T cell biology in psoriasis, mycologic host defense, xenogenic transplantation models of psoriasis, and mechanism of action studies for new biologic therapies of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Fellows are expected to write peer reviewed manuscripts related to their area of research and other research topics as determined by their supervisor. Mentoring of manuscript publication is supplemented by mentoring of research presentations and grant writing in preparation for an academic career.

Contact:

Tom McCormick, PhD
Phone: 216-368-0238
Fax: 216-368-0212
Email: tsm4@case.edu

Minjia Griesser
Phone: 216-368-0533
Fax: 216-368-0212
Email: mag28@case.edu

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Photobiology/Photomedicine Fellowship

The responsibilities of the Photobiology/Photomedicine Fellowship will revolve around the research and clinical studies that are conducted at our Skin Study Center. The Skin Study Center is a translational core facility affiliated with both Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. It plays a pivotal role in various investigative research projects pertaining to immunology, photobiology, and various skin and hair diseases (e.g. psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, alopecia areata, skin cancers). The fellow will provide support and resources for our own team of nationally renowned researchers in addition to other departmental and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. The fellow will also work closely with the NIH-funded Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative and National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/Seidman Cancer Center. Dr. Elma Baron, Director of the Skin Study Center, is the primary mentor for this fellowship.

This fellowship is a great opportunity to develop a full appreciation of photobiology, photomedicine, photoimmunology, and photodynamic therapy. The fellow will also learn to perform minor surgical procedures such as punch and keratome biopsies. One year of internship training and a valid Ohio training license are necessary. The fellowship is one year with an opportunity for a second year.

Contact:

Elma Baron, MD
Phone: 216-368-4971
Fax: 216-368-0212
Email: edb4@case.edu

 

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Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis Fellowship

The Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center,  established by a generous gift from the Murdough Foundation, is intended to advance psoriasis research and treatment. The Psoriasis Center fellow will coordinate clinical and research activities of the center, and participate in basic, translational, or clinical research projects under the supervision of Drs. Kevin Cooper, Neil Korman, and Tom McCormick.

Contact:

Kimberly Sanders, RN
Phone: 216-844-7394
Fax: 216-844-8993
Email: kimberly.sanders@uhhospitals.org

 

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