The Department of Dermatology is delighted to announce that one of our faculty members, Dr. Allison Larson, has recently been promoted to the position of Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. This is wonderful acknowledgement of Dr. Larson’s outstanding contributions to the teaching of medical students at our institution and her superb leadership skills. In addition, Dr. Larson was also the recipient of this year’s Pre-Clinical Educator of the Year Award from Boston University School of Medicine, which is an award given by medical students in their pre-clinical years to recognize outstanding teaching by a BUSM faculty member. It is wonderful to see this additional recognition of Dr. Larson as an educator and leader and for the Department of Dermatology to support such outstanding teaching for our students. Congratulations to Dr. Larson on this wonderful new appointment and her outstanding commitment to our institution and students!
Boston University dermatologist, Dr. Neelam A. Vashi, recently published a book entitled Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide with Springer Publishing. As lead author and editor, Dr. Vashi has written and edited Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder to assist dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other aesthetic providers in recognizing key characteristics as well as providing treatment strategies to help in caring for those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The book is an interplay of understanding both beauty and BDD. It lays the foundation of the key aspects of beauty by providing an understanding of the historical aspects, science, and implications of what the human mind finds aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Vashi discusses research on how “beautiful people” are able to achieve more desirable outcomes, are judged more favorably in various settings, and receive preferential treatment in categories of life deemed to be important. As the importance of beauty in today’s society is often what brings patients into our clinics, an understanding of these key concepts is quintessential for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and others who practice aesthetic medicine. Neelam A. Vashi, MD, FAAD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Boston University (BU) School of Medicine. She is also the Director of Research in Cosmetic and Laser Medicine and the Founder and Director of the Boston University Center for Ethnic Skin. Dr. Vashi is a widely recognized leader in medical and cosmetic dermatology and the care of patients with skin of color. She is widely published in the peer reviewed literature, an author of several book chapters, and is a frequent lecturer at both national and international dermatology meetings particularly in the areas of cosmetic dermatology, skin health, and ethnic skin.
It is my great pleasure to share with you the exciting news that BU Dermatology is currently ranked the #13 Department of Dermatology in the United States based on the most recent survey completed in December 2014. This is a significant improvement in ranking over the past few years and is a substantial improvement from our ranking of #26 in 2010. I am extremely grateful for all of the hard work provided by all members of our BU Dermatology Team in making this exceptional progress possible, and you should all feel proud of your tremendous accomplishments and significant contributions that made this amazing achievement possible. It is wonderful to see how far we have come in just a few short years!
Thank you, as always, for your outstanding efforts and dedication to excellence. I look forward to many more shared accomplishments and groundbreaking milestones.
Rhoda Alani, MD
Published in The Boston Globe on June 1, 2014
Dr. G. Robert Baler Of Boston, Mass and Hallandale Beach, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2014, after a tragic accident while walking near his home in Florida. He was 88 and had recently celebrated his birthday with an evening of dining and dancing with his wife Nancy, the love of his life. They were married for 63 wonderful years. Dr. Baler (Bob) was an exceptional man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, dedicated physician, teacher, mentor and friend. He was a highly respected and well-loved dermatologist in Brockton since 1956, where he raised his family and lived for many years. He was a member of Temple Israel, and an early supporter of the Fuller Art/Craft Museum. During that time, he also served as Chief of Dermatology at the Brockton Hospital, and was a long-standing faculty member in the Department of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, his alma mater, a unique relationship that would continue for many decades. During their years together, Bob and Nancy travelled the world in ways more adventurous than most- the Amazon by riverboat, the Inca trail on foot, to Africa on safari, India, China, Turkey and more. Always a doctor at heart, he visited remote medical clinics along the way. Even at home, Bob led a truly active life. An amateur photographer, avid skier, and gardener with a green thumb, he also maintained a daily exercise routine, loved to swim and enjoyed walking around whatever city he found himself in. If there was music playing, you could always find him on the dance floor with Nancy. Together they enjoyed many concerts, local festivals and art shows. Bob loved nothing more than spending summers on Cape Cod with people he loved. For nearly 50 years he enjoyed swimming, sailing, and being surrounded by friends and family on the Cape. Fishing was his main passion. From catching stripers, blues and tuna off the Cape, to salmon in Alaska, Bob pursued his favorite pastime with the same passion he had for his profession. He shared his love of fishing, and often his catch, with many a friend. His household was always a hub for gatherings of extended family and friends. Hosting the High Holiday services on the deck and the BU dermatology residents’ family picnic were always highlights for him. Dr. Baler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University, received his medical degree from BU School of Medicine in 1950, and after finishing his residency in the Department of Dermatology, served continuously as a faculty member since 1956. He was appointed as a Clinical Professor of Dermatology in 1988, and as Professor Emeritus since 2001. In 2010, he was honored with the endowment of the G. Robert Baler Lecture Series. After retiring from his Brockton dermatology practice, he continued to teach residents and see patients in the Department of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine until last summer in 2013. While his own medical school classmates were retiring from the field, Dr. Baler was, as he wrote in his class notes, “actively practicing dermatology”. “As an outstanding member of the Department of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine for over 50 years, Dr. Baler continually demonstrated a tremendous commitment to teaching medical students, residents, and fellows of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. His extraordinary efforts to pass on his years of knowledge to the next generation of trainees were truly exceptional,” wrote Dr. Rhoda Alani, Dermatologist- in-Chief, Boston University School of Medicine. He served in numerous leadership roles within the medical community including President of the New England Dermatological Society; Member of the Board of Trustees, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society; Member of the Board of Trustees, Boston Medical Library; Member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Council, American Academy of Dermatology; and House of Delegates, The Massachusetts Medical Society. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, daughters Pamela Baler-Amaral (Ken Amaral), Judith and Karen, sons Joseph (Mary Ellen Drislane) and Andrew, and grandchildren Mackenzie Baler, Alex and Rose Baler and their mother Shauna Hynes-Baler. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mae Baler and his sister Phyllis Sturman. Dr. “Bob” Baler will be remembered for his love of family, his devotion to the medical field, his sense of humor and his zest for life. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues, students and the many people whose lives he touched. A Memorial Celebration of Life Service to be held in Boston later this year will be announced at a future date. Please share your thoughts, memories and condolences – http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/bobbaler/homepage.aspx – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=171177327#sthash.5YS26yAM.dpuf
April 30, 2014 – Dr. Alina Markova, a second year resident, was interviewed by Reuters Health for the article “Are nail salon UV lamps a skin cancer risk?” Read the article online here.
Dr. Neelam Vashi’s article “Cosmetic Interventions for Dyschromia: Chemical Peels” was published in the latest issue of The Aestheticians Journal. Please follow the link to learn more: http://www.theaestheticiansjournal.com/index.php/current-issue.html