It is with tremendous pride and joy that I am sharing with you the exciting news that Dr. Allison Larson has been promoted to 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. As you know, Dr. Larson was also the recipient of this year’s Pre-Clinical Educator of the Year Award from Boston University School of Medicine, and it is great to see this additional recognition of Dr. Larson as a educator and leader.
Please join me in congratulating 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
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