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Robert G. Baler M.D.

Robert G. Baler M.D.

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

Dr. Meera Mahalingam Interviewed by Reuters Health

By Denise Bloom Thompson
July 17th, 2014 in News.

July 14, 2014 – Dr. Mahalingam, Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, was interviewed by Reuters Health for comment on the article “Screening for Germline Mismatch Repair Mutations Following Diagnosis of Sebaceous Neoplasms” published in JAMA dermatology.

The Risk of Melanoma in New England

By Denise Bloom Thompson
July 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Dr. Alina Markova Interviewed by Reuters Health

By Jennifer Rae Sateriale
May 1st, 2014 in News.

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.

Alina Markova

Dr. Neelam Vashi published in The Aestheticians Journal

By Jennifer Rae Sateriale
April 7th, 2014 in News.

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

 

Dr. Emmy Graber in April 2014 edition of Fitness magazine

By Jennifer Rae Sateriale
March 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Dr. Emmy Graber is featured in the April 2014 print and online edition of Fitness Magazine. The article “Clear Skin Ahead” shares clear skin tips and advice for breaking free from break outs. Read it here: Clear Skin Tips, Fitness Magazine April 2014

Dr. Emmy Graber in Good Housekeeping and Teen Vogue

By Jennifer Rae Sateriale
January 23rd, 2014 in News.

Dr. Emmy Graber appears in the January issues of Good Housekeeping and Teen Vouge. She was interviewed by Good Housekeeping for an article on sensitive skin and gave Teen Vouge her guide to the best over the counter acne treatments.

Read the articles here:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/sensitive-skin-solutions#slide-1

http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-beauty/5-best-acne-fighting-ingredients-ever-153600630.html

 

 

Dr. Barbara Gilchrest and Dr. Tania Phillips, featured in Boston Magazine’s 2013 Top Docs issue.

By swanad
January 7th, 2014 in News.

Barbara Gilchrest, MD.

Barbara Gilchrest, MD.

Tania Phillips, MD.

Tania Phillips, MD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Gilchrest and Dr. Tania Phillips, who are featured in Boston Magazine’s 2013 Top Docs issue.

Dr. Emmy Graber in Boston Magazine

By swanad
January 7th, 2014 in News.

Emmy Graber Photo 5  311512Read about Dr. Emmy Graber in Boston Magazine, November 2013 – Outer Beauty: Nine Antioxidant Rich (and Dermatologist-Approved) Foods for your Skin

Dr. Marie-France Demierre

By Cindy K Yee-Lin
June 7th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

A message from Dr. Rhoda Alani, Herbert Mescon Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology:

It is with tremendous sadness that I write to inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. Marie-France Demierre, director of the Skin Oncology Program in Dermatology at Boston Medical Center and Professor of Dermatology and Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) on April 13.  
 
marie-demierreDr. Demierre was a highly regarded clinician, researcher, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend whose colleagues and patients held her in the highest esteem. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm, open-mindedness, spirit of volunteerism, and loyalty to her family, friends, institutions, and always to her patients.   
 
At this very sad time, the BMC/BU community joins together in mourning the loss of Dr. Demierre.  I know that you join me in sending deepest sympathies to her husband and children. Please keep her in your memory and her family, colleagues and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
 
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Please post comments, memories, and/or pictures to: http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=5291541547664&cid=full

Dr. Marie-France Demierre Remembered

By Cindy K Yee-Lin
April 15th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

MFD red sox3Dear Colleagues:
It is with tremendous sadness that I write to inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. Marie-France Demierre, director of the Skin Oncology Program in Dermatology at Boston Medical Center and Professor of Dermatology and Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) on April 13.  
 
Dr. Demierre received her medical degree and clinical training in medicine and dermatology at McGill University.  She came to Boston University Medical Center for a skin oncology fellowship in 1995 where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Howard Koh and was recruited back to head the program in 1997.  As director of the Skin Oncology Program at BMC, Dr. Demierre developed and expanded a highly regarded service for interdisciplinary care of melanoma patients and a photopheresis program for patients with cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) and other disorders.  
 
Dr. Demierre was internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in the management of melanoma and CTCL.  She worked at the forefront, participating in numerous multicenter trials of new therapies for advanced melanoma and for CTCL.  She was especially dedicated to melanoma prevention and public education regarding safe sun practices, as well as to patient quality of life, writing and lecturing extensively on these topics.  For many years, she led the BUMC Annual Skin Cancer Screening and volunteered for the annual screening of the Boston Red Sox, where she discovered numerous early malignancies and unquestionably saved lives.  She also testified repeatedly before the Massachusetts Legislature in favor of stricter regulations for the indoor tanning industry and helped document the increase in melanomas among young women who had used tanning beds.  She pioneered educational programs for mothers of newborns and young children regarding life-long risks of unprotected sun exposure. In 2009, Dr. Demierre was honored for her efforts in raising awareness of sun safety, skin cancer and melanomas with the President’s Award from the Women’s Dermatologic Society.  She also was honored in 2009 by the Boston Red Sox as a Medical All Star for her tireless community work promoting sun safety awareness and education to children, teens and their parents.
 
Dr. Demierre was a highly regarded clinician, researcher, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend whose colleagues and patients held her in the highest esteem. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm, open-mindedness, spirit of volunteerism, and loyalty to her family, friends, institutions, and always to her patients.   
 
At this very sad time, the BMC/BU community joins together in mourning the loss of Dr. Demierre.  I know that you join me in sending deepest sympathies to her husband and children. Please keep her in your memory and her family, colleagues and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Rhoda M. Alani, M.D.
Herbert Mescon Professor and Chair
Dermatologist-in-Chief
Department of Dermatology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Donations

By Cindy K Yee-Lin
April 15th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

Two funds have been established in memory of Marie-France.  The Marie-France Demierre Fund for Skin Cancer Research will further skin cancer research while the the Marie-France Demierre Memorial Fund will benefit her family.

By mail, please make your check out to Boston Medical Center, note the name of the fund and send it to the

Office of Development
Boston Medical Center
801 Massachusetts Avenue, First Floor
Boston, MA 02118