Mentorship & Medical Student Mentorship Awards


  • Promote career development within the field of pediatric dermatology
  • Cultivate mentorships between established pediatric dermatologists and residents/fellows/junior faculty who have chosen to pursue a career in pediatric dermatology.

>> 2023 SPD Mentorship Award Guidelines
>> 2023 SPD Mentorship Award Application

Apply by May 1, 2023.
**Application submissions must be collated into a single PDF with the files ordered as stated in the award guidelines.

In addition to traditional Mentorship Awards, the SPD also offers the Medical Student Mentorship Award to facilitate earlier career exposure to pediatric dermatology. Please use the Mentorship Award application to submit your project for consideration and check "Medical Student" in the appropriate box on the application form.

If you have any questions, please contact SPD at (317) 202-0224 or or Markus Boos, MD, PhD, Mentorship Committee Chair, at

Click here to see current SPD Members who have volunteered to be available as a mentor within the Mentorship Awards Program.

Upon Completion of Mentorship Experience

Awardees must submit a one-page report no later than one month after completing their mentorship experience to SPD Communications Manager, Emily Schoenbaechler, at The summary report should provide a detailed description of the mentorship experience, highlight your experience, and tell us how it has enhanced your career development and growth in caring for pediatric dermatology patients.

2022 Mentorship Award Recipients:

Emily Duffy, MD
University of Washington
Mentor: James Treat, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Allergic Contact Dermatitis/Patch Testing
Meredith Steuer, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Mentor: Jennifer Huang, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Cutaneous Microbiome in Graft Versus Host Disease

2022 Medical Student Mentorship Award Recipients:

Brenda Abreu Molnar
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Mentor: Amy Paller, MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg
Mentorship Focus: Epidermolysis Bullosa
Kaylin Beiter, PhD
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Mentor: Adena Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Dermatology Health Disparities

2021 Mentorship Award Recipient:

Jackson Turbeville
Mayo Clinic
Mentor: Harper Price, MD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Multidisciplinary Clinics and Procedural Dermatology

2021 Medical Student Mentorship Award Recipients:

Casey Cai
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Mentor: Jennifer Huang, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Dyskeratosis Congenita
Katie Bentivegna
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Mentor: Beth Drolet, MD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Mentorship Focus: Epidemiology of Chillblains Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 Mentorship Award Recipients:

Shane Swink, DO​
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Mentor: Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Mentorship Focus: Hair Disorders (Alopecia Areata and Genetic Hair Changes)
Michael Barton, MD​
Oregon Health & Science University / Seattle Children's Hospital
Mentor: Anna Bruckner, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado
Mentorship Focus: Epidermolysis Bullosa

2020 Medical Student Mentorship Award Recipients:

Paras Mehta
University of Arizona - Tucson
Mentor: Veronica Rotemberg, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mentorship Focus: Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Pediatric Biopsies
Saloni Shah
Thomas Jefferson University
Mentor: Joy Wan, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Psoriasis

2019 Mentorship Award Recipients:

Sabrina Nurmohamed, MD​
University of Calgary
Mentor: Elena Pope, MD, The Hospital for Sick Children
Mentorship Focus: Genodermatoses Clinic
Julie Dhossche, MD​
Oregon Health & Science University
Mentor: Robert Sidbury, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Dermatology

2019 Medical Student Mentorship Award Recipients:

Andrew Blundell
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine - Puerto Rico
Mentor: Elena Hawryluk, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Minority Access to Pediatric Dermatology
Esther Henebeng
Brown University
Mentor: Kimberly Morel, MD, Columbia University
Mentorship Focus: Epidermolysis Bullosa
Idy Tam
Tufts University School of Medicine
Mentor: JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Allergic Contact Dermatitis Quality of Life Instrument Tool

2018 Recipients:

Samantha Gordon, MD​
Tufts Medical Center
Mentor: Anthony Mancini, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Mentorship Focus: Development of an Interdisciplinary Vascular Lesions Center
Thy Huynh, MD​
University of Mississippi
Mentor: Ilona Frieden, MD, UCSF
Mentorship Focus: Timolol and Propanolol Use in Infantile Hemangioma

2017 Recipients:

Johanna Song, MD​
Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Combined Program
Mentor: Sonal Shah, MD, UCSF
Mentorship Focus: TEN-like GVHD, oncoderm
Molly Youssef, MD​
Mayo Clinic - Rochester
Mentor: Annette Wagner, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Dermatology - Surgery & Procedures

2016 Recipient:

Vivian Wong, MD​
Brown University
Mentor: Mark Koh, MD, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore
Mentorship Focus: An Intercontinental study of steroid phobia in atopic dermatitis

2015 Recipients:

Cynthia Abban, MD​
University of Pittsburgh
Mentor: Yvonne Chiu, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mentorship Focus: Determine the Clinical Efficacy of Skin Biopsies in Determining Disease Activity in Morphea
Melinda Jen, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Mentor: Annette Wagner, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital - Chicago
Mentorship Focus: Procedural and Surgical Services
Annie Wang, MD​
Brown University
Mentor: Larry Eichenfield, MD, Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego
Mentorship Focus: Atopic Dermatitis
Alexis Weymann Perlmutter, MD
Geisinger Medical Center
Mentor: Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Mentorship Focus: Photomedicine Director for Disorders of Pigmentation, Hair Disorders

2014 Recipients:

Sarah Asch, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Kristin Hook, MD
Mentorship Focus: Epidermolysis Bullosa
Lucia Seminario-Vidal, MD, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mentor: Larry Eichenfield, MD
Mentorship Focus: Neonatal Dermatology

2013 Recipients:

Amanda Moon, MD
University of Rochester
Mentor: Albert Yan, MD
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Dermatology in the ER
Matthew Sewell, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Mentor: Yvonne Chiu, MD
Mentorship Focus: Linear Morphea

2012 Recipients:

Markus Boos, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Mentor: Robert Sidbury, MD
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Teledermatology
Elena Hawryluk, MD, PhD
Harvard University
Mentor: Seth Orlow, MD, PhD
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Pigmented Lesions

2011 Recipients:

Adam Rubin, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Mentor: Lori Prok, MD
Mentorship Focus: Pediatric Dermatopathology
Anna Kirkorian, MD
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Mentor: Kimberly Morel, MD
Mentorship Focus: Epidermolysis Bullosa

2009 Recipient:

Justine Park, MD
University of Southern California
Mentor: Bari Cunningham, MD
Mentorship Focus: Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment for Pediatric Patients