Our Mission

The Division of Dermatology's residency program seeks to produce exceptional clinical dermatologists who practice medical dermatology and/or cutaneous oncology following their residency. The program seeks to accomplish this by having a robust clinical and didactic curriculum that is rooted in the ACGME core competencies.

 A special emphasis is placed on producing dermatologists who will work with patient populations that are underserved for geographic or socioeconomic reasons or those who will make important contributions to the future of dermatology by choosing careers as academic clinician educators. 

Our residency program is designed to provide outstanding clinical and didactic experiences. The program is sufficiently structured to ensure that no topics are neglected, but allows enough flexibility for the interested resident to pursue their preferred area of expertise.

Didactic Education

Didactic sessions are held weekly on Wednesday afternoons. They consist of the following:
  • A weekly core lecture given by one of the residents based on the reading assignments for that week in the textbook chosen by the residents
  • Weekly faculty lectures and Kodachrome sessions to supplement the core lectures
  • Weekly dermatopathology sessions with Drs. Kowal, Peters, Kerns and Conroy that correlate with the topics covered in the core lecture series
Other didactic sessions include:
  • A bi-monthly evidence-based medicine journal club with Dr. Zirwas
  • Monthly grand rounds with presentation of unique and rare cases along with discussion and review of relevant pathological, therapeutic and diagnostic aspects of the presented cases. Cases are referred by community dermatologists as well as from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Division of Dermatology. Grand rounds is presented in the evening and attendees include community dermatologists and medical students
  • Annual attendance at the Indiana Basic Science Course
  • Residents are expected to attend the national AAD meeting each year during their three years of residency
  • Annual attendance at The Ohio State Medical Dermatology Course for Residents

Program Goals

Below are our outlined goals for the program:
  • Train outstanding dermatologists by focusing on resident education
  • Provide exceptional patient care for all patients with dermatologic disease

Clinical Experience

General dermatology: Various experiences in general dermatology exist for the residents at outpatient clinics overseen by full time and auxiliary faculty members, including:

  • Resident continuity clinics in which the residents are the primary decision makers and have the opportunity to longitudinally follow patients over three years. These are instructed by Dr. Jessica Kaffenberger, Dr. Plotner and Dr. Massick. Residents have continuity clinic one or two times per week over the three years of their residency. In addition to general dermatology continuity clinics, there are also surgery continuity clinics twice a month.
  • VA clinics provide outstanding opportunities for residents to gain experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer and the broad spectrum of general adult dermatology. These are directed by Dr. DeMaria and Dr. McKelvey. The surgical clinic is overseen by Dr. Lambert.
  • Correctional facility clinic in which residents provide care for incarcerated individuals from the State of Ohio, providing an opportunity for residents to see patients with unusually advanced stages of disease. This clinic is directed by Dr. Fabbro.
  • Faculty clinics in which residents assist the faculty in the care of their patients.  These primarily include specialty clinics in severe psoriasis and CTCL with Dr. Jessica Kaffenberger, a specialty clinic in complex medical dermatology with Dr. Jessica Kaffenberger and a pigmented lesions clinic with Dr. Trotter.

Pediatric dermatology:
Residents spend extensive amounts of time at Nationwide Children's Hospital with board certified pediatric dermatologists, Dr. Patricia Witman and Dr. Joy Mosser. These clinics provide an excellent education opportunity to learn diagnosis and management of both common and rare pediatric dermatological diseases.

Surgical dermatology: Residents become proficient in the full spectrum of dermatologic surgery through regularly scheduled clinics staffed by Dr. Carr, a Mohs surgeon at the Gahanna Officenter Place Mohs unit and the Columbus VA clinic, Dr. Fabbro at the correctional facility, Dr. Mosser at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Dr. Carr at resident continuity surgical clinics.

Contact dermatitis: Dr. Benjamin Kaffenberger is the contact dermatitis clinician who operates a dedicated contact dermatitis practice that provides an exceptional opportunity for residents to develop expertise in contact dermatitis. 

Light therapy: A dedicated PUVA and NB-UVB center provides an opportunity for residents to gain experience using phototherapy.

Laser therapy: There is a monthly laser clinic directed by Dr. Massick during which residents perform pulsed dye laser (PDL) procedures for rosacea, warts and other PDL responsive dermatologic conditions.

Cosmetic dermatology: There is minimal exposure to cosmetic dermatology in our program, as we consider this a peripheral, non-essential part of dermatology.

Application Process

The recruitment and selection of dermatology residents will be done in accordance with both The Ohio State University and University Hospital policies of equal opportunity and non-discrimination with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability and veteran status. In addition, the Division of Dermatology will adhere to the eligibility criteria outlined in the Institutional and Common Program Requirements published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Program Requirements of the Dermatology Resident Review Committee (RRC).

Residents will be independently selected by the director of the Dermatology Residency Training program. Residents will be selected in a manner consistent with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Prospective candidates must fulfill the requirements for appointment to the faculty of The Ohio State University as clinical instructor house staff and to the medical staff of University Hospitals as a member of the limited medical staff. This includes the ability to obtain a training certificate or permanent medical license through the State Medical Board of Ohio.

How to apply

We place an extremely high importance on selecting applicants for residency who will excel during their time at Ohio State and who will get the greatest amount of benefit out of the opportunity to train through our program. Part of our approach of selecting applicants who will excel here is interviewing a small number of applicants, but putting a great deal of effort into understanding those applicants very well.

The dermatology division only accepts applications submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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Dermatology Residents

Dermatology Residents

Polina Rzepka, MD PGY 4

MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus

Sabrina Smith, MD PGY 4

MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus

Kevin Donnelly, MD PGY 3

Maeve Maher, MD, MPH PGY 3

MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus

Nima Milani-Nejad, MD, PhD PGY 3

MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus

Abraham Korman, MD PGY 2

Philip Milam, MD PGY 2

Stephanie Saed, MD PGY 2

Past Residents

Past Residents



Stephanie Fabbro, MD

Elizabeth Kiracofe, MD
MD Case Western Reserve University

Farhana Hasan, MD, MPH
MD Dow Medical College, University of Karachi
MPH Johns Hopkins University


Derek Chan, MD, PhD
MD/PhD Boston University

Grace Liao Lee, MD
MD Wright State University
DPT University of Southern California

Llana Pootrakul, MD, PhD
PhD University of Southern California, SD
MD University at Buffalo State Univ of New York


Katya Harfmann, MD
BS Ohio State
MD Ohio State

Ben Kaffenberger, MD
BS University of Akron
MD Ohio State



Shane Clark, MD

BA Miami University, Oxford, OH
MD Ohio State

Stephanie Jacks, MD
BA Vanderbilt
MD George Washington
School of Medicine, Wash DC


Seth Bendo, MD
BA Duke University
BS University of Akron
MD Ohio State

Sarah Hostetler, MD
BA Wheaton College
MD Ohio State

Andrea LaTorre, MD
BS Notre Dame


Matthew Molenda, M.D.
BS Ohio State University  

Georgann Poulos, M.D.
BS Duquesne Univ Sch of Pharmacy



Kamruz Darabi, MD, PhD

BS Univerisity of Giessen, Germany
MD Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule
PHD University of Ulm
Dermatopathology Fellowship
Ohio State University
Private Practice, Columbus, Ohio

Novie Sroa, MD
BS Ohio State
MD Ohio State
Moh's Fellowship, Buffalo, NY
Moh's Surgeon, VA Chalmers P. Wylie Outpatient Clinic, Columbus, Ohio


Patterson Custer, MD
BS Emory Univ
MD Ohio State
Private Practice: Sylva NC

Kathryn Boyse Gant, MD
BS Duke Univ
MD Ohio State
Academic Medicine: University of Maryland


Mohammad Diab, MD
BS Damascus Univ
MS Temple Univ
Private Practice: Cincinnati, OH
Part-time OSU Dermatology Faculty

Monique Kademian, MD

BS Ohio Weslyn Univ
MD Ohio State
Private Practice: Columbus, OH

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Kelly Gallina, MD
BS Kent State Univ
Private Practice:
Chillicothe, Ohio

Michael Chen, MD
BS UC Berkeley
MD Ohio State
Private Practice: Columbus, Ohio


Michael McKelvey, MD
BS Miami Univ
MD Ohio State
Private Practice
Columbus, OH

Samantha McNail, MD
BS Univ MO-Columbia
MD Univ MO-Columbia
Private Practice Farmington, MO


David Soleymani, MD
BS Indiana Univ
MD Indiana Univ
Academic Medicine

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