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.

>> 2020 SPD Mentorship Award Guidelines

>> 2020 SPD Mentorship Award Application

Extended Application Deadline: May 29, 2020

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

Medical Student Mentorship Award

The SPD also offers a 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. Extended application deadline is May 29, 2020.

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