Four Outstanding Medical Professionals Recognized with National Psoriasis Foundation Awards
Portland, Ore. (February 16, 2018) — The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) recognizes four medical professionals for their outstanding work in helping psoriatic disease patients achieve better health outcomes, and for their efforts to advance progress towards finding a cure. Nominated by patients and colleagues, and selected by a committee of NPF medical board members, the 2017 NPF Medical Professional Awards recipients reflect the range of professionals dedicated to helping the psoriatic disease community.
Joining NPF in its mission to drive efforts toward finding a cure and improving the lives of those affected, NPF is pleased to recognize the following professionals.
Outstanding Educator in Psoriatic Disease: Kristina Callis Duffin, M.D.
Dr. Kristina Callis Duffin is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Utah and is board-certified in both Dermatology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Callis Duffin is recognized for her work with the next generation of dermatologists as a mentor on four NPF-funded fellowships, as immediate past chair of the NPF Residents Meeting, as well as through clinical trials, speaking engagements, extensive advocacy efforts, and her role on the NPF Medical Board.
Health Professional Volunteer of the Year: Erik Gilbertson, M.D.
A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Gilbertson is Chief of Dermatology at Scripps Clinic Rancho San Diego. Experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other skin disorders, Dr. Gilbertson helps support psoriatic disease patients by speaking at NPF educational events such as More than Skin Deep. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Gilbertson has also contributed to the development and translation of NPF patient literature in Spanish. Being an NPF volunteer in San Diego California for many years, Dr. Gilbertson not only participates in various Team NPF events, he has secured various event sponsorships and encourages other physicians to get involved with the Foundation as well.
Outstanding Allied Health Provider: Elizabeth Reilly, RN
Elizabeth Reilly has been dedicated to the management of psoriasis patients for over 30 years. A registered nurse at the University of Pennsylvania, Reilly handles the most challenging psoriasis cases at the university. An expert in treating all types of psoriasis patients, Reilly specializes in therapies such as phototherapy, excimer laser, PUVA, scalp debridement, and medical management with oral medications and biologics.
Outstanding Physician/Clinician: Erin Boh, M.D., Ph.D.
A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Boh is a Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. With a strong interest in photobiology and chronic diseases such as psoriasis in the pediatric and adult population, Dr. Boh participates in a number of clinical research projects involving psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and lymphoma. Serving in dermatology for 28 years, Dr. Boh has helped various patients and contributed to the advancement of curing psoriatic disease by starting a teaching program at Tulane, creating a successful clinical trials unit, authoring many chapters in dermatology textbooks, and being an outstanding advocate for psoriatic disease patients.
Winners are being recognized with their award at an NPF reception in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. To learn more about NPF visit www.psoriasis.org.
About the National Psoriasis Foundation
Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research, education, and funding, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million individuals in the United States affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $24 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org.