Top experts named to National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board

Six of the nation's top psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis experts have been named to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Medical Board to provide guidance and leadership to the organization on medical issues related to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Dr. Jerry Bagel is medical director of the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey in East Windsor, N.J. He is also a dermatology instructor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and senior attending physician at the University Medical Center at Princeton University in New Jersey. Dr. Bagel received his bachelor of arts degree in biology from Boston University and a master of science in biochemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Dr. Bagel earned his doctorate of medicine at New York’s Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Crowley is a clinical assistant professor in the department of medicine at UCLA and a dermatologist at the Bakersfield Dermatology & Skin Cancer Medical Group in Bakersfield, Calif. Dr. Crowley earned both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in biological science from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kristina Callis Duffin is assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. She received a bachelor of science degree in biomedical science from Montana State University in Bozeman and her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Dr. Linda Stein Gold is director of clinical research in the department of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Mich. She graduated magna cum laude with an economics degree from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh is professor of medicine in the department of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Kavanaugh received his bachelor of science in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Stefan C. Weiss is medical director of the Weiss Skin Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., and a volunteer faculty member at the University of Miami School of Medicine Jackson Memorial Hospital. He graduated cum laude with distinction in philosophy from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and received both his master's degree in health science and his doctorate of medicine from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C.

"These highly respected medical professionals are thought leaders in dermatology and rheumatology who have dedicated themselves to serving people with psoriatic disease," said Randy Beranek, National Psoriasis Foundation president and CEO. "The appointment of these individuals to the medical board is a reflection of their many years of support of the mission of the Psoriasis Foundation and for providing high quality care to their patients."

The NPF Medical Board facilitates access to quality care by advocating for better clinical research tools, promoting medical education, identifying and promoting medical professionals who most effectively treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and assisting in the development of information relating to disease pathophysiology and disease management.

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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