2017 Medical Professional Award Winners

Outstanding Educator in Psoriatic Disease

This award honors highly meritorious efforts by health professionals in the field of psoriatic disease education. The educator has been chosen for their significant, long-term national or international contributions to psoriatic disease education.

Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, MS

Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah. Dr. Callis Duffin is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and is board-certified in internal medicine and dermatology. Her clinical focus is the care of patients with psoriasis. She has participated in over 40 clinical trials for new psoriasis therapies. She has served 6 years on the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Dr. Callis Duffin has reviewed material for several leading journals including JAAD and JAMA Dermatology, and has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles, reviews or book chapters on psoriasis.

Since 2002, she has been teaching investigators on clinical trial measures such as PASI and partnered with Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) to develop standardized online training modules for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis measures. She is currently the Vice President of GRAPPA, and also serves on the Board of IDEOM, the International Dermatology Outcomes Measures initiative aimed at standardizing outcome measures used in clinical trials. She is co-leading IDEOM’s work to develop a core measurement set for psoriasis clinical trials.



Outstanding Physician-Clinician

The Outstanding Physician-Clinician award recognizes a physician for outstanding achievements in improving psoriatic disease clinical practice and who has played a major or lasting role with national impact in improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The winner of this award is actively involved in the clinical care of patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and has an outstanding track record of sharing their expertise with other health care professionals as documented by presentations and/or authorship of books, articles and reference materials.

Erin Boh, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Boh has been involved in academic dermatology at Tulane Medical School for 28 years and has been chair of the Tulane medical department since 2006. Dr. Boh has worked to create excellent resident programs and has expanded the research clinical unit at Tulane. She has been the principal investigator on over 100 clinical studies over the last 10 years, many of which involve psoriasis. She has authored and co-authored several chapters in dermatology textbooks on psoriasis and psoriasis treatments. The majority of Dr. Boh’s clinical practice is focused on psoriasis and she has been a pioneer in the use of biologics.

Dr. Boh has been an advocate of the NPF and has been a speaker for both patient and physician conferences. Dr. Boh has served on the NPF Medical Board, been a member of the NPF President’s Council and has participated in the NPF Resident’s meeting.

Dr. Boh has been President of the Louisiana Dermatology Society and served on the Executive Committee for 12 years. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee for the Zola Cooper Society, a yearly clinicopathologic conference. Additionally, she is a member of the Executive Committee for the Tulane School of Medicine, Chair of the Billing and Finance Committee, and a Senator for the Tulane University Senate.  She is also on the Board of Directors for AAD. Dr. Boh has received “Best Doctors in Louisiana” for over 10 years, “Best Doctors in New Orleans” for 17 years and has received recognition as “Top Dermatologists in the US”.



NPF Health Professional of the Year Award

The NPF Health Professional of the Year award recognizes a health care professional who has promoted NPF’s mission of improving the life for people with psoriatic disease through exceptional contributions to key initiatives of the Foundation. The winner has been actively involved in the NPF at the affiliate, local or national level within the last five years, and has a history of contributions to NPF goals and objectives. 

Erik Gilbertson, M.D., FAAD

As a dermatologist, Erik Gilbertson, MD, is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other skin disorders. Dr. Gilbertson is currently the Division Head and Clinical Dermatologist at Scripps Clinical Medical Group.

Dr. Gilbertson is involved in clinical research studies for new psoriasis treatments and is a featured speaker at National Psoriasis Foundation meetings. He is also involved in the education of new dermatologists as a volunteer assistant clinical professor in the department of medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Dr. Gilbertson was nominated as one of San Diego’s Top Doctors by the San Diego County Medical Society for the past four years. He has also been the director of the Regional Hansen’s Disease Center in San Diego, CA since 2010.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, past president of the San Diego Dermatological Society and current head of the division of dermatology at Scripps Clinic. Dr. Gilbertson is a San Diego native and fluent in both Spanish and Norwegian.



Outstanding Allied Health

The Outstanding Allied Health award recognizes an allied health professional for outstanding achievements in improving psoriatic disease clinical practice and who has played a major or lasting role with national impact in improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The winner is actively involved in the clinical care of patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and is well-known nationally or internationally for exceptional clinical knowledge and expertise. 

Elizabeth Reilly, BSN, RN

Elizabeth Reilly, BSN, RN has worked in the University of Pennsylvania Health System since 1984.  Her nursing experience includes work in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, and Hospice and Home Care.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Dermatology Nurse Association.

She has worked in the Phototherapy/Psoriasis Unit of the Department of Dermatology at Penn for 25 years, initially under the tutelage of Dr. Cynthia Guzzo and Dr. Kays Kaidbey, and more recently Dr. Abby Van Voorhees and Dr. Joel Gelfand.  As senior staff nurse, Elizabeth has cared for thousands of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. Her approach includes patient education with compassion for the many emotional and physical effects of psoriasis on each individual patient.


2017 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

The Outstanding Scientific Achievement award recognizes outstanding scientific achievement in psoriatic disease research, taking into consideration independence of thought, originality, significance of discovery, and impact on his/her area of research.

Dr. Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE

Dr. Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE is Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and is also Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Medical Director of the Dermatology Clinical Studies Unit, Director of the Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center, and Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Dr. Gelfand has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including some of the seminal papers on the connection between psoriasis and comorbid disease. He conducts a robust research program at Penn and has received multiple NIH grants focused on psoriasis, including his current R01 grant exploring the effect of psoriasis treatment on cardiometabolic disease. NPF has supported Dr. Gelfand as a project mentor on eight consecutive research fellowships.


2017 Outstanding New Investigator Award

The Outstanding New Investigator award recognizes the same in a new or early career investigator.

Dr. Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD, MSCE

Dr. Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD, MSCE trained under Dr. Gelfand as an NPF research fellow in 2011 and 2012. Since then she has advanced rapidly as a clinician and psoriatic disease researcher and today she is being honored as the recipient of the 2017 NPF Outstanding New Investigator award.

Prior to her time as an NPF fellow, Dr. Takeshita obtained a medical degree and doctorate in molecular cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed her residency in dermatology at the University of Washington. Following her time as an NPF fellow, she went on to receive a K23 award from NIH focused on exploring racial disparities in the treatment of psoriasis and was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She has published more than 25 peer-reviewed papers including a recent paper on psoriasis in the Medicare population that’s often cited by NPF in support of its advocacy efforts.