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The Future of Dermatology Podcast

Join Dr. Faranak Kamangar, MD, every week as she chats with various guests about the future of Dermatology. Each week, Dr. Fara and her guests cover topics from psoriasis, to eczema, to skin care, to AI, and more. Whether you're a doctor or a patient, these episodes provide valuable information about your skin and how to navigate the world of Dermatology.

Episode 0

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Meet Dr. Fara

Dr. Faranak Kamangar, MD, introduces us to The Future of Dermatology in episode 0, where she gives us a brief overview of her first eight episodes, all recorded in beautiful Napa, California at the Centennial Celebration, Eczema Symposium. 

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Episode 1

What is the Best Practice Setting?

Dr. Carlson, MD, PhD, did the thing we're all afraid to do, and started a successful private practice- Dr. Kamangar and Dr. Carlson discuss different dermatology practice models.

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Episode 2

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The Science of Itch

Dr. Fara chats with Dr. Tim Berger, MD, about new findings in the science of itch. Did you know that skin nerves have memory? Listen to find out why you just can't scratch that itch.

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Episode 3

How Did Your Prescription Pad Become a Suggestion Pad?

In part I of 2, Dr. Fara chats with Stacy Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Dermavant Sciences about empowering patients and caregivers to ask the questions and advocate for yourself when it comes to your prescriptions.

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Episode 4

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What Does a Leader Look Like and What is Executive Presence?

In part 2 with Stacy Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Dermavant Sciences, Dr. Fara and Stacy chat about the role of women in dermatology and the future they're building for the next generation of dermatologists.

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Episode 5

Live Stream Replay: Future of Dermatology in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

This livestream was recorded on August 25, 2023, at the SF Derm Society Eczema Symposium and 100 year Celebration with moderator Dr. Ekama Carlson, MD, PhD, and panalists Dr. John YM Koo, MD, Dr. April Armstrong, MD MPH, and Dr. Faranak Kamangar, MD. Panelists discuss the past, present, and future of dermatology along with Dr. Fara's new innovation DermGPT and the inclusion of AI.

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Episode 6

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Taking Chances

Dr. Fara chats with Dr. Bryan Cho, MD, PhD, about the future of dermatology, wearables, and entrepreneurship.

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Episode 7

Precision Medicine & Psoriasis Trends

Dr. Fara chats with her mentor, Dr. April Armstrong, MD, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Psoriasis Foundation about her research on psoriasis therapies.

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Episode 8

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Working Together with AI and Medicine

Dr. Fara chats with Dr. Roxana Daneshjou, MD, PhD., Professor of Dermatology, Stanford and Dr. Tofunmi Omiye, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford, about AI in healthcare. Check out Dr. Omiye's viral paper about biased behavior in healthcare on Med Archive.

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Episode 9

Loving Our Skin

Dr. Fara chats with Dr. Lindy Fox, MD, and Dr. Nina Botto, MD, about the balance between medicine and skin care products and the importance of including dermatologists in the research and creation of those skin care products.

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Episode 10

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Extended Connections

Dr. Fara chats with Vishi Hawkes, MBA, of Regeneron. This is a necessary conversation around barriers, stakeholders, and connections between patients, doctors, and everyone else who is involved in our personal healthcare.

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Episode 11

The Benefits of a Research Gap Year, Conversations with UCSF Med Students

Dr. Fara chats with SF Derm Med Students, Payton Smith, Chandler Johnson, and Kathryn Haran about their research gap year at University California San Fransicso with Dr. Tina Bhutani and Dr. Wilson Liao. They explore the day in the life of a research med student, the differences between being a third year student and a research year student, the dermatology student journey, considering the application process, fun things to do in San Francisco, goals and advice for med school research year, being involved in local dermatology societies, and the future of dermatology with future dermatologists.

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Episode 12

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Adventures in Residency, Conversations with Dermatology Residents and prior SF Derm Med Students

Dr. Fara chats with Alyssa Ashbaugh Ortega, MD, Carmel Aghdasi, MD, Vidhatha Reddy, MD, Dermatology Residents and prior SF Derm Medical Students. They discuss what an average day of a Resident might look like, the differences and the journey between a Residency versus when they were in med school, exposure to life and the business side as a dermatologist, studying for boards, plans after Residency, and of course, the future of dermatology. As Dr. Fara mentions in the beginning of this episode, these Residents ARE the future of dermatology.

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Episode 13

Bearing the Burden of Prurigo Nodularis

In this exclusive lecture from an SFDerm virtual conference recorded on November 18, 2023, we hear from Dr. Sarina B. Elmariah, MD, PhD, MPH, about bearing the burden of prurigo nodularis. Prurigo Nodularis is an under diagnosed condition of the skin that can produce unbearable itch, diminished quality of life, and psychological distress. In this lecture, Dr. Sarina discusses the itch-scratch cycle and disruption of this disease along with new therapies and emerging treatments with the goal to control itch, heal skin lesions, and improve sleep quality caused by prurigo nodularis. This lecture is sponsored by an educational grant from Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and an educational grant from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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Episode 14

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2023 Trending Dermatology Topics in the Pop News Cycle

In this year in review podcast, Dr. Kamangar and Chandler Johnson discuss the various pop culture articles that quoted Dr. Kamangar in 2023! They cover topics such as the yellow pillow offender, hydrating cleansers, choosing the right treatment for keratosis pilaris, identifying different skin rashes, DIY methods for removing skin tags - or what DIY methods NOT to use - , advancements in technology like 3D hair follicle printing, AI in dermatology, promoting skin health, melanoma in skin of color, autoimmune conditions, embarrassing questions, and the SF Derm centennial celebration from 2023 and the upcoming conference in 2024.

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Episode 15

Ask Me Anything- Part 1

In this episode, Chandler Johnson, SFDS Med Student, asks Dr. Kamangar all the questions we want to ask our dermatologists, but might not have the chance to ask them during a visit. They chat about the best lotions to use in the winter to combat dry skin, how to test sunscreens to determine which one works best for you, hair and nail care, scarring vs. nonscarring hair loss, dandruff, the Russian Manicure trend, and dermatology and social media. This is the first of many Ask Me Anything episodes, so more to come! And check out the accompanying shorts on YouTube! Each topic is broken down into 60-seconds of valuable information.

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Episode 16

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Love and Hate in the Field of Dermatology

Dr. Kamangar chats with Doctors Kathy Fields, Greg Morganroth, David Murad, and Jason Hawkes, who all provide valuable insight into being a dermatologist and what they love and hate about their field of dermatology. They discuss the changes in technology and dermatology, their dedication to their patients, pursuing their dreams despite what others say, investing in your career and life, scientific advancements in medicine, the SF Derm community and knowledge share between all generations of dermatologists, and the importance of residency mentorship.

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Episode 17

The Journey and the Drive

Dr. Kamangar chats with Doctors Kathy Fields, Greg Morganroth, David Murad, and Jason Hawkes, who all provide valuable insight into being a dermatologist and their journey and drive in this field. Recorded in 2022, these passionate doctors gathered to share their unique thoughts and insight with dermatology residency students. Dr. Kathy Fields tells us about developing Proactive (https://www.proactiv.com/) and her own private practice. Dr. Greg Morganroth's journey led him to California, private practice, and building a network of doctors. Dr. David Murad advises students to create a balance between medicine and family and his journey with Kaiser through to retirement. Dr. Jason Hawkes implores students to consider their values as they pursue their own dermatology journeys while continuing their education.

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Episode 18

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Financial Considerations and Negotiating Salaries

Dr. Kamangar chats with Doctors Kathy Fields, Greg Morganroth, David Murad, and Jason Hawkes, who all provide valuable insight into being a dermatologist and what financial considerations they've had to make and how they've negotiated their salaries. Dr. Kathy Fields talks about building your private practice and earning your credibility. Dr. Greg Morganroth shares about the differences of salaries based on location and where you might want to spend your career. Dr. David Murad talks about unrealistic salary goals especially right out of med school and knowing your end goal for retirement. Dr. Jason Hawkes talks about lack of education when it comes to the business side of dermatology, and how residents and med students don't have proper guidance when it comes to negotiating an appropriate salary. This is an episode you don't want to miss as you start trying to negotiate your own salary.

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Episode 19

Prioritizing and Balancing a Fulfilling Life

Dr. Kamangar chats with Doctors Kathy Fields, Greg Morganroth, David Murad, and Jason Hawkes, who all provide valuable insight into being a dermatologist and prioritizing and balancing a fulfilling life. Dr. Jason Hawkes asks us to consider sustainability in how one approaches their schedule and what might reasonable bandwidth look like. Dr. Morganroth asks the question - what type of lifestyle do you want and use that to determine how you can create balance in your life. Dr. Fields urges people to nurture your family and keep them in mind when balancing a fulfilling life.

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Episode 20

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Kids Club and Dermatology Do Mix

In this episode, Dr. Kamangar and Dr. Maria Buethe discuss the importance of providing childcare at educational conferences for young physicians. They reflect on their experience organizing a kids club at SF Derm 100 year Symposium in 2023, and the positive impact it had on attendees. They highlight the need for inclusive and high-quality childcare options to support physicians in attending conferences and advancing their careers. They also discuss the cost and sustainability of implementing such initiatives and the potential for sponsorship. The episode concludes with a discussion on the future of dermatology and the excitement around targeted therapies.

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Episode 21

Noninvasive Skin Imaging

Dr. Kamangar and Dr. Sarah Arron disucss non-invasive skin imaging which allows dermatologists to see beneath the surface of the skin without the need for biopsies. They also chat about the VIO system, the first of its kind technology.

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Episode 22

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Ask Me Anything-Part 2

In our second Ask Me Anything, host Payton Smith asks Dr. Faranak Kamangar questions around patch testing for contact allergies, the difference between patch testing done by dermatologists and allergists, the use of oral minoxidil for hair loss, treatment options for chronic itch, the difference between emollients and lotions, the effectiveness of argireline and tretinoin for wrinkle reduction, the frequency and safety of micro-needling, and the treatment of scars.

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Episode 23

Embracing Social Media in Dermatology

This podcast kicks off our anti-aging segment starting with Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD, FAAD, from More Than a Pretty Face Podcast, as she discusses her background, journey, and current practice in dermatology. Dr. Shirazi emphasizes the importance of social media and online education in connecting with patients and providing valuable information. She also shares her experience transitioning from a large corporate practice to opening her own private practice. She highlights the benefits of having a personalized, boutique practice and the challenges she has faced. Additionally, Dr. Shirazi talks about the creation of her skincare line and the comprehensive approach she takes in formulating her products.

 

Learn more at: https://azimdskincare.com/ Listen to Dr. Azi's podcast, More Than a Pretty Face, at https://morethanaprettyface.libsyn.com/

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Episode 24

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It's Longevity Not Anti-Aging

In this episode of the Future of Dermatology Podcast, Dr. Faranak Kamangar discusses the shift from anti-aging to longevity in the field of dermatology. She explores the changing beauty standards and the desire to look more youthful and functionally enhanced. Dr. Kamangar also delves into the causes of aging, such as the fibroblast collapse theory, and the importance of behavioral changes and topical treatments for anti-aging. She highlights the role of retinoids in collagen production and introduces emerging therapies for anti-aging, including mTOR inhibitors and senolytics. The episode concludes with a discussion on the controversies surrounding the diagnosis of aging.

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Episode 25

Alcohol and its Affects on the Skin

In this episode, Dr. Farah Kamangar discusses the effects of alcohol on the skin. She highlights the importance of considering alcohol consumption as a potential factor in dermatological conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Dr. Kamangar also explains the guidelines for alcohol consumption and emphasizes the need to follow them to maintain skin health. Additionally, she explores the impact of alcohol on the immune system and its contribution to skin aging.

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Episode 26

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Skin, Mind, Body Connection

Dr. Keira Barr, MD, shares her non-traditional journey in dermatology and her focus on the mind-body connection in skin health. She discusses the harmful phrase "anti-aging" and the need to shift the conversation to a more positive and empowering approach. Dr. Barr also highlights the challenges and complexities of cosmetic dermatology consultations and the importance of addressing the psychological aspects of these procedures. She emphasizes the connection between mental health and skin health, particularly in relation to stress and trauma. Dr. Barr advocates for a more holistic and personalized approach to dermatology, incorporating mind-body techniques and personalized medicine. In this conversation, Dr. Keira Barr discusses the importance of skin health and provides insights into common skin conditions, prevention and treatment methods, and the role of skin care products. She also emphasizes the importance of skin cancer awareness and highlights the connection between skin health and overall well-being.

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Episode 27

Psoriasis & Research

In this episode, Dr. Wilson Liao discusses the genetics and environmental triggers of psoriasis. He highlights the significant progress made in identifying psoriasis genes and how they relate to the different types and severity of psoriasis. Dr. Liao also explores the connection between psoriasis genes and therapeutic response, as well as the potential for precision medicine in psoriasis treatment. The conversation delves into the evolutionary persistence of psoriasis and its survival advantage in fighting off viruses. The role of environmental triggers, such as obesity, diet, and smoking, is also examined. Additionally, Dr. Liao and Chandler Johnson discuss their current research studies, including the Skin Tracker Project and capillary blood testing. In this conversation, Dr. Wilson Liao and Chandler Johnson discuss various research projects and clinical trials in dermatology. They explore the use of RNA and proteins in research, the importance of studying multiple aspects of autoimmune disease, and ongoing psoriasis survey studies. They also delve into the impact of menopause on psoriasis and the relationship between sleep and psoriasis.

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Episode 28

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Development of Tapinarof and Treatment of Psoriasis

In this episode of the Future of Dermatology podcast, Dr. Farah Kamangar and Dr. Tina Bhutani discuss the mechanism of action of aryl hydrocarbon receptors (AHR) and its potential in dermatology. They explore the history of AHR and its connection to coal tar, as well as its role in inflammation, antioxidant activity, and metabolism. They also touch on the importance of considering the impact of circadian rhythms and sleep on skin health. The conversation highlights the potential of AHR-targeted therapies in achieving longer remissions and the need to view psoriasis patients as a whole, addressing comorbidities and environmental factors. The episode concludes with a discussion on the future of dermatology, including the possibility of directly targeting resident memory T cells and the further exploration of AHR mechanisms.

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Episode 29

Dr. Bhutani on the Efficacy and Safety of Tapinarof

In this episode, Dr. Farah Kamangar and Dr. Tina Bhutani discuss the efficacy and safety of Tapinarof, a non-steroidal topical therapy for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. They highlight the impressive results of clinical trials, with 35-40% of psoriasis patients achieving clear or almost clear skin after 12 weeks of treatment. They also discuss the potential benefits of Tupinarof for atopic dermatitis patients. The side effects of folliculitis and headaches are mentioned, but overall, patients tolerate the medication well. The episode concludes with a discussion on the future of Tapinarof, including potential pediatric indications.

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Episode 30

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Challenges and Strategies in Access to Medication

In this episode, Dr. Farah Kamangar and Dr. Tina Bhutani discuss the challenges of accessing newer dermatology medications and the importance of proper documentation for prior authorization. They also touch on the use of patient coupons and the requirements set by insurance companies. The conversation highlights the need for clear and thorough notes, including previous treatments and failed therapies. The hosts emphasize the importance of advocating for patients and using all available resources to navigate the access process. They also discuss the potential role of AI in streamlining the prior authorization process.

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Episode 31

The Journey of Mentorship and Leadership with Dr. Tina Bhutani

Dr. Tina Bhutani shares her journey to becoming a dermatologist and the challenges she faced along the way. She emphasizes the importance of being proactive in interviews and marketing oneself effectively. Dr. Bhutani also discusses the rewards and challenges of working in an academic setting, including the bureaucracy and administrative burdens. She highlights the significance of clinical trials and her interest in studying lifestyle modifications and their impact on skin disease. However, she acknowledges the difficulty of getting funding for these types of studies. In this conversation, she discusses her busy life as a dermatologist and the importance of patient-centered research and accessible clinical trials. Dr. Bhutani and Dr. Fara also talk about Dr. Bhutani's book that she co-authored on the use of biologics in psoriasis treatment. The conversation covers various chapters of the book, including laboratory monitoring, TNF-alpha inhibitors, IL-17 class of biologics, combination therapies, biologic agents for pediatric psoriasis, special site psoriasis, comparing biologic agents, long-term registry data, biologic agents in special populations, and adherence to biologic therapy. Dr. Fara and Dr. Bhutani emphasize the importance of individualizing treatment and having open conversations with patients about their preferences and needs.

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Episode 32

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Personalized Medicine in the Age of Telemedicine

Dr. Farah Kamangar interviews Dr. Whitney Tolpinrud, the Medical Director at Curology, a personalized skincare service. They discuss the journey that led Dr. Tolpinrud to her current position and the inefficiencies of traditional clinical practice. They also explore the founding of Curology and its mission to provide accessible and personalized dermatological care through telemedicine. Dr. Tolpinrud shares her experience as the Medical Director and the various aspects of her role, including product development, marketing, and clinical research. They discuss the future of dermatology, emphasizing the importance of personalized medicine and the integration of technology, such as AI, into medical practice.

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Episode 33

Discussing Biologics and Dedicated Coordinators with Janelle Ball

Janelle Ball, the CEO and founder of BC Educators, discusses the importance of having a dedicated biologic coordinator in dermatology offices to streamline the prior authorization process for specialty medications. She emphasizes the need for proper documentation and education to ensure patients have access to the medications they need. BC Educators offers virtual coordinators and training to support offices in this role. Janelle also highlights the challenges of navigating insurance requirements and the importance of collaboration and networking among coordinators. She sees the future of dermatology involving more biologics and specialty medications, making the role of the biologic coordinator even more crucial.

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Episode 34

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Dr. Raja Sivamani, MD, MS (Bioengineering), AP, discusses his transition from academia to private practice and the importance of integrative medicine in dermatology. He shares his experience in running a clinical trials unit and the benefits of seeing Medi-Cal patients. Dr. Raja Sivamani also talks about Learn Skin, an online platform for dermatology education, and the future of dermatology, including the role of AI and the need for an open mind.

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