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Dermatopathology Master Series (Original MDlive series)

The Dermatopathology Master Series covers a core curriculum of topics in Dermatopathology. The series consists of archived online audio slide presentations avai

The Dermatopathology Master Series covers a core curriculum of topics in Dermatopathology. The series consists of archived online audio slide presentations available on the web 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Curriculum Director Dr. Philip LeBoit from the University of California, San Francisco and Assistant Curriculum Director Dr. Shawn Cowper from Yale University have put together a line up of speakers who are practicing dermatopathologists with acknowledged expertise in the lecture topics.


Your Instructor


Phillip LeBoit MD & Shawn Cowper MD
Phillip LeBoit MD & Shawn Cowper MD


After training in Anatomic Pathology at the University of California, San Francisco and in Dermatopathology at both New York University (under the late Bernard Ackerman, M.D.) and at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (with N. Scott McNutt, M.D.), I founded the UCSF Dermatopathology and Oral Pathology Service in 1987, with the goal of bringing academic expertise to a larger patient base than that of traditional university-based dermatopathology sections.

I served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Dermatopathology from 1997-2006, served as an associate editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and am currently an editor of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. My service to the International Society of Dermatopathology includes membership on the executive committee and terms as Secretary-Treasurer and as President of the Society (2004-7). I have received the Ackerman Award from the International Society of Dermatopathology, and am the only person who has received both the Founders Award and the Pinkus Award from the American Society of Dermatopathology

Shawn E. Cowper, MD, specializes in using microscopy to diagnose skin diseases and conditions, as well as hair loss, or alopecia. His expertise on the latter runs beyond skin deep. Dr. Cowper is co-author of a textbook on the topic, called An Atlas of Hair Pathology with Clinical Corrections, and regularly fields alopecia-related questions from Yale Medicine dermatologists and physicians around the world.

Dr. Cowper’s interest in dermatopathology (a pathology subspecialty that focuses on skin biopsies only) developed after he spent time as a family doctor treating dermatologic conditions. Dermatopathologists have been trained to recognize structural changes that occur on a cellular level in skin diseases. Dr. Cowper says he chose the subspecialty because it joined two interests: a patient’s symptoms and the science-intensive nature of pathology. “In dermatopathology, it’s a team sport between the dermatologists and family physicians who provide the patient history and clinical impressions, and the dermatopathologists who correlate this with the microscope findings to reach a final diagnosis,” he says.


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