Association of Military Dermatologists

Charles W. Lewis
Distinguished Lectureship

The money donated in honor of Dr Charles Lewis will be used solely for the purpose of bringing in Distinguished Lecturers to our Dermatology Residency Training Programs

We are a non-profit organization under section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
- Training Programs -

San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC)
    Location:  Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center and San Antonio Military Medical Center (Brooke Army Medical Center)
                     San Antonio, TX
    Program Director: Col Todd Kobayashi, MD, USAF
    Assistant Program Director: LTC Scott Dalton, MD, USA

The SAUSHEC Dermatology Residency Program continues to be a combined Army/Air Force program with a total of 21 residents of which 12 are Army and 9 are Air Force. We currently have 12 staff, 6 Army and 6 Air Force who supervise residents and practice dermatology at both Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston and the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Lackland AFB.   In addition to the outstanding clinical care they deliver to our dermatology patients, our current residents continue to excel in multiple areas to include performance on national in-training examinations, participation in national and regional meetings, publications in nationally recognized dermatology journals and participation in numerous investigator initiated research trials.  Current research areas include identification of optimal treatment of postoperative wounds, laser remodeling of burn and other scars, laser treatment of onychomycosis, prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in psoriatics and postoperative wound infection rates.   Our residents again participated this year in Air Force sponsored humanitarian missions to include support missions to Haiti, Surinam, the Dominican Republic and Peru.  We continue to accept high quality applicants for positions in the residency program but could always benefit from a greater number of applicants who are motivated to train to become outstanding dermatologists.  We ask for your continued recruiting efforts among your colleagues and promising medical students.    We additionally continue to look for experienced staff members who are interested in returning to an academic training environment and helping to mold the next generation of military dermatologists. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the program director, associate program director or program coordinator listed below.

Current staff:

Col Todd Kobayashi, Air Force Dermatopathologist
LtCol Patrick Ellison, Air Force Mohs Surgeon
LTC Tim Straight, Army Dermatologist
LTC Scott Dalton, Army Dermatopathologist
LtCol Chad Hivnor, Air Force Dermatologist
LtCol Steven Peine, Air Force Dermatologist
LtCol Jason Arnold, Air Force Dermatologist
MAJ Laurel Stearns, Army Dermatopathologist
MAJ Layne Fielder, Army Dermatologist

MAJ Abigail (Abby) Lee, Army Dermatopathologist
Maj Simon Ritchie, Air Force Dermatologist

MAJ Yang Xia, Army Mohs Surgeon

Ms. Kathy Boostrom, Program Coordinator,

National Capital Consortium (NCC) Dermatology Residency
    Location:  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD)
    Program Director: Jon Meyerle, LTC, USA

The National Capital Consortium (NCC) Dermatology Residency is one of the military's three dermatology training programs and is located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. The training program consists of both Army and Navy residents of which there are 5-6 residents selected every year. Trainees must be commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces. The program also has an affiliated dermatopathology fellowship through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Some residents enter training right from their internship (PGY-1) while others come following a 2-3 year general medical officer tour which typically includes an overseas deployment. Some of our residents served previously as flight surgeons, undersea medical officers, surface warfare medical officers or Fleet Marine Force medical officers.

Our residents take care of active duty military personnel, their dependents, retirees as well as foreign military personnel and their dependents assigned to the National Capital Region. Affiliated institutions include the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Armed Forces Joint Pathology Center, Johns Hopkins University, the Washington Hospital Center and Children's National Medical Center. All residents participate in monthly conferences and patient viewings held by the DC Dermatologic Society to include the annual Military DC Derm Day.

The program has all subspecialties represented to include dermatopathology, Mohs surgery and procedural dermatology, pediatric dermatology and immunodermatology. Specialty clinics offered include melanoma and pigmented lesions, hair diseases, contact dermatitis, Mohs surgery, laser and cosmetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology, immunodeficiency clinic and a Wounded Warrior scar revision clinic. In addition, we have a worldwide teledermatology service utilized by medical personnel of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as an inpatient consultative service. Residents have even participated in one-month humanitarian missions with a focus on dermatology on the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, the USNS Comfort, as well as overseas field missions as part of the Military Tropical Medicine Course conducted through USUHS.

The residency is most fortunate to have close ties with the Dermatology Division at the NIH which includes weekly grand rounds held at either WRNMMC or NIH. These rounds are led by our chief resident and bring together experts in the field of dermatology for complicated or unique dermatology patients.

The NCC Dermatology Residency Training Program offers its residents a robust academic curriculum as well as a broad clinical experience in order to prepare its graduates to serve as military dermatologists in any location worldwide. We pride ourselves on our residents' medical knowledge, patient care, professionalism and service to our Nation.

Naval Medical Center San Diego Residency Training Program
   Location:  Balboa Naval Medical Center (San Diego, CA)
    Program Director:  Neil Gibbs, M.D., CAPT (Ret), USN

The dermatology program at NMCSD has an accreditation for 15 residents (5/year), and currently has 13 in training. The Program Director is Dr Neil Gibbs, and the Chairman is CDR Pete Shumaker. Our faculty of 11 includes general dermatologists, and subspecialists with training in dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, laser, and procedural dermatology/Mohs. For inquiries, contact Gerry Saulnier at

Dermatopathology Fellowship, Walter Reed Bethesda
    Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD)
    Program Director: Michael C. Royer, M.D., LTC, USA
    Associate Program Directors:  Abel Jarell, M.D., LTC, USA and Leonard Sperling, M.D. Col (Ret), USA
    Program coordinator:

Department of Dermatology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
    Location:  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
    Professor and Chair:  Leonard Sperling, M.D. Col (Ret), USA