63rd Annual Meeting of the GSDDS
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island


Dipti Anand MD
Dr. Anand is a native of New Delhi, India. Dr. Anand received her medical degree at Ramaiah Medical College. She then successfully completed Internships at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Handa Medical Center and Diagnostic Laboratory in New Delhi. She then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2004 to attend an Observership Rotation in Pathology at Drexel University.

While her husband completed his residency in gastroenterology, Dr. Anand worked towards her goal of being an outstanding dermatopathologist. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center and a Pathology Residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband had two boys before she left Pennsylvania to attend a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Anand is board certified in Pathology as well as Dermatopathology. She enjoys teaching dermatopathology to dermatologists, residents, and physician assistants. She is active in the education of residents at the Medical College of Georgia and Emory University Medical School.

Dr. Anand is an active member of the Atlanta Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society, the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Matthew Belcher MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University in Augusta, GA
  • Medical Degree - Medical College of Georgia
  • Internship - Spartanburg Regional Medical Center - Transitional year
  • Residency - Medical College of Georgia - Dermatology
  • Fellowship - Cooper University - Micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology, 2018

Chris Bovinet, DO, FAAPMR
Dr. Christopher Bovinet is double board certified in pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation and is currently the co-medical director of The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia. He has been a doctor since 2008, and has practiced in Michigan, Virginia, and Brunswick, GA since July 2014. Dr. Bovinet received his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Bovinet then went on to complete an interventional pain management fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University at the oldest ACGME-accredited PM&R-based pain fellowship in the country. He had the distinct honor as serving as the chief fellow for the year.

Mark Cappel MD
Dr. Mark Cappel was born and raised in Monroe, Wisconsin. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He earned his Doctor of Medicine and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey. Following an Internship in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Dr. Cappel completed his Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He then completed a Dermatopathology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Cappel is board certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology and Board Certified in Dermatopathology by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology.

Dr. Cappel served as a Staff member in the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic from 2009-2018 and as an Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has a dedicated interest in teaching and education and was previously the Dermatology Residency Program Director at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Cappel enjoys life-long learning and has given numerous dermatology and dermatopathology meeting presentations both nationally and internationally. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed medical journal articles on a wide range of dermatologic topics which are cited on PubMed.

Now as a full-time dermatopathologist at Gulf Coast Dermatopathology Laboratory, Dr. Cappel continues to enjoy building on the foundational skills of clinical-pathologic correlation in providing a high-quality dermatopathology service for the dermatology providers and patients in the region.

Alex Gross MD
Dr. Gross received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology from Emory University and then attended medical school at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. Upon receiving his medical degree he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University. He then completed a dermatology residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Gross is board certified in both the fields of internal medicine and dermatology.

Dr. Gross is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American College of Laser Medicine and Surgery.. He is a member of Annenberg Circle of the Dermatology Foundation, Atlanta Dermatological Association, and the Southern Medical Association. He is immediate past president of the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

In April 2008, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Gross to the Georgia Medical Board. Dr. Gross is past chairman of the Board and has been reappointed twice by Governor Nathan Deal.

Dr. Gross was influential in drafting and lobbying for the Georgia Cosmetic Laser Services Act that was passed in 2009 and received a US Presidential Volunteerism that same year. He received the Patient Safety Hero Award from the ASDS in 2013 and the Advocate of the Year Award from the AAD in 2015.

In addition to his full time practice as the Medical Director of the Georgia Dermatology Center in Cumming, GA, Dr. Gross is an attending physician at Northside Forsyth Hospital. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Emory University.

Dave Harvey MD
Dr. David Harvey completed medical school training at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Afterwards, he completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry followed by a dermatology residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He is board certified in both Dermatology and Internal Medicine. In 2010, he completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in Procedural Dermatology (Mohs Surgery) at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas. He has dermatology and surgical privileges at Piedmont Newnan & Fayette Hospitals where he is an active staff member.

Kathleen Hectorne MD
Dr. Hectorne is a medical dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Mayo Clinic Health System Austin, MN. She enjoys seeing patients and teaching both the Dermatology and Family Medicine residents. Dr. Hectorne has served as President of the Women's Dermatologic Society, AAD Leadership Development Committee member and now will be a new BOD member of Noah Worcester Society. Away from work she plays flute and piano and someday will retire to become a professional dog sitter.

Clifford Warren Lober, MD, JD
Clifford W. Lober, M.D., certified by the American Board of Dermatology, has been practicing for 35 years. He has been president of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (twice), president of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, president of the Central Florida Society of Dermatology, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is presently on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Lober has received both the "Practitioner of the Year" award and the "Distinguished Service Award" from the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, the "Surgeon of the Year" award from the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, and seven presidential citations from the American Academy of Dermatology. He is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Central Florida and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at the University of South Florida.

Admitted without graduating high school, Dr. Lober received his undergraduate education at Columbia University where he was a Fackenthal Scholar. He subsequently was admitted to Duke University School of Medicine without graduating from college and awarded a 4-year full-tuition scholarship. After receiving his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Lober trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and in dermatology at the University of Tennessee. He was also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Jamie Mackelfresh MD
Dr. Jamie MacKelfresh is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. She is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by her medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine. She remained at Emory for her dermatology residency and a fellowship in dermatopathology. She is on faculty at Emory where she holds joint appointments in the departments of Dermatology and Pathology/Laboratory Medicine. Her areas of interest include medical dermatology, alopecia, dermatopathology, immunofluorescence, and resident education. At Emory, she runs a subspecialty clinic focusing on hair loss and serves as the Residency Director for the Department of Dermatology.

L. Evan Michael MD, PhD
Dr. L. Evan Michael, board certified dermatologist, grew up in Colorado. He earned his undergraduate degree at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. He then completed a two-year post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Michael then made the move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he earned both his MD with Distinction in Research and his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, he was elected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor society and received the Dean’s Commendation for excellence in clinical skills and the art of medicine and the Department of Dermatology’s Arthur C. Curtis award for excellence in Dermatology basic science.

Dr. L. Evan Michael’s transitional year took place at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Michael completed his dermatology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and then returned to New York for a Dermatopathology fellowship in the combined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/Cornell University Hospital program. He is board certified in both Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He has authored numerous papers on Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Cancer Biology, and has spoken at regional, national, and international meetings. Dr. Michael has also served as a guest lecturer on Dermatopathology to students at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia and has lectured to the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistant group.

Dr. L. Evan Michael is an active member of the Atlanta Association for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the International Society of Dermatopathology, the American Medical Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Carlos Nousari MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

  • Catholic University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina (3/84 – 12/89)
  • Internship & Residency in Internal Medicine/Rheumatology. Hospital Privado, Cordoba, Argentina 5/90 -4/94
  • Internship in Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine George Washington University Hospital, School of Medicine Washington, DC 6/95-6/96.
  • Resident in Dermatology. Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Baltimore, Maryland 7/96 to 6/99.
  • Dermatopathology Fellow. Division of Dermatopathology. Department of DermatologyUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7/02 to 6/03.
  • Senior Clinical Fellow Division of Dermatoimmunology. Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Baltimore, Maryland 7/99 to 6/00
  • American Board of Dermatology, with special certified qualification in Clinical and Laboratory Dermatological Immunology. 1999/2000
  • American Board of Dermatopathology 09/2004

Charles Perniciaro MD
Dr. Perniciaro is a highly renowned Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist specializing in the diagnosing and treatment of skin cancers. He is board certified in both Dermatology and Dermatopathology and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Dermatopathology and on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology. He has held various leadership and committee appointments in the American Academy of Dermatology, including the Environmental Council and the Ad Hoc Task Force on Sunscreens.

Before opening his private practices, Dr. Perniciaro served on the faculties of University of Florida, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Perniciaro was previously Director of Dermatopathology at Bernhardt Laboratories, and now is a full time staff dermatopathologist at Gulf Coast Dermatopathology Laboratory in Tampa, Florida. He has retired from seeing patients in clinical practice.

Lawrence Shapiro, DO
Lawrence Shapiro, DO started his career early on and always knew that he wanted to be a hair transplant specialist. His father was completely bald and wore a wig for many years. Because of the damage from the wig and medication for his high blood pressure and cholesterol his father lost his hair permanently. Since he had hair loss on both sides of the family he has spent his life dedicated to the Science of Hair Loss.

Dr. Shapiro received his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. He went to both Rutgers DO Medical School (UMDNJ- University Medical and Dentistry of New Jersey) where he was president of his class, and Nova Southeastern University College Of Osteopathic Medicine. He specialized in Dermatology- Diseases of the Skin, Hair and Nails and was an Affiliate Member of the AOCD for 15 years. He is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

In practice since 1989 in south Florida and having over 35,000 dermatology patients and focusing all his energy into perfecting hair transplants he has dedicated his life to this field. He is a speaker on hair loss solutions at national and international industry meetings and venues. With over 11,000 hair transplant patients he now inspires his 17 y/o son Douglas to eventually take over his practice.

Pat Thornton RN
Pat Thornton MS, RN, CNOR is Director of Surgical Services and Interim Practice Administrator and Clinical Director at Dermatology Institute in Newnan, GA

James Treat MD
James R. Treat, MD, is a pediatric dermatologist with the Division of Dermatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the education and fellowship director of Pediatric Dermatology.

Dr. Treat is widely published, edited a textbook on pediatric dermatology, and has given over 75 invited lectures nationally and internationally. He directs the dermatology course for the Perelman School of Medicine, and has won 12 teaching awards as well as the 2013 Master Clinician Award to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Andrew Weinstein MD
Andrew H. Weinstein, MD is a Miami native and is a product of the Palmetto public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florida and went on to the Medical Scholar’s program at the University of Illinois. While a medical scholar, Dr. Weinstein completed his M.D., as well as advanced course work in public health and research methods. Dr. Weinstein returned to the University of Miami for internship in the Department of Medicine. Additionally, he completed a fellowship and residency in the Department of Dermatology at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remains on faculty. Dr Weinstein is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and a volunteer Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. While in the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Weinstein received fellowship training, spending two dedicated years performing clinical trials. As an expert in methodology, Dr. Weinstein has reviewed numerous publications. He is well published in the field of dermatologic therapy. Dr. Weinstein performs a variety of cosmetic procedures including Botox, numerous fillers, CO2 fractionated laser and a wide selection of other skin rejuvenation lasers and procedures.

Jamie Weisman MD
Jamie D. Weisman, MD grew up in Atlanta, graduated with honors from Riverwood High School and went on to attend Brown University. At Brown, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English literature and graduated magna cum laude with honors. She received a fellowship to study in Cairo, Egypt at the American University in Cairo, and then came home to attend Emory University Medical School. Dr. Weisman stayed at Emory to complete her internship and residency in dermatology. A writer as well as a physician, she is the author of the memoir, As I Live and Breathe: Notes of a Patient-Doctor. She has also published articles or been profiled in Life, Glamour, O magazine, National Public Radio and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Weisman has participated in numerous clinical trials and has lectured on the treatment of psoriasis. Her areas of interest include not only the treatment of psoriasis but also auto-immune skin diseases, as well as general medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, including Botox®, fillers and laser therapy.

Cyndi Yag-Howard MD
Dr. Yag-Howard is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who specialize in skin cancer surgery and facial aesthetics applying the principles she understands as an artist to achieve beautiful cosmetic results. She is in solo private practice in Naples, Florida, where she and her husband, Corey Howard, MD, FACP, live with their three children and three dogs.

Dr. Yag-Howard received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where she did her residency in dermatology and served as Chief Resident. She now is a member of the volunteer clinical faculty at USF.

Since 1990, Dr. Yag-Howard has been an active member of the AMA serving as a delegate of the American Academy of Dermatology and Co-Chair of the entire Dermatology Section Council. She is current Chair of the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws. She has also served as Chair of the AMA Specialty and Service Society that includes more than 120 medical specialties, Chair of the House Compensation Committee, Chair of the Rules and Credentials Committee and Chair of the Reference Committee on Legislation.

Within the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Yag-Howard has served as Chair of the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Organizational Structure Committee and charter Chair of the Leadership Training Committee. She also created the AAD Young Physician Committee, which was modeled after the AMA’s Young Physician Section. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 she was the recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation Award.

Dr. Yag-Howard is author of multiple articles on dermatologic surgical techniques and is on the Editorial Board of Dialogues in Dermatology as well as a contributing editor for the peer-reviewed journal Dermatologic Surgery. She also lectures nationally on surgical techniques and methods to improve the surgical outcomes.

Rep. Sharon Cooper
Georgia House of Representatives
Chairman - Health & Human Services

Born in Houston, Texas, Sharon is proud to have called Georgia home since 1970. After teaching nursing for several years she met Dr. Tom Cooper — they married in 1980 and purchased their first home together in East Cobb. Dr. Cooper passed away in 2013 but Sharon continues to call East Cobb home!

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, Sharon was chosen legislator of the year by the Georgia Republican Party in 2000. In 2002 she was elected Minority Caucus Chairman by her Republican colleagues in the Georgia House. In 2004 she was elected Majority Caucus Chairman which at that time made her the highest ranking woman in the Georgia House, the highest rank ever attained by a woman. In 2007, in response to her ever increasing responsibilities as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and her membership of the powerful House Rules Committee, she assumed the role of Caucus Chair Emeritus. Sharon also served as chairman of the Special Committee on Certificate of Need as well as being appointed the chairman of the Special Committee on Saving Grady Hospital, our state’s safety net hospital.

Representative Cooper continues to chair the Health and Human Services committee, one of the busiest committees in the House. Rep. Cooper continues to serve on the House Rules Committee. She also serves on  the Judiciary Non-Civil, and the Regulated Industries committees.

Representative Cooper holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Child Development; a M.A. in Education and an MSN in Nursing. She has written two textbooks on Psychiatric Nursing and in 1994 she authored Taxpayer’s Tea Party — a how-to book that encourages the average citizen to become politically active. She updated this book for a second edition in July 2010.

A graduate of the first class of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Representative Cooper passed a major revision of the state’s stalking law while in her freshman term. In 2002 Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed her to the President’s 30-member, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. In 2006 Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens credited Rep. Cooper as being the major catalyst behind the creation of Cobb County Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. She has also served on Former First Lady, Mary Perdue’s Advisory Committee on Foster Care.

Rep. Cooper continues to Author and foster legislation that promotes improved health care for Georgians such as: the HIV Screening Bill for Pregnant Women, Georgia Smoke-free Air Act, and the “Health Share” Volunteers in Medicine Act. She has also passed major legislation to prevent elder abuse and to combat opiate addiction. Rep. Cooper has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest working legislators at the Capitol as well as being honest, straightforward and committed. She considers the opportunity to serve the citizens of East Cobb as one of the greatest honors of her life.

Donald J. Palmisano, Jr. JD
Donald J. Palmisano Jr. is the executive director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia, which is the leading voice for the medical profession in the state. Palmisano served as general counsel and then general counsel and director of government relations for MAG between 2005 and 2010. He represented individual physicians and hospitals and nursing homes as a private practice attorney in Louisiana from 1999 to 2005. Palmisano graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, while he received his law degree from Loyola University’s School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta, the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Palmisano resides in Atlanta with his wife, Ana, and their four children.

Don Bolia
Don Bolia provides industry leaders with strategic advice on how legislative trends will impact their businesses and assists them in shaping policy debates at the state, federal, and local levels in Georgia.

He manages clients’ relationships before the Georgia General Assembly, as well as numerous city and county governments and agencies. His background and experience especially give clients an edge on conducting business with local governments. Because of his key relationships at the municipal level, his clients are able to clearly communicate their message to the pertinent decision makers.

Mr. Bolia began his political career working for then Congressman Newt Gingrich in Washington, D.C. In 1991, he was appointed the Political Director of the Georgia Republican Party. In that capacity, he was directly responsible for managing the GOP’s statewide effort to elect Republicans to the Georgia General Assembly.

In 1994, Mr. Bolia was appointed executive director of the Georgia Republican Party, during an election cycle that saw Republicans win six state-level offices for the first time since Reconstruction, including insurance commissioner, superintendent of schools, and a majority of the seats on the Public Service Commission.

Mr. Bolia is a principal with Peachtree Government Relations, a government affairs and public relations firm, and has over 25 years of experience in the political arena. Working in a bipartisan manner, he advocates for the passage of legislation on behalf of his clients and has developed a unique niche that focused on lobbying county and city governments.