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Division of Dermatopathology

pathThe Division of Dermatopathology at Brown Dermatology, Inc. specializes in dermatopathology or “pathology of the skin”. We have two dermatologists on staff that are also board-certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. We encourage close communication between physicians and our dermatopathologists for promoting outstanding clinical-pathologic correlation. The Brown Dermatology Lab is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). We have been serving physicians throughout Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut since 1997.

Please don’t hesitate to call (401)444-8511 for additional information, to order supplies and arrange for specimen pickup. We also accept outside slides for consultation. Slides can be sent with completed form to: Attn: Leslie Robinson-Bostom, MD/Gladys Telang, MD, Division of Dermatopathology, 593 Eddy Street, APC-10, Providence, RI 02903.

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Leslie Robinson-Bostom, M.D.

Professor of Dermatology
Director, Division of Dermatopathology
General Dermatology and Dermatopathology

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Dr. Leslie Robinson-Bostom, a graduate of SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY, interned at Rhode Island Hospital and completed her dermatology residency in the department of dermatology at Brown Medical School. She went on to complete the Brown Medical School dermatopathology fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center (affiliated with Brown through 1997) and subsequently joined the department of dermatology staff at Brown Medical School. She is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. Dr. Robinson-Bostom started the division of dermatopathology at Rhode Island Hospital, organizing the dermatopathology slide library and teaching curriculum for dermatology and pathology residents. Presently, she is the Director of the Division of Dermatopathology and the Director of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Clinical Dermatology Elective. She serves on the Post Graduate Referral Committee, advising medical students interested in pursuing dermatology careers, and is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. Her research interests include elastic tissue disorders, ichthyosis, panniculitis and cutaneous manifestations of renal disease. She has published numerous articles on these topics as well as on many other dermatologic conditions. She also has a very active role in the Dermatology Foundation, a national organization which raises funds for dermatology–related research, as a member of the Dermatology Foundation Board of Trustees and as the RI State Chair of the Leader’s Society. Dr Robinson-Bostom’s clinical interests include panniculitis, elastic tissue disease, cutaneous manifestations of end stage renal disease and skin disease in solid organ transplant recipients.


Gladys Telang, M.D.

Associate Professor of Dermatology
General Dermatology and Dermatopathology

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Dr. Telang is a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Health Sciences Center at Syracuse and completed an internal medical residency at University of Pittsburgh, followed by dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at Hahnemann University/ Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. She currently practices clinical dermatology at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and is also the staff dermatopathologist in the Dermatopathology Division of University Dermatology at Rhode Island Hospital. Her interests include pathology of skin, hair and nail disorders, cutaneous malignancy, immunohistochemistry and patient care of all ages, youth through the elderly.

 

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Christopher DiMarco, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Clinician Educator

General Dermatology and Dermatopathology

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Dr. Christopher DiMarco graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and then went on to complete an internal medicine internship at Rhode Island Hospital in association with Brown University and a dermatology residency at Roger Williams Medical Center in association with Boston University. He has recently completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Florida. He is board certified in dermatology. Dr. DiMarco is the technology manager for the department and also serves on American Academy of Dermatology’s Practice Operations Committee and American Society of Dermatopathology’s Audit Committee. His clinical interests include treating acne, cutaneous oncology, dermatologic surgery, bullous disorders, general dermatology, and dermatopathology in patients of all ages. He has unique interests in the treatment of dermatologic conditions in athletes (Sports Dermatology) and the application of technology in patient care and helps direct the Adult Atopic Multidisciplinary Clinic.


Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program

Due to recent advances, patients with melanoma face an increasingly complex array of options for their care. The Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program is for evaluation and initial management of patients newly diagnosed with melanoma. This program includes experts in Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology and Dermatology, as well as specialists in Radiation Oncology, Mohs Surgery and Dermatopathology when needed, all with expertise and experience with melanoma to form a comprehensive management plan for patients at any stage of disease.

If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic, contact Dr. Maria Constantinou’s office at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at (401)444-5391.

Pigmented Lesions Unit (PLU)

The PLU follows patients at increased risk of melanoma due to mole pattern and personal or family history, and it can provide ongoing surveillance for patients. The physicians stress the importance of patient education and awareness of skin changes to aid in the early detection of lesions.

If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic, call (401)444-7959.


Martin A. Weinstock, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Dermatology, Brown University
Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University
Director,  Pigmented Lesions
General Dermatology

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Dr. Weinstock graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Mathematics. He then was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and M.D. degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, both at Columbia University in the City of New York. He completed his internship at the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Hospitals (Presbyterian-University and Oakland V.A. Hospitals) and his residency in Dermatology at the Harvard University Affiliated Hospitals, followed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in dermatology. His research has been supported by multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development, and non-profit foundations. Dr. Weinstock holds a dual appointment at Brown in both the Department of Dermatology and in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Weinstock’s clinical interests include melanoma and nevi, and his research focuses on the epidemiology of cutaneous malignancies and dysplasias. He is author of over 400 publications and has delivered over 200 invited lectures in the United States and other countries on five continents.
Recent Awards
2013 Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship
2010 American Skin Association Achievement Award
2010 American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation
2007 Medical All-Star (chosen by Boston Red Sox to honor medical research)
2007 American Academy of Dermatology Astellas Award (for contributions to public health in dermatology through scientific research, first to win this award)

Transplant Clinic

Dr. Robinson-Bostom follows complicated solid organ transplant recipients.  Photography, documentation, and management of skin cancers, cutaneous infections, and unique dermatoses seen in this population is emphasized.

If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic, call (401)444-7959.


Leslie Robinson-Bostom, M.D.

Professor of Dermatology
Director, Division of Dermatopathology
General Dermatology and Dermatopathology

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Dr. Leslie Robinson-Bostom, a graduate of SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY, interned at Rhode Island Hospital and completed her dermatology residency in the department of dermatology at Brown Medical School. She went on to complete the Brown Medical School dermatopathology fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center (affiliated with Brown through 1997) and subsequently joined the department of dermatology staff at Brown Medical School. She is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. Dr. Robinson-Bostom started the division of dermatopathology at Rhode Island Hospital, organizing the dermatopathology slide library and teaching curriculum for dermatology and pathology residents. Presently, she is the Director of the Division of Dermatopathology and the Director of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Dermatology Elective. She serves on the Post Graduate Referral Committee, advising medical students interested in pursuing dermatology careers, and is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. Her research interests include elastic tissue disorders, ichthyosis, panniculitis and cutaneous manifestations of renal disease. She has published numerous articles on these topics as well as on many other dermatologic conditions. She also has a very active role in the Dermatology Foundation, a national organization which raises funds for dermatology–related research, as a member of the Dermatology Foundation Board of Trustees and as the RI State Chair of the Leader’s Society. Dr Robinson-Bostom’s clinical interests include panniculitis, elastic tissue disease, cutaneous manifestations of end stage renal disease and skin disease in solid organ transplant recipients.


Contact Dermatitis Center

The Contact Dermatitis Center is a specialized regional tertiary referral service for the assessment of possible allergic contact dermatitis or occupational dermatitis. Referrals are accepted from dermatologists, allergists, and occupational medicine physicians. The Center is staffed by four dermatologists, Lionel Bercovitch, MD (Director), Jennie Muglia, M.D., Stephen Glinick, M.D., and Anita Pedvis-Leftick, all of whom are experienced patch testers. The unit possesses over 300 allergens including the North American Contact Dermatitis Group extended allergen series, fragrances, plastics, glues, acrylic nails, dental allergens, rubber allergens, fabric finishes and dyes, allergens associated with baking, medicaments, and a wide variety of vehicles and preservatives. We can also test for photoallergy in cooperation with the Phototherapy Unit.  We are experienced at patch testing children as well. Referring physicians will receive a timely comprehensive report with patch test results and recommendations for management. There is an extensive database of teaching materials for educating patients. All patients are returned to their referring physicians for long-term management.  Referrals can be made by calling (401)444-7127. In addition, referring physicians can complete the form below and fax it to (401)444-7142.

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Lionel Bercovitch, M.D.

Professor of Dermatology
Director, Division of Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Dermatology

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Dr. Bercovitch is a graduate of University of Manitoba Medical School in Canada and completed a medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a dermatology residency at Brown Medical School. He is board certified in Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Bercovitch is currently Director of Pediatric Dermatology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. He is also the staff dermatologist at Brown University Health Services. His clinical interests include pseudoxanthoma elasticum, biomedical ethics in dermatology, dermatologic clinical genetics, and vascular anomalies. He has served as Medical Director of PXE International since its founding in 1995, and is the President of the Rhode Island Dermatologic Society (2012-2013).


Jennie Muglia, M.D.

Associate Professor of Dermatology, Clinician Educator
Director, Division of Dermatology, The Miriam Hospital
General and Pediatric Dermatology

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Dr. Muglia graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Italian and received her medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She completed her internship and internal medicine residency at Roger Williams General Hospital (affiliated with Brown through 1997) in Providence, RI followed by a fellowship in immunodermatology and dermatology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. She is board certified in internal medicine, dermatology and pediatric dermatology. Dr. Muglia is currently the Director of the Division of Dermatology at The Miriam Hospital in Providence as well as the Director of the Dermatopharmacology Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She also volunteers her time in the Contact Dermatitis clinic at Rhode Island Hospital and holds a weekly pediatric dermatology clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

She is actively involved in teaching medical students, dermatology residents and primary care residents in her academic practice, outpatient dermatology clinics and on the inpatient dermatology consultation service at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals. Her clinical research interests include acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, fungal and viral infections of the skin and cutaneous T cell lymphoma.

 

She is an active member of the Rhode Island Medical Society, serving on the Public Laws Committee and as the dermatology representative to the Rhode Island Medical Society Council.

 


The Skin and Musculoskeletal Center (SAM)

The Skin and Musculoskeletal Center (SAM) is a new center envisioned by the collaboration of Dr. Abrar Qureshi and Dr. Anthony Reginato. This multidisciplinary clinic is dedicated to the care of adult and pediatric patients with combined skin and rheumatologic disorders and gives the patients a unique opportunity to be managed in a multidisciplinary setting.

The center offers specialized care, diagnosis and management for patients with the following conditions:

  • Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Cutaneous and systemic lupus
  • Pioderma gangernosa
  • Systemic sclerosis and localized scleroderma
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Vasculitis and vasculopathic disorders
  • Sarcoidosis

The center has access to a variety of in-house treatment options including:

  • Biologics
  • Infused medications with access to infusion centers across Rhode Island
  • Comprehensive phototherapy treatments
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and therapy

Office hours are Wednesday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the 10th floor of the APC building at Rhode Island Hospital. Patients can be referred by calling 401-444-7959.  Patients will receive an informational packet to let them know what to expect the day of the appointment and what information they will need to bring with them on the day. We will do our best to accommodate your patients as soon as possible. To make this appointment valuable for your patients, please send any pertinent records, i.e. pathology results, imaging results, etc. You will receive comprehensive notes and a copy of the assessment and plan for your patients once the appointment is complete.


Abrar Qureshi, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor and Chair of Dermatology

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Abrar Qureshi, M.D., M.P.H., is chief of the Department of Dermatology at Rhode Hospital and chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He previously served as associate physician in the department of dermatology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 

He received his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and his master of public health degree in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, his residency in dermatology in the Combined Harvard Residency Training Program and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
He has received numerous awards, among them: several mentorship awards from the Medical Dermatology Society, and the Outstanding Service Award and Diversity Mentorship Award from the American Academy of Dermatology.

 

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Society for Epidemiology Research, the American Dermato-Epidemiology Network, the American Association for Cancer Research and the North American Rheumatic Dermatologists.
His research interests include teledermatology, skin cancer, vector-borne illnesses and psoriasis.

XTRAC® Velocity Excimer Laser

The XTRAC® Velocity Excimer Laser is an exciting new treatment for psoriasis. The XTRAC® Velocity laser is designed to provide fast, effective relief from dry, itchy and unsightly psoriasis lesions.
Using a carefully focused beam of laser light delivered through an advanced technology light guide device, the XTRAC® Excimer Laser system can treat psoriasis lesions quickly and effectively. The XTRAC® Laser concentrates the light only on the psoriasis lesion, allowing the physician to deliver high doses necessary for rapid clearing while minimizing exposure of health skin.

Who should consider XTRAC® Excimer Laser treatment?

  • Individuals with mild, moderate, and severe psoriasis that:
  • Are unhappy with their current method of treatment
  • Have failed previous treatment options
  • Are concerned about potential serious side effects of other treatment options

Individual results will vary depending on the body surface affected. Most patients experience significant improvement in as few as 6 to 10 treatments and clearance in 10 to 20 depending on the severity.

If you would like to refer a patient for this treatment, call 401-444-7127.


PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT)

BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator is indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratoses.

Actinic Keratosis (AKs) is the most common precancer. AKs are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) such as sunlight. AKs are often called “sun spots”. They occur most often on areas such as the face, scalp and ears. They can range in color from skin tones to reddish brown. They can be as small as a pinhead or larger than a quarter. Frequent skin examinations are the key to early detection and prevention.

Levulan® PDT Topical Solution is applied to the AK. The solution is then absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.

If you would like to refer a patient for this treatment, call 401-521-7300.