Dermatology Advisory Panel

Nima Gharavi, MD, PhD (Chair)

Dr. Nima Gharavi, MD. Ph.D., is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). 

Dr. Gharavi is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology with a specialization in Business and Administration, and received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Medical Scientist Training Program). Dr. Gharavi completed his internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, residency in dermatology at UCLA, and fellowship in procedural dermatology/Mohs micrographic surgery at UCLA. He is currently director of Mohs micrographic surgery for the Department of Dermatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Gharavi is the recipient of numerous awards including UCLA’s Senior of the Year Award, the Edith and Carl Lasky award for the best research performed by a UCLA medical student, the Irvin H. Page Young Investigator Award, and the Theodore Tromovitch award (Mohs College meeting). He has been the recipient of grants from the American Heart Association (AHA), and the National Psoriasis Foundation amongst others. Dr. Gharavi’s research interests include many disease processes, including the pathogenesis of psoriasis, and the genetic profiles of high-risk squamous cell carcinoma. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and textbook chapters, and continues to present and teach at national and international conferences.

Philip Scumpia, MD, Phd

Philip Scumpia M.D. PhD. is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American Society of Dermatopathology and Society of Investigative Dermatology.

Dr. Scumpia graduated summa cum laude graduate from the University of Florida in Microbiology and Cell Sciences. He received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he graduated a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Scumpia completed his internship at the University of Florida, residency in dermatology at UCLA, and fellowship in dermatolopathology at UCLA. He completed a post doctoral fellowship in the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program. He currently practices clinical dermatology and dermatopathology and runs an NIH-funded research program.

Dr. Scumpia has received of numerous grants from the American Skin Cancer Association, the Dermatology Foundation, and the NIH, and received awards including the Graduate Fellowship for Outstanding Research at the University of Florida, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Research Award. Dr. Scumpia’s research interests include regulation of inflammatory transcriptional pathways in skin diseases, molecular analysis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, and development of novel biomaterials for cutanoues wound healing. He has published 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including manuscripts in the prestigious journals Nature Materials, Nature Cell Biology, and Journal of Experimental Medicine. He has presented his data at numerous national and international conferences.