Our Team

 

Director:
  Kevin D. Cooper, MD
Clinical Director:
  Neil J. Korman, MD, PhD
Research Director:
  Thomas S. McCormick, PhD


 

Team Members:
  Elma Baron, MD Joseph Locala, MD
    Daniel Simon, MD Elisabeth Roter, MD
    Sarah Churton, MD Kim Sanders, RN, BSN, CCRC
      Margaret Bobonich, DNP, MSN,CNP-F
      Mary Ann Smith, RN,CCRC
      Alison Steiber, PhD,RD,LD
      Brenda Walsh, RD
      Nicole Ward, PhD

 

Kevin D. Cooper, MD Kevin D. Cooper, MD
Dermatologist

Director

Kevin D. Cooper, M.D., is Chair of the Department of Dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He is the Director of the department’s Skin Diseases Research Center, and Professor of Oncology and Pathology at the Case School of Medicine. Dr. Cooper has been a staff physician at the Ann Arbor (Michigan) and Cleveland VA Medical Centers for 20 years. He attended college and medical school at the University of Florida and completed his residency training and a fellowship at the Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon. He then became a senior fellow at the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health, and progressed from Assistant Professor to Professor of Dermatology at the University of Michigan prior to his move to Cleveland.

Dr. Cooper is the past president of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (2004-2005), the world’s leading organization for scientific communication and advancement in cutaneous biology and dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology Scientific Advisory Committee, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Dermatologic Association. Dr. Cooper has held a leadership position in many of the national dermatology associations, and is the Vice-President of University Faculty Practice Association at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Dr. Cooper currently serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Data and Safety Monitoring Board, and serves as Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Eczema Association for Science and Education. He has been a member of the medical advisory boards of the National Psoriasis Foundation and the Mycosis Fungoides Foundation. Dr. Cooper has lectured nationally and internationally on skin disease and has published hundreds of articles in scientific journals and book chapters on the pathophysiology of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, photomedicine, lymphoma, and immune-mediated skin disorders. He has testified before Congress on the importance of research funding for NIH, VA, and psoriasis, and served as the representative of skin disease physicians at the 2005 National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Disease Strategic Planning Retreat.

Immunopathogenesis of skin diseases, in particular psoriasis, as well as photo-immunology, are among Dr. Cooper’s research interests. He is actively engaged in basic, translational, and clinical research. He is the recipient of many competitive research grants from the NIH, the VA, and industry, and has generated patents and patent applications relevant to skin disease, including the first biologic therapy for psoriasis, Alefacept. He maintains a strong interest in the application of technology to patients, and consults for biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, as well as start-up companies.

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Neil J. Korman, MD, PhD Neil J. Korman, MD, PhD
Dermatologist

Clinical Director

As Director of the Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) in the Department of Dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Neil J. Korman, MD, PhD, oversees two research fellows and four clinical research coordinators. Because of his strong background in laboratory research, especially in the area of autoimmune blistering diseases, Dr. Korman is able to bridge clinical medicine and basic science. The CTU is therefore able to carry out translational mechanism-of-action studies.

Dr. Korman has served as the Co-Director since 2000 and Director since 2003 of the Translational Research Core of the department’s NIH-funded Skin Diseases Research Center. Since 1997, he has been the principal or co-principal investigator in more than 50 clinical trials, the majority of which involved psoriasis.

Dr. Korman has been an invited lecturer at many local, regional, national and international meetings to discuss topics in immunodermatology including autoimmune blistering diseases, psoriasis and the use of the new biologics. He sees patients three days per week in general dermatology, immunodermatology and complex medical dermatology.

He is the founding Director of the Regional Center for Immunobullous Diseases and holds subspecialty board certification in dermatological immunology/diagnostic and laboratory immunology. In this capacity, he sees many patients with autoimmune blistering diseases and chronic inflammatory skin diseases (i.e. psoriasis and atopic dermatitis) sent by dermatologists both in the community and regionally within a 300-mile radius.

Dr. Korman has been a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) since 1999 and in 2004 he became a member of the Medical Advisory Board and Director of the Outreach Committee of the NPF. In this role, he helps to recruit new professional and lay members and assist in the mission of the Foundation to improve the quality of life for patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis by promoting awareness and understanding.

Dr. Korman serves on the boards of trustees of both the Ohio Dermatological Association and the Cleveland Dermatology Society and is a member of the Psoriasis Expert Resource Group. He has served as an associate editor of Medical and Surgical Dermatology (1993 – 2000) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. He was recently elected to the American Dermatologic Association, which is the premier organization recognizing excellent contributions to dermatology.

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Thomas S. McCormick, PhD Thomas S. McCormick, PhD
Scientist 

Research Director

Thomas McCormick, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He has had extensive training and experience in cell biology and immunoparasitology before entering the field of cutaneous biology. Dr. McCormick has published steadily in the fields of his interest for over the past 15 years and has an extensive background in immunology, cell biology, signal transduction and apoptosis. He has been recognized internationally for his research in psoriasis and was awarded the inaugural Eugene Farber Award for Psoriasis Research from the Society for Investigative Dermatology for his research work on psoriasis. Dr. McCormick, supervises the day-to-day research and personnel responsible for all aspects of psoriasis research, preparation of manuscripts, grant funding and publications, and his current area of research is defining the role of regulatory T cells in psoriasis. Dr. McCormick’s laboratory provides a stimulating and resource-rich working environment for psoriasis investigators.

Dr. McCormick is a member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the National Psoriasis Foundation and also serves on the scientific review board for the Dermatology Foundation.

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Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RD, LD
Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RD, LD
Nutritionist

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Elma Baron, MD
Elma Baron, MD
Scientist

Dr. Baron received her medical degree from the University of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines, where she also underwent dermatology residency training and was ranked #1 by the Phillipine Board of Dermatology. She pursued photodermatology and photomedicine through a clinical fellowship at the Dermatology Department of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before entering a photoimmunology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. During her fellowship, Dr. Baron performed numerous studies on photoprotection, photoimmunosuppression, phototherapy, photopheresis and photodynamic therapy. Her fellowship years were extremely productive, as evidenced by a constant stream of presentations in various symposia and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Baron currently serves as the Director for the Skin Study Center at Case Western Reserve University and Acting Chief in Dermatology at the VA Medical Center. She is also the director of our Clinical Photomedicine Program, as well as our Translational Research Core (Skin Study Center), which is a facility dedicated to the conduct of investigator-initiated human subject research in skin and skin biology. Through the Translational Research Core, Dr. Baron has pioneered the first human study using a novel photosensitizer drug, silicon phthalocyanine Pc 4, for photodynamic therapy of cutaneous malignancies such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

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Margaret Bobonich , DNP, FNP-C 
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Dermatology Nurse Practitioner 
Department of Dermatology

Instructor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Education

DNP Doctorate Nurse Practitioner CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Program, Residency 2 YearsCWRU/UH Department of Dermatology

 

MSN Master of Science in Nursing
CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

FNP-C

 

CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 
Family Nurse Practitioner

 

BSN West Virginia University
Charleston, West Virginia

 


Special Interests 

General Dermatology

 

Professional Associations

NP Society of the Dermatology Nurses' Association Core Curriculum Committee

Chair for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Dermatology Specialty Conferences for Primary Care NPs

Research: Establishing Core Curriculum for Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Dermatology Nurses Association

 

 

 

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Sarah Churton, MD
 
 

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Joseph Locala, MD
Joseph Locala, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Joseph Locala is director of the Division of Psychosomatic Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine. He is also program director of the ACGME-accredited Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at University Hospitals. Dr. Locala is board certified in both Psychiatry and in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Psychosomatic Medicine, also known as Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, is a specialty which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and symptoms in complex medically ill patients.

Dr Locala attended college at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at Temple University and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Vermont/ Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and a fellowship in consultation psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He practiced full-time in the field of consultation psychiatry and held a joint appointment in the Transplant Center during his eleven years as a staff physician with the Cleveland Clinic prior to his move to University Hospitals in July 2006. He graduated from the one-year Mental Health Executive Leadership Program at the Case Weatherhead School of Management in June 2007.

Dr. Locala is president-elect of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, a branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and is past president of the Cleveland Psychiatric Society and the Cleveland Consultation-Liaison Society. He has been a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association since 2004. . Dr Locala is in his second term on the Board of Trustees of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Ohio. He serves on multiple institutional committees including the Clinical Operations Committee, Quality Oversight Board and the Educational Executive Committee in the Department of Psychiatry and the Ethics Committee for University Hospitals.

Dr Locala has lectured nationally and internationally and published on many topics relevant to the field of consultation psychiatry, including emergency psychiatry, delirium, dementia, transplant psychiatry, interferon-induced psychiatric disorders, and mood disorders in medically ill patients. 

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Elisabeth Roter, MD
Elisabeth Roter, MD
Rheumatologist

Biography is currently being updated.

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Kim Phillips, BSN
Kim Sanders, RN, BSN, CCRC

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Daniel Simon, MD
Daniel Simon, MD
Cardiologist

Dr. Simon is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at University Hospitals. He is also the Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Cardiovascular Research. He is instrumental the effort to further build premier cardiovascular programs at University Hospitals, emphasizing prevention of critical cardiovascular events along with advanced therapies and treatments. Dr. Simon is credited with the groundbreaking discovery of a molecule that indicates when a heart attack might be imminent. His discovery has piqued interest in the development of a blood test that will identify patients at heightened risk for heart attack or stroke.

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MASmith
Mary Ann Smith, RN, CCRC

 

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Alison Steiber, PhD, RD, LD
Alison Steiber, PhD, RD, LD
Nutritionist

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Brenda Walsh, RD


Brenda Walsh in an ABC News clip about the positive effects of fruits and vegetables

 

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NWard
Nicole Ward, PhD
Scientist

 

Nicole Ward, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Dr. Ward was trained at Dalhousie University and Sunnybrook Research Institute in molecular and cellular biology with an emphasis on the generation and characterization of mouse models for studying neural and vascular disease. Her current interests include studying the roles of growth factors and neurovascular interactions in cutaneous disease. Dr. Ward has published steadily in well respected journals over the past 8 years and has an extensive background in angiogenesis research, neural development, growth factors and growth factor signaling. She was recently awarded the 2007 Research Scholar Award for Psoriasis and Inflammatory skin diseases by the American Skin Association. Dr. Ward’s current research team includes three PhD students and three research assistants working under her supervision. Dr. Ward’s laboratory provides a high-energy, stimulating research environment for both young and experienced scientists. 

Dr. Ward is a member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Society for Neurosciences, American Association of Anatomists and the North American Vascular Biology Organization and serves on the scientific review board for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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