Faculty Bios by mikeholy


									                          Hot Spots in Dermatology 2007
                                   Faculty Bios

Shay Bintliff
Shay is Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. Mis-born in Texas,
she moved to Seattle in 1960 and graduated with honors from the University of
Washington Medical School as the only woman in a class of 75 students. Her first
specialty was Pediatric Birth Defects and she was recruited to the newly opening Medical
School in Hawaii in 1965. She was a champion of children and was responsible for the
first Infant Enrichment program, and instrumental in opening the Child Abuse Center in
Hawaii. When her youngest son left for college, Dr. Bintliff entered an ER residency
program at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Ca. She now is Medical Director of the
Emergency Dept. at Hale Ho'ola Hamakua Hospital on the Big Island. In 1991 she
developed and published "The Adult APGAR", an instrument to measure and monitor
Wellness. Her passion is to assist physician colleagues to maintain a healthy, happy and
balanced life. She also is an avid surfer, canoe paddler, and golfer. Her motto: "It's never
too late to have a great childhood"!!

John Bottjer
Originally, from Westchester County, New York, my family has made Dana
Point, California our home since 1990.
Prior to starting 3Gen, LLC in 1999, I owned Geiger Medical Technologies,
Inc. (sold in 2003). Prior to Geiger, I was the Director of International
Sales and Physician Office Products at Birtcher Medical Systems, Irvine,
I enjoy spending time with my family and worldwide travel.

Lawrence Eron
A pediatric patient of Dr. Benjamin Spock many years ago, I early on was determined to
become a physician. After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University and a
post-graduate year in microbiology at the University of Cambridge, I matriculated at
Harvard Medical School. There I worked with the first team to isolate a single piece of
genetic information, which ultimately became the basis of recombinant DNA technology
and ultimately the Human Genome Project. Graduating magna cum laude from Harvard
Medical School, I performed my internship, residency, and Infectious Diseases
fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After three years at the National
Institutes of Health, I decided that caring for patients was my true calling, rather than
laboratory bench research. For 18 years I worked as an Infectious Diseases consultant at
the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, where my group put outpatient
intravenous antibiotic therapy on the map. We also cared for an ill animal handler from
an animal laboratory in Virginia which was experiencing an outbreak of Ebola virus.
This real-life event became the basis of a best-selling book (“The Hot Zone”) and a
fictionalized movie (“Outbreak”). I thereafter moved to Kauai to work in a small hospital
and virtually semi-retire, but found that I missed the action of a tertiary care hospital. I
was recruited by Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu to help develop their outpatient
intravenous infusion clinic. My present interest is the development of a Virtual Hospital
where I care for acutely ill patients with infections, monitoring them in the home setting
by telemedicine. Contact: Lawrence.Eron@kp.org

Jacob Levitt
I was born at Mount Sinai Hospital. Not before completing my undergraduate training at
Yale College, and medical school training at Albert Einstein in New York, did I return to
my nest for dermatology residency and beyond. My main dermatological interests lie in
lice, scabies, and sexually transmitted disease. I am a reviewer for the JAAD. I teach the
10-hour second year medical student dermatology pathophysiology course at Sinai.
Outside of dermatology, I am a vice president at Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.,
whose parent company was founded by my grandfather in Israel. When I am not
working, I am doing karate, in which I just received my fourth degree black belt. I also
have a dojo at Columbia University. Lastly, I am Medical Director and Board Member
of the Periodic Paralysis Association, for which I created an international, web-based,
patient registry for this disorder. It is an honor to be invited to speak at Hot Spots!
Email: Tarony@aol.com

Amit G. Pandya M.D.
I serve as a professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Part of my job is to serve as Director of the Clinical Studies
Section in the department of dermatology and Director of the Clinic for Cutaneous
Lymphoproliferative Disorders. I completed my MD degree at UT Southwestern Medical School
in 1985 and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and in
Dermatology at UTSW. My areas of special interest are pigmentary disorders, autoimmune
blistering skin disorders, cutaneous lymphomas and the dermatologic manifestations of systemic
diseases. My ongoing clinical research studies are in the diagnosis and treatment of these
cutaneous disorders. I also dabble in cultural competence, volunteerism, diversity in the
dermatologic workforce and issues pertaining to skin of color. Teaching dermatology residents,
medical students and primary care residents as well as performing innovative clinical studies with
these trainees are highlights of my academic career.

Some of the best experiences I have had over the past 10 years have been during medical mission
trips to Mexico and India. These trips have given my family an opportunity to help others, but we
end up being blessed twice as much. It has been especially gratifying to see my wife, Alma, and
my sons, Anil and Alberto, working to help others during these trips. These experiences have
truly been the highlights of our recent past. Volunteering at a local free clinic with residents and
medical students has also been very rewarding. My family and I continue to travel quite a bit,
thanks to my job in academic dermatology, which gives us the opportunity to go to meetings
throughout the world. In addition, I keep busy with Boy Scouts, helping with homework, fishing
and playing tennis every now and then, managing two Yorkshire terriers and just being a dad and
husband. My life has truly been blessed!
George Reizner
I was born in Oklahoma in a military hospital while my father served as an Army Captain and
then grew up and subsequently lived mostly in the Midwest. My training included the University
of Michigan, The George Washington University, University of Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic.
Each step has advanced my academic life, but has equally lead to wonderful and life long
friendships. I currently practice on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in Madison with
special interests in education, melanoma and dermatopathology. I recently stepped down from
being the program director for the residency program after many satisfying years of leading the
training program. During my own residency, I had was permitted a unique one month rotation in
“tropical dermatology” at the University of David Elpern on Kauai. I have never left the orbit of
the islands since and continue to be surprised at the professional and personal contacts this has
created and the unexpected doors it has opened. Email: greizner@dermatology.wisc.edu

Monica Scheel,
Dr. Scheel graduated from Pharmacy School at the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. She
practiced pharmacy for one year and during her medical school training at the University of
Texas Southwestern in Dallas from 1991-1995. Dr. Scheel completed an Internship in Internal
Medicine and a 3 year Dermatology Residency at the University of Texas Galveston from 1995-
1999. She is Board Certified in Dermatology and has been in clinical practice for 8 years.
Currently Dr. Scheel lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and is the Medical Director for Pacifica
Integrative Skin Wellness Institute. She practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in
the context of mind, body and spirit. She enjoys the island life with her sweetheart Michael and
by hiking, running, scuba diving, practicing yoga and playing at the beach with her two chocolate
Labradors, Shanti and Dharma. Email: mmscheel@yahoo.com

Michael Traub,
Dr. Traub completed pre-med studies at the University of California at Irvine, and also attended
UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Reading (UK), and Kansas Newman College. He graduated
from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981 and completed a two-year residency
there in Family Practice and Homeopathy.

Dr. Traub’s many years of service in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians,
which culminated in his election as President in 2002, was recognized in 2006 when he was
honored with the Physician of the Year Award. His father is a retired dermatologist, and this
inspired Dr. Traub to undertake extra study in this subject. He has taught dermatology at all the
accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America, and in 1985 published “Essentials of
Dermatologic Diagnosis and Natural Therapeutics,” which is now in its fifth edition. He has been
medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona for the past 21 years, where he practices
with his partner Monica Scheel, MD, an integrative dermatologist, and with whom he is writing
an entirely new textbook of integrative dermatology. Dr. Traub has a special interest in skin
cancer, and he is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He
presently is serving his third term as Chairman of the Hawaii Board of Naturopathic Examiners.
He also practices part-time in Marin County, California. Email: michaeltraub@earthlink.net

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