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Department and Faculty

Mayo Clinic staff and residents of the Dermatology Residency Program in Arizona

The Department of Dermatology facilities at the Scottsdale campus of Mayo Clinic include a large practice area with a surgical suite, clinical exam rooms, resident workroom, dermatology library and a dermatopathology work area with a multiheaded teaching microscope.

From the program director

David Swanson, M.D.It is my pleasure to introduce you to our Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. Our department takes great pride in our residents.

Our program offers the close mentorship of a small program, combined with the tremendous educational resources and academic excellence of Mayo Clinic. Along with the dermatology residencies at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida, our program participates in a shared curriculum via satellite conferences with the other Mayo Clinic sites.

From the most common conditions to the rarest cutaneous lymphomas, our residents directly care for patients with the full spectrum of dermatologic disorders. A distinctive feature of our program is the direct scheduling of patients on resident calendars, so that patients identify the residents as their providers of dermatologic care, while faculty members provide supportive guidance and supervision.

This arrangement allows the residents to gain progressive experience and confidence in the management of both straightforward and highly complex dermatologic orders. At the completion of their training, the residents are exceptionally well-prepared for any future career option that they choose, ranging from academic medicine to additional subspecialty training or private practice.

Thank you for your interest in our program. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities for training in dermatology at Mayo Clinic.

David Swanson, M.D.
Dermatology Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Dermatology

Faculty

In addition to caring for patients in clinical practice, Mayo Clinic's Department of Dermatology faculty members in Arizona are committed to teaching and facilitating advancement of the specialty. Many faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are well-regarded in their academic fields. You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Dermatology Residency.

David Swanson, M.D.

David Swanson, M.D.

Program Director

Residency: University of Minnesota Medical School (Dermatology); University of Minnesota Medical School (Internal Medicine)

Interests:

  • Dermoscopy
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Skin cancer
  • Inflammatory skin disorders
  • Cutaneous signs of systemic disease
  • Bullous skin diseases
  • General medical
  • Surgical dermatology
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Mark Pittelkow, M.D.

Mark Pittelkow, M.D.

Department chair

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Dermatology)

Interests:

  • Psoriasis
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Genodermatoses
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Cutaneous carcinoma and melanoma
  • Leg ulcers and cutaneous ulcerations
  • Lymphomatoid papulosis and other lymphoproliferative disorders
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David DiCaudo, M.D.

David DiCaudo, M.D.

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Anatomic Pathology); Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Dermatology)

Interests: 

  • Dermatopathology and clinical dermatology
  • Cutaneous lymphomas
  • Lymphomatoid papulosis
  • Coccidioidomycosis
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Elika Hoss, M.D.

Elika Hoss, M.D.

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Fellowship: ASDS Cosmetic Derm Surgery Fellowship, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, San Diego, CA

Interests:

  • Facial aging
  • Laser and light-based therapies
  • Body contouring
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Aaron Mangold, M.D.

Aaron Mangold, M.D.

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ (Dermatology)

Interests:

  • Cutaneous lymphoma
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Immunobullous disease
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Steven Nelson, M.D.

Steven Nelson, M.D.

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ (Dermatology)

Fellowship: Geisinger Medical Systems, Danville, PA (Dermatopathology)

Interests:

  • Dermatopathology and clinical dermatology
  • Infectious diseases (protozoa/helminths)
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Shari Ochoa, M.D.

Shari Ochoa, M.D.

Residency: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI (Dermatology)

Fellowship: Cooper University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ (Procedural Dermatology)

Interests:

  • Mohs surgery
  • Skin cancer/cutaneous oncology
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • Laser surgery
  • Surgical dermatology
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Aleksandar Sekulic, M.D., Ph.D.

Aleksandar Sekulic, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: Clinical Investigator Training Program, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Dermatology)

Fellowship: Department of Dermatology (Post-Doctoral Fellowship)

Interests:

  • Cutaneous oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Genetics of skin disease
  • Cancer biology
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Leah Swanson, M.D.

Leah Swanson, M.D.

Residency: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ (Dermatology)

Fellowship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Dermatopathology)

Interests:

  • Dermatopathology
  • Women's dermatology including vulvar and breast dermatoses
Yul Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Yul Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ (Dermatology)

Interests:

  • Complex medical dermatology
  • Dermatology after organ transplantation
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James Yiannias, M.D.

James Yiannias, M.D.

Residency: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Dermatology)

Interests:

  • Atopic and contact dermatitis
  • Oral dermatology
  • Immunobullous diseases
  • Lichen planus
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancer
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Advisers and mentors

You are assigned a faculty adviser (mentor) who provides comprehensive educational advice and personal support.