I am a board certified physician-scientist with dual residency training in dermatology and nuclear medicine-molecular imaging. My clinical focus is on pigmented skin neoplasms including atypical moles (dysplastic nevi) and melanoma. My other clinical interests include non-melanoma skin cancers (e.g., basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), and consultative dermatology.
I have completed a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in biophotonics with an emphasis on development of theranostics (probes that are both diagnostic and therapeutic) for skin cancer. My efforts led a joint MSK/NIH interdisciplinary translational project to develop a theranostic probe to molecularly target basal cell carcinoma (BCC). The goal of the project is to develop a non-invasive technology to molecularly image, diagnose, and treat BCC. If successful, this approach will also be applicable to other types of skin cancers. In my current dual capacity as a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering faculty and an invited scientist at the NIH, my research efforts continue to focus on molecular imaging of skin cancer, with a recent emphasis on the use of nano-sized (less than 100 nanometers) probes to target biomarkers specific to cancer cells.
On the clinical front, I serve as a member of a highly integrated interdisciplinary team dedicated to the early detection and expert treatment of skin cancers. To me, it is both a joy and privilege to provide care to my patients and help them make the best informed personal decisions for their health.
In addition to English and French, I am also fluent in Persian (Farsi).
- Clinical Expertise: Dermatology: Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers; Dermatology Consultations
- Languages Spoken: English; French
- Education: MD, Shiraz University Medical School (Iran)
- Residencies: George washington University Hospital; University of Maryland Medical Center; Wayne State University Hospitals
- Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; National Institutes of Health
- Board Certifications: Dermatology
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