May 29, 2020

U-M Dermatology Residents Win Top Honors in MDS Research Competition

Four University of Michigan Dermatology residents earned outstanding honors in the Michigan Dermatological Society (MDS) 2020 Resident Research Competition. Congratulations to Drs. Grace Hile and Elisabeth Pedersen, who won first place awards for their research, and to Drs. Natalie Matthews and Mio Nakamura, who received recognition as runners up in the MDS research competition.  

Program Director, Dr. Yolanda Helfrich shared, “I am immensely proud of these residents who were recognized for their research and of all our residents for their hard work and their resiliency. When this year’s MDS meeting at Michigan Medicine was canceled (due to COVID19), our residents were profoundly disappointed at being unable to host this key event. Yet they rallied to complete the meeting program book with research write-ups to educate and inform MDS members. The exceptional outcome of this annual MDS research competition provides a boost in morale and much deserved recognition for their diligence and commitment to this research.”

Titles of the award winning UM Dermatology research presentations are included below:

First Place:  

  • Grace A. Hile, MD: “Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Analysis in Lupus Keratinocytes Identifies Differential Methylation of Genes That Regulate Apoptosis”
  • Elisabeth A. Pedersen, MD, PhD: “Polypoid Melanoma is Associated with Aggressive Histopathological Characteristics and Poor Clinical Prognosis”


  • Natalie H. Matthews, MD: “Discrepancies in Skin Cancer Screening Reporting Between Patient, Physician, and Patient Chart”
  • Mio Nakamura, MD, MS: “Dermatology Provider Demographics and Patient Satisfaction: A Single-Center Survey Study”