Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology

Board of Directors

Ira L. Skolnik, M.D., Ph.D.


Ira L. Skolnik, M.D., Ph.D.

Ira L. Skolnik, M.D., Ph.D., is the current President of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology, the professional medical society that represents virtually all the dermatologists in the state. Elected in 2015, Dr. Skolnik was awarded a Presidential Citation Award by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2017 for his significant contributions on a state and national level to the medical specialty of dermatology. He is one of only three Dermatologists in the entire state of Massachusetts, and one of only 5 in all of New England, who is not only Board Certified in Dermatology, but also in the sub-specialty of Pediatric Dermatology and in General Pediatrics. Originally from Scarsdale, New York, Dr. Skolnik completed his undergraduate work at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1987, where he graduated with Honors in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He then entered the M.D.–Ph.D. program at the Boston University School of Medicine, graduating with both doctorates in 1995. Dr. Skolnik's Ph.D. is in cardiovascular pathology and molecular biology. Dr. Skolnik completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He then finished an additional residency in Dermatology, specializing in Pediatric Dermatology, at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Skolnik has practiced general and pediatric dermatology in the Concord area since 2001. Although Dr. Skolnik is primarily a pediatric dermatologist, he sees patients of all ages in his office. As Dr. Skolnik has observed from his years of practice: "Children get referred to me by their pediatrician for their skin disease, and after that their parents and sometimes even their grandparents, wind up becoming my patients too!" 


Jennifer Toyohara, MD

Jennifer P. Toyohara, MD, joined Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC in July of 2011. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. This was followed by a medical internship at Lenox Hill Hospital. Jennifer P. Toyohara, MD completed her dermatology residency at Weill-Cornell Medical College/NY Presbyterian Hospital. She completed her dermatopathology fellowship in a joint program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Weill-Cornell/NY Presbyterian Hospital. She is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology.


Marilyn Capek, MD

Dr. Marilyn Capek is a dermatologist in Winchester, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hallmark Hospital and Winchester Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.


Louis Kuchnir, MD

Louis Kuchnir, MD, founded Kuchnir Dermatology in 2001 after completing residency at the University of Massachusetts. Since September 2009, he has served as president of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Kuchnir is on faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a PhD in physical chemistry at Harvard University and went to college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.


Suzanne Virnelli, MD

Suzanne Virnelli, MD,  graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and then attended Duke University School of Medicine with a four-year merit scholarship.  After an internship in medicine at Beth Isreal Hospital, she was a research fellow at the Cutaneous Biology Research Center for two years.  She then completed her dermatology residency at the Harvard Dermatology Program, where she served as Chief Resident.  She has worked as a dermatologist at Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dermatology Associates in Winchester.  She currently serves as Chief of Dermatology at Winchester Hospital.  Her specialty is pediatric dermatology.


Eileen Deignan, MD

Eileen Deignan, MD, graduated from Wesleyan University and received her medical degree from Yale University. As a medical student, she was a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Deignan completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University. Subsequently, she trained in dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and in her final year she served as the chief resident. Dr. Deignan is on the Board of Directors of the Emerson Hospital Health System as well as the Emerson Healthcare Foundation. She serves as the Chief of the Dermatology Service at Emerson Hospital. Additionally, she is the Treasurer of the Emerson Medical Staff and the Associate Chair of the Credentials Committee. Dr. Deignan is the immediate past President of the New England Dermatological Society. She is also on the board of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and a delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Deignan teaches dermatology to residents in Harvard Medical School residency programs.  She also lectures Harvard and MIT medical and graduate students. Along with general dermatology, Dr. Deignan performs several cosmetic procedures, including light chemical peels and intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) for facial photorejuvenation; laser treatment for spider veins and hair removal; and BOTOX and Restylane injections.


Nellie Konnikov, MD

Nellie Konnikov, MD,  is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine and Chief of Dermatology at Boston VA Medical Center. She graduated from Moscow Medical School. Dr. Konnikov received her dermatology training in Moscow and completed her dermatology residency at the Boston University-Tufts University Residency Training Program. Dr. Konnikov is Board Certified in Dermatology. Her clinical and research interests include a wide range of dermatological problems, skin cancer and non-surgical cosmetic dermatology.


Brian Lester, MD

Brian Lester, MD, is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and is a board certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. After graduating from the Yale School of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Lester completed his residency training at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Lester is a past member of the Board of Directors of SkinPAC, the political action committee for the American Academy of Dermatology and has traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with congressmen, senators, and their staffs to lobby on behalf of patients and the specialty. Dr. Lester is also a past member of the American Academy of Dermatology Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA), where he has represented the interests of patients and the specialty to the House of Medicine. Dr. Lester lectures nationally to resident and attending physicians. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, and the Massachusetts State Medical Society.


Gary Mendese, MD

Dr. Gary Mendese is board certified in Dermatology, and specializes in Mohs surgery; spending the last three years practicing Mohs in Massachusetts. Prior to this commitment Dr. Mendese completed his dermatology training at the combined Boston University/Tufts University Dermatology Residency Program. He completed his fellowship in Mohs Surgery in 2012 under the leadership of Donald J. Grande, MD, a recognized leader in the field. He completed a post-sophomore fellowship in pathology during medical school from 2004-2005 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society in his final year of medical school. He was also the chief resident at Boston University during his final year of training (2010-2011). Currently, along with his daily practice duties, he is a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Boston University and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Tufts University School of Medicine.


Michael Goldaber, MD

Michael Goldaber, MD, attended Albany Medical College, where he graduated in 1986 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the recipient of several awards.  Prior to medical school, he graduated from Union College with a joint degree in history and biology.  After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Goldaber completed his internship in Internal Medicine at University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center Boston, MA  and then did a two year Dermatology Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He subsequently trained in the Dermatology Residency Program at the New York University Skin and Cancer Center in Manhattan. In 1992, Dr. Goldaber joined Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates and relocated the practice to Wellesley, MA.  He has been in full-time clinical practice since that time.  Dr. Goldaber is board certified in Dermatology and recertified in 2002 and 2012. He is a member of multiple professionalsocieties and has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology.  Dr. Goldaber practices medical and surgical dermatology and has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of skin growths and cancer. He is the father of four and lives with his family in Dover.


Kathryn Bowers, MD

Kathryn Bowers, MD, graduated from the University of Vermont and received her medical degree from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. She trained in dermatology at the University of Rochester, where she also served as the program's chief resident. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bowers was a registered nurse and nurse practitioner with a master's degree from Simmons College in Boston. In addition to general dermatology, Dr. Bowers performs a variety of cosmetic procedures, including chemical peels, sclerotherapy, BOTOX and fillers of all types; and laser procedures for spider veins, hair removal, and brown spots. Dr. Bowers is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and chief of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Auburn Hospital. Prior to joining Dermatology Associates of Concord, Dr. Bowers was a full-time academic dermatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. During that time she was the co-director for the Collaborative Clinic for Diseases of the Oral Mucosa in conjunction with the Department of Oral Surgery. She has lectured both locally and nationally on the topic of diseases of the oral mucosa.


Susan DeCoste, MD

Susan DeCoste, MD,  is a board certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College prior to attending medical school at the University of Connecticut.  Dr. DeCoste did medical internship at Boston University then did her dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School based at MGH and the Longwood Hospitals. She completed a laser and photo medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General and Beth Israel Hospitals. She has numerous laser and other research publications. Dr. DeCosts has been teaching laser and cosmetic dermatology at her academic practice at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 20 years. Dr. DeCoste is a clinical assistant professor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She is a longtime fellow of the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. She is on the board of Directors for the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology. She also serves as the Dermatology Division co-chief at South Shore Hospital. 


Frederick Wax, MD

Fredrick Wax, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Toronto School of Medicine in 1968. He completed his internship in general medicine in 1969 at the University of Toronto and his training in dermatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1979. Dr. Wax is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wax is past-president of the New England Dermatological Society and the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Dermatology. He was awarded “Top Doctor” by Boston Magazine in 2006.

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