Dear Prospective Resident,
The Florida State University College of Medicine’s mission is to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations.
Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee is a medical specialty group that focuses on comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. We have been located in Tallahassee, Florida for over 25 years. Dermatology Associates shares the philosophy and goal of bringing quality health care to underserved populations and to the greater Tallahassee and North Florida region. The dermatology residency program is an enthusiastically supported vision of the group. We recognize the need for greater numbers of well-trained dermatologists in our region. We have the patient volume, physical facilities, dedicated and engaged faculty and organizational plan to train dermatology residents and guide their progression from novice to fully competent practitioners who can deliver care with compassion. We have a robust training environment that includes exposure and intensive training in general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, MOHS surgery, electro-surgery, cryosurgery, narrowband UVB and PUVA. We have a plastic surgeon on staff to help with complex closures including flaps and skin grafts. We are leaders in superficial radiation treatment for skin cancer. There is a full complement of lasers on site including excimer, V-beam and CO2. We have an outstanding board certified dermatopathologist on staff and residents will receive excellent and comprehensive training in dermatopathology that includes weekly didactic lectures as well as extensive time at the scope. The residents will also gain exposure to the full realm of cosmetic procedures including fillers and the use of botulinum toxin.
The majority of the training will take place on Dermatology Associates’ facilities in Tallahassee. The residents will also see patients at rural locations in the Panhandle fully supervised by our faculty to gain perspective and experience in treating diverse patient populations. Inpatient consultations are provided in conjunction with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee will provide the funding for the residents’ training including salary, textbooks, educational travel and all administrative support. Florida State University provides the institutional oversight.
We, at Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee, are certain that we can make a difference by educating and training young physicians who will be clinically competent, caring and also able to manage the non-clinical issues that are important in today’s health care environment. We are hopeful that some of our trainees will choose to spend their career in North Florida. If you choose to apply be prepared to work hard and learn.
George Cohen M.D.
Founding Program Director/Associate Professor
Meet Our New Residents
Dr. Christopher Wolfe is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Temple University, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Internal Medicine. Prior to medical school he was a Physician Assistant in the United States Army. During medical school and internship he published over 20 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He grew up in Lynn Haven, Florida. He has been married for 17 years to his wife Nicole and has two children. Upon completion of his residency he hopes to remain in Tallahassee to continue a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery with Dr. Cognetta.
Dr. Tarek Shaath is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He was inducted into the alpha omega honor society. He completed his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Pediatrics. He was nominated for the Gold Humanism Honor Society, received an NIH-funded scholarship at the KU Cancer Center to conduct a pilot study in osteosarcoma metastasis. He has nine publications in dermatology including a book chapter titled Drug-Induced Urticaria in Cutaneous Drug Eruptions by John C. Hall. His dermatologic interests include cutaneous oncology and surgery and patenting medical inventions. He grew up Dodge City, Kansas.
Dr. Samantha A. Marrone is a graduate of Florida State University College of Medicine. She completed an internship at FSU COM at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Internal Medicine. Prior to attending medical school, she was involved in research with the FSU Chemistry Department dealing with photochemistry and photodynamic therapy and was published in the Belstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. Thereafter, she successfully completed the DRAPS program under Dr. Cognetta where she first became interested in the field of dermatology. Dr. Marrone’s dermatologic interests include oncological and dermatologic surgery. Upon completion of her residency, she hopes to pursue a fellowship in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. She grew up in Stuart, Florida and in her spare time enjoys traveling and fitness activities.
Dr. Amit Om hails from the beautiful state of South Carolina. While attending medical school in Charleston, SC at the Medical University of South Carolina he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as a junior medical student and also served as President of the organization. After medical school, he completed his transitional year internship at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, SC. He has published an extensive amount of dermatological based articles in JAMA Dermatology, JAAD Case Reports, Pediatric Dermatology, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and The American Journal of Medicine and continues to be actively involved in clinical research during his time in residency. His specific interests include integrating the latest technology with dermatology and procedural dermatology, and hopes to complete a fellowship after residency.
Dr. Shalini Thareja completed her undergraduate training at Columbia University and medical training at Emory University School of Medicine. She completed her transitional year internship at Emory University in the Department of Internal Medicine. She completed a dermatology research fellowship at Northwestern University in pediatric and vulvar dermatology between her third and fourth years of medical school. Her research included biochemical markers associated with atopic dermatitis and validation of a stigma grading scale for pediatric skin disorders under the guidance of Dr. Amy Paller. She was also involved in creating a clinical severity grading scale for vulvar lichen sclerosus and evaluation of the impact of vulvar lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, and vulvodynia on quality of life under Dr. Bethanee Schlosser. She has authored a textbook chapter on keloids in Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair and recently published research on patient preferences for result communication in JAAD.Her clinical interests include keloids and pediatric dermatology. She grew up in Melbourne, Florida, and enjoys cooking, traveling, yoga, and meditation.
Dr. Alexander Davis completed his undergraduate training at Florida State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science with minors in Business and Biomedical Physics. After graduation he spent time as a medical assistant in Jupiter, Florida under the guidance of Dr. Ricardo Mejia at Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration. He graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine in 2017 where he was the President of the Business and Medicine group and helped institute a novel business curriculum for medical students. After graduation, he completed a transitional year residency program at Brookwood Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. His dermatology interests include cutaneous oncology, procedural dermatology, and Mohs micrographic surgery. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his wife, kayak fishing, and playing with his golden retriever.