I would like to thank my mentors. Professor Joy Schulz, your lessons are indelible. Dr. Michael Fisher, this book is an extension of all that you taught me and my gift back to you. To all my other teachers and colleagues and also to the residents and students I have taught over the years, thank you. You all have taught and inspired me. You've challenged me to think through new knowledge and concept areas. I feel privileged and proud to have been a part of many great institutions over the years—the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; New York University (NYU) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. To my dermatology teachers at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa—Professor Deepak Modi and Drs. Richard Nevin, David Klevansky, Hansa Ratanjee, Vivian Berro, Vivian Jacques, and Rob Weiss—your love of dermatology and your knowledge are with me still. Professor Modi, thank you too for your image contributions to the Guidebook. To my co-registrar group in South Africa—Drs. Steven Glassman, Eric Bue, Jacques Malan, Barbara Fine, and Pholile Mpofu—you were phenomenal teachers. Warm South African gratitude also goes to my esteemed colleague, Professor Ncoza Dlova. Thank you for your image contributions to this book, and for your inspiration, dear friendship, and our ongoing work together. In 1996, Dr. Irwin Freedberg, the chair of dermatology at the Ronald O Perelman Department of Dermatology of NYU, changed my life's course when I was asked to become a senior resident there. I subsequently completed a full second dermatology residency in the Division of Dermatology at Einstein, where Dr. Fisher was the chair. Dr. Freedberg, Dr. Fisher, and the faculty, residents, and students of NYU and of Einstein embraced me as a colleague and teacher. Dr. Miguel Sanchez, thank you for allowing the inclusion of images from the patients we saw at the time. Dr. Ken Katz, I will always remember when you were a first-year resident and you told me that you had just diagnosed a new case of in-transit melanoma metastases based on what you learned in my class only a few days prior. Thanks also go to my co-residents at Einstein for some wonderful shared years. You helped to make New York City my home. To Dr. Andrea Cambio, thank you for your unwavering friendship. To Dr. Barry Smith, thank you for your image contribution. To Dr. Todd Minars, thank you being one of the first to want to read this book. I hope your patience will now finally be rewarded.
Since 2005, I have been part of the medical community at Harvard and its affiliated hospitals, initially at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where Dr. Robert Stern was chair, and subsequently at Brigham and Women's Hospital under Dr. Tom Kupper's leadership. The vibrancy of this academic community continues to inspire my work, and I have forged many strong working relationships and friendships here—Drs. Marissa Heller, Anthony Cukras, Ruth Ann Vleugels, Erin Wei, and Charlie Taylor, and Lori Newman, to name but a few. To Drs. Adam Lipworth and Molly Plovanich, first residents and now colleagues, thank you for your image contributions. I would also like to thank New York University School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology for image contributions. I have also had the opportunity to work with a wonderful team at VisualDx. To Dr. Elena Hawryluk, also resident and now valued colleague, thank you for your brilliant naming of the GIFTs box on the wheel of diagnosis. To Professor Lowell Goldsmith, thank you for your invaluable advice when this book was in its nascence. To Dr. Art Papier and the entire VisualDx team, my gratitude knows no bounds. To all my wonderful dermatology colleagues and friends in the United States, you have enriched my life in myriads of ways. I am grateful to be your colleague.
This book is dedicated as well to my own family. Mom, you were a force. My book will join your chemistry textbook on our bookshelf at home. I miss you. Dad, you are a true giant among people. You are an amazing doctor, a mensch, and an inspiration to everyone around you, every day. We love you forever. Ruth, Danni, Yoni, and Davidi Aharon, you guys are the best! To Walt Friedman, my one true love—what a gift to be able to spend my life with you! To our daughter, Orli, with all my love and blessings—you are our greatest joy. And to all my friends—I am so grateful to you.
To Anne Sydor who saw this book in my initial work, profound thanks. And to Karen Edmonson and your amazing team, equally profound thanks for your ongoing patience and support. We made it!
Thank you to New York University School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology for contributing the following figures:
Figure 1.9 (some of the images)