Maui Derm for Dermatologists 2014 Faculty

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Dr. Benabio is a practicing dermatologist and Physician Director of Health Care Transformation at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, where he leads several projects, including social networking for physicians, lean initiatives, and technology-enhanced healthcare delivery.

Dr. Benabio is the voice behind, The Derm Blog (, a blog dedicated to educating patients about skin health and wellness. An expert in social media, Dr. Benabio pens “Digital Dermatology,” a monthly column on social media, technology, and healthcare for Skin & Allergy News and gives an average of 20 talks per year to health care professionals on topics such as Managing Your Online Reputation, How Physicians Can Use Social Media Safely, and The Changing Role of the Physician. He serves as an external advisory board member for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

He is often quoted in both print and online publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Health Magazine, and WebMD. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Benabio was named “A Rock Star of Dermatology” by Glamour Magazine, making him his niece’s coolest uncle.

He lives in downtown San Diego and enjoys hiking, traveling, and politics. Connect with him on Twitter @Dermdoc or drop him a line at [email protected].

Dr. Neal Bhatia is a board-certified dermatologist who is best known for moving across the country twice in ten years.  After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin and training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Bhatia attempted his escape to the west coast and was in practice in San Diego.  He then returned home to Milwaukee to open his own practice which was just recently acquired by a larger group.  He was also an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

This past year he has relocated back to Long Beach, California in private practice and will also be joining the faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Department of Dermatology. In addition to his involvement on several AAD committees, he was also appointed to fill in the one-year vacant term on the AAD Board of Directors starting in 2012.

Dr. Bhatia has been published in multiple journals as well as Dermatology Clinics and completed an edition of Dialogues in Dermatology on immune mechanisms of topical immunomodulators.  He has a background in immunology and has interests in systemic diseases as well as mechanisms of therapy, skin cancer, and Rosacea.  He sits on several editorial boards and advisory boards for industry, and is an active teacher for dermatologists, primary care physicians, and patients.

Dr. Bhatia is fluent in Spanish and enjoys travel, music, and also teaches a wine class.  He has reached his goal of visiting every state (and nearly every Canadian province) and has aspirations to become a disc jockey when his days in medicine are over.

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