Joslyn Kirby, MD, MS MEd +1


This session will review the clinical presentation and severity grading of HS. The decision between topical and systemic therapies will be reviewed and the clinical evidence for TNF, JAK, and IL-17/23 inhibition will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the diagnostic approach, differential diagnosis, and physical and psychological co-morbidities of HS
  2. Differentiate the severity grading of HS and decide when systemic therapy is appropriate for pediatric and adult populations
  3. Evaluate the clinical evidence for use of TNF, JAK/TEC and IL-17/23 inhibition in HS and discuss the and benefit:risk ratio in association systemic therapies


User: Joslyn Kirby
Joslyn Kirby

Dr. Kirby is a dermatologist and clinician-researcher at Penn State Hershey. She earned her Medical degree from the University of Virginia, then completed her Dermatology Residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In her clinical and research work, she is interested in acneiform conditions including acne, rosacea, and, especially, hidradenitis suppurativa – its effects on people, outcome measurement, and pathomechanisms. She is the PI of a number of clinical research trials. All of this is made possible by the support of her husband and two daughters.

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User: Hadar Lev-Tov
Hadar Lev-Tov

Dr. Hadar Lev-Tov is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive research experience. Throughout his training and in daily practice, he has always believed that the key to achieving health for his patients is grounded in his ability to truly connect to their experiences and perceptions of health and well-being. Maimonides, one of the greatest philosophers of all time realized that human knowledge, often represented as "science," is limited. As a physician, he feels he would be a fool to believe all is known. Maimonides said, "The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it." LearnSkin is his journey to a better understanding of his patients.

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