Despite the rapid introduction of new systemic psoriasis treatments, topical therapies remain a mainstay strategy for mild to moderate psoriasis. Psoriasis treatments have historically heavily relied on topical steroids and several non-steroidal options will be discussed. Topical approaches for treating itch and inflammation will be discussed.
Dr. Neal Bhatia is a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego, California. He serves as Director of Clinical Dermatology at Therapeutics Clinical Research. He is as chief medical editor for Practical Dermatology.He has a background in immunology and has interests in mechanisms of therapy, skin cancer, and medical dermatology. Aside from teaching at medical conferences, he sits on several editorial boards and is an active teacher for dermatologists, industry, and patients.
Samantha Magana is currently a first-year physician assistant (PA) student at the University of California, Davis; Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Davis, with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Before starting the PA program, she worked as a medical assistant for North Pacific Dermatology in rural Humboldt County, CA. Upon successful completion of the PA program, she intends to enter dermatology and continue to help those who are underserved and undertreated.
Nicole Natarelli is a first-year medical student at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Prior to matriculation, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Health and Wellbeing. Throughout her undergraduate career, Nicole worked as an orthopedic clinical research assistant, dermatology scribe, and Fairfax Collegiate summer course instructor, where she taught 7-9 medical science and 9-12 chemistry. Her experiences fostered her interest in academic research and medical dermatology, and her mission is to empower patients to make healthcare decisions with evidence-based perspectives on current topics in dermatology.
Dr. Jason Hawkes is a board-certified dermatologist in the greater Sacramento area. He received his medical degree and completed his dermatology residency training from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was also enrolled in the Program’s 2+2 dermatology research track. Dr. Hawkes then worked as a medical dermatologist as a faculty member in the Departments of Dermatology at the University of Utah, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and University of California Davis. In addition to being a board-certified dermatologist, he completed a research fellowship in translation immunology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and received a master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from Rockefeller University in NYC.
Dr. Hawkes is currently serving on the Medical Board and Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), as well as his role as Councilor in the International Psoriasis Council (IPC). He is the recipient of multiple research grants and teaching awards, including the 2021 NPF Outstanding Educator in Psoriatic Disease. He has served as the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of multiple pharmaceutical-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trial protocols. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 10 book chapters. Dr. Hawkes’ principal clinical and research interests are the treatment of complex inflammatory skin diseases, such as psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and eczema, using novel systemic or biologic therapies.