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dermatopathology team

Our Mission

Our mission as a Laboratory Services group is to continue to grow our understanding of our three disciplines; Immunodermatology, Dermatopathology and Oralpathology.  With that knowledge, greater understanding of the diseases affecting the skin to create individualized treatments for our clients and patients. 

Our History

We began in 1972 with Dr. Gerald Krueger joining The University of Utah Internal Medicine Department.  Dr. Krueger laid the building blocks for Dermatology to become its own division in 1980, the V.A. partnership followed shortly after in 1986 and the hiring of our previous chair, Dr. John Zone, in 1987.  Dr. Zone entrepreneurial mindset led us to become our own Department in 1990. Fast forward 30 years later with Dr. Zone, passing his chair title to Dr. Kristina Callis Duffin who took over in 2020. Dr. Duffin being the first female chair in the School of Medicine, has enriched the Department with her relentless work ethic and commitment to the DEI initiative. 


Anneli R. Bowen


Dr. Anneli Bowen is an Associate Professor of Dermatology with a subspecialization in dermatopathology and clinical interest in general dermatology. After earning her bachelor of science degree at MIT, she attended the University of Michigan Medical School followed by a dermatology residency at the University of Utah and dermatopathology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Keith Duffy


Keith Duffy, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator. Dr. Duffy's clinical interests include Mohs surgery (a microscopic technique that allows skin cancers to be removed with very narrow surgical margins), diagnostic dermatopathology (the study of skin diseases at the microscopic level), and medical dermatology. He is board certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology as well as an Associate Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Dr. Duffy is a member of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

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Scott R. Florell


Scott Florell, MD is one of four dermatopathologists in the department that analyzes skin biopsies. He uses his clinical and dermatopathology skills to assist our clinicians in diagnosing skin diseases. His main clinical focus I diagnosing and treating patients with skin cancer. Dr. Florell is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, dermatology and dermatopathology.

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Patricia A. Vitale


Dr. Patricia Vitale is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. Although her current practice is dedicated to dermatopathology, her clinical background in general dermatology proves invaluable when faced with diagnosing challenging biopsies of inflammatory, infectious, melanocytic, and neoplastic diseases of the skin and mucosa. She is a co-author of the series, Clues To Diagnosis in Dermatopathology, with her mentor, the late Dr. A.B. Ackerman, with whom she shares a passion for teaching and training the next generation of dermatopathologists.

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David A. Wada


David Wada, MD is a dermatologist who specializes in cutaneous oncology. His clinical focus is centered on the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous lymphoma, lymphomatoid disorders (skin conditions that resemble lymphoma), melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and has directed the Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Lymphoma program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute since 2012. He has been involved in multiple clinical trials associated with the treatment of cutaneous malignancies at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in dermatology, dermatopathology, and anatomic and clinical pathology and is also the director of the Dermatopathology Laboratory at the University of Utah.

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Jamie Zussman


Dr. Jamie Zussman is a board certified dermatologist with a special interest in new rashes, infectious dermatology, medical dermatology, and skin cancer. She enjoys caring for patients with all general dermatologic concerns.

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Upcoming Events


One of our Department’s educational missions is to provide outreach to all health care providers who deal with patient skin problems in the primary care setting. A key component of this effort has been the establishment of a one day CME course entitled Practical Dermatology For Primary Care that has been held annually during the spring in the University of Utah School of Medicine over the past 11 years. This course has been received very warmly by its attendees.

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To promote and maintain high standards of dermatology practice, to promote the science and art of dermatology, and to assist in providing continuing medical education for dermatologists and other providers of dermatology.

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