Maria Tsoukas, MD, PhD.

Department Head

Associate Professor of Dermatology

Dr. Maria Tsoukas is the head of the Department of Dermatology at UI Health. Dr. Tsoukas specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients who are at high risk for skin cancer and those with chronic immunosuppression or autoimmune diseases. She has a strong focus on non-invasive field therapies, photodynamic therapy, and skin laser therapy to treat benign and malignant skin conditions, and her clinical interests also include noninvasive skin rejuvenation using injectable botulinum toxin and fillers. Dr. Tsoukas’ research focuses on photobiology/photodymanic therapy; laser tissue interactions and drug delivery; field cancerization therapies; and tissue repair. Dr. Tsoukas also serves as the Associate Head of Education Affairs and Residency Program Director in the Department of Dermatology.

Clinical Interests: General and skin surgery, high risk skin cancer patients, transplant and immunosuppression, skin care for the cancer patient (under chemotherapy), cutaneous laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, aesthetic dermatology, injectable cosmetic procedures

Research Interests:Photobiology and photodynamic therapy, field cancerization therapies, laser therapies in neurocutaneous and skin vascular conditions, high risk skin cancer, Lynch syndrome, skin cancer education and advocacy in disparities

Michelle A Bain, MD

Residency Program Director

Director of Pediatric Skin Diseases & Medical Student Education, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Dr. Michelle Bain is the director of pediatric skin diseases at UI Health. Dr. Bain has special expertise in atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, moles, birthmarks, alopecia, vitiligo, and warts. She has been practicing dermatology for more than 30 years.

Kyle T. Amber, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Dr. Kyle Amber practices in the Department of Dermatology at UI Health. Dr. Amber’s clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune blistering diseases, and complex medical dermatology. Dr. Amber runs the skin immunology lab at UI Health, where he studies the role of the immune system in autoimmune blistering diseases, including pemphigus, pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita; he is particularly interested in the role of eosinophils, a cell seen in allergy, in bullous pemphigoid, a rare skin condition that causes fluid-filled blisters. Dr. Amber is interested in developing evidence-based approaches to managing comorbidities in patients with blistering diseases, such as steroid-induced osteoporosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and opportunistic infections.

Clinical Interests: Auto immune blistering disease, Complex medical dermatology, Dermatomyositis, Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Atopic dermatitis

Research Interests: Autoimmune blistering disease, Immune-epidermal interactions, Mitigating steroid induced comorbidities

Lawrence Chan, MD

Dr. Orville J. Stone Professor of Dermatology

James Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC)

Dr. Lawrence Chan practices in the Department of Dermatology at UI Health. Dr. Chan cares for patients with atopic dermatitis and blistering skin diseases. His clinical interests also include immunodermatology and autoimmune bullous diseases. He is expert in treating psoriasis, acne, tinea pedis, and pemphigus. Dr. Chan has over 30 years of experience. He is also honored with the Dr Orville J. Stone Professorship in Dermatology.

Vassilios Dimitropoulos, MD

Assistant Professor and Director of Dermatologic and Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Dr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos is a board-certified dermatologist at UI Health. Dr. Dimitropoulos specializes in skin cancer and is fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery as a treatment for skin cancer.

Iris K. Aronson, MD

Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate Head of Clinical Affairs

Dr. Iris Aronson practices in the Department of Dermatology at UI Health. Dr. Aronson’s primary specialties include alopecia, bullous diseases, connective tissue disease, dermatomyositis, lupus, and panniculitis. She also focuses on treating skin conditions related to women, including pregnancy-related dermatological problems.

Carlotta Hill, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Director of Chicago Regional Hansen’s Disease Center

Milena Lyon, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Dr. Kamran Avanaki

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering 

Kamran Avanaki is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Dermatology Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to this position, he was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Department at Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kent, the United Kingdom with an Outstanding Achievement Honor in Medical Optical Imaging and Computing in 2012. His areas of expertise are design and development of photoacoustic imaging technology and optical coherence tomography for biomedical applications to solve critical problems in brain and skin imaging. As principle investigator, he has received multiple research grants/ fellowships including two NIH R01s, and a Melanoma Research Alliance Grant. He has received several other awards including Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC), American Cancer Society Seed Award, The Tech Transfer Talent Network (T3N) Award, Michigan Children’s Hospital Foundation Award, Entrepreneurship and the Anderson Institute Award, Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Award, Albert and Goldye J. Nelson Award, and Dean’s Diversity Fellowship. He has published in numerous high-level journals such as, PNAS, Cancer Research, IEEE Transaction of Biomedical Imaging, Photoacoustics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, and IEEE Journals including more than 80 first-authored/ senior authored peer-reviewed articles. His Google Scholar citation is over 2100 with an h-index of 23. In addition to serving on the technical program committees for SPIE PW, IEEE ICIP, ICACCI and MICCAI conferences, he has delivered 46 keynotes, plenary, or invited talks, and presented papers at several conferences across the globe, such as IEEE Photonics, MICCAI, MIUA, MVIP, as well as SPIE Photonics West. He is an associate editor of Applied Optics Journal and Frontiers in Neuroscience. He is also an active reviewer of 20 journals including PNAS, PLOS ONE, Cancer Research, Scientific Report, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, MICCAI, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Optics Express, and Sensor. He has mentored /co-mentored more than 30 graduate students and has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award three times (in 2016, 2017, and 2019) at Wayne State University. He also received the Research Excellence Award and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 from the Engineering School at Wayne State University. He has also received the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award in 2020.

Sheryl Hoyer, MD 

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Sheryl Hoyer, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist who has practiced in the Chicagoland area for almost 25 years.  She practices general medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.  Her interests include systemic medications for psoriasis and eczema, skin cancer and actinic keratosis prevention and treatment (including good field treatment for AKs such as traditional topical prescriptions, PDT, and chemical peels), isotretinoin for acne, and cosmetic filler/neurotoxin treatments. Dr. Hoyer stays active in the dermatology community having recently finished her reign as vice president of the Illinois Dermatological Society and having successfully lobbied with other board members to prohibit Illinois minors from using tanning beds.  She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago and was an internal medicine intern at Northwestern before completing her dermatology residency at Cook County Hospital, serving as chief resident.  She has practiced for 20 years in a private practice in the northwestern suburbs, but has also worked with dermatology residents at the University of Chicago for four years and most recently with family medicine residents at Northwestern for three years.