Class of 2021

Josiah Hanson

Josiah Hanson, MD

Co-chief Resident

Undergraduate School: Whitman College

Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center

Additional Training: CNA

Career Development Activities:

  • Grand Rounds presentation on the History of Vitamin A and Plant Dermatoses.
  • He has an interest in Dermatopathology, has presented a case of CMV-vasculitis at the 2019 American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP), and is currently studying PRAME-expression in nonmelanocytic skin tumors as part of an ASDP Mentorship Award.
  • Chair of the University of Washington Dermatology Wellness Committee and a member of the COVID-19 response committee and Resident Education Committee. 
  • Odland Scholar, 2019
  • LifeCenter Northwest Monthly Life Save Award. 

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Dr. Hanson's interests include dermatopathology and academic dermatology. Outside of medicine, he enjoys hiking the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and canoeing the lakes of Northern Minnesota. He also enjoys collecting rare and unusual house plants with a menagerie of over 120 varieties that help keep the company of his cats, the rambunctious 'Chicksticks' and the toothless 'Animal'.

Daniel Leifer

Daniel Leifer, MD

Undergraduate School: Stanford University

Undergraduate Major: Biology, with Interdisciplinary Honors in International Security Studies

Medical School: University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Residency: Pediatrics, Northwestern University

Additional Training: 

Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship, 2017, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics.

Career Development Activities: 

  • Advisor, American Academy of Dermatology Task Force on Drug Pricing and Transparency (2019-2020).
  • UW Dermatology Grand Rounds presentation: "Regulatory Capture: Generic Drug Pricing in America". 
  • UW Dermatology Grand Rounds presentation: "Pandemic Response and COVID-19."
  • Seattle Dermatological Society presentation: "The Promise and Perils of Genome Editing."
  • Seattle Children's Hospital Provider Grand Rounds: "The Promise and Perils of Genome Editing."
  • David C. Leach Award, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course, USAMRIID/USAMRICD.

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Dr. Leifer’s interests include clinical dermatology, public health policy, access to medications, and the impact of emerging technologies on medical practice. In his free time, he enjoys reading novels, doing escape rooms, hiking, and biking.


Benjamin Perin

Benjamin Perin, MD


Undergraduate School: Middlebury College

Undergraduate Major: English Literature

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Prelim Medicine

Career Development Activities: 

  • Perin, B.I.. "Intern in winter" Journal of Graduate Medical Education: February 2019, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 101-101.
  • Dermatology Grand Rounds, University of Washington Division of Dermatology. "Bugs not drugs; is skin microbiota transplantation the next steroid-sparing agent?" (May, 2019)
  • Dermatology Grand Rounds, University of Washington Division of Dermatology. "The Microbiome of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and implications for clinical management." (March, 2020)
  • Perin B, Addetia A, Qin X (2019) Transfer of skin microbiota between two dissimilar autologous microenvironments: A pilot study. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0226857.
  • Outstanding Consultant of the Month, University of Washington Medical Center (Dec 2019)
  • Volunteer at King County Free Medical Clinic (Feb, 2020)
  • Selected for SID Future Leaders' Retreat for (May, 2020) 
  • Instructor for Grief, Poetry, and Medicine Medical Student Course (May 2020)

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Dr. Perin’s academic interests include skin microbiome/therapeutic manipulation of skin microbiota in inflammatory disease, pediatric dermatology, equity in access to specialty medical care, and humanities in medicine. Other interests include spending time with family, reading, riding bikes, and writing poetry.

S. Max Vale

S. Max Vale, MD

Co-Chief Resident

Undergraduate School: University of Missouri

Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry, Music

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Internship: Virginia Mason (Transitional Year in medicine and surgery)

Career Development Activities: 

  • Grand Rounds and Seattle Dermatology Society presentations on Pharmacoeconomics in Dermatology, Chronic Actinic Dermatitis, and Cutaneous Mastocytosis.
  • Professional service as a member of the Communications Committee, Resident Education Committee, Grand Rounds Committee, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, and Medical Student Education Committee.
  • Quality improvement projects, including evaluation and improvement of LGBTQ inclusiveness in the clinical environment, development of a consultative supply card for hospital dermatologic care, and education and standardization of care for patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

Hometown: Columbia, MO

Dr. Vale's clinical interests include: general medical dermatology for adult and pediatric populations, skin surgery, and cosmetic dermatology, with a special interest in LGBTQ health.

Dr. Vale's research interests include: health policy, health economics, cost-of-care, quality improvement, and medical education. 


Class of 2022

Lauren Bonomo

Lauren Bonomo, MD

Undergraduate School: Yale University

Undergraduate Major: Linguistics

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center (Transitional Year)

Additional Training: Clinical Research Fellowship at Mount Sinai (with focus on biologics for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis)

Career Development Activities: 

  • Published two articles in JDD: "Combination Use of Systemic Therapies in Psoriasis: Baseline Characteristics from the Corrona Psoriasis Registry" (08/2019); "Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor-Induced Psoriasis in a Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patient Successfully Treated with Ustekinumab" (03/2020).
  • Recently submitted a manuscript titled "Treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum: A multicenter survey-based study assessing satisfaction and quality of life." 
  • Member of the Wellness and Volunteer committees. 

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Bonomo’s academic interests include pediatric and general dermatology, particularly caring for patients with chronic conditions like psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa. She and her husband both went to medical school in New York City and are now completing their residencies in Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her new neighborhood, cooking, and hanging out with her two Siberian kittens ("Maple & Peanut").

Emily Duffy

Emily Duffy, MD

Undergraduate School: Stanford University

Undergraduate Major: Spanish and Portuguese, Psychology

Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Internship:  The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Additional Training:  Pediatrics Residency, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Career Development Activities:

  • Society for Pediatric Dermatology Annual Meeting attendee
  • National Psoriasis Foundation Resident Meeting attendee
  • Pacific Northwest Dermatological Conference attendee
  • Dermatology Division Equity, Diverstiy, and Inclusion Committee member 

Hometown: Houston, TX

Dr. Duffy’s interests include pediatric dermatology, infectious dermatology and infestations, and contact dermatitis. In her free time she enjoys her backyard chickens, orange cats, exploring ocean shorelines and harvesting their edible bounties, and discovering good seafood and Japanese restaurants (with takeout!).

Deva Wells

Deva Wells, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Washington

Undergraduate Major: Neurobiology with College Honors

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Internship: University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency

Additional Training: University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Medical Resident

Career Development Activities:

  • Published on socioeconomic disparities in outcomes from cardiac arrest
  • presented on ethics and professionalism related to social media use
  • teaching dermatology for non-dermatologists

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Dr. Wells’s interests include the intersection of ethics, professionalism, and social media use, and she is clinically very interested in the intersection of dermatology and infectious diseases.


Class of 2023

Caitlin Crimp

Caitlin Crimp, MD

Undergraduate School: Oregon State University

Undergraduate Majors: Biochemistry & Biophysics and Spanish

Medical School: University of Washington SOM, WWAMI

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Washington

Hometown: Coeur d Alene, ID

Dr. Crimp's interests include dermatopathology and clinical education. Outside of medicine, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, reading, cooking, and traveling (in the pre-COVID era). A little known fact about her is that she was a member of a performance juggling group back in the day. 

Anna Tappel

Anna Tappel, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Alaska Anchorage

Undergraduate Major: Biological Sciences & Vocal Performance

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Preliminary Medicine

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Dr. Tappel's interests include general and pediatric dermatology, psychocutaneous disease, and systemic medical issues such as prevention of medical error. She grew up in an Air Force family and traveled extensively prior to settling in Anchorage, Alaska. After completing medical school in the East, she is excited to be back on the West Coast and has enjoyed eating her way through Seattle. When not in the hospital, she enjoys travel (particularly if it involves scuba diving and street food), performing and listening to a wide variety of musical genres, and watching other people cook. A little known fact about Dr. Tappel is that she loves to watch Korean dramas ("Kdramas").


Rachael Ward

Rachael Ward, MD, MPH

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan

Undergraduate Major: Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science

Graduate School: University of Michigan School of Public Health, MPH in Epidemiology

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Internship: Campbell University, North Carolina

Career Development Activities:

  • University of Michigan School of Public Health graduate with focus on epidemiology, biostatistics, and global health  
  • Professional service as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Network for Underrepresented Residents and Faculty, and Volunteer Committee  
  • Ward RA, Udechukwu NS, Selim MA, Jaleel T. Vulvar and perineal verrucous changes complicating hidradenitis suppurativa after wide excision: a case and literature review. Dermatol Online J. 2020;26(7):13030/qt3d37n310. Published 2020 Jun 15. 
  • Previous Hope for Hidradenitis Suppurativa patient NC chapter student focus group leader  
  • AAD 3rd Place Abstract and Presentation for Hidradenitis Suppurativa and its link to Cardiovascular diseases 

Hometown: Detroit, MI  

Dr. Ward’s clinical interests include: skin of color, health outcomes in underrepresented populations, hair disorders, hidradenitis suppurativa, general medical dermatology for adult and pediatric populations, procedural dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology. She enjoys spending time and co-collaborating with her husband, who works in the financial technology industry. She loves animals and especially enjoys spending time with her yorkie Bella, and newbie to the family, Snowy, an aussiedoodle.  

Jason Ya

Jason Ya, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Virginia

Undergraduate Major: Computer Science and Biology

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Internship: Alameda Health Systems, Highland Hospital, CA

Hometown: Reston, VA

Additional Training: Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellow at Stanford University

Career Development Activities: 

  • Published two articles in JAAD: "TNF-α Inhibitor-Induced psoriasis: A decade of experience at the Cleveland Clinic" (12/2018); "Family history of psoriasis, psychological stressors, and tobacco use are associated with the development of tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitor-induced psoriasis: A case-control study" (06/2020).
  • Member of the Wellness and Research committees.

Biography: Dr. Ya's academic interests include cutaneous oncology, bioinformatics, genetics, and technology in medicine. His interests outside of medicine include traveling, the outdoors, flying, and eating.