About the Author

Common Dermatologic Conditions

Kate O. Khorsand, MD
Kate O. Khorsand, MD, is a chief resident in dermatology at the University of Washington. She is a Washington state native, having completed her undergraduate degree in bioengineering as well as her medical degree with honors at the University of Washington. Dr. Khorsand's academic and clinical interests lie in the field of pediatric dermatology, and she has written several manuscripts within this field. When not seeing patients, Dr. Khorsand enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She is an avid traveler and particularly enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Northwest.

Jayasri G. Iyer, MD
Jayasri G. Iyer, MD is a final-year dermatology resident at the University of Washington. Dr. Iyer has completed her dermatology training in India after which she worked there for 3 years in a private practice and as a faculty member. She moved to the United States to join her husband in 2005 and relocated to Sammamish, Washington, where she has lived with her family since 2007. She worked for 6 years in translational research on Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an aggressive skin cancer, identifying the first viral epitopes for the Merkel cell polyomavirus detectable in blood and tumor, that could be used toward T cell immunotherapy. She is an author of 31 peer-reviewed articles. Her interests include vitiligo, treating patients with skin of color, skin cancer, and dermatoscopy. Outside of work, she is trained in Indian classical music and enjoys performing Indian classical music as well as spending time with her family.

Kim Gittere Abson, MD
Kim Gittere Abson, MD, earned her medical degree with honors at the University of Washington, and completed an internal medicine residency (2-year preliminary) and dermatology residency (co-chief resident) at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Abson is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and practices at The Polyclinic, a leading multispecialty practice in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Abson also is a clinical professor for the University of Washington Dermatology Department, an active inpatient attending physician, a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Washington Dermatology Department in 1999 and in 2012, past department chair of the Swedish Hospital Dermatology, past president of the Washington State Dermatology Association and Seattle Dermatology Society, co-leader of the Seattle Dermatologic Journal Club, and chief of the medical subspecialty at The Polyclinic.


Russell R. Snyder, MD

Associate Editor
Anne E. Burke, MD

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