THE BROWN SKIN AGENDA
Presented by the Vitality Institute
the Vitality Institute
40%* of the
population are skin
Less than 10%* of all
Dermatologists and Plastic
Surgeons are either Black
are dedicated to treating skin of color.
Nia Banks, MD, FACS
Dr. Banks is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, she is a patron of the arts and a charter member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Alia Brown, MD, FAAD
Dr. Brown specializes in partnering with patients to deliver the healthiest, most beautiful skin possible. As a highly skilled skin laser and surgery specialist, she focuses on cosmetic dermatology, including laser medicine and injectables. She places a high priority on her patients’ well-being and enjoys designing the most appropriate and successful treatment path for each individual. In addition, Dr. Brown enjoys traveling, exercising, and volunteer work with several civic organizations in her free time. Dr. Brown is married and has three children.
Jeanine B. Downie, MD, FAAD
Dr. Downie is a philanthropist and is very involved with the United Negro College Fund, National Public Radio, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Dress for Success, The Junior League, Public Broadcasting Services, March of Dimes, All-Stars, Cares Mentoring, The National Urban League, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Planned Parenthood, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and several other national and local charities.
Vikisha Fripp, MD, FACS
Dr. Fripp practices at The University of Maryland Capital Region in Prince George's County, Maryland, where she is the Chairman, Department of Surgery for the Bowie Surgery Center. Dr. Fripp is also the Medical Director of Radiance Day Spa in Washington, DC. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), and AWS Foundation Board. She is active in the medical community, currently serving as the Vice Chairman for the Board of Medicine for the District of Columbia, a member of the Federation of State Medical Boards Sexual Boundary Violations Workgroup, and a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Amerigroup DC Medicaid. In addition, she has served on the Medical Executive, Ethics, Peer Review, Credentialing, and Operating Room committees within the hospital.
Corey Hartman, MD, FAAD
Dr. Hartman has a special interest in Dermatologic Surgery, Injectables, Hair Restoration, and Laser Dermatology. He frequently speaks on cosmetic procedures and social media marketing in dermatology at meetings around the country. Dr. Hartman was voted 2016 Best of Birmingham: Dermatologist by the readers of Birmingham Magazine and the 2018 Best Dermatologist by the readers of About Town Magazine. Most recently, in 2020, Dr. Hartman was named physician spokesman and brand ambassador for iconic Old Spice’s skin care lines for men. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for Men’s Health Magazine, Allergan Aesthetics, Galderma Aesthetics, and Revision Skin Care. Most recently, Dr. Hartman was named to the Board of Directors of the Skin of Color Society.
Michelle Henry, MD, FAAD
In her practice at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, Dr. Henry believes in using the most state-of-the-art techniques and research-backed methods to provide high-quality and holistic care. She is a fellow in several professional organizations, including the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, where she also chairs the education committee.
Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Henry is renowned for her research and teaching skills. She’s published a variety of articles and chapters on cosmetic surgery and skin cancer treatment and was a finalist for the American College of Mohs Surgery’s Tromovitch Award. She is currently a clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and has extensive experience teaching aesthetic procedures like laser surgery, hair restoration, and injecting neuromodulators and fillers.
Sumayah Jamal, MD, FAAD
Dr. Jamal was Founding Director of the Ethnic Skin clinic at NYU School of Medicine for 13 years until she joined the Schweiger Dermatology Group, where she currently serves as Program Director for the Skin of Color Speciality Clinic.
Chesahna Kindred, MD, FAAD
Dr. Kindred has several publications concerning an array of dermatologic topics, including co-writing chapters in leading dermatology textbooks. Her publications include but are not limited to hair loss, skin cancer, and treatments in patients with skin of color. Philosophically her focus of “Empowering through beauty” has resonated with patients worldwide. Understanding the desire people have to feel as beautiful outside as they do within, Dr. Kindred helps them achieve the balance that allows people to feel complete. True beauty is not about vanity but instead about empowering one’s self to have the confidence to live life to the fullest.
Katina Byrd Miles, MD, FAAD
Dr. Miles has more than 15 years of experience in practicing dermatology and has been published in peer-reviewed medical textbooks and journals. With her advanced training in the use of the dermatoscope, she is an expert in skin cancer detection and treatment. Dr. Miles is also a specialist in the skin of color. She is passionate about treating and preventing hair loss and other skin conditions that commonly affect ethnic skin.
Wendy Roberts, MD, FAAD
Dr. Roberts is a Past President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and The California State Dermatologic Society, CALDERM. Known by the specialty for her innovation and energy, she has been in her private practice in Rancho Mirage, CA since 1994. Dr. Roberts has been voted as “Best Doctor” by her colleagues for the last 16 years by the Palm Springs Life Magazine. She specializes in Generational Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology, Hair Regrowth and Ethnic Skin of Color. Dr Roberts is a Physician Expert on the new acclaimed medical show Chasing the Cure and is frequently seen on TV shows including The Doctors, Steve Harvey Show and The Real. She is author of the textbook Chemical Peel: A Global Perspective and has numerous published academic articles.
Nkem Ugonabo, MD, MPH, FAAD
Dr. Ugonabo has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of American Medical Association Surgery, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology and Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. She has presented at numerous meetings including the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Annual Conference, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Annual Meeting and Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference. She has also been featured in many media publications like Shape, Allure, Women’s Health, Bustle, Marie Claire, Elite Dailly, The Greatist, Huffington Post, and more. She is a member of the AAD, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), ASLMS, Skin of Color Society (SOCS), the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) and International Peeling Society (IPS). She also serves on national leadership committees on the AAD, SOCS and WDS.