Facing Series for Dermatology

This series of books was co-authored by Dr. Shadi Kourosh and Dr. Ted Stern, physicians and faculty members at Harvard Medical School, for patients diagnosed with skin diseases and their families to help them navigate their wellness journey from the medical, mental health and lifestyle aspects.

Facing Psoriasis

Facing Psoriasis is for anyone whose life is affected by this diagnosis. Written by leading physicians in their fields, Facing Psoriasis combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on psoriasis, with a caring approach to the emotional aspects of living with a dermatological condition. This book provides easily readable and trustworthy information; it is divided into chapters that asks and answers pertinent questions about psoriasis and its medical, surgical, and psychiatric care. A glossary of terms and tables is also provided to inform readers, in addition to online resources, references, and photographs.

Facing Eczema

Facing Eczema is for anyone whose life is affected by eczema. Written by leading physicians in their fields, Facing Eczema combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on the use and tolerability of medications, with a caring and sensible approach to the emotional aspects of living with eczema and its complications. This book provides easily readable and trustworthy information, which is divided amongst eight chapters that ask and answer pertinent questions about eczema and its medical, surgical, and psychiatric/psychological components. A glossary of terms provides important background information to readers (e.g., about the disease, diet, exercise, and risk-reduction); online resources and references are also offered.Each chapter is accompanied by selected references and internet resources as well as illustrations and photographs.

Facing Vitiligo ♦︎ Facing Acne ♦︎ Facing Scarring

Coming Soon!

About the Authors

Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH

Dr. Kourosh is a board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she received the institution’s Excellence Award in Dermatology, and during her residency was chosen by the faculty and her peers for awards in Leadership and for Outstanding Professionalism and Humanism as a physician.

Dr. Kourosh is committed to patient advocacy and solving public health problems for patients with skin disease. She developed the Skin Advocate iPhone App, a free iPhone application that connects patients with patient advocacy organizations for their skin conditions. She has published and been recognized in many publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), JAMA Dermatology, Dermatologic Clinics, and Dermatology World Magazine. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Dialogues in Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology’s official podcast and internationally subscribed educational program for physicians.

Dr. Kourosh serves as the Dermatology Department’s Director of Community Health, increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in the Boston area. She is the founding director of the Clinic for Pigmentary Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the founder and director of Project Phoenix, MGH’s pro-bono tattoo removal program, assisting those seeking to escape gangs and human trafficking to be safe and reintegrate into society, which has won national awards for its impact. She also advocates for patients at the national level as a representative of the American Academy of Dermatology’s delegation to Congress to protect medical research and affordable care for patients with skin disease.

Theodore Stern, MD

Dr. Stern is the Chief of The Avery D. Weisman, M.D. Psychiatry Consultation Service (a service that performs more than 3,500 new psychiatric consultations each year on medical and surgical floors) and the Director of the Office of Clinical Careers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the first endowed Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation at HMS.  A graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, he completed his Psychiatric Residency at the MGH (in 1979). Since then, he has focused his efforts at the interface of medicine and psychiatry, as a clinician, clinical researcher, and a teacher.

Dr. Stern has mentored scores at the MGH and co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters (with more than 150 other psychiatrists, internists, cardiologists, and surgeons) as well as 17 books (including the MGH Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry textbook (with an on-line question and answer companion), the Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry, 4/e, 5/e, and  6/e, The MGH Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry (1/e and 2/e), Psychiatry Update and Board Preparation (1/e and 2/e), Facing Cancer, Massachusetts General Hospital: 1000 Psychiatry Questions and Annotated Answers, and the Review Manual in Psychosomatic Medicine.  He has lectured across the nation on medical psychiatry and directed numerous postgraduate courses (including “Emergency Psychiatry and Crisis Intervention” and “Psychiatric Care of the Medically Ill: A Review of Psychosomatic Medicine”).

Dr. Stern is a Past-President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) and is a Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the APM. An ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 journals, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychosomatics and serves on the editorial boards of seven peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has worked with the National Board of Medical Examiners (on panels for standard-setting, item-modeling, and item-writing).  On three occasions he has won the coveted “Best Teacher Award” from the graduating residents at the MGH/McLean Hospital Psychiatric Residency Training Program and he has received the Thomas P. Hackett Award from the APM (its highest honor).

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