Dermatologists Never Make Rash Decisions

Oct 20, 2023

Our skin, the largest organ of our body, deserves expert care. Top notch dermatologists from Weill Cornell Medicine and the Medical University of Vienna provide exceptional care for all skin, hair, and nail conditions for patients of all ages. This week, physicians from both of these institutions came to Salzburg to teach 35 international fellows during the 14th Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Dermatology.

This week’s dermatology seminar provided an overview of the functions of the skin, the interactions of the skin with the immune system, and the nervous system with an emphasis on the relevance of the interactions for cutaneous pathologies. Most importantly, the latest data on new agents and techniques for preventing and treating both common and uncommon skin disorders. Importantly, cutaneous signs of internal disease and adverse skin effects of chemotherapy and immunotherapy of cancer were covered along with approaches to treat these manifestations. Engaging social events promoted fellowship and set the stage for future beneficial and useful collaborations with benefits for patient care, research, and future medical education.

  • 35 fellows
  • 24 countries
  • 2 sessions for fellows’ case presentations

Marking his 16th participation in an OMI course, Dr. Richard D. Granstein, George W. Hambrick, Jr. Professor of Dermatology and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine, served as the course director. Dr. Georg Stary, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna, co-led the course. The US and Austrian faculty cohort put together a full program of 26 lectures, providing insight for fellows on important topics such as skin signs of internal disorders, autoimmune bullous disorders, psoriasis, dermatology in skin of color: clinical and therapeutic nuances, stress and skin diseases, new drugs for skin cancer, and more.

Dermatology Faculty

  • Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH
  • Johann Bauer, MD, MBA, HCM
  • Liliane Borik-Heil, MD, MA
  • Christina Del Guzzo, MD
  • Jeanyoung Kim, MD
  • Shari R. Lipner, MD, PhD
  • Georg Stingl, MD
  • Johanna Strobl, MD, PhD
  • Stefan Woehrl, MD, MSc

Two afternoons of case presentations provided faculty and fellows the opportunity to network and converse about difficult cases in the fellows’ practices. The free afternoon offered fellows and faculty time to rest, explore, and be exposed to the Austrian culture. Part of Salzburg’s culture is classical music, and on Thursday evening, fellows had the opportunity to attend a private chamber music concert right here in Schloss Arenberg. To conclude a full week, the graduation ceremony and dinner took place on Friday evening, leaving fellows with fond memories, full hearts, and exciting journeys ahead.

Richard D. Granstein, MD

Richard D. Granstein, MD

OMI Course Director

The OMI is a unique program that brings physicians together from many parts of the world to spend a week with academic experts for a collegial and detailed exchange of cutting-edge information on the latest developments in pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. The OMI promotes interaction amongst faculty and fellows, leading to long-term friendships and collaborations that enhance understanding, respect, and fruitful exchanges amongst physicians from a variety of cultures. The OMI enhances the level of medical care around the world and contributes to the unity of global medicine.