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Meet University of Minnesota Health’s new dermatologists

Additional providers mean more access for appointments and new areas of expertise

August 20, 2014|8:51am


Our new dermatologists (from left to right): Sheilagh Maguiness, MD, Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD, MBA, Ronda Farah, MD, and Daniel Miller, MD.

Four new physicians have joined the University of Minnesota Health Dermatology team—increasing availability for patient appointments and providing new areas of expertise.

“These new physicians will add to our capabilities and bring new ideas and expertise to serve our patients,” says Maria Hordinsky, MD, chair of the Department of Dermatology. “It’s exciting to be able to offer more services and appointment times.”

New in pediatric dermatology

Sheilagh Maguiness, MD

The pediatric dermatology program recently welcomed Sheilagh Maguiness, MD, whose clinical interests include vascular anomalies, atopic dermatitis and birthmarks.

She completed her dermatology residency and fellowship in pediatric dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. Before joining the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota Health clinical practice, she was an attending physician at Boston Children's Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Maguiness joins a team of experts in pediatric dermatology. In fact, the only board-certified pediatric dermatologists in the Twin Cities work under University of Minnesota Health. Before we established our expert team, children with skin diseases—such as vascular lesions, birthmarks and more—had to travel to Milwaukee or Chicago to see a dermatologist with specialized pediatric expertise.

Maguinas and other members of the pediatric dermatology team, including Kristen Hook, MD, and Ingrid Polcari, MD, are also running clinical studies on eczema, warts in immunosuppressed patients, and blistering diseases. They are also directing multidisciplinary clinics for complex vascular lesions and epidermolysis bullosa.

New areas of dermatology expertise

Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD, MBA

To ensure effective diagnoses and treatment for all patients, it’s important to have expertise in all types of skin. Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD, MBA, who completed her residency at the University of Minnesota, has joined the dermatology team as a general dermatologist with special interests in skin of color and hair diseases.

Skin and hair conditions may present differently in skin of color. For example, rashes may increase pigmentation as they heal, and eczema can go unrecognized without specialized expertise.

Pierre-Louis’s other clinical interests include acne, psoriasis and hidradenitis suppuritiva. She will see patients at the University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank campus.

Ronda Farah, MD

New faculty member Ronda Farah, MD, completed her dermatology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is a general dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Farah will see patients at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank campus. She will also offer patients opportunities to participate in clinical trials, a special interest of hers.

New in inpatient dermatology

Daniel Miller, MD

Daniel Miller, MD, will be expanding and leading our inpatient consultation services as well as providing clinic visits at the University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank campus.

Miller completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and his fellowship in dermatopathology at Boston University Medical Center. He will be building University of Minnesota Health’s dermatopathology services as our dermatology practice grows at University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center.


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