Skin of Color Society Mentorship Program Welcoming in a Vibrant Group of SOCS Mentors and Mentees for 2021

May 28, 2021
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Mentorship is a pillar of the Skin of Color Society. We pride our organization on its strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of skin of color dermatologists, providing a rich and rewarding experience for mentors and mentees alike.

Over the years since the Society was founded in 2004, the SOCS Mentorship Program connects young physicians with approved skin of color dermatology expert members. These highly valuable mentoring relationships can occur for up to one year.

Over the years, this vitally important program continues to grow and thrive, with mentor-mentee success stories across the US and the globe— spanning the worlds of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology in academic and private practice settings.

Meet the 2021 Mentorship Matches

This year, we congratulate a large, diverse group of SOCS Mentees and Mentors, including the following Mentorship Matches:


Allene Fonseca, MD
Nicole Gunasekera
Geeta Ahuja, BS
Kandice Bailey, MD
Tara Akunna, MD
Sonali Batta, BA,MS
Severine Cao, MD
Anneylla Douglas, MD
Ali Malik, BS (not shown)
Nickoo Merati, MSc
Ashley Obi&
Imara-Safi Scott, MD (not shown)
Obiageliaku Okafar, MS2
Krystina Quow
Britney Wilson, BA, MS
Seneca Hutson
Harry Chaocheng Liu
Zehra Rizvi
Nwanneka Okwundu
ChrisLene Olukoga, BS (not shown)
Melanie Williams, DO (not shown)
Payal Patel, MD
Danyal Tahseen, MD (not shown)
Julie Luu, OMS-II (not shown)
Amna Elyas, MD (not shown)


Donald Glass, II, MD, PhD
Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH
Naiara Barbosa, MD
Fran Cook-Bolden, MD
Kathleen Cruz Conceicao, VII, MD
Jennifer David, DO
DiAnne Davis, MD
Seemal R. Desai, MD
Yolanda Holmes, MD
Taranum Jaleel, MD
Brandi Kenner-Bell, MD
Eva Kerby, MD
Roopal Kundu, MD
Janiene Luke, MD
Amy McMichael, MD
Julia Mhlaba, MD
Vineet Mishra, MD
Vineet Mishra, MD
Tasneem Mohammed, MD
Peterson Pierre, MD
Rashmi Sarkar, MD
Helena Kuhn, MD
Farah Shah, MD
Andre Moreira Lemes, MD
Sehar Ghannam, MD

Note: Mentees are paired alongside their mentors following the order of this list.

Congratulations to all the mentors and mentees in this year’s vibrant group! We wish you productive, interesting, and meaningful relationships and look forward to hearing about your experiences.

The SOCS Mentorship Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Crystal Aguh and Eva Kerby, invites inquiries from members who are interested in serving as Mentors and young dermatologists interested in becoming Mentees! Applications will be available on September 15, submission deadline of December 15, 2021.

Learn more about the SOCS Mentorship Program:

Mentorship Programs