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Richard Scher/Robert Baran Resident Award

This distinguished award will be presented to the best oral presentation by a resident or medical student at the 2023 Council for Nail Disorders Virtual Annual Meeting on June 3rd.

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CND has created a mentorship program with established investigators (clinicians/ researchers/ academicians) to help develop young leaders with investigative interests and expertise in nails. The intent is to foster mentoring relationships which encourage young investigators and clinicians (medical and podiatry students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty) to acquire academic or investigative skills to advance their careers as leaders in nail research.


Ralph & Melissa Daniel
Young Physician Nail Merit Award

This award is meant to encourage a Dermatologist or Podiatrist who has demonstrated scholarship and initiative in the study of people with disorders of the nails to pursue further a career related to nail disease. This award will be presented at the Council for Nail Disorders Annual Meeting, held virtually on Saturday, June 3, 2023.



Nathaniel J. Jellinek, MD, FAAD, FACMS

President, Council for Nail Disorders

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology 

Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology 

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Jellinek graduated college from Brown Universi,ty and earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. He completed his Dermatology residency at the Massachusetts School of Medicine Division of Dermatology followed by a fellowship there in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology, and Nail Diseases under the direction of Mary Maloney, MD. Dr. Jellinek is trained in and experienced in skin cancer and reconstructive surgery. He is nationally recognized as a leading nail expert.

He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Mohs Surgery. He served as Fellowship Director for 10 years for Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellows. He is the President of the Council for Nail Disorders.

In addition, he has served as an associate editor of the American Academy of Dermatology, is the author of numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and is an invited lecturer nationally and internationally. He recently finished work as editor/author of the textbook, 4th edition of Scher/Daniel’s Nails.

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Michelle Chang, BA

Richard Scher / Robert Baran Award Recipient

Michelle Chang was raised in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Art History & Archaeology.

She is currently an MS4 at Drexel University College of Medicine and completed a research fellowship under the direction of Dr. Shari Lipner MD, PhD.

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Chance Morris, MD

Mentorship Grant

Chance Morris, MD

Dr. Morris is entering his final year of dermatology residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in July 2022. He plans to pursue a career in general medical dermatology, with a particular focus on the treatment of nail disease.

Dr. Morris is based in Oklahoma City with his wife and two dogs.  Dr. Morris will be mentored by Dr. Nathaniel Jellinek.

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Kimberly Ken, MD

Mentorship Grant

Kimberly Ken, MD

Dr. Ken is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Penn State University. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Missouri and her Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology fellowship at UT Southwestern. Her passion for nail disorders began during residency and has grown through fellowship and during her time at Penn State. She is extremely excited for her CND mentorship with Dr. Adam Rubin.

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