Dermatology Diversity Committee


Henry Ford dermatologist, Dr. Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D.Dr. Diane Jackson-Richards, Chair
Hometown: Flint, MI
Education: University of Michigan (Undergraduate), University of Michigan Medical School
Clinic Interests: Skin of Color, Hair Disorders
What I love about Henry Ford Health: I think Henry Ford is in a diverse community that we embrace, consequently I can’t think of any other place that will give a resident a more well-rounded training or experience. When you finish you are prepared for anything and everything. I’ve been here 36 years which speaks to the fact that I feel blessed and privileged to work with such an amazing group. My outside interests include cooking, hiking and traveling.

Richard Huggins MDDr. Richard Huggins, Vice Chair
Hometown: Spring Valley, NY
Education: Johns Hopkins University (Undergraduate), Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Clinic Interests: Vitiligo (especially patient support groups), Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Skin of Color
What I love about Henry Ford Health: The genuine, pervasive institutional desire to make a difference in the lives of everyone, from the patients to the individuals at every level within the hospital. Also, a consistent drive to get better in every way, and including everyone’s input in doing so. Last, but not least, a department-wide culture of not only accepting but embracing diversity in all of its forms.

Raechele Gathers MDDr. Raechele Gathers
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Education: Cornell University (Undergraduate), University of Michigan Medical School
Clinical Interests: Hair loss, Multicultural Dermatology, Public Health Education
What I love about Henry Ford Health: I trained at Henry Ford health System Department of Dermatology and was also Chief Resident of my graduating class. I enjoy the diversity of both the patients and staff. The achievement of healthy hair and skin are two of my passions, and I enjoy being a part of our Multicultural Dermatology Center.

Pranita Rambhatla MDDr. Pranita V. Rambhatla
Hometown: MI
Education: University of Michigan (Undergraduate), Wayne State University School of Medicine
Clinic Interests: Skin of Color, Rheumatology-Dermatology, Follicular Disorders, Psoriasis
What I love about Henry Ford Health: I am proud of our department and our leadership, which has always shown a commitment to support clinical care, education, research, collaboration and innovation in all aspects of diversity. I feel grateful to work with such an amazing group of colleagues, residents and support staff!

Henry Ford pediatric dermatologist, Allison Zarbo, MDDr. Allison Zarbo
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Education: University of Michigan (undergraduate), Wayne State University School of Medicine (medical school)
Clinical Interests: Pediatric Dermatology, Skin of Color, Birthmarks, Vascular Anomalies, Eczema, Genetic Syndromes, Psoriasis
What I love about Henry Ford Health: After completing my training in dermatology and pediatric dermatology at Henry Ford Health (HFH), I knew I wanted to stay here—and not just because I grew up in the area. At HFH, I have the privilege of caring for wonderful patients with all ranges of skin colors and a wide variety of skin diseases. Along with my amazing colleagues, I'm part of multidisciplinary clinics, including our pediatric eczema clinic with our partners in allergy. With our multidisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Team, I work with pediatric plastic surgery, interventional radiology, hematology/oncology, and genetics. Every physician wants to practice medicine in a collaborative environment that's focused on patient care. And I found it right here in my own backyard.


Seale Lauren 18Dr. Lauren Seale
Hometown: Mt. Morris, MI
Education: University of Michigan (Undergraduate), University of Michigan Medical School
Clinical interests: Hair Disorders, Skin of Color, History and its impact on health disparities
What I love about Henry Ford Health: Henry Ford Health System cultivates each of its faculty and residents with the understanding that we are better when we work together. As a rotating medical student and now as a resident, the collaborative culture that permeates our clinical environment translates to a tremendous amount of support for research and diversity initiatives in the department.

Dr. Avni Patel
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Education: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine
Clinical interests: medical dermatology, skin of color, women's health
What I love about Henry Ford Health: Henry Ford provides a warm and welcoming environment in which residents train to be competent and compassionate physicians for all members of the community. I love the people that I work with, and I am honored to train in a department that places such value on diversity and inclusion.

Shetty Nayha 20Dr. Nayha Shetty
Hometown: Hernando, MS
Education: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (undergraduate), Tulane University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: procedural/surgical dermatology, complex medical dermatology, photoaging, pigmentary disorders, skin of color
What I love about Henry Ford Health: Henry Ford is an exceptional place to train because of its deliberate commitment to excellence in patient care, resident education, research, and innovation. I feel so fortunate to work in a health system that cares for, fosters, and celebrates a diverse community of patients.

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