Dermatology Diversity Committee

Henry Ford Health System has a deep commitment to employing staff physicians and training residents from all backgrounds to serve individuals with all skin types. In addition to providing unparalleled clinical training, the department makes every effort to develop research projects that address the needs of historically marginalized groups and stands at the forefront of advances made for vitiligo and hidradenitis suppurativa treatment. The Henry Ford Health System Department of Dermatology Diversity Committee was formed in 2017 by our former Chairman, Dr. Henry Lim and Chairman, Dr. David Ozog to provide a formal means for fighting health disparities in dermatology, and increasing diversity in our specialty. We further these important aims by organizing diversity-focused grand rounds, providing underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students with mentorship and educational opportunities, and aiding in the recruitment and retention of diverse staff physicians and residents.

Working with the interview committee, we helped develop a session on diversity initiatives at Henry Ford Health System Department of Dermatology, highlighting our ongoing events and grand rounds sessions led by members of the committee. We have successfully mentored several post-baccalaureate students from URiM backgrounds, who then went on to successfully matriculate into medical school. Our Staff Physicians and Residents host informational sessions regularly for students at all levels of training to provide early exposure to our unique field. We attend Student National Medical Association conferences locally and nationally to recruit URiM students to our department, and to encourage them to consider our specialty.

Henry Ford Health System Department of Dermatology Diversity Committee Members


Diane Jackson Richards MDDiane Jackson-Richards, M.D. 
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 System:
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.

Raechele Gathers MDRaechele Gathers, M.D. 
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 System:
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.

Richard Huggins MDRichard Huggins, M.D. 
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 System:
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.


Pranita Rambhatla MDDr. Pranita V. Rambhatla, M.D. 
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 System:
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!


Allison Zarbo, M.D. 
Hometown:Ann Arbor, MI  Education: University of Michigan (Undergraduate), Wayne State University School of Medicine
Clinic Interests: Pediatric Dermatology, Connective Tissue Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Pityriasis Lichenoides, Mycosis Fungoides, Skin of Color

What I love about Henry Ford Health System:
I am the current Pediatric Dermatology Fellow at Henry Ford Health System Department of Dermatology. The culture of Henry Ford Health System is system-wide in its amicability and support of its residents, support staff and faculty. I have always felt that I can approach any faculty member with questions and get an honest and evidence-based response. I have had the honor of training here for both my internship and as a Dermatology Resident. As a resident, I served as the Chair of the House Staff Council for two consecutive years and represented over 700 residents and fellows at Henry Ford. Our department has been highly supportive of my leadership activities and my interested in organized medicine and administration.


Seale Lauren 18Lauren Seale, M.D.   
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 System:
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.
Awosika Olabola 18Olabola Awosika, M.D.  
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA/ Baltimore, MD
Education: University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Howard University College of Medicine, Research Fellowship at the Department of Dermatology of the George Washington University
Clinical interests: Skin of Color, Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, and Contact Dermatitis, Surgical and Procedural Dermatology, and Impact of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Patient-Doctor Relationships

What I love about Henry Ford Health System:
Our program has a foremost commitment to the people of the Detroit Metro area and understanding the impact of their diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds on the management of their dermatoses. This dedication to Detroit, skin of color, and excellence in academic dermatology attracted me wholeheartedly to this department. Moreover, I was reassured by Henry Ford Health System Dermatology's devotion to recruitment of top residents in dermatology and enthusiasm in nurturing leadership skills and niches in dermatology for each residents.

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