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This series of books was co-authored and co-edited by Dr. Shadi Kourosh and Dr. Ted Stern, physicians and faculty members at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, for patients (and their family members) diagnosed with skin diseases to help them navigate their wellness journey from the perspective of medical needs, mental health management, and lifestyle modification.

With thanks to our contributors:
Dr. Jonathan Friedstat, Dr. Sarah Ferree and Ms. Samara Pollock.

Facing Psoriasis

Facing Psoriasis is for anyone whose life is affected by this diagnosis. Written by leading physicians in their fields, Facing Psoriasis combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on psoriasis, with a caring approach to the emotional aspects of living with a dermatological condition. This book provides easily readable and trustworthy information; it is divided into chapters that asks and answers pertinent questions about psoriasis and its medical, surgical, and psychiatric care. A glossary of terms and tables is also provided to inform readers, in addition to online resources, references, and photographs.

Facing Eczema

Facing Eczema is for anyone whose life is affected by eczema. Written by leading physicians in their fields, Facing Eczema combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on the use and tolerability of medications, with a caring and sensible approach to the emotional aspects of living with eczema and its complications. This book provides easily readable and trustworthy information, which is divided amongst eight chapters that ask and answer pertinent questions about eczema and its medical, surgical, and psychiatric/psychological components. A glossary of terms provides important background information to readers (e.g., about the disease, diet, exercise, and risk-reduction); online resources and references are also offered.Each chapter is accompanied by selected references and internet resources as well as illustrations and photographs.

Facing Vitiligo

Coming Soon!

Facing Acne

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Facing Scarring

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Arianne Shadi Kourosh MD MPH
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Dr. Kourosh is a board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she received the institution’s Excellence Award in Dermatology, and during her residency was chosen by the faculty and her peers for awards in Leadership and for Outstanding Professionalism and Humanism as a physician.

Dr. Kourosh is committed to patient advocacy and solving public health problems for patients with skin disease. She developed the Skin Advocate iPhone App, a free iPhone application that connects patients with patient advocacy organizations for their skin conditions. She has published and been recognized in many publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), JAMA Dermatology, Dermatologic Clinics, and Dermatology World Magazine. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Dialogues in Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology’s official podcast and internationally subscribed educational program for physicians.

Dr. Kourosh serves as the Dermatology Department’s Director of Community Health, increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in the Boston area. She is the founding director of the Clinic for Pigmentary Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the founder and director of Project Phoenix, MGH’s pro-bono tattoo removal program, assisting those seeking to escape gangs and human trafficking to be safe and reintegrate into society, which has won national awards for its impact. She also advocates for patients at the national level as a representative of the American Academy of Dermatology’s delegation to Congress to protect medical research and affordable care for patients with skin disease.

Dr. Stern is the Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation, Harvard Medical School and Chief Emeritus of the Avery D. Weisman Psychiatry Consultation Service, Director of the Thomas P. Hackett Center for Scholarship in Psychosomatic Medicine, and Director of the Office for Clinical Careers, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston,
Massachusetts. Dr. Stern has written more than 450 scientific articles and book chapters and edited more than 25 books, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry (4/eā€“7/e), Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry (1/e, 2/e), Massachusetts General Hospital Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry (1/e, 2/e), Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Update and Board Preparation (1/eā€“4/e), and Facing Cancer, Facing Heart Disease, Facing Diabetes, Facing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Facing Immunotherapy, Facing Lupus, Facing Osteoporosis, Facing Scleroderma, Facing Psoriasis, Facing Eczema, Facing Vitiligo, Facing Transplantation, Facing Postoperative Pain, Facing Pelvic Pain, and Facing Overweight and Obesity. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychosomatics.

To learn more about the educational books written by our faculty physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital please visit the MGH Psychiatry Academy website below.

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