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Julie C. Harper

Dr.-Harper

Julie C. Harper, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine, and went on to complete an internship in Internal Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at Southeast Missouri State University and her dermatology residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Harper is founding director and president-elect of the American Acne and Rosacea Society, a task force member of American Academy of Dermatology Telemedicine, a former American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Retreat Participant, and a former Women’s Dermatologic Society Board of Directors Young Physician Representative.

She has written and spoken on the subject of acne and rosacea extensively. Some of Dr. Harper’s writings can be found in journals, and publications.

Education:

1987-1991Southeast Missouri State University B.S.
1992-1996University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine M.D.
1996-1997University of Missouri-Columbia Internal Medicine Internship
1997-2000University of Missouri-Columbia Dermatology Residency

Academic Appointments:

2007Present The Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham- Private Practice
2007Present University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Dermatology Clinical Associate Professor
2005-2006University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Dermatology Associate Professor Residency Program Director
2000-2005University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Dermatology Assistant Professor Assistant Residency Program Director

Certification:

American Board of Dermatology October 2000

Licensure:

State of Alabama

Honors/Awards:

2013 Southeast Missouri State Alumni Merit Award Recipient
1996Alpha Omega Alpha honor Society
1995-1996Senior Medical School Class Vice-President
1996Dermatology Clerkship Award
1991Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society
1988Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society

Activities Committees:

2015-2017 American Acne and Rosacea Society President-Elect
2015-2017American Academy of Dermatology Acne Work Group
2013CerVe® National Television Commercial
2012 E3 Medical Mission Trip to Urubamba, Peru
2010-2012AAD Private Sector Advocacy Task Force
2009-2010President of the Alabama Dermatological Society
2008-2009President elect of the Alabama Dermatological Society
2007-2008Treasurer/Secretary of the Alabama Dermatological Society
2005-presentAmerican Acne and Rosacea Society Founding Director
2006Faculty of 1000 Faculty contributor
2004Practical Dermatology Contributing Editor
2003-2005American Academy of Dermatology Telemedicine Task Force
2003-2007Dean’s Council of Graduate Medical Education
2002-2005American Academy of Dermatology Allied Health Professionals Task Force
2002American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Retreat Participant
2002-2005UAB Medical Education Committee
2002-2005Women’s Dermatologic Society Chair-website committee
2001-2002Medical Education Assessment Committee
2001-2006UAB medical student mentor
2001 Women’s Dermatologic Society Board of Directors Young Physician Representative
2000-2001American Academy of Dermatology Telemedicine Task Force
1999Camp Discovery - Counselor

Publications/Posters:

  • Draelos ZD, Elewski BE, Harper JC, Sand M, Staedtler G, Nkulikiyinka R, Shakery K. A phase 3 randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled trial of azelaic acid foam 15% in the treatment of papulopustular rosacea. Cutis. 2015; 96(1):54-61.
  • McDaniel DH, Hamzavi IH, Zeichner JA, Fabi SG, Bucay VW, Harper JC, Comstock JA, Makino ET, Mehta RC, Vega VL. Total Defense + Repair: A Novel Concept in Solar Protection and Skin Rejuvenation. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015; 14(7):s3-11.
  • Hudgens S, Harper JC, Daniels SR, Banderas B, Varon S, Alexis AF. Validation of a New Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for Facial Acne: The Acne Symptom and Impact Scale (ASIS). J Drugs Dermatol. 2015; 14(6):552-9.
  • Harper JC. The efficacy and tolerability of a fixed combination clindamycin (1.2%) and benzoyl peroxide (3.75%) aqueous gel in patients with facial acne vulgaris: gender as a clinically relevant outcome variable. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015; 14(4):381-4.
  • Alexis A, Daniels SR, Johnson N, Pompilus F, Burgess SM, Harper JC. Development of a new patient reported outcome measure for facial acne: the Acne Symptom and Impact Scale (ASIS). J Drugs Dermatol. 2014 Mar; 13(3):333-40.
  • Coda AB, Hata T, Miller J, Audish D, Kotol P, Two A, Shafiq Fm Yamasaki K, Harper JC, Del Rosso JQ, Gallo RL. Cathelicidin, kallikrein 5, and serine protease activity is inhibited during treatment of rosacea with azelaic acid 15% gel. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013; 69(4):570-7.
  • Dreno B, Layton A, Zouboulis CC, Lopez-Esterbaranz JL, Zalewska-Janowska A, Bagatin E, Zampeli VA, Yutskovskaya Y, Harper JC. Adult female acne: a new paradigm. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2013; 27(9):1063-70.
  • Wolverton SE, Harper JC. Important controversies associated with isotretinoin therapy for acne. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2013; 14(2):71-6.
  • Harper JC. Gender as a clinically relevant outcome variable in acne: benefits of a fixed combination clindamycin phosphate (1.2%) and benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) aqueous gel. J Drugs Dermatol. 2012; 11(12):1440-5.
  • Tanghetti E, Harper JC, Oefelein MG The efficacy and tolerability of dapsone 5% gel in female vs male patients with facial acne vulgaris: gender as a clinically relevant outcome variable. J Drug Dermatol. 2012; 11(12):1417-21.
  • Harper JC. Benzoyl peroxide development, pharmacology, formulation and clinical uses in topical fixed combinations. J Drugs Dermatol. 2010; 9(5):482-7.
  • Harper JC. Should dermatologists prescribe hormonal contraceptives for acne? Dermatol Ther. 2009;22(5):452-7.
  • Harper JC. Evaluating hyperandrogenism: a challenge in acne management. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008;7(6):527-30.
  • Thiboutot DM, Harper JC, O’Connell K, Rich P, Sondheimer SJ. Improving outcomes through collaboration. Cutis. 2008;81(1 Suppl):26-31.
  • Harper JC. Tailoring individualized treatment plans for acne. Cutis. 2008;81(1 Suppl):23-5.
  • Collier CN, Harper JC, Cafardi JA, Cantrell WC, Wang W, Foster KW, Elewski BE. The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Jan;58(1):56-9. Epub 2007 Oct 22. Erratum in: J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 May;58(5):874. Cafardi, Jennifer A [added].
  • Sami N, Harper JC. Topical Retinoids. In Wolverton editor: Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy 2nd edition. 2007.
  • Harper JC. Antiandrogen therapy for skin and hair disease. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Apr;24(2):137-43, v. Review
  • Harper J. Dermatology. In: Cooper and Pappas editors: Cecil’s Review of General Internal Medicine 8th edition. Elsevier Inc. 2005: 893-896
  • Harper J. The use of topical retinoids for inflammatory acne: a review of the pharmacoeconomic considerations. Managed Care Interface 2005;18(3):51-55.
  • Harper JC. Hormonal therapy for acne using oral contraceptive pills. Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 2005; 24:103-106.
  • Harper J. An update on the pathogenesis and management of acne vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004;51(Suppl 1):S36-S38.
  • Harper J. Propionibacterium acnes: bacterial resistance to antibiotic medications. Infectious Disease in Children. Sept 2004:10-11
  • Berson D, Chalker D, Harper J, Leyden J, Shalita A Webster G. Current concepts in the treatment of acne: report from a clinical roundtable. Cutis 2003: 72(1S):5-15.
  • Harper J. Acne vulgaris. eMedicine 2002
  • Harper J. Oral contraceptives for acne: a guide to safety and efficacy. Practical Dermatology. 2004; 1(2):29-30.
  • Harper J. A sensible approach to anti-aging therapy in rosacea. Practical Dermatology. 2004; 1(3):17-18.
  • Harper J Choosing safe options to manage acne in pregnant women. Practical Dermatology. 2004;1(4):21-23.
  • Harper J. Light for acne: present realities and possibilities. Practical Dermatology. 2004;1(5):18-19.
  • Harper J. Environmental factors in acne and rosacea. Practical Dermatology. 2004; 1(6):21-22.
  • Harper J. Acne and rosacea: no free pass for sun worshippers. Practical Dermatology. 2004;1(7):29-30.
  • Harper J Diet and Acne: is there a connection. Practical Dermatology. 2004; 1(9):23-24.
  • Harper J Insight on diagnosing and managing ocular rosacea. Practical Dermatology. 2004; 1(11):29-30.
  • Harper J. A year in review: what 2004 taught us about acne. Practical Dermatology. 2004; 1(12):17-18.
  • Harper J, Thiboutot D. Pathogenesis of acne: recent research advances. In: Yancy editor: Advances in Dermatology 2003; 19:1-10.
  • Boyce S, Harper J. Paraneoplastic Dermatoses. In:Callen J, Thiers B, editors. Dermatol Clin 2002; 20:523-532.
  • Harper J, Griess T, Hendriks B. DNCB-A Safe Alternative in the Treatment of Warts. Poster March 2001 AAD.

Presentations:

2015How to Improve Outcomes in Acne, Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference Las Vegas, NV
2015Rosacea Update, Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants PEARLS Conferenc Atlanta, GA
2015Adult Female Acne, DERM2015 Las Vegas, NV
2015Acne and Rosacea, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting San Francisco, California
2015Acne Treatment Controversies, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2015Practical Guidelines for Using Spironolactone in Acne Patients, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2015 The Science of Cosmeceuticals and Nutraceuticals, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2015 Dermatologic Drug Safety and Efficacy, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2015Translating Evidence into Practice:  Acne Guidelines, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2014Presenter, Sociedade Brasileria de Dermatologia, Recife, Brazil
2014Adult Female Acne, DERM2014, Las Vegas, NV2014 Acne Treatment Controversies, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
2014Dermatologic Drug Safety and Efficacy, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
2014 Challenges and Controversies in Acne, Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
2013Treating the Aging Face, Women’s and Pediatric Dermatology Seminar Newport Beach, California
2013Acne and Rosacea Therapy Pearls, Southeastern Consortium, Birmingham, AL
2013 Acne Treatment Controversies, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Miami, FL
2013 Acne:  An Expert’s Tips, Caribbean Dermatology Symposium, Grand Cayman
2013Rosacea is an Inflammatory Disease, Caribbean Dermatology Symposium, Grand Cayman
2012Acne Vulgaris, Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants PEARLS Conference Atlanta, Georgia
2012Common Controversies in Dermatologic Drug Therapy, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
2012Acne & Rosacea Update, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting San Diego, California
2012Acne & Rosacea, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
2012 Acne from an Expert, Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
2012Rosacea Developments, Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
2011Acne Update, Dermatology Summer Symposium, Destin, FL
2011What’s New in Rosacea? Women’s and Pediatric Dermatology Seminar, San Francisco, California
2011Acne in Adult Women, Women’s and Pediatric Dermatology Seminar, San Francisco, California
2011Controversies in Dermatologic Drug Therapy, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
2011Acne and Rosacea Update, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
2010Acne and Rosacea Update, Director, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Miami, FL
2010 Controversies in Dermatologic Drug Therapy, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Miami, FL
2010The Newest on Drugs, Diet and Diagnosis of Acne, Las Vegas Dermatology
2010Rosacea News, Las Vegas Dermatology
2010 Topical Treatment in Acne and Rosacea, Alabama Dermatology Society Beach Meeting, Sandestin, Florida
2009Hormonal Aspects of Acne- Session Director, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2009Should Dermatologist Prescribe Hormonal Contraceptives?  American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2009Update on Acne in Females, Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
2008Presenter, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
2008Acne Controversies, Society of Pediatric Dermatology Annual Meeting, Snowbird, Utah
2008Acne Update, Intermountain Dermatology Meeting, Sun Valley, Idaho
2007Presenter, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
2007Community Acquired MRSA, World Congress of Dermatology, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006Hormonal Influences in Acne Vulgaris, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
2005Acne Symposium- Session Director, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
2005An Alternative Approach to Acne Treatment in Women, Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference, Las Vegas, NV
2004Hormonal Aspects of Acne Vulgaris, Hawaii Dermatology
2004Acne in Women, Jazz Festival Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
2004Acne and Acne Foolers, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
2004Acne Vulgaris, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, Washington, DC
2004 Acne Vulgaris - Dermatology Nurse Association - Orlando, FL
2003Hormonal Aspects of Acne - Indianapolis Basic Science Review Course
2003What’s New in Acne Vulgaris - Pacific Dermatology Association - Las Vegas, NV
2003What’s New in Acne Vulgaris - Fall Clinical Dermatology meeting - Las Vegas, NV
2003Retinoids in the Management of Acne Vulgaris - Hawaii Dermatology
2003Retinoids in the Management of Acne Vulgaris - Society of Investigative Dermatology - Miami, FL
2003Acne and Acne Foolers - AAD San Francisco - Summer AAD Chicago
2003Update on the Pathogenesis and Management of Acne - American College of Osteopathic Dermatology - Telluride, CA
2002Update on the Pathogenesis and Management of Acne - Colorado Dermatologic Society
2002Cost of Acne Therapy - Summer AAD New York
2002Acne and Acne Foolers - AAD - Summer AAD New York
2002 Hormonal Aspects of Acne - Valley of the Sun Conference - Scottsdale, AZ
2001 Acne and Acne Foolers - Summer AAD Anaheim
2000Dermatology Primer - Jefferson County Family Practice
2000Dermatology Primer - American College of Physicians Missouri State Meeting
2000ermatology Primer - American College of Physicians Southeast Missouri Chapter

Research:

2013 A Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, vehicle controlled trial of azelaic acid foam 15% in the treatment of papulapustular rosacea – Investigator
2010-2011Evaluation of the cutaneous innate immune and protease responses of adults to Azelaic gel (Finacea) - Principal Investigator
2010-2011A Phase IV, Open-label study evaluating the use of Solodyn (Minicycline HCL extended-release tablets), Ziana and Triaz foaming cloths as combination  acne therapy for potential isotretinoin candidates - Principal Investigator
2009 An Open Label, 8-week study to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of MaxClarityII in subjects with acne - Principal Investigator
2004   A 12-week, multicenter, double-blind, randomized, parallel-design study of 5% dapsone topical gel and vehicle control in patients with acne vulgais SBIR Teledermatology Grant Phase I
2003 A phase III Multicenter, randomized, double-blind, active and vehicle-controlled study of safety and efficacy of velac gel for the treatment of acne vulgaris.
2002 A randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study evaluating the efficacy of norgestimate 180-250mcg/EE 25 mcg in the treatment of moderate acne vulgaris
2002 A 15 week, randomized, double-blind multicenter study comparing the clinical efficacy and safety of azelaic acid 15% gel (SH H 655 BA) with metronidazole 0.75%gel in patients with papulo-pustular facial rosacea

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Rebecca Edwards

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Rebecca Edwards, a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, has been practicing since 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Samford University in 1998. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee in 2001. During her nurse practitioner studies, she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Rebecca is nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is licensed by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Rebecca is an active member of the Nurse Practitioner Society of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Alabama State Nurses Association, and the Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association.

Katie Tuck

Katie-TuckKatie Tuck, a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, has been practicing  since 2000.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University in 1995 and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999.  During her nursing studies, she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Katie is licensed by the Alabama Board of Nursing and certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Katie has received specialized training in dermatology and is able to provide a full scope of dermatological services.  She can examine, diagnose, treat, and prescribe appropriate medical therapy for patients’ dermatological needs and can perform complete skin examinations.

Katie also is skilled in performing dermatological procedures such as biopsies and cryotherapy, and treats such conditions as acne, rosacea, warts, eczema, pre-skin cancers, skin cancers, hyperpigmentation, complete skin examinations along with a host of other dermatology conditions.

Katie and her husband along with her two children reside in Mt. Olive, and they are active members of Gardendale First Baptist Church.

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Leia Ferlisi

Leia-Ferlisi-1Leia Ferlisi is a Vestavia native and current resident. She received her BA from the University of Montevallo.  Leia is a licensed Medical Aesthetician who has been with The Dermatology & Skin Care Center of Birmingham for 2 years.  She loves learning and has attended many educational seminars and trainings to stay up to date with the latest in skin care products and treatments.  She is extremely knowledgeable about all of the skin care products and what results to expect.

Leia specializes in customized facials for each patient, chemical peels, dermaplane, microdermabrasion and brow and lash tint.  With your initial consult with Leia, your skin care concerns will be addressed as well as any questions you have.  She will make skillful recommendations as to what skin care regimen is best for your needs and concerns as well as treatments to help you achieve the best results for your skin.

Ginger Davis

Ginger-DavisGinger Davis leads our team of dedicated staff and is responsible for the day to day operational management of the practice.  She has over 11 years of experience in helping to ensure the financial health of practices with complex requirements such as oncology and dermatology.

Ginger received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Virginia Intermont College.  Ginger and her son reside in Birmingham.  Where she also enjoys riding and training horses as well as introducing students to the joy of riding in her free time.

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