2018 Department Hires

Dr. Paul Bigliardi

bigliardiProfessor Paul Bigliardi is a Dermato-Allergologist from Switzerland with over 20 years of clinical experience focusing on drug reactions, contact dermatitis, occupational dermatology and food and inhalant allergies. After working as a research fellow at the University of Minnesota and clinician at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Professor Bigliardi headed two outpatient clinics at State Hospital Schaffhausen and University Hospital Lausanne. Professor Bigliardi was then recruited as director of academic Allergology and Dermatology at National University Hospital Singapore (NUHS) to establish an adult allergy clinic focused on drugs, contact, food, inhalant and Hymenoptera allergies.

Because of his experience in both Europe and Asia, Professor Bigliardi has developed a unique ethnic, cultural, environmental and clinical perspective in allergy and dermatology. During his time at NUHS Professor Bigliardi had a joint position as senior principal investigator at the Agency for Science, Technology & Advanced Research (A*STAR), where he led a team of basic researchers, particularly in the field of Neurodermatology, skin sensation and cutaneous pharmacology/toxicology with patented skin grown on microfluidic chip. In addition, he and his team created in A*STAR the Clinical Research Unit for Skin, Allergy and Regeneration (CRUSAR) for clinical trials that included the use of novel non-invasive measurements in skin using Spectroscopy, Photoacoustics. The multidisciplinary approach and combining basic and applied translational research resulted in seven patent applications and more than 40 published peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Kevin Gaddis

gaddisA proud native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Kevin has found a second home in the Twin Cities. He completed undergraduate studies in biochemistry and criminology with special distinction at the University of Oklahoma; he then graduated with valedictorian status from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He enthusiastically completed dermatology residency at the University of Minnesota, and was honored to serve as chief resident. After a one-year appointment as an assistant professor in the department, he completed a dermatopathology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He counts it a great joy to be returning to the University of Minnesota and its community, where so many have invested in him as both career and life mentors. He is currently a medical dermatologist and dermatopathologist at both the UofMN Clinics and Surgery Center and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Gaddis will also direct patient-centered initiatives in the field of teledermatology, increasing the reach of dermatologic expertise in the state of Minnesota.

Professionally, Kevin has clinical and dermatopathological interests in psoriasis, autoimmune blistering disorders, and cutaneous lymphomas. He had the privilege of representing the field of dermatology in the AAMC Organization of Resident Representatives as a member of its Administrative Board for three years. He currently serves as an assistant section editor for JAMA Dermatology, a section editor for ADD Board Prep Plus, and as an incoming member of the ASDP Diagnostic Quality Assurance Committee. Dr. Gaddis is also interested in medical student and resident education, quality improvement measures, and promoting well-being in physicians both during training and in practice. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling, podcasts, reading on current events, and spending time with friends. 

Dr. Ian Maher

maherIan is joining University Minnesota Dermatology as Director of Dermatologic Surgery and the Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Director. He's just moved from Saint Louis University where he was an Associate Professor, Director of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and Mohs Fellowship Director. His clinical practice focuses on Mohs Surgery, complex reconstruction and high-risk skin cancer.

Professionally, Ian's research interests include developing new reconstructive techniques and figuring out ways to measure their efficacy through core outcomes and registry development; he chaired the American College of Mohs Surgery National Registry project for the last two years. Additionally, Dr. Maher is interested in exploring mechanisms of tissue movement in local repair and how a more thorough understanding of these principles can be used to more effectively teach reconstruction to trainees, and improve the performance of experienced practitioners. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and a dozen book chapters.

Ian is heavily involved within the dermatology community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American College of Mohs Surgery, the AAD Performance Measurement Committee, and the ASDS Patient Experience Work Group among other commitments.

He is married with two daughters (11 and 8) and the Maher family is thrilled to be part of the U of MN Dermatology. He and his wife both grew up in West Virginia, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oberlin College and was a four-year letter winner in Men's Soccer, captaining the team and earning honorable mention all-conference honors as a senior. He graduated from Marshall University Medical School, where he was selected for AOA in his junior year. Dr. Maher did his dermatology residency at Drexel University and won the inaugural AAD Resident Jeopardy competition as a senior resident and completed his Procedural Dermatology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. He served as an Assistant Professor at VCU for three years before moving to SLU.

In his free time, he enjoys the Arsenal Football Club, lifting weights and playing soccer.

Dr. David Pearson

pearsonDr. Pearson is a Minnesota native and thrilled to return to his home state to join the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology! He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and attended Washington University in St. Louis for medical school, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at the University of Colorado, where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and served as chief resident. He completed training following a rheumatologic dermatology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pearson is excited to share his experience and passion for providing comprehensive care to complex patients with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis, pemphigus, and pemphigoid. He works closely with doctors in many other specialties to care for these patients and supports the University’s efforts as a regional and national center for autoimmune disease.

In his spare time, Dr. Pearson enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and reading both fiction and non-fiction. 

Dr. Lori Fiessinger

fiessingerLori is from the great state of Ohio, where she graduated from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She came to the University of Minnesota for Dermatology residency, and loved it so much that she decided to make Minnesota her new home! Dr. Fiessinger is very excited to be staying on with the department as an Assistant Professor, splitting her time between the main campus and the Maple Grove site. Her interests include general dermatology with a special focus on melanoma and pigmented lesions, cosmetic dermatology, and resident education. She in the process of building a multidisciplinary Melanoma and Skin Cancer clinic here at the University, in collaboration with colleagues in derm surgery, surgical oncology and oncology to provide comprehensive care to melanoma and high-risk patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new foods, playing with puppies, going on walks, and taking classes at Pure Barre.

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