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Ali Banki, DO, FAOCD
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Dr. Ali Banki is a board-certified dermatologist runs a solo practice in Glastonbury, CT and is a Clinical Associate of Dermatology at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, as well as attending dermatologist at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT. 

In 1998, Dr. Banki graduated from the University of Connecticut, summa cum laude, with a degree in physiology and neurobiology, earned through the honors program. After completing his undergraduate degree, he participated in a research team involved in developing new methods in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. This experience ultimately resulted in a publication within a leading journal. A second research project at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the Department of Immunology was completed in the following year. In 2001, a year-long Pathology Fellowship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine allowed him to gain vast knowledge and experience in all aspects of systemic pathology, including both gross and microscopic methods.

Dr. Banki received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006, finishing at the top of his class with multiple honors recognitions in various fields. After graduation, he attended the New York Saint Barnabas residency program in dermatology, where he successfully completed his chief residency year in 2010. Here, he was awarded first place for his Intendis research paper, an award given annually for the top research paper by a dermatology resident nationwide. He has also published in several dermatology journals, dermatology textbooks and has also presented nationally at dermatology meetings.

He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Connecticut Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery Society. Dr. Banki is also on the editorial board for the Journal of American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

He is active within the community in educating skin cancer awareness and the importance of skin cancer screenings. He periodically devotes time to the education of residents in training by lecturing at the University of Connecticut and New York Saint Barnabas Dermatology Programs. He regularly attends national dermatology meetings and continually keeps updated through current leading dermatology journals and publications.


Clinical and Dermoscopic Characteristics of Desmoplastic and Amelanotic Melanomas

This session will help dermatologists to gain a better understanding of amelanotic and desmoplastic melanomas. It will consists of the following two sessions: 1. Review of key clinical and dermoscopic features as well as differential diagnosis and pathogenesis of these neoplasms. 2. Surgical and non-surgical treatments for desmoplastic melanoma will be discussed.


  1. Summarize key vascular dermoscopic morphologies associated with melanomas as well as some of benign and malignant melanocytic and non-melanocytic lesions.
  2. Recognize key clinical features of amelanotic and desmoplastic melanomas
  3. Recognize key dermoscopic features of amelanotic and desmoplastic melanomas


  1. New methods of diagnosis or treatment
  2. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Chen LL, Jaimes N, Barker CA, Busam KJ, et al. “Desmoplastic melanoma: a review”. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 May; 68(5):825-33.
  2. Menzies SW, Kreusch J, Byth K, et al. “Dermoscopic evaluation of amelanotic melanoma”. Arch Dermatol. 2008: 144(9): 1120-7. 
  3. Nosrati A1, Berliner JG1, et al. “Outcomes of Melanoma In Situ Treated With Mohs Micrographic Surgery Compared With Wide Local Excision”. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 May; 153(5): 436-441.

Core Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Disclosures: No disclosures provided by speaker

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