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Melinda Greenfield, DO, FAOCD
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Melinda F. Greenfield is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the skin, hair and nails. Her additional areas of expertise include cutaneous surgery, Botox, fillers, leg vein treatment (sclerotherapy) and other cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Greenfield has been in Albany, GA since 2000 and has quickly become a local and regional expert in the field of dermatology. She is on the speaker’s board for several pharmaceutical companies and lectures for many local and regional groups. She especially enjoys educating the community on the dangers of the sun and skin cancer.

She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Georgia Health Sciences University (Medical College of Georgia). She is on the board of the Dougherty County Medical Society, as well as the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association. She served as president of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association for the 2011-2012 term. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

Dr. Greenfield received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and received her medical degree with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She completed a year of internal medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore prior to her three year dermatology residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY.

She lives in Albany, GA with her husband, Carl and two children, Nathan and Josie. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, tending to her 8 cats and 1 dog and training for various running races and triathlons.

Fermentation, Civilization and the Microbiome

This lecture will review the history of fermentation and how it has contributed to the health of human civilization, introduce the human microbiome and emphasize the importance of understanding a healthy microbiome as a practicing dermatologist.


  1. Review the process of fermentation and how it has contributed to the history and health of human civilization
  2. Review the human microbiome and the importance of maintaining a healthy microbial ecosystem
  3. Relate the healthy microbiome to the practice of dermatology


  1. New advances in dermatologic treatment
  2. Availability of new medication(s) or indication(s)
  3. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Bowe W, Logan A. Acne Vulgaris, Probiotics and the Gut-Brain-Skin Axis – Back to the Future? Gut Pathog. 2011;3:1. Published online 2011 Jan 31, doi: 10.1183/1757-4749-3-1.
  2. Langdon A, Crook N, Dantas G. The Effects of Antibiotics on the Microbiome Throughout Development and Alternative Approaches for Therapeutic Modulation. Genome Med. 2016;8:39. Published online 2016 Apr 13. Doi: 10.1186/s13073-016-0294-z.
  3. Tamang J, Shin D, Jung S, Chae S. Functional Properties of Microorganisms in Fermented Foods. Front Microbiol. 2016;7:578. Published online 2016 Apr 26. Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00576.

Core Competencies: 2, 3

Disclosures: No disclosures provided by speaker

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