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Benjamin Stoff, MD
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Benjamin Stoff, MD, holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Pathology at Emory University School of Medicine. A board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr. Stoff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and is a member of the multidisciplinary melanoma team at Winship Cancer Institute. He began practicing with Emory Healthcare in 2011.

Dr. Stoff is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatopathology and the Emory Center for Ethics. He is a member of American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and Atlanta Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Stoff attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and completed his internship at Baylor University Medical Center.  He then completed his residency in dermatology and fellowship in dermatopathology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is currently a student in the Masters in Bioethics Program at the Center for Ethics at Emory University.

Dr. Stoff’s research interests include bioethics, dermatopathology and melanoma. He is also interested in global health and has received the Skin Care in Developing Countries grant from the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

Dr. Stoff has been elected Teacher of the Year in the dermatology department of Emory University School of Medicine for three consecutive years.

Contemporary Ethical Controversies in Dermatology

This lecture will define ethics, explain its importance to practicing dermatologists and apply ethical reasoning to contemporary controversies in dermatology.


  1. Explain what an ethical dilemma is and how it can be analyzed
  2. Describe conflict of interest and how it applies to in-office dermatopathology laboratories
  3. Recount arguments in favor of and against free skin cancer screening events


  1. Legislative, regulatory, or organizational changes effecting patient care


  1. Bercovitch L, Perlis C. editors. Dermatoethics: Contemporary Ethics and Professionalism in Dermatology. London:Springer;2012.
  2. Grant-Kels JM. Dermatologists’ Blind Side: The Ethical Implications of In House Dermatopathology Laboratories. J Amer Acad Dermatol. 2013:69:1046-1048.
  3. Stoff BK, Grants-Kels JM. Valuable or Vain: An Ethical Analysis of Free Skin Cancer Screening. J Amer Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(1):177-180.

Core Competencies: 5


International Volunteerism in Dermatology: Short-Term Travel, Long-Term Impact

This lecture will define global health and emphasize the importance of dermatology in global health. It will also dispel common myths about short-term global health volunteer work. This lecture will also discuss the qualities of short-term projects that make them successful at carrying out the goals of global health. It will close by showing tropical diseases relevant to dermatology and model organizations.


  1. Explain what global health is and why dermatologists should participate
  2. Describe educational interventions that can be carried out successfully by the short-term volunteer
  3. List model organizations that facilitate short-term experiences in global health for dermatologists


  1. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Norton S. The Dermatologist’s Baedeker. Preparation for Medical Assistance Missions. Dermatol Clin. 1999; 1791):187-208.
  2. DeCamp M. Ethical Review of Global Short-Term Medical Volunteerism. HEC Forum. 2011; 23:91-103.
  3. Melby M, et al. Beyond Medical “Missions” to Impact-Driven Short-Term Experiences in Global Health (STEGHs). Acad Med. 2015 [Epub ahead of print].

Core Competencies: 2, 3, 4, 5

Disclosures: No disclosures provided by speaker

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