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    Katrina Abuabara, MD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentDermatology
    Address2340 Sutter Street
    San Francisco CA 94115
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      Stanford UniversityBA, MA
      University of PennsylvaniaMSCE
      Harvard Medical SchoolMD

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      Dr. Abuabara is working to develop innovative methods to bridge the gap between evidence generated from population-based studies and decision making for individual patient care. Her current research focuses on the chronic inflammatory disease eczema, which is one of the 50 most prevalent diseases worldwide. She seeks to understand why some individual have skin disease that resolves, while others have recurrences throughout life. Her background in the social sciences, experience analyzing multidimensional data, and clinical training enable her to take an interdisciplinary scientific approach that combines genomic, physiological, environmental, and psychosocial variables to understand patient outcomes over time. Her goal is to develop truly personalized interventions that address both the pathophysiological and sociocultural aspects of chronic disease, and improve the lives of patients with chronic skin conditions.


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      1. Chalmers JR, Simpson E, Apfelbacher CJ, Thomas KS, von Kobyletzki L, Schmitt J, Singh JA, Svensson Å, Williams HC, Abuabara K, Aoki V, Ardeleanu M, Awici-Rasmussen M, Barbarot S, Berents TL, Block J, Bragg A, Burton T, Bjerring Clemmensen KK, Creswell-Melville A, Dinesen M, Drucker A, Eckert L, Flohr C, Garg M, Gerbens LA, Graff AL, Hanifin J, Heinl D, Humphreys R, Ishii HA, Kataoka Y, Leshem YA, Marquort B, Massuel MA, Merhand S, Mizutani H, Murota H, Murrell DF, Nakahara T, Nasr I, Nograles K, Ohya Y, Osterloh I, Pander J, Prinsen C, Purkins L, Ridd M, Sach T, Schuttelaar ML, Shindo S, Smirnova J, Sulzer A, Synnøve Gjerde E, Takaoka R, Vestby Talmo H, Tauber M, Torchet F, Volke A, Wahlgren CF, Weidinger S, Weisshaar E, Wollenberg A, Yamaga K, Zhao CY, Spuls PI. Report from the fourth international consensus meeting to harmonize core outcome measures for atopic eczema/dermatitis clinical trials (HOME initiative). Br J Dermatol. 2016 Jul; 175(1):69-79. PMID: 27436240.
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      2. Abuabara K, Margolis DJ. Databases for Clinical Research. J Invest Dermatol. 2015 Aug; 135(8):e35. PMID: 26174540.
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      3. Abuabara K, Hoffstad O, Troxel A, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ. Atopic dermatitis disease control and age: A cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jul; 136(1):190-192.e3. PMID: 25935107; PMCID: PMC4494881 [Available on 07/01/16].
      4. Ahluwalia J, Abuabara K, Perman MJ, Yan AC. Human herpesvirus 6 involvement in paediatric drug hypersensitivity syndrome. Br J Dermatol. 2015 Apr; 172(4):1090-5. PMID: 25369238; PMCID: PMC4382397 [Available on 04/01/16].
      5. Cobos G, Braunstein I, Abuabara K, Chu EY, James W. Mucinous nevus: report of a case and review of the literature. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Sep; 150(9):1018-9. PMID: 25029469.
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      6. Margolis JS, Abuabara K, Bilker W, Hoffstad O, Margolis DJ. Persistence of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Jun; 150(6):593-600. PMID: 24696036; PMCID: PMC4352328.
      7. Sagdeo A, Gormley RH, Abuabara K, Tyring SK, Rady P, Elder DE, Kovarik CL. The diagnostic challenge of vulvar squamous cell carcinoma: Clinical manifestations and unusual human papillomavirus types. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Mar; 70(3):586-8. PMID: 24528909; PMCID: PMC4349358.
      8. Abuabara K, Samimi S, Chu EY, Bluebond ND, James WD, Merkel PA. Alcohol-induced vasculitis: case report and commentary. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Feb; 70(2):e42-3. PMID: 24438980; PMCID: PMC4349360.
      9. Abuabara K, Margolis DJ. Do children really outgrow their eczema, or is there more than one eczema? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Nov; 132(5):1139-40. PMID: 24094545; PMCID: PMC4349386.
      10. Braunstein I, Wanat KA, Abuabara K, McGowan KL, Yan AC, Treat JR. Antibiotic sensitivity and resistance patterns in pediatric staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 May-Jun; 31(3):305-8. PMID: 24033633; PMCID: PMC4349361.
      11. Abuabara K, Freeman EE, Dellavalle R. The role of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in dermatology. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Nov; 132(11):e2. PMID: 23069910.
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      12. Abuabara K, Wan J, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Variation in dermatologist beliefs about the safety and effectiveness of treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Feb; 68(2):262-9. PMID: 22910105; PMCID: PMC3644426.
      13. Wan J, Abuabara K, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist preferences for treatments to compare in future randomized controlled comparative effectiveness trials for moderate to severe psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Apr; 148(4):539-41. PMID: 22508884; PMCID: PMC3335765.
      14. Wan J, Vittorio CC, Abuabara K, Kurd SK, Musiek A, Steinemann JM, Gelfand JM. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled proof of concept trial of topical cidofovir, 1% and 3%, for the prevention of beard hair growth in men. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Feb; 148(2):257-9. PMID: 22351834; PMCID: PMC3677218.
      15. Abuabara K, Lee H, Kimball AB. Association of systemic psoriasis therapies and incidence of myocardial infarction: reply from authors. Br J Dermatol. 2012 Jan; 166(1):233. PMID: 21966952.
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      16. Wan J, Abuabara K, Kurd SK, Musiek A, Steinemann JM, Vittorio CC, Gelfand JM. Reliability and validity of a photographic method for measuring facial hair density in men. Arch Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 147(11):1328-9. PMID: 22106126; PMCID: PMC3676674.
      17. Abuabara K, Lee H, Kimball AB. The effect of systemic psoriasis therapies on the incidence of myocardial infarction: a cohort study. Br J Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 165(5):1066-73. PMID: 21777216.
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      18. Wan J, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Troxel AB, Bebo BF, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist response rates to a mailed questionnaire: a randomized trial of monetary incentives. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jan; 66(1):e18-20. PMID: 22036576; PMCID: PMC3242906.
      19. Wan J, Abuabara K, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist preferences for first-line therapy of moderate to severe psoriasis in healthy adult patients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Mar; 66(3):376-86. PMID: 21856040; PMCID: PMC3223538.
      20. Dommasch ED, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Nguyen J, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. The risk of infection and malignancy with tumor necrosis factor antagonists in adults with psoriatic disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Jun; 64(6):1035-50. PMID: 21315483; PMCID: PMC3095673.
      21. Seminara NM, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Langan SM, Kimmel SE, Margolis D, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. Validity of The Health Improvement Network (THIN) for the study of psoriasis. Br J Dermatol. 2011 Mar; 164(3):602-9. PMID: 21073449; PMCID: PMC3064479.
      22. Abuabara K, Azfar RS, Shin DB, Neimann AL, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. Cause-specific mortality in patients with severe psoriasis: a population-based cohort study in the U.K. Br J Dermatol. 2010 Sep; 163(3):586-92. PMID: 20633008; PMCID: PMC2966545.
      23. Gelfand JM, Abuabara K. Diet and weight loss as a treatment for psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2010 May; 146(5):544-6. PMID: 20479304; PMCID: PMC2891986.
      24. Lima XT, Abuabara K, Kimball AB, Lima HC. Briakinumab. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2009 Aug; 9(8):1107-13. PMID: 19569977.
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      25. Abuabara K, Chang AL. Oral contraceptives for acne and sexual practices. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Mar; 60(3):515-6. PMID: 19231651.
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      26. Díaz-Olavarrieta C, Paz F, Abuabara K, Martínez Ayala HB, Kolstad K, Palermo T. Abuse during pregnancy in Mexico City. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Apr; 97(1):57-64. PMID: 17307181.
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      27. Lara D, Abuabara K, Grossman D, Díaz-Olavarrieta C. Pharmacy provision of medical abortifacients in a Latin American city. Contraception. 2006 Nov; 74(5):394-9. PMID: 17046381.
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      28. Westley E, Bigrigg A, Webb A, Haskell S, Blanchard K, Loftus-Granberg B, Sorhaindo A, Johnston K, Spiers A, Abuabara K, Ellertson C. Risk of pregnancy and external validity in clinical trials of emergency contraception. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2006 Jul; 32(3):165-9. PMID: 16857070.
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      29. Grossman D, Ellertson C, Abuabara K, Blanchard K, Rivas FT. Barriers to contraceptive use in product labeling and practice guidelines. Am J Public Health. 2006 May; 96(5):791-9. PMID: 16449602; PMCID: PMC1470589.
      30. Espinoza H, Abuabara K, Ellertson C. Physicians' knowledge and opinions about medication abortion in four Latin American and Caribbean region countries. Contraception. 2004 Aug; 70(2):127-33. PMID: 15288217.
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      31. Abuabara K, Becker D, Ellertson C, Blanchard K, Schiavon R, Garcia SG. As often as needed: appropriate use of emergency contraceptive pills. Contraception. 2004 Apr; 69(4):339-42. PMID: 15033411.
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      32. Blanchard K, Haskell S, Ferden S, Johnstone K, Spears A, Evans M, Leadbetter C, Carlson S, Meehan A, Abuabara K, Ellertson C. Differences between emergency contraception users in the United States and the United Kingdom. J Am Med Womens Assoc. 2002; 57(4):200-3, 214. PMID: 12405237.
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