Dr. Fenske named honorary medical chair for local Walk to Cure Psoriasis

Dr. Neil Alan Fenske, professor and chair of the USF Health Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, has been selected the Tampa Bay area’s Honorary Medical Chair for the 2nd Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis. The event, sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation, will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Fred Ball Park in Tampa.

Neil Alan Fenske, MD

Susan Bracamontes, marketing coordinator for Dermatology, is the committee chair for the Tampa walk. Dr. John Carter, associate professor and director of the USF Health Division of Rheumatology, will be a speaker on the topic of psoriatic arthritis for the event.

To register, donate or volunteer, please go to walk.psoriasis.org.  Participants will help support research to cure psoriatic disease, public policy initiatives to improve patient access to care and education programs that help people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis manage their disease.

Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. Appearing on the skin most often as red scaly patches that itch and bleed, psoriasis is chronic, painful, disfiguring and disabling. There is no cure. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, a related joint disease.

For more information on the National Psoriasis Foundation, visit www.psoriasis.org