Professional Biography
     Dave Elpern has practiced dermatology on Kauai, Hawaii and in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Primarily a practitioner, he has taken a stab at clinical research in a number of areas: medical informatics, dermatologic epidemiology, the humanities in medicine and skin cancer. He started the Kauai Foundation for Continuing Education in 1987 to promote postgraduate meetings of a different flavor from the pedestrian. The KFCE has sponsored over 30 symposia in Hawaii, Canada, Williamstown and Indonesia. His MEDLINE referenced articles can be accessed at this site. Married, with three grown daughters, he has come to appreciate the old Hawaiian adage: "More makule, more pupule" (The older one gets, the more foolish one becomes). VGR-D was conceived and developed over a number of months of electronic communication between Elpern and his friend and colleague Henry Foong.

Undergraduate Education
Columbia College, AB 1965 · Major: Comparative Literature

Medical Degree
New York University School of Medicine 1970

Postgraduate Training
Internship: Vancouver General Hospital 1970 -1971
Dermatology: New York University Skin and Cancer 1972-1973
Family Practice: Central Maine Family Practice Institute 1973-1974
Dermatology: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions 1977-1979

Board Certification
American Board of Dermatology 1979

Am Ende hängen wir doch ab von Kreaturen, die wir machten.
"In the end, we are dependent on creatures we have made." -Goethe

"This road -
no one goes down it -
Autumn evenings." -Basho

"To cure sometimes.
To relieve often
To comfort always." -French Proverb


Contact Information

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