2016 Conference Speakers


Nevus 101

Tor Shwayder

Tor Shwayder is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Dr. Shwayder was recruited to found the pediatric dermatology department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he has practiced for almost thirty years. His specialties include congenital nevi and other birthmarks, ichthyoses, epidermolysis bullosa, and many other conditions that involve being in a small exam room with screaming kids and worried parents all at the same time. He personally cares for 10 patients in the Nevus Outreach registry. (read more)

Yasmin Khakoo

Yasmin Khakoo is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Dr. Khakoo is a pediatric neurologist with expertise in diagnosing and treating the neurological complications of cancer in children and young adults. She also diagnoses and treats primary brain tumors in pediatric patients, and cares for children who have the rare neurologic condition called neurocutaneous melanocytosis (NCM), seen in some patients with large congenital melanocytic nevi. (read more)



Bruce Bauer

Bruce Bauer is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Bruce Bauer, formerly Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School, has recently joined NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery as Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. He has joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, as Clinical Professor of Surgery.(read more)

Sara Dickie

Sara Dickie is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Dr Sara Dickie graduated in 2006 from the Prtitzker School Of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Chicago hospitals in 2012 and trained as a fellow under Dr. Bruce Bauer from 2012 to 2013. She is a board certified Plastic Surgeon now practicing with Dr. Bauer as his partner. (read more)

Thomas Sitzman

Thomas Sitzman is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Dr. Sitzman is a pediatric plastic surgeon specializing in treatment of large or giant congenital melanocytic nevi. His research interests include evaluating quality of life among children with nevi and applying three-dimensional modeling to surgical planning. (read more)



Paul Coleman

Paul Coleman is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Born in Wolverhampton, England, Paul Coleman received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan where he met his wife of over 25 years. He eventually started his own Small Business Consulting Group but when his son was born with a GCMN in 1999 he turned his sights to a new problem. In 2011 he attended the Experts Meeting in Tubingen, Germany as a parent representative.(read more) 

Heather Etchevers

Heather Etchevers is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Heather Etchevers is a research scientist with the French National Institutes of Health (INSERM). A native of Massachusetts and graduate of Wellesley College, she obtained her doctorate jointly from the University of California at Berkeley and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.(read more)

Miguel Reyes-Múgica

Miguel Reyes-Mugica is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Born in México City, Miguel Reyes-Múgica received his M.D. from the UNAM School of Medicine in México City, where he also carried out his pathology residency under Ruy Pérez-Tamayo, an internationally known pathologist and researcher. Dr. Reyes-Múgica completed his residency in pediatric pathology at the National Institute of Pediatrics, México City. He practiced pediatric pathology in that institution (the largest pediatric hospital in México), in collaboration with Ramón Ruíz-Maldonado, an international authority on pediatric dermatology with renowned expertise in large congenital melanocytic nevi and associated disorders. (read more)

Dipanjan Basu

Dipanjan Basu is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Dr. Basu works closely with Drs. Reyes and Salgado on the Gavin Bailey Tissue Repository – where Nevus Outreach has the largest collection of human biospecimens from people with congenital nevi and related disorders, in the world. He is trained as a molecular cell biologist with particular interest in signal transduction mechanisms regulating cell division and cancer. (read more)

Travis Bailey

Travis Bailey is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Travis and Cassandra Bailey gave birth to their son Gavin in 2011. Gavin had not only a sizable congenital melanocytic nevus (CMN), but also profoundly symptomatic neurocutaneous melanocytosis (NCM). Shortly after his first birthday, Gavin succumbed to his fight for life. Gavin’s family worked hard to bring about the Gavin Bailey Tissue Repository for Neural Crest Disorders. Their dedication was, and remains, unceasing. (read more)



Elizabeth LaCombe

Elizabeth LaCombe is the mother of Liam who is 5 years old with a giant nevus and symptomatic neurocutaneous melanocytosis. She has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2007. Elizabeth received her Bachelors in cello performance in Wisconsin and her Masters in Music Therapy at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. (read more)

Ornella Masnari

Ornella Masnari is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Ornella Masnari is a research associate at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychosomatics at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained an MSc degree in Psychology from the University of Zurich and is currently pursuing a PhD in Pediatric Psychology. Her research focuses on social stigmatization of children with facial differences (i.e. burn scars, port-wine stains or large congenital melanocytic nevi), its impact on quality of life and the psychological functioning of affected children. (read more)

Jillian Hauf

Jillian Hauf is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

When Jillian Hauf was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the knowledge of her mysterious birthmark was limited to only a small paragraph in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the well-meaning doctors did what they do when they don't have the answers – they gave Jillian six months to live. Her devastated parents were soon moving on with life as usual when Jillian did not exhibit any signs of discomfort or illness and instead was a curious and energetic child. (read more)



Sven Krengel

Sven Krengel is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Dr. Krengel’s interest in large congenital melanocytic nevi began during his stay at the Children’s Hospital in Mexico City (1998) when he first met children with this condition. Dr. Ramon Ruiz-Maldonado and his colleague Lourdes Tamayo were formidable teachers in pediatric dermatology. (read more)

Mark Beckwith

Mark Beckwith is speaking at the 2016 Nevus Conference

Mark Beckwith is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nevus Outreach, established in 1997 to improve awareness and support for people affected by congenital melanocytic nevi, and to find a cure. Additionally he serves as Secretary to Naevus Global, an international federation of nevus patient associations. (read more)