Dr. Antoanella Calame

Dr. Antoanella Calame

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About Dr. Antoanella Calame

Dr. Antoanella Calame is a double board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist who combines the latest scientific advances with the clinical art of medicine. She has expertise in Mohs surgery and is an experienced teledermatology provider. Dr. Calame received her MD degree from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) after graduating Summa Cum Laude from California Lutheran University. She completed her residency in dermatology at UCSD, followed by a dermatopathology fellowship at University of Texas, Southwestern (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas, where she trained with one of the world leaders in the field of dermatopathology. Dr. Calame is board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology and holds thirty-five active state medical licenses. She is the author of numerous peer reviewed scientific publications, as well as a book on cutaneous manifestations of HIV disease. Dr. Calame is an invited speaker at local and national conferences every year. She has a special interest in melanoma and melanocytic lesions and is actively involved with the newest clinical and molecular techniques used in the diagnosis and prognosis of cutaneous melanoma. Dr. Calame teaches dermatology and dermatopathology to the UCSD and Navy dermatology residents, as well as dermatology and pathology residents who come to rotate with her from all over the United States and the world. As a result of her ongoing dedication, she has received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award from UTSW and UCSD multiple times. Dr. Calame’s interests outside of work include tennis, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Conditions Treated

All medical dermatology diseases, including acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis, skin discoloration, cellulitis, rashes, HSV, herpes, warts, ulcers, skin lesions, malignant neoplasms of the skin, nail issues, hair loss, skin aging, cold sores, sun damage or actinic keratoses, epidermal cysts, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic keratosis or benign skin tumors, dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis or cradle cap, folliculitis, hives or urticaria, atopic dermatitis, tinea or tinea versicolor, fungal infections, cosmetic procedure follow-up, surgical procedure follow-up, inflammatory skin diseases, parasitic infections, such as scabies or head lice.

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Qualifications and Education

Board Certified Dermatologist and Board Certified Dermatopathologist Licensed MD in 37 States American Academy of Dermatology Member, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, MOHS Surgery Medical School: University of California, San Diego Residency: University of California, San Diego Dermatopathology Fellowship: University of Texas, Southwestern Board Certification and Licensure: Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology in Dermatology and Dermatopathology Medical Licenses: CA, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY Honors and Selected Awards: Robert W. Goltz Excellence in Teaching Award – 2016, 2014, and 2012, UCSD Division of Dermatology Outstanding Teaching Awards - June 2010 (Faculty of the Year) and June 2008 (Fellow of the Year), Department of Dermatology, University of Texas, Southwestern, Dallas, Texas Merck Award for Best Medical Students – June 2002, UCSD School of Medicine Dean of Students Award For Contributions to the Medical School Community, UCSD School of Medicine NIH Grant Recipient – For Studying the Propagation of a Chromosome Break in Human Cytomegalovirus Infected Fibroblasts, June 1999, UCSD SOM Dean’s Award (Valedictorian), June 1996, California Lutheran University Memberships: American Academy of Dermatology (Leadership Forum graduate; former member of the Residents and Fellows Committee and Healthcare Finance Committee) San Diego Dermatologic Society – President (2011-2013), Member (2010-present) American Medical Association, California Dermatologic Association, Pacific Dermatologic Association, Noah Worcester Dermatologic Association Books: Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV Disease - Clay Cockerell and Antoanella Calame, Manson Publishing Ltd, 1st edition, 2012
  • Keratoacanthomatous Changes: Unifying the Histologic Spectrum of Actinic Granuloma. Harb JN, Kalen JE, Hsu S, Diwan AH, Calame A, Motaparthi K. Am J Dermatopathol. 2018 Oct; 40(10):762-766.
  • Histologic and Clinical Changes in Vulvovaginal Tissue After Treatment With a Transcutaneous Temperature-Controlled Radiofrequency Device. Vanaman Wilson MJ, Bolton J, Jones IT, Wu DC, Calame A, Goldman MP. Dermatol Surg. 2018 May; 44(5):705-713.
  • A single-center clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a tripeptide/hexapeptide antiaging regimen. Widgerow AD, Jiang LI, Calame A. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2018 Mar 4.
  • Pediatric penile porokeratosis: A case report. Bari O, Calame A, Marietti-Shepherd S, Barrio VR. Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Mar;35(2):e103-e104 Epub 2018 Jan 16.
  • Atypical Fibroxanthoma in a 13-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl with Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Chappell, A. G., Chase, E. P., Chang, B., Cunningham, E., Mihm, F., Calame, A., Fudem, G. and Cunningham, B. (2016), Pediatr Dermatol, 33: e228–e229.
  • Evaluation of the in vivo effects of various laser, light, or ultrasound modalities on human skin treated with a collagen and polymethylmethacrylate microsphere dermal filler product. Wu DC, Karnik J, Margarella T, Nguyen VL, Calame A, Goldman MP. Lasers Surg Med. 2016 Nov; 48(9):811-819
  • Use of Oral Plypodium Leucotomos Extract in Chronic Photoinduced Hypersensitivity Dermatitis. Luber AJ, Calame A, Jacob SE. Skinmed. 2016 Feb 1;14(1)62-3.
  • Late-onset granuloma formation after poly-l-lactic acid injection. Storer M, Euwer R, Calame A, Kourosh AS. JAAD Case Rep. 2016 Feb 1;2(1):54-6.
  • Atypical Fibroxanthoma in a 13-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl with Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Chappell AG, Chase EP, Chang B, Cunningham E, Mihm F, Calame A, Fudem G, Cunningham B. Pediatr Dermatol. 2016 May:33(3):e228-9. Epub 2016 Apr 4.
  • Psoriasiform eruptions during Kawasaki disease (KD): A distinct phenotype. Haddock ES, Calame A, Shimizu C, Tremoulet AH, Burns JC, Tom WL. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Jul;75(1):69-76.
  • Ecthyma Gangrenosum- Like Lesions Secondary to Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus Aureus in an Immunocompetent Pediatric Patient. Song S, Matiz C, Calame A, Krakowski A, Tom W, Friedlander S, Pediatric Dermatology. 2015 Nov;32(6)
  • Diffuse erythema and dry scales in a female infant. X-linked dominant Conradi-Hunermann-Happle (CHH) syndrome. Ali L, Ricotti C, Li L, Calame A, Brouha B, Helm T, Cockerell C. Am J Dermatopathol. 2011 May;33(3):316, 331.
  • Sweet's syndrome and subacute thyroiditis: an unrecognized association? Richard J, Lazarte S, Calame A, Lingvay I. Thyroid. 2010 Dec;20(12):1425-6.
  • Acquired dermal melanocytosis of the hand at the site of treated psoriasis. KelleyBP, DohertySD, Calame A, Hsu S. Dermatol Online J. 2009 Dec 15;15(12):2.
  • Granular cell atypical fibroxanthoma: case report and review of the literature. Wright NA, Thomas CG, Calame A, Cockerell CJ. J Cutan Pathol. 2009 Mar 31.
  • Edematous nodules on the extremities of a febrile patient: cutaneous cryptococcosis. Boswell JS, Bardan A, McDonald H, Pandya AG. Arch Dermatol. 2008 Dec;144(12):1651.
  • Increased serine protease activity and cathelicidin promotes skin inflammation in rosacea. Yamasaki K, Di Nardo A, Bardan A, Murakami M, Ohtake T, Coda A, Dorschner RA, Bonnart C, Descargues P, Hovnanian A, Morhenn VB, Gallo RL. Nature Medicine 2007 Aug;13(8):975-80.
  • Cutaneous defense mechanisms by antimicrobial peptides. Braff MH, Bardan A, Nizet V, Gallo RL. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2005 Jul;125(1):9-13. Review.
  • Antimicrobial Peptides and the Skin, Antoanella Bardan, MD, Victor Nizet, MD, Richard Gallo, MD, PhD, Expert Opinions in Biological Therapy. 2004 Apr;4(4):543-9
    Selected Book Chapters:
  • Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV Disease. Crystal Thomas, MD, Antoanella Calame, MD, Clay Cockerell, MD. In: Sauer’s Manual of Skin Disease, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 10th edition, 2010
  • Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV Disease. Crystal Thomas, MD, Antoanella Calame, MD, Clay Cockerell, MD. In: Hall's Manual of Skin As a Marker of Underlying Disease; 1st edition, 2010
  • Dermatologic Signs of Systemic Disease. Antoanella Bardan, MD, Tissa Hata, MD. Book Chapter – Harris and Weissman: Head and Neck Manifestations of Systemic Disease. Submitted October 2005, Published 2007
    Selected Invited Lectureship Presentations:
  • Course Director, Basic Dermatopathology Self-Assessment Course 2013, 2014, 2015, Lecturer 2016, 2017, 2018, American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meetings
  • Advanced Dermatopathology Self-Assessment Course, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017AAD Annual Meetings
  • Molecular Techniques for Diagnosis and Prognosis of Melanoma, SDDSS Meeting, 2015, Noah Worcester 2016
  • Molecular Diagnostics in Melanoma; Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma Histology; Cutaneous Manifestations of Internal Malignancies and Other Paraneoplastic Syndromes, Practical Dermatology and Dermatopathology Symposium, Vail, CO 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Histopathology of Normal Skin, Histopathology of Unusual Tumors, Staining and IHC Pearls for Mohs Surgeons, Fundamentals in Mohs Surgery Course, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Frozen Section Immunohistochemistry in Dermatopathology and Mohs Surgery, Pathology Leaders Webinar Series, March 2013
  • Practical Approaches to Panniculitis, Annual European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Meeting, September 2012
  • Course Co-director, Basic Dermatopathology Self-Assessment 2012 AAD Annual Meeting, Speaker 2008-11, 2016
  • Dermatopathology and Frozen Section Immunohistochemistry in Mohs Surgery, Annual Romanian Dermatologic Society Meeting, Webcast Lecture, 2012
  • Advances in Melanoma Diagnosis – Keynote Speaker, Leica Symposia 2010, San Diego, CA and Houston, TX

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