Through its talented researchers, innovative research initiatives, strong educational endeavors, and high quality patient care, the CDR aims to excel in both clinical and research areas, to become the standard for health services in dermatology, and to serve as a leader to guide the future of dermatology.
As the leading center addressing the day-to-day needs of dermatologists as well as the long-term health of the specialty, the CDR is determined to play a major role in formulating socioeconomic policies that can influence the quality of dermatological care, to establish priorities that will facilitate research efforts in this area, and to attract corporate sponsors for specific research studies.
Dr. Samarin grew up in a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He feels his most important jobs are being a husband and parenting his three children. In addition to that, he absolutely loves being a dermatologist. He earned his medical degree at MCP/Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia. From there, he served as a flight surgeon for the United States Air Force. Subsequently, he completed a dermatology residency at Yale University. Dr. Samarin moved to Colorado Springs to serve as the dermatologist at the United States Air Force Academy. That is when he and his family fell in love with Colorado Springs and decided to make this wonderful community their home. When not at work, he enjoys getting hurt while trying to play basketball, losing to his kids at card games, and trying to find more time to spend outdoors hiking with his wife and two dogs.
Dr. Valerie Callender is an internationally recognized Board Certified Dermatologist and who is known for her sensitive and cutting-edge approach to management of hair loss in women, the treatment of pigmented disorders and is also a prolific contributor to the dermatology literature. She has co-edited a textbook on Treatment for Skin of Color and has written 18 textbook chapters and more than 45 peer-reviewed articles for academic journals. Dr. Callender is a frequently invited speaker to national and international meetings, where she has made more than 160 presentations, including presentations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, and many others.