Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Message from Dr. Frank L. Meyskens, Director

Dear colleagues,

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the activation of the third disease oriented team (DOT), the Skin DOT. As such, DOTs set out to bring together the collective expertise of basic, translational and clinical researchers for the prevention and treatment of cancer. They are multidisciplinary teams that focus on addressing the wide spectrum of activities that involve patients with a particular type of cancer. Their work extends from fundamental research to risk identification, clinical research and clinical trials available to the community. DOTs also focus on outreach programs that promote prevention and early detection interventions.

May is Melanoma Awareness month and I invite you to join this exciting collaborative opportunity to advance the treatment and prevention of skin cancer. Members of the Skin DOT include physicians and scientists from the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Physical Sciences, Engineering, the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. I invite you to read more about the Skin DOT's purpose, leadership and membership here.
If you are interested in joining this exciting collaborative opportunity, please contact one of the following team leaders below:

  • Dr. Anthony Durkin, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Surgery, Beckman laser Institute (
  • Dr. Kristen Kelly, M.D., associate professor & clinical vice chief, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine (

You may also contact the Skin DOT administrative leader: Janis DeJohn (

Best regards,

Frank Meyskens

Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.
The Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Endowed Chair
Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry
and Public Health
Director, Chao Family / NCI Designated
Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, Irvine
Tel: (714) 456-6310
Fax: (714) 456-2240