Aliya Courtney Hines, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Department of Dermatology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Aliya Courtney Hines, MD, PhD

Aliya is a dermatologist in Michigan who became interested in disparities in treatment for people of color when speaking with a co-presenter at a conference. The presenter had data showing that people of color were less likely to be treated with immunomodulatory drugs if they had black skin when seeking care for psoriasis. Some discussion led to the conclusion that dermatologists were less comfortable making the diagnosis of psoriasis and committing to a more immunosuppressive treatment pattern because they didn’t recognize the disease in skin of color and were still contemplating alternative diagnoses and treating topically. She became interested in the issue and can speak to this problem and barriers to the use of technology to solve it currently (including lack of photographs to train machine learning algorithms with).