Joseph F. Fowler Jr., M.D.
Dr. Joseph F. Fowler is a nationally recognized dermatologist for his dedicated work not only with his private practice but also education and clinical research programs. He began his dermatology career in 1984, following completion of a dermatology residency at the University of Louisville. Since that time, he has been in the private practice of dermatology and has also been active in teaching as a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Occupational Medicine at the University of Kentucky and Director of the Occupational Dermatology and Patch Test Clinic. Dr. Fowler co-founded Dermatology Specialists, PSC with his partner Dr. Scott Kasteler in 1999. Dermatology Specialists, PSC has since merged with Forefront Dermatology in December of 2014 and continues to provide advanced medical care to patients.
In addition to his private practice and continued dedication to education, Dr. Fowler co-founded the clinical research program along with his wife, Lynn M. Fowler RN, BSN over 20 years ago. Together they have expanded Dermatology Specialists Research (DS Research) which now conducts over 40 clinical research trials per year with an experienced staff of 4 Board Certified Dermatologists, 2 Nurse Practitioners and 7 clinical research coordinators/RN, BSNs. Although Dr. Fowler’s initial expertise was in dermatitis and rosacea, he has been the primary investigator on well over 400 clinical trials in virtually all areas of dermatology such as acne, actinic keratosis, various eczemas, fungal infections, psoriasis, “sensitive skin”, and others. He has also been actively involved as a consultant in study development and product formulation. Dr. Fowler is an adviser to multiple dermatology pharmaceutical companies around the world and has been involved in clinical trials for a number of major US dermatology companies.
Dr. Fowler is author of almost 200 scholarly articles and book chapters, including “Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis” which is one of the most utilized textbooks today in dermatology education. Along with scholarly journals and chapters he is also an author on numerous medical journals reporting results of clinical trials he has conducted over the years as PI. Dr. Fowler is a frequent lecturer at national and international meetings, including the American Academy of Dermatology since 1989. He is the founder of the Caribbean Dermatology Symposium and the Coastal Dermatology Symposium, and in addition is the medical director of 4 other annual national conference seminars. Dr. Fowler is president of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and holds the prestigious honor of being listed in the Woodward and White’s “Best Doctors in America”.
Dr. Fowler and his wife Lynn currently reside in Louisville, KY where they enjoy traveling, breeding/racing thoroughbreds and tennis.
Megan N. Landis, M.D.
Dr. Megan Landis is a Board Certified Dermatologist, from Indiana where she received her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her Internship at the University of Cincinnati in Family Medicine and went on to complete her Residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Dermatology. Since completing her Residency in 2012, Dr. Landis joined the private practice of Dermatology Specialists, PSC (now Forefront Dermatology) specializing in patients with severe acne. She is actively involved at the University of Louisville as a Clinical Professor and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology and Women’s Dermatological Society. Dr. Landis has been the author of several book chapters and articles in peer reviewed publications.
Dr. Landis first joined DS Research in 2012 specializing in pediatric and adult acne. In addition to her acne specialty, she has taken part in numerous research trials as a sub investigator for atopic/contact dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, cosmetics and more. After almost 5 years of working and training under Dr. Joseph Fowler, Jr., M.D. as a sub investigator, Dr. Landis has taken the lead role as Principal Investigator for the new DS Research facility in New Albany, Indiana.
Dr. Landis is married with a son and triplet girls, and enjoys spending time with family, running and playing golf.
Alfred L. Knable, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Al Knable is a Board Certified Dermatologist who received his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his Internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN and went on to complete his Residency at Indiana University in Dermatology. From 1996-2000, Dr. Knable served in the US Air Force as an Assistant Director of Dermatology at Wright Patterson AFB. Upon completing his service commitment, Dr. Knable joined Associates in Dermatology, PLLC, a private practice with offices located in Indiana and Kentucky. He is actively involved in teaching as an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Louisville and formally served on the Ethics Committee, History Committee and Judicial Panel of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Knable is an active member of the Kentucky Dermatological Association, Indiana Dermatological Society and is a member on the Board of Directors for Indiana University’s Hackney-Norins Society. He dedicates his time to improving patient care and education in the local community and was recently elected to the New Albany City Council. Dr. Knable has authored many chapters and articles in peer reviewed publications and has lectured throughout the country on numerous dermatology diseases and treatments. He has also authored several chapters on the History of Indiana. Dr. Knable joined DS Research in 2015 and works as a Sub Investigator on clinical trials conducted at the Indiana facility.
Dr. Knable is married with four children and enjoys spending time with his family.
Cindy E. Owen, M.D.
Dr. Cindy Owen is a Board Certified Dermatologist in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Owen received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Science degree from Vanderbilt University. After working as a research coordinator for genitourinary oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, she began medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude in 2005. Dr. Owen completed both her Internship in Internal Medicine and Dermatology Residency at the University of Louisville. Upon completion of residency in 2009, she joined Associates in Dermatology, a leading dermatological practice with locations in both Kentucky and Indiana.
Dr. Owen is actively involved in the University of Louisville Division of Dermatology where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of the Inpatient Consultation Service, and Director of the University of Louisville HCOC Dermatology Clinic. She also serves on the division’s Clinical Competency and Program Evaluation Committees. Dr. Owen is a member of the JAMA Dermatology editorial board, an author and reviewer for UpToDate, and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatology Association, the Dermatology Foundation, the American Medical association, the Kentucky Medical Association, and the Jefferson County Medical Society. She served as president of the Kentucky Dermatology Association in 2014. Dr. Owen presents regularly at national meetings and has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Owen’s interest and expertise is in consultative and complex medical dermatology, skin signs of internal disease, and cutaneous drug reactions. Dr. Owen joined DS Research in 2016 as a sub investigator for various research studies such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and more.
Susan E. Elrod, MSN, APRN
Ms. Susan Elrod is an APRN in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Elrod received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN as well as attending Harlaxton College in Grantham, Englad UK during this time. Ms. Elrod furthered her education by receiving her Masters of Science in Nursing as well as her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2001. While practicing as a registered nurse, Ms. Elrod worked with the telemetry monitoring unit at Jewish Hospital and later began working as a labor and delivery registered nurse at the University of Louisville Hospital. Ms. Elrod has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for various health care facilities such as the Little Clinic, Family Health Centers, Inc., and the Wall Street Internal medicine in Kentucky as well as Indiana. Ms. Elrod is currently a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Kentucky Coalition for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives as well as the American Nurses Association. Ms. Elrod began working with Associates in Dermatology in 2013. In 2017, Ms. Elrod began working with DS Research as an APRN, assessing patients for various studies that include different dermatological skin conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and more.
Jyoti B. Burruss, M.D.
Dr. Burruss is a board Certified Dermatologist in both Kentucky and Indiana. Dr. Burruss received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Speed Scientific School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, graduating with High Honors. Dr. Burruss furthered her education by receiving her Medical Degree from the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine, graduating in the top 20% of her class. Dr. Burruss completed her Medical Internship at the Internal Medicine school of Indiana University and completed her residency at the Division of Dermatology of the University of Louisville in 1994. Dr. Burruss has worked as an Assistant Clinic Professor at the Division of Dermatology at the University of Louisville, as well as working in the multispecialty group in the Columbus Clinic. Dr. Burruss then joined Associates in Dermatology, a leading dermatological practice with locations in both Kentucky and Indiana. Dr. Burruss has also published numerous book chapters as well as scientific meeting presentations. She has received many prestigious honors and awards as well as being an active member in the Kentucky Medical Association as well as the Kentucky Dermatological association. Dr. Burruss has experience in working with research for the University of Louisville as a Data Analyst in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. Dr. Burruss joined DS Research in 2017 as a sub investigator for various research studies such as atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, rosacea and more.
Anna A. Hayden, M.D.
Shannon M. McAllister, M.D.
Dr. Shannon McAllister is a Board Certified Dermatologist in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally from, Spokane, Washington, Dr. McAllister received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She furthered her education by receiving her Medical Degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. McAllister complete her Medical Internship at the University of Tennessee and her Dermatology Residency at the University of Louisville Division of Dermatology in Louisville, Kentucky in June 1997. Upon completing her residency, Dr. McAllister joined the private practice of Associates in Dermatology. Dr. McAllister has also worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor and the University of Louisville as well as working with the Multispecialty Group at the Columbus Clinic. Dr. McAllister has been involved in publishing multiple case studies and is currently a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, the Kentucky Medical Association, the Jefferson County medical Society and the Kentucky Dermatological Association. Dr. McAllister joined DS Research is 2017 as a sub investigator for various research studies such as atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, rosacea and more.