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  • Zainab Abbas

    Zainab Abbas, MD

    College: Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan
    Medical School: Aga Khan University of Medical College 
    Hometown: Pakistan

    Zainab was born and raised in Pakistan. After graduating from Aga Khan Medical School, she moved to the U.S. for an internal medicine residency. She was always amazed at how the skin contributes so much to a patient’s physical and psychological well being. A career in dermatology offered the perfect combination: she could indulge her love for procedures, while simultaneously enjoying the complex problem-solving nature of medicine. After making what turned out to be an easy decision to switch careers to dermatology, she did a rotation in the dermatology Department at Henry Ford Hospital. This opportunity motivated her to pursue a career in dermatology research and she joined as a clinical trialist at UMass Medical School and served as a principal investigator and sub investigator in many clinical trials in th department. Her long-term goal is to study autoimmune skin diseases and play the important role of translational and clinical scientist that brings early stage clinical trials directly to patients. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband, enjoying long drives and listening to music. Together they have a passion for an active lifestyle and are always looking to explore the hiking trails of New England.

  • Vijaya Daniel

    Vijaya Daniel, MD

    College: Brown University
    Graduate School: Harvard School of Public Health
    Medical School: Boston University 
    Hometown: Augusta, GA
    She/Her

    Viji was born and raised in Augusta, Ga., the home of the Masters Golf Tournament. Although she moved from the south when she was 18 years old, she cannot let go of her love for drinking her sweet tea and saying “y’all” whenever possible. She attended Brown University and concentrated in psychology. Following graduation, she worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) involved in prevention and HIV clinical research. She then realized it was too hard to be away from New England, and attended medical school at Boston University. During medical school, she obtained her Master of Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health. After completing two years of general surgery clinical training and 2 years of NIH-funded surgical outcomes research as part of the general surgery residency program at UMass, she decided to switch to dermatology. She was excited about the diversity of dermatologic diseases and surgical procedures one encounters daily and the ability to be involved in both prevention and treatment of skin cancers. She is so excited to be part of the UMass Dermatology family!  Her academic goals include becoming a dermatologic surgeon with a research focus on surgical and epidemiological outcomes. Outside of work, you can find her dancing her heart out either at Zumba or with her husband and 3 year old daughter (and rest of family), travelling (visited 6 of 7 continents…can’t wait to cross Antarctica off the list!), trying new restaurants/rooftop bars/vineyards both locally and abroad, and convincing herself  that she is  actually an event/party planner.

  • Isabella Plumptre

    Isabella Plumptre, MD

    College: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 
    Medical School: Imperial College School of Medicine 
    Hometown: London, England
    She/Her/Hers

    Bella grew up in a town in the English 'midlands', best known for inventing the sport rugby. She studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, before completing medical school at Imperial College in London. She stayed in leafy West London for her UK intern year. During this time, she developed her career interests in pediatric dermatology, after seeing how much skin conditions can affect the quality of life of children and their families, and how genetic skin conditions might unlock wider mechanisms of oncology. She moved to Boston with her husband for a pediatric preliminary year at Massachusetts General Hospital before starting dermatology residency at UMass Medical School this year. Outside of medicine, Bella enjoys tandem bike rides with her husband, walks with their puppy (Heidi) and carbohydrates.