Dr. Erika Balfour MD

United States of America

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Erika M. Balfour, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Board Certified Dermatopathologist

Board Certified Anatomic Pathologist

MBEE Johns Hopkins University 
M.D. SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
B.A. Yale University

• Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Northwell Health
Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, NY
• Fellow, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University
• Fellow, Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, University of Arkansas 
• Resident and Chief Resident, Department of Pathology, Yale University

Discreet Medical, PC
 Owner, Founder
 www.discreetmedicalpc.com

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York
• Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center 
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New
York, New York
• Co-created the Anatomic Pathology Dermatopathology Service
• Designed and implemented curriculum dermatopathology lectures
Akerman Academy of Dermatopathology
• Staff dermatopathologist (2003-2011)
Article Publication Reviewer, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, (2001-2012)
• Edited over thirty articles submitted for acceptance; determined article
acceptance or rejection status
• Ranked relevance of accepted articles to determine publication date
Visiting Pathologist, Istituto Nationale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy (2006)

• Governance, The Yale Club of New York City
• New York City Science and Engineering Fair (2009-2019)
 Head Judge, Medicine and Health
• Founder/Creator of a fund to aid Doctors Without Borders, for war victims in
Bosnia and Rwanda (1996)
 Initiated and orchestrated the solicitation of pharmaceutical companies
 Participating companies were cited in the May 15, 1996 issue of JAMA

• Dermatology Nurses Association/National Annual Convention (2009)
 Working Together: The Dermatology Office and the Pathology Laboratory
• St. John’s Institute of Dermatology/Kings College of London (2007-2009)
 Difficult Dermatopathology Cases From Across the Pond
 Medical -Legal Issues in Dermatopathology
 Advance Medical-Legal Issues in Dermatopathology
• Medical Commentator, TODAY in New York, NBC (2008)
 Sunning Safely
 Hair Loss

• Balfour E. Being An Empowered Patient: An Advocacy Guide: Workbook.
Charleston 2017.
• Balfour E, et al. Strengths of the Northwell Health Laboratory Service Line:
Maintaining Performance During Threatened Interruptions in Service. Acad
Path. 2016: (3): 1-13.
• Balfour E. Being An Empowered Patient: An Advocacy Guide. Charleston 2014.
• Lee KH, Rodgers IR, Balfour EM. What is your diagnosis? Angiosarcoma Arising
in the Eyelid. Cutis. 2012 Apr: 89(4):156, 159-60.
• Hashemi P, Rashidi A, Chapas A, Balfour EM. Necrobiotic Xanthogranuloma of
the Extremities with Paraproteinemia and without Periorbital Involvement at
Presentation. Cutis. 2012 Jan: 89 (1):41-4.

• Hutchens K, Balfour E, Smoller B. A Comparison of CD1A Expression in
Traction Alopecia and Lichen Planopilaris As A Marker of Immunity. American
Journal of Dermatopathology. 2011 May: 33(3): 277-80.
• Balfour E. The Dermatology Office and Dermatopathology Laboratory:
Reducing Errors by Working Together. Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’
Association. 2010 Jul/Aug: 2(4): 168-170.
• Najarian D, Lefkowitz I, Balfour E, Pappert A, Rao B. Zinc Deficiency Associated
with Necrolytic Acral Erythema: A recently described diagnostic cutaneous.
Manifestation of hepatitis C virus infection. Journal of the American Academy of
Dermatology. 2006 Nov: 55(5S):S108-S110.
• Balfour E, Smoller BR. Exogenous Trauma Simulating Perifollicular Fibromas
Within Melanocytic Nevi. American Journal of Dermatopathology. 2005 Feb:
27(1): 42-4.
• Balfour E, Olhoffer I, Leffell D, Handerson T. Massive Pseudoepitheliomatous.
Hyperplasia: A Reaction to a Tattoo. American Journal of Dermatopathology.
2003 Aug: 25(4): 338-40.
• Balfour E, Glusac EJ, Heald P, Talley LL, Smoller BR. Sezary Syndrome:
Cutaneous Immunoperoxidase Double-Labeling Technique Demonstrates
CD4/CD8 Ratio Non-Specificity. The Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. 2003 Aug:
30(7): 437-42.
• Balfour EM, Antana R, Lazova R. Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of the Newborn
Presenting as a Large Lobulated Cystic Plaque. Cutis. 2002:69.
• Balfour EM, Zalka A, Lazova R. Cutaneous Larva Migrans With Parts of the
Larva in the Epidermis. Cutis. 2002:69(5): 368-70.
• Mureebe L., Moy M, Balfour EM, Blume P, Gahtan V. Calciphylaxis: A Poor
Prognostic Indicator for Limb Salvage. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2001:33(6);
Published Book Reviews
1. Classics in Clinical Dermatology With Biographical Sketches. Shelley WB,
Crissey JT. 2 nd Ed. Derm101.com September 2005.
2. Lymphoproliferative Disorders(CDROM). Banks PM. Journal of Cutaneous
Pathology 2002.
3. Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology II. Ackerman BA, Lazova R Kaddu
S. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. 29(7) August 2002.
4. Skin Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment. Habif TP, Campbell JL, Quitadamo MJ,
Zug KA. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology 28(9) October 2001.
5. Diseases of the Skin: A Color Atlas and Text. White GM, Cox NH. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology 28(2) February 2001.