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

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

POST GRADUATE TRAINING/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• 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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
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)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
• 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

NTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL/LOCAL PRESENTATIONS
• 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

PUBLICATIONS
• 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);
1275-9.
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.