Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Gelfand Clinical Research Lab

Sungat Grewal

Sungat Grewal is a medical school student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, who received a pre-doctoral fellowship to conduct one year of research between her 3rd and 4th year to investigate how the chronic inflammatory state of psoriasis has a deleterious effect on the entire body. During biology class in high school, she found the skin fascinating. As an Undergraduate student at UCLA, she volunteered with the UCLA Mobile Clinic that served the homeless; she found that whereas their health care providers were most concerned about systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, the homeless themselves were most concerned about their skin diseases. This deepened her interest in Dermatology. She is fascinated by the fact that whereas the skin has long been known to be a mirror of what is going on inside the body, it has been discovered only recently that what is going on in the skin affects many organs inside the body. This is why she is excited to spend a year in Dr. Joel Gelfand’s lab where psoriasis has been found to independently increase the risk for diabetes, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Previously, with Dr. Jack Resneck at UCSF, she investigated the enforcement of California’s law that banned tanning for clients under 18 years old; they found that while 77% of tanning facilities were compliant, most facilities provided misinformation about the benefits and dangers of tanning beds. With Dr. Mary-Margaret Chren and Dr. Eleni Linos at UCSF, she investigated the ways in which Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers affect quality of life and found that the top 3 concerns were prognosis, cosmetic concerns, and physical symptoms. With Dr. Dirk Elston at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, she spent part of a year learning the histopathologic features of various skin diseases and also updated a Medscape article on Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of the Newborn. During medical school, her dedication to her patients, her advocacy for them, and her humanistic touch was noticed by her fellow students and faculty who nominated and selected her for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). Sungat will be inducted into GHHS and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) with her graduating class in 2017. In her spare time, Sungat loves spending time with her family and friends, running, reading, and yoga.