Academic Endeavors


Volunteer Staff


University California, Irvine, Department of Pathology

Conducted bi-weekly dermatopathology resident didactics at UCI, Department of Pathology.


Mount Sinai Medical School Admission's Board

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Admission Board. I was elected, based on my involvement in the education of medical students and fellow residents, by senior attendings to be part of the Admissions Board and medical school matriculation selection.


Correlation Didactics

Elmhurst Hospital

Developed a new monthly clinicopathological correlates rounds with the department of dermatology at Elmhurst Hospital, New York City.



Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Performed weekly dermatopathology board review for the dermatology residents at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Senior Pathology Teaching Assistant and Group Director

Taught pathophysiology and anatomical pathological correlates to first and second year resident in the area of forensic, gastrointestinal, genital-urinary, breast, and head and neck pathology and dermatopathology.


Senior Pathology TA

Senior pathology teaching assistant to the Mount Sinai medical school class.


"Living Anatomy"
Founder, Director

Volunteered 40 hours in incorporating University of Edinburgh method of teaching anatomy. Living anatomy examines human anatomy through static poses in a model. Course was aimed at helping student understand anatomy with an alternative tool.


  • August 2020-present: CLIA Consultant: CSL Plasma, Brewer, ME
  • August 2020-present: Laboratory Director: CSL Plasma, Brewer, ME
  • 2017-present: Physician, Dermatopathologist: Schweiger Dermatology, NY
  • 2016-2017: Physician, Dermatopathologist: Greensboro Pathology Associates
  • 2015-2016: Volunteer Instructor: University California, Irvine: Department of Pathology
  • 2015-2016: Dermatopathologist: Julie G. Duquette Medical Corporation and SoCal Dermatology
  • 2014-2015: Fellow: Dermatology, Clinical Research, University California Irvine
  • 2013-2014: Fellow: Dermatopathology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • 2010-2013: Resident: Pathology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Detailed Employment

  • August 2020-present: Medical Director: CSL Plasma, Brewer, ME
  • August 2020-present: Laboratory Director: CSL Plasma, Brewer, ME
  • August 2020-present: CLIA technical consultant: CSL Plasma, Brewer, ME
  • August 2017-present: Schweiger Dermatology. Position: Physician (NY, NY)
  • July 2016-July 2017: Aurora Diagnostics, Greensboro, North Carolina. Position: Physician (Greensboro, NC)
  • May 2014-May 2016: Clinical Dermatological Research Fellowship, University Irvine, California. Position: Fellow (Irvine, CA). Position: Fellow. (NY, NY). Fellowship completed. Fellowship director approval to continue with second fellowship (see below)
  • May 2010-May 2013: Anatomic Pathology Residency, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Position: Resident physician. (NY, NY)
  • June 2013-April 2014: Dermatopathology Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Awards & Grants

  • Wellcome Trust Grant – Scholar Studentship (2008)
  • One of 3 winners out of 4275 international applicants.
  • Distinction: History of Psychiatry, Wellcome- UCL (2008)
  • Distinction: Historiography in Medicine, Wellcome – UCL (2008)
  • Distinction: Master’s Degree in History of Medicine – UCL (2008)
  • One Joseph Collins Award: Excellence in Humanism Studies in Medicine (2007)
  • Johns Hopkins Distinguished Scholar Award (2003) • Dr. Goodman Volunteering Award (2003)
  • SDS social research grant (2003)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society (2003)
  • Sam Walton Volunteerism and Scholarship Award (2001)
  • State Elks Lodge Scholar Award (2001)
  • Rotary Club Volunteerism, Leadership, Scholar Award (2001)
  • Golden Key Academic Honors Society (2000)
  • City of Bangor, High Honor for Community Volunteerism Award (1999)
  • Coca-Cola Leadership and Scholar Award (1999)
  • Hugh O’Brien Excellence in Leadership Award (1998)


Hellman, J., Yao, J. "Novel Histological Evidence of Collagen and Elastin Regeneration in Fractional RF-Treated Acne Scar" Jor Cosmetics, Derm Science and Application. Accepted. May 2019.

Yao, J., Cellura, P., Birge, B., Kleinerman, R., Phelps, RG. "Proliferating Epidermoid Cysts: Case Series and Inclusion Criteria for an Under-recognized Entity" Jor Cutaneous Pathology –In review.

Yao, J., Cellura, P., Phelps, RG., "Apocrine Hidrocystoma with Proliferative Features: an early variant of endocrine mucin-producing sweat gland carcinoma?" Jor Clinical Pathology- In review.

Moy W., Yao, J., Choi, B., Kelly, K. "Histologic Changes Associated with Talaporfin Sodium-Mediated Photodynamic Therapy in Rat Skin" Lasers in Surgery & Medicine January 2017.

Min, M., Yao, J., Shim, H. "Xanthogranulomatous Reaction to Trametinib for Metastatic Melanoma" Cutis Accepted January 2016.

Vardabasso, C., Gaspar-Maia A., Hasson D., Dong J., Yao J., Singh R., Hernado E., Hake S., Bernstein E. "Histone Variant H2A.Z.2 Mediates Proliferation and Drug Sensitivity of Malignant Melanoma" Mol Cell June 2015.

Wieder, S., Sung, J., Choi, D., Yao, J., Birge, M., Burnstein,E., Celebi, J., Chipuk, J., "Activation of the Mitochondrial Fragmentation protein DRP-1 Correlates with BRAF V600E Melanoma" Jor of Investigative Dermatology: Accepted May 2015.

Yao, J., Dong, J., Strauchen JA., Singh J., "Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic neoplasm (or BPDN-like) cutaneous nodule presenting after influenza vaccination and resolving with topical high potency steroid: A first report" JAAD Case reports: Accepted April 2015.

Min M, Yao J, Kim SJ,. "Pruritic, Widespread Lacy Patches in a 5 9-Year OldWoman" (A report of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma) JAMA Derm – Accepted April 2015.

Serasinghe, M., Weider S., Renaul T., Elkholi R., Asciolla J., Yao, J., Jabado O., Hoehn K., Sesaki H., Chipuk J. "Mitochondrial division is requisite to RAS-induced transformation and targeted by oncogenic MAPK pathway inhibitors" Mol Cell: Accepted 2014.

De Moll, E., Fu, Y., Wieder, S., Yao. J., Ferringer, T., Chang, R., Gnjatic, S., Remark, R., Chipuk,J., Birge, M., Phelps,RG., Saenger., Y. "Immune biomarkers are predictive of survival and recurrence in ulcerated primary melanoma" Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy- Accepted Oct 2014.

Yao, J., Cellura, P., Phelps, RG. "Syringocystadenocarcinoma papilliferum: a rare malignant sweat gland tumor" SkinMed- Accepted June 2014 Yao, J., Goldenberg, G., Phelps, RG., "Rippled Pattern Trichoblastoma: A report and review" SkinMed- Accepted Aug 2014.

Grunes, D; Yao, J; Thung, S; et al "Fulminant Hepatitis from Presumed Ackee Fruit Ingestion: A Case Report" Case Rep. Transplant. 2012.

Frankle, A., Perl M., Yao, J., Pereira, F. "Acute onset of a vesiculopustular rash in an ICU patient." Dermatol Online J. 2014 Jan 15;20(1):21249.

Devino, C; Yao, J; "Laparoscopic Antrectomy for Retained Antrum in Type 1 Gastric Carcinoid: A Case Report and Review of Literature" Pancreas. 2013 Aug;42(6):1040-2

Parrish, S., Yao, J., Levitt, J. "Pulsed dye laser for pigmented purpura" JAAD- In review.

Scientific Presentations

Yao J., Mansour M., Phelps RG. "BRAF expression in think and thick melanomas: an immunohistochemical study". ISDP 18th Annual Meeting 2015.

Shana Straub, Pamela Unger, Qi Yang, Yayoi Kinoshita, David E Burstein, Mary Beth Beasley, Hongfa Zhu, Faqian Li, Jonathan Yao, Loralee McMahon, Guang-Qian Xiao

Phelps, RG., Yao, J., "Interesting Cases from Around the World" 2014 London Dermatopathology Symposium 2014. Platform. Yao, J; Birge, MB; Phelps; "Proliferating Epidermoid Cyst: Under-recognized Entity". ISDP 17th Annual Meeting 2014. Platform.

Wieder S., Yao, J. Birge, M., Phelps, RG., Saenger, Y. "DRP1 Serine-616 Phosphorylation and BRAF V600E. A Clinical Predictor" Society of Investigative Dermatology 2014.

Yao, J., Sidhu, H., Phelps, RG., "Apocrine Hydrocystoma: Mucin Secreting Endocrine Tumor" ASDP 50th Annular Meeting: 2013.

Yao, J., Nazarian, R., Sidhu, H., Mercer, S., Phelps, RG., "Heck’s Disease: A Presentation of Two Cases" ASDP 50th Annual Meeting: 2013.

Yao, J., Sidhu, H., Phelps, RG., "Epithelioid Cell Neoplasm" ASDP 50th Annual Meeting: 2013.

Yao, J.,Kim, E., Phelps, RG., "Cerebriform Connective Tissue Nevus: First Histological Description" ASDP 50th Annual Meeting: 2013.

Yao, J; Birge, MB; Phelps; "Systemic Infantile Hyalinosis". ISDP 16th Annual Meeting 2012.

Yao, J; Fiel MI; Schiano P; "The Histopathology of the Liver in HIV+ and Acquired Immunodeficiency Deficiency syndrome (AIDS) Individuals in the HAART Era," USCAP 2012 annual meeting. Platform.

Yao, J; Fusch, A; et al "Syringocystadenocarcinoma Papilliferum – Report of a Case", The American Society of Dermatopathology 48th Meeting 2011.

Yao, J; Nazarian, R; et al "Erythematous plaques and alopecia in a child with a history of microvillous inclusion disease" The American Society of Dermatopathology 48th Meeting 2011.

Yao J, Birge M, Singh R., Phelps R. "A Rare Dermal Reaction to Juviderm". ISDP 15th Annual Meeting, 2011.

Yao J, Birge M, Singh R., Phelps R. "Parachordoma: A Rare Tumor". ISDP 15th Annual Meeting, 2011. Platform.

Nazarian, R; Yao, J; et al "Widely Metastatic Post-transplant Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma in a Child with Microvillous Inclusion Disease" American Association of Dermatology 69th Conference 2011.


Yao, J., Goldenberg, G. Compendium for the dermatologist in reading a dermatopathology report. JP Medical Publisher, London UK. Accepted, expected date 2019.

Professional Membership

  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • International Society of Dermatopathology
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology

Social Leadership

  • Metropolitan Opera Young Associates: Steering Committee: 2018-present
  • University North Carolina School of the Arts: Board of Visitor: Elect
  • Gianni Society: University North Carolina School of the Arts: 2016-present
  • Metropolitan Opera Young Associates Membership 2008-present
  • American ballet theater: Gold Member: 2018