Vitiligo Spotlights

This page is dedicated to those students, researchers, physicians and volunteers that give their time, talent, and wisdom to aid in the search for a cure.

Vitiligo Volunteers

Justin T. Hall

Justin T. Hall IV

Meet Justin T. Hall IV, entrepreneur, storyteller, Vitiligo ambassador, and co-host of this year’s World Vitiligo Day-USA in Atlanta!

Alisha Archibald

Meet Alisha Archibald, Founder and President of So Rare They Stare (SRTS) Vitiligo Awareness and co-host of World Vitiligo Day-USA in Atlanta in June.

Perry Whaley

Meet Perry Whaley, Founder of Vitiligo Man of Action, vitiligo community leader and member, GVF Communications Committee.

Mark Braxton

Sharolyn Hagen

Meet Sharolyn Hagen! Sharolyn is a professional photographer and member of the Minnesota VitFriends community. She was diagnosed in 2016, when she was in her mid-30’s, by a dermatologist at the University of Minnesota.

Physicians and Researchers

Andrea Tovar-Garza, MD, IFAAD

Meet Andrea Tovar-Garza, MD, IFAAD. Board certified dermatologist. Founder of VeraSkin Dermatology Clinic and Global Vitiligo Foundation Medical Advisory Board Member.

Noufal Raboobee, MD

Meet Noufal Raboobee, MD, a dermatologist in Durban, South Africa (SA), who has been in private practice since 1990. Dr. Raboobee is the President of the National Vitiligo Society of SA and an Exco member of the Dermatology Society of SA. He also serves on the Global Vitiligo Foundation Medical Advisory Board.

Marwa Abdallah, MD

Meet Global Vitiligo Foundation Medical Advisory Board Member, Marwa Abdallah, MD, who is a Professor of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, at Ain Shams University (ASU), in Cairo, Egypt.

Janice Nathalie, MD

Meet Janice Nathalie, MD. Dr. Nathalie is the Resident Medical Officer at St. Vincent's Health Australia in Melbourne, Australia.


Meet Professor Andrew Thompson, Professor of Clinical Psychology (Hons.) and Programme Director (DClinPsy), Cardiff University in Wales, UK.

Caio Cesar Silva de Castro, MD, PhD

Meet Global Vitiligo Foundation Medical Advisory Board Member Caio Cesar Silva de Castro, MD, PhD, who is a Brazilian board-certified dermatologist, and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Pontificia Universidade Católica in Curitiba, Brasil.

Mauro Picardo, MD

Dr. Picardo is the Director of the Clinical and Experimental Cutaneous Physiopathology and Metabolomic Center, San Gallicano Dermatological Institute, Rome, Italy.

Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD

Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, who has been an active member of the Global Vitiligo Foundation for many years as a physician expert and a volunteering leader. Dr. Desai was elected to the GVF Board of Directors last year. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the GVF Advocacy Committee and continues in that role today

Thierry Passeron, MD, PhD

We are pleased to feature the research of Thierry Passeron, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. Dr. Passeron was one of the distinguished invited speakers at the recent Vitiligo International Symposium 2021.