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Kara (Dixon) Capriotte, M.D. Curriculum Vitae

Find Out More About Her Education, Experience, and Awards in the Philaelphia, Bryn Mawr, and Newtown Square Areas and Beyond

Undergraduate Education

Aug 1996–Apr 2004
Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience
Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.95/4.0)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Medical Education

July 2000–May 2005
Medical Doctor
Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Post Graduate Training

July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
July 1, 2006–June 30, 2009
Dermatology Residency
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
April 2008–April 2009
Chief Resident, Dermatology
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


USMLE STEP 1, passed June 2002

USMLE STEP 2 CK, passed March 2004

USMLE STEP 2 CS, passed Nov 2004

USMLE STEP 3, passed Oct 2005

American Academy of Dematology Board Examination, passed Aug 2009

Medical School Honors/Awards

  • “Top Resident” Thomas Jefferson University, June 2009.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Member, inducted May 2005
  • American Medical Women's Association Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, May 2005
  • Annual Dermatology Award at Drexel University, May 2005.
  • Selection to present poster at the American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, July 2004
  • Altoona Family Physicians Scholarship, April 2003
  • Hahnemann Alumni Award Recipient, July 2000

Research Experience

July 2003–June 2004
Department of Dermatology
Cutaneous Oncology Research Fellowship
Louis Falo, MD, PhD, Chairman
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The fellowship focused on the development of human in vitro dendritic cell immunotherapies for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL), working specifically with Sezary Syndrome (SzS). This involved loading Dendritic Cells with antigens derived from whole tumor cells that were isolated from blood of SzS patients. The cells were assessed for maturation potential, along with their tumor specific T-Cell responses in vitro. The immunotherapies were then extended to a clinical trial in which eligible patients with SzS were given a series of Dendritic Cell derived vaccines and then assessed for clinical response. I also prepared two Investigational New Drug Applications based on data gathered from in vitro research: 1) In vitro Evaluation of Immune Responses in Sezary Syndrome and 2) Randomized Phase I/II Evaluation of Immunization Against Tumor Cells in Subjects With Sezary Syndrome using Autologous Mature Dendritic Cells.

Aug 1998–April 1999
Department of Plastic Surgery
Student Research Technician
Adam Katz, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

My work included studying emerging tissue engineering strategies for adipose cells. I would assist in collecting adipose tissue samples from the operating room, and then process the samples for the procurement of autologous cells. The adipose cells were then cultured for varying lengths of time on polymer scaffolds and then implanted into mice to assess differentiation and expansion of implanted adipose cells. My work involved keeping the cells in culture and preparing the polymer scaffolds the cells were then plated onto. I also collected the samples that had been implanted into mice for analysis.


Capriotti K, Capriotti JA, Lessin S, Wu S, Goldfarb S, Belum VR, Lacouture M. The risk of nail changes with taxane chemotherapy: A systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis, currently in submission.

Capriotti K. The road to Rx: Navigating the journey of drug development from a physician's perspective. Young Physician Focus, a publication of the American Academy of Dermatology, Fall 2014 issue.

Capriotti K, Capriotti JA. Topical iodophor preparations: chemistry, microbiology, and clinical utility. Dermatol Online J, 2012 Nov 15;18(11):1.

Capriotti K, Capriotti JA. Dimethyl Sulfoxide: History, Chemistry and Clinical Utility in DermatologyDimethyl Sulfoxide: History, Chemistry and Clinical Utility in Dermatology. Jour Clin Aesthet Derm, 2012 Sep;5(9):24-6.

Capriotti K, Humphreys T. A Novel Extraction Technique for Large Lipomas. Dermatol Surg, 2009 Mar;35(3):493-5.

Capriotti K, Lee J, Hyde P. Allergic contact granuloma: an uncommon reaction to pierced earrings in a child. Pediatr Dermatol, 2009 Sep-Oct;26(5):620-1.

L Geskin, K Dixon, A Kingston, T Whiteside, W Storkus, P Kalinski, M Tublin , S McCann, J Plowey, M Robb and L Falo. Autologous dendritic cell immunotherapy induced potent tumor specific t-cell activity in Sezary Syndrome patients. Nature Medicine, Feb 2006.

L Geskin, K Dixon, A Kingston, S McCann, J Plowey, M Robb and L Falo. An engineered autologous dendritic cell therapy induced potent tumor specific t-cell activity and clinical response in a patient with end-stage cutaneous t-cell lymphoma. J. Invest. Derm, Vol 122: A51, March 2004.

Posters and Conferences

Capriotti K, Capriotti JA, Lessin S. Povidone-Iodine Nail Solution is Active in Treating Onychomycosis. American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, Denver, CO, March 2014.

Capriotti K, Capriotti JA, Lessin S. Paronychia requiring intervention in patients receiving taxanes: A review of the literature. American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, Denver, CO, March 2014.

Capriotti K, Lee JB. Fox Fordyce Disease: Fact or Fiction? American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2009.

Capriotti K, Hyde P. Allergic Contact Granuloma: A Rare Reaction to Ear Piercing. American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 2008.

Capriotti K, Hyde P. Allergic Contact Granuloma: A Rare Reaction to Ear Piercing. Philadelphia Dermatologic Society Meeting. Lecture given 9/28/07.

Capriotti K, Hyde P. Allergic Reactions Associated with Ear Piercing: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology. Lecture given 10/27/07.

K Dixon, A Kingston, L Geskin, and L Falo, Treatment of Sezary Syndrome Patient with Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy Results in Immune and Clinical Responses, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting 2004, New York, New York. Poster presentation.

“Development of Dendritic Cell Immunotherapies for Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma,” lecture given at Dermatology and Immunology Grand Rounds, May 2004.


“Common Skin Issues in the Senior Population,” lecture given at the Quadrangle Senior Living Facility, August 2010.

“Skin Cancer Awareness,” lecture given at United States Liability Insurance Group, July 2010.


Mainline Health Women's Video Series, “Anti-Aging Therapies: The Facts,” Featured Dermatologist on video, August 2012.

Volunteer and Community Experience

Free Skin Cancer Screening for the Public
Annually in May, 2006-present

Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma Support Group
July 2003-June 2004
Pittsburgh, PA
Organized, planned, and contacted patients, family and friends to annual regional support group

Homeless Outreach Program
Sept 2000-May 2001
Drexel University College of Medicine
Provided medical care and supplies for the homeless

Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Sept 1999-April 1999
Pittsburgh, PA
Provided domestic and entertainment services to BMT recipients

The Pitt Project
Aug 1997-April 1998
Pittsburgh, PA
Participated in cleaning the local community for students

Toys for Tots Community Drive
Aug 1997-April 1998
Pittsburgh, PA
Raised money and distributed gifts for needy children

Veterans Hospital Volunteer
Aug 1996–April 1998
Pittsburgh, PA
Helped local veterans with everyday tasks


Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Fellow, 2009–present

American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow, 2009–present

American Medical Student Association Member, 2000–2005

American Medical Association Member, 2005–present

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