Director / Principal Investigator:
Steven H. Dayan, M.D.
A double board- certified Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon, professor and researcher he has published over 120 articles in medical journals and authored 5 books. He is a NY Times and USA TODAY Best-Selling Author. His accolades include the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Leadership Award and “Top Doc” recognition by numerous organizations including Castle Connolly and U.S News & World Report. As a founder of a medical research company, a medical marketing company, a skin care training center and a medical education company, he remains on the cutting edge of aesthetic products, thinking and education. He is a member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Dermatological surgeons, American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and serves in an elected position within the Facial Plastic Surgery society. He is on the editorial board of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Facial Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology. He is the current Co-editor of Modern Aesthetic Magazine, Medial Editor of the Facial Plastic Surgery Times and Social Media Editor/Podcast Host for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Dayan has always exceeded whether as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Washington University in St. Louis or an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate from the University of Illinois Medical School but it is in his role as an adjunct professor —teaching a popular undergraduate course: The Science of Beauty and Its Impact on Culture and Business – that his Best Selling book Subliminally Exposed is based. An engaging educator, internationally recognized key note speaker, and big thinker with an insatiable appetite for deeper knowledge and understanding of human behavior, Dr. Dayan is known for his ability to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdoms of medicine. Click to see Dr. Dayan’s CV
Principal Investigator / Sub-Investigator:
Michael Lewitt, M.D.
Dr. G. Michael Lewitt is a board-certified Dermatologist. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, obtaining both his bachelor’s degree and medical doctorate by the age of 24. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio in 2010. Dr. Lewitt then moved to back to his hometown of St. Louis, where he completed his residency in dermatology at Saint Louis University in 2013, serving as chief resident during his final year of post-graduate training. He practices general medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He has special interests in treating complex psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Additionally, Dr Lewitt has a dedication for clinical research, especially in the areas of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne and rosacea. He anticipates that his research will lead to advances in the field of dermatology and more innovative therapies for patients.
Clinical Director / Nurse Injector:
Selika Borst, M.S., R.N.
Selika Gutierrez-Borst, MS, RN has a Master’s degree as a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner degree from North Park University. Holding 23 years of clinical experience and expertise, Selika possesses a strong background in Internal Medicine and Adult Clinical Psychiatry. A noted member of the Psychiatric Medical Community for over a decade, her experience in psychiatry reflects her genuine commitment and concern for each of her patient’s overall well-being.
Her background in clinical medicine, research and education are met with meticulousness and compassion that her patients respect and appreciate. Selika performs all non-surgical procedures available at SDMD. She works closely on the clinical and research side with Dr. Steven Dayan. She patiently embraced the realm of aesthetic medicine 10 years ago and has gained extensive knowledge, attention to detail and highest level of patient care.
Selika has also been involved in training physicians, nurses and medical students for several years. As well as mentoring high school students looking to get involved in the medical field during the summer months.
Prior to working at SDMD and DeNova Research, she served as an adjunct professor at Elmhurst College. She enjoys continuously learning the latest aspects of the aesthetic field and she stays well-informed on the newest treatments to improve skins youthful appearance.
Clinical Research Coordinator:
Nimit Gandhi, M.D.
Dr. Gandhi graduated from medical school in 2016 and joined DeNova Research shortly thereafter. As the Clinical Research Manager, Dr Gandhi oversees all clinical trial patient appointments for ongoing and new studies. Dr Gandhi aids in the preparation of protocols and case report forms and the finalization of monitoring and data management options. He is also responsible for ethics committee approval, development of recruitment strategies to increase patient randomization into the trials, the provision of clinical trial materials and, overall, coordinating the trial to ensure its smooth management.