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Monika Kaniszewska, MD

Business Address:

Pinnacle Dermatology, S.C.
1124 Essington Road
Joliet, Illinois 60435
Phone: (815) 744-8554
Fax: 815-744-3969

20646 Abbey Woods Court North, Suite 104
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
Phone: (815) 744-8554


June 2011 Rush Medical College
Chicago, Illinois
Doctor of Medicine
June 2007 Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
December 2005 University of Illinois of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, Magna cum laude

Postgraduate Training:

2012-present Dermatology Residency Training Program; Chief Resident (2014-present)
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois
2011-2012 Transitional Year Intern
Resurrection Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

Work Experience:

2011-2013 Research Assistant, Department of Pediatrics and Dermatology
Children's Memorial Hospital - Chicago, Illinois
Sponsor: Sarah Chamlin, MD
Studied the delay in diagnosis and treatment of lichen sclerosus in the pediatric population.
Summer 2008 Research Assistant, Department of Pediatrics
Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, Illinois
Sponsor: Aloka Patel, MD, Janet Engstrom, PhD
Collected data on the relationship between the dose of human breast milk and several serious morbidities in extremely low birth weight premature infants.
2006-2007 Intern, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Chicago, Illinois
Operated Isolex® Cell Selection System for validation studies during a Food and Drug Administration Phase II clinical trial. Developed and wrote internal company protocol and trained Baxter employees to use the system. Participated in expiry studies, which included observational, tensile strength, and cryopreservation testing on a line of Baxter products.
2004-2005 Design Project Manager, Department of Pathology
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
Sponsor: Andrew Maniotis PhD
Managed year-long group project that designed 3D matrix chips for cancer diagnostics. Tested the final design using known cancer cell lines and various extracellular matrix proteins to test the depth and width of cancer spread.


Residency 2014 ASDS Dermatologic Surgery Preceptorship award recipient
Observership with Dr. Margaret Weiss of the Maryland Laser Skin and Vein Institute

MAGIS Star Award
Loyola University Medical Center
Awarded for outstanding service and care
Medical School McGaw Scholarship (2007-2009)

A. Watson Armour Scholarship (2009)

Dean's Office Summer Research Fellowship (2008)
Awarded a stipend based on submission of proposal for a summer research project.

The Koscuiszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship (2008)
Undergraduate UIC College of Engineering Exposition Award (2005)
First place award in the Health and Medicine category.

UIC Honors College Member (2003-2005)

Caterpillar Scholar Award (2005)

Dean's List (2001-2005)

Extracurricular Activities

Leadership Chief Resident, Dermatology Residency Training Program
Loyola University - Chicago, Illinois

Steering Committee Member
Community Health Clinic - Chicago, Illinois (2007-2011)
Coordinated and scheduled student and physician volunteers and managed the clinic on a weekly basis. Acted as a liaison between the clinic and Rush Medical College. Volunteered in clinical duties and served as a Polish language interpreter.
Community Services Solidarity Bridge (September 2014)
Volunteered in multi-speciality medical mission trip to Tiquipaya, Bolivia. Treated patients with a variety of dermatologic disorders in a local hospital.

Women's Dermatology Society (WDS) (2012-present)
Active participant and organizer for several WDS initiatives: Dove. Self Esteem. Project. Partnering with local schools to engage young girls in activities designed to improve self-esteem. In preparation, Chicago, IL Dress for Success (an organization which helps underprivileged women entering the workforce). Led lecture series on basic skin conditions and conducted personal consultations for participants. January 2014, Chicago, IL.
Sun Safety Day at Forest Road Grade School. Taught children grades 2-6 about sun safety. March 2013, La Grange Park, IL.

Loyola University Health Fair, Maywood, IL (2012)
Healthcare provider at skin cancer screening.

American Academy of Dermatology, Chicago, IL (2012, 2014)
Skin cancer screening provided at North Avenue Beach.


April 2014 Veterans Affairs Home based Primary Care
Clinical in-service instructor - Maywood, IL.
Conducted lecture on recognition of skin caner to nursing and physician staff.
February 2014 Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University
Instructor - Maywood, IL.
Dermatopathology Lab. Conducted clinical and histiopathologic correlation presentation for second-year medical students.
August 2012 Dermatology Clinic Skills Lab.
Taught morphology of common dermatologic conditions to second-year medical students.
2008 Rush Medical College Peer Tutorial Program
Histology Tutor - Chicago, IL
Tutored two groups of approximately 10 first-year medical students. Provided weekly presentations on histology slides and conducted reviews before exams.


Park K, Kaniszewska M, Pregnancy Dermatoses. Directions in Residency. Fall 2014:4-5

Kaniszewska M, Rovner R, Arshanapalli A, Tung R. Oral Glycopyrrolate for the Treatment of Hailey-Hailey Disease. JAMA Dermatology. Accepted October 2014.

Surprenant D, Kaniszewska M, Hutchens K, Lee C, O'Keefe P, Swan J, Tung R. Blastomycosis and Pregnancy: An Unusual Postpartum Disease Course. International Journal of Dermatology. In preparation.

Kaniszewska M, Winterfield L, K Hutchens, R Tung, Treatment of Recalcittrant Granuloma Faciale with Concomitant Daponse and PDL Therapy. In preparation.

Presentations and Lectures:

Kaniszewska M, Mudaliar K, Hutchens K. Senstivity of CD10 as a Marker for Fibrohistiocytic Differentiation. 51th Annual Meeting of the American Socity of Dermatopathology: Poster Session; to be presented November 2014. Chicago, IL.

Kaniszewska M, Uihlein L. recurrent Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Secondary to Mycoplasma Pneumonia Infection in a Child. Chicago Dermatologic Society Meeting, June 2014. Chicago IL.

Kaniszewska M, Winterfield L., Hutchens K, Tung R. Treatment of Granuloma Faciale with Concomitant use of Dapsone and PDL Therapy. 34th Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery; April 2014. Phoenix, AZ.

Kaniszewska M, Winterfield L, Berrios R, Hutchens K. Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease. Annual 2014 Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology; Gross and Microscopic Symposium, March 2014. Denver, CO.

Kaniszewska M, Peterson A, Tung R. Treatment of Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation after TEN in a Darkly Pigmented Patient. Cosmetic Surgery Forum; December 2013. Las Vegas, NV.

Kaniszewska M, Hutchens K. Concurrent chicken pox and toxic epidermal necrolysis. 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathology: Poster Session; October 2013. Washington, DC.

Kaniszewska M, Kamalpour L, Peterson A, Hutchens K. Lichen Planus Pigmentosus-Inversus. Annual 2013 Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology: Gross and Microscopic Symposium; March 2013. Miami, FL.

Kaniszewska M, Patel A, Engstrom J. Dose Response Benefits of Human Milk in Extremely Low Birth Weight Premature Infants. Annual Rush University Research Forum, April 2009. Chicago, Il.

Kaniszewska M, Sryka A, Peters A, Maniotis A, PhD. Three Dimensional Matrix Chips for Cancer Diagnostics Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Spring 2005. Chicago, IL.

Kaniszewska M, Sryka A, Peters A, Maniotis A, PhD. Three Dimensional Matrix Chips for Cancer Diagnostics. Annual UIC College of ENgineering Exposition; Spring 2005. Chicago, IL.

Professional/Academic Affiliations

Women's Dermatologic Society
American Medical Association
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
Chicago Dermatological Society
American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery


Fluent in Polish


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Our Locations

Our multi-center practice offers the highest quality of care in our convenient locations throughout the southwest suburbs of Chicago.

1Joliet Pinnacle Dermatology
1124 Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 744-8554
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
2Lombard Pinnacle Dermatology
2500 S Highland Ave #320
Lombard, IL 60148
(815) 744-8554
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
3Bourbonnais Pinnacle Dermatology
595 William R Latham Senior Dr
Bourbonnais, IL 60914 (815) 744-8554

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
4Frankfort Pinnacle Dermatology
20646 Abbey Woods Court North #104
Frankfort, IL 60423 (815) 744-8554

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
5Ottawa Pinnacle Dermatology
123 W Michigan St.
Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 744-8554

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed

6Valparaiso Pinnacle Dermatology
3501 Enterprise Ave
Valparaiso, IN 46383 (219) 242-8415

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: Closed