Newly Diagnosed Patients


Keloids are formed from excessive scar tissue formation at the site of prior skin injury. Keloids have a tendency to extend beyond the area of the original skin injury or wound. The cause of keloid formation, and why some people are prone to it and some are not, is not well known. African-Americans are more prone to develop scars and keloids than other ethnicities. Keloids vary in size and can occur on any part of body. Keloids can occur as a result and subsequent to a variety of injuries to the skin:

  • Skin burns
  • Acne
  • Chicken Pox
  • Ear Piercing
  • Scratches
  • Surgical Cuts
  • Vaccination Site


Keloids are fairly common in young African-Americans and, in severe forms, can become disabling. Size and location of keloids determine the symptoms and the issues that they can cause. Some keloids are small and cause a cosmetic concern only. Larger keloids, especially when located in a critical part of the body, can interfere with daily life, sleep, or other body functions. Large keloids in the earlobe can interfere with sleep as well as hearing and the ability to discern direction of the sound. Treatments for keloids depend on their location, size and thickness. Surgery has traditionally been counterproductive since removing one scar or keloid can result in formation of another one on the same site.

Successful treatment of keloids requires patience and perseverance. As keloids are chronic skin conditions, their treatment also takes time. Each keloid may require more than one method of treatment to achieve a desirable result. Choice of treatment for a given Keloid will depend on its location, size and thickness.

  • November 5, 2015
  • New York Keloid Symposium:
  • KRF is pleased to announce that it is in planning stages for its first Keloid Symposium to be held in September 2016 in New York City. Further details will be announced withing the upcoming months.
  • November 1, 2015
  • KRF presentations at ETRS 2015 meeting:
  • Dr. Michael H. Tirgan was invited and gave two talks on Keloid Disorder at the Keloid Satellite Symposium during the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society that was held 21-23 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • August 15, 2015
  • Atlas of Ear Keloids:
  • KRF is pleased to announce publication of it first sponsored book, Atlas of Ear Keloids. This full color atlas, authored by Dr. Michael Tirgan, provides an insight into natural history of ear keloids. With over 130 full color images of ear keloids, Dr. Tirgan provides a solid proof that surgery is not a treatment for keloid disorder.

    Atlas of Ear Keloids by Dr. Michael H. Tirgan

  • August 1, 2015
  • KRF presenting at ETRS 2015 meeting:
  • KRF was able to arrange for a scientific session dedicated to keloid research the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society that will be held 21-23 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This will be the very first dedicated scientific session that KRF has been able to organize.

  • November 11, 2011
  • KRF Formally Registered in New York State
  • KRF is pleased to announce that its Certificate of Incorporation was accepted and filled by the State of New York. KRF is now able to conduct fund raising activities to support conduct of much needed research in the field of Keloid.
  • October 18, 2011
  • Grant Approval from Rockefeller University
  • KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Tirgan's proposal to study "Pathogenesis of Keloid" was approved by the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. (RUCCTS Grant # 2UL1RR024143 from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health). We thank Rockefeller University for extending support to our fight against keloid disorder. is the official website of the main study.
  • October 14, 2011
  • Dr. James N. Musyoka, joins KRF
  • KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Musyoka has joined KRF. Dr. Musyoka has just completed his PhD with focus on would healing and keloid research and has previously conducted laboratory research in this area. We welcome Dr. Musyoka as a new member of KRF.
  • August 4, 2011
  • Dr. Djoned Sananto joins KRF
  • KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Sananto, Head of Plastic Surgery Department at Haji General Hospital in Indonesia, has joined KRF. Dr. Sananto has strong interest in keloid disorder, actively treats patients with keloids, has previously conducted laboratory research in keloid and published the study results. We welcome Dr. Sananto as a new member of KRF.
  • July 28, 2011
  • Advanced Pathology Laboratory Partners with KRF
  • KRF is pleased to announce that the Director of Advanced Pathology Laboratory, Dr. Ali Daneshvar, has made a long term commitment to serve as the Tissue Bank arm of KRF. Advanced Pathology Laboratory is a CLIA certified full service pathology laboratory, located in Northfiled, New Jersey.
  • July 21, 2011
  • KRF Appoints General Counsel
  • KRF is pleased to announce appointment of its General Counsel. Attorney Ronald R. Benjamin of Binghamton, New York has been appointed General Counsel for Keloid Research Foundation. He will oversee all legal matters that concern operations of KRF. Mr. Benjamin has been practicing public interest law since 1979.
  • July 18, 2011
  • Certificate of Incorporation for KRF
  • The Certificate of Incorporation for KRF was completed by three initial board members, Michael Tirgan, MD acting as the Medical Officer, Nadereh Nouhi acting as the Business Manager and Alexander Duggan acting as the Patient Advocate and Liaison.