Who is a Dermatologist?
Dermatologist: A dermatologist is a physician who is
trained to evaluate and manage pediatric and adult patients with benign and
malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes. A
dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the
- The diagnosis
and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the
- The management
of contact dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders.
- The recognition
of the skin manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.
techniques used in dermatology.
Dermatologists also manage cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss,
scars, and the skin changes associated with aging.
Dermatopathologist: A dermatopathologist is expert in the microscopic
diagnosis of diseases of the skin, including infectious, immunologic,
degenerative, and neoplastic diseases. This entails the examination and
interpretation of specially prepared tissue sections, cellular scrapings, and
smears of skin lesions by means of light microscopy, electron microscopy, and
Dermatologist: A pediatric dermatologist is a dermatologist who has
additional training and expertise in the evaluation and management of skin
diseases which occur more commonly or exclusively in children. Examples include:
all types of birthmarks, neonatal dermatology, genodermatoses, pediatric
infections or inflammatory processes and skin diseases in children with complex
medical conditions requiring coordinated multispecialty care.
Dermatologist specializing in Clinical and Laboratory Dermatological
A dermatologist who utilizes various specialized laboratory procedures to
diagnose disorders characterized by defective responses of the body's immune
system. An immunodermatologist also may provide consultation in the management
of these disorders and administer specialized forms of therapy for these
What is dermatologic
Dermatologic surgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of medically
necessary and cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins,
mucous membranes and adjacent tissues by various surgical,
reconstructive, cosmetic and non-surgical methods. The purpose of
dermatologic surgery is to repair and/or improve the function and
cosmetic appearance of skin tissue.
Thanks to research breakthroughs, clinical advances and instrumentation
innovations pioneered by skin surgery experts, the majority of
dermatologic surgeries are now minimally invasive and require only local
or regional anesthesia. This translates into superior patient safety
while reducing the all-important "downtime" and recovery period. In
addition, new developments and the latest techniques are constantly
enhancing the results of many established skin
Examples of dermatologic surgery procedures include anti-aging
treatments, injectable and implantable soft tissue fillers, botulinum
toxin treatments, correction of acne scarring, chemical peeling,
tumescent liposuction, vein therapy, hair restoration, laser
skin cancer treatment and reconstructive flaps and grafts.
Who is a dermatologic surgeon?
Dermatologic surgeons are physicians who have unique qualifications and
experience in the use of a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical
methods of treating the skin and preventing skin problems. Moreover,
they are the "masters of your appearance," helping you to look good and
feel good at any stage in life.
After completing medical school and a year of internship, a dermatologic
surgeon receives specialized education in the form of at least three
years of residency training in an accredited program that includes a
core curriculum in the therapeutic, reconstructive and cosmetic
treatment of skin conditions. In short, a dermatologic surgeon
demonstrates competence in the diagnosis, medical care and surgical
- Diseases and disorders of the skin, hair, nails, veins and nearby
- Benign and malignant growths and skin cancers
- Aging and sun-damaged skin
- Cosmetic improvement of the skin
Dermatologic surgeons are Board-certified dermatologists. After
completing their residency education, candidates take an exam given by
the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), which is sponsored by the
leading medical organizations in the field. Doctors who pass the
Board-certification exam are then referred to as Diplomates of the ABD.
Dermatologic surgeons are also members of the American Society for
Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), a professional medical organization founded
in 1970. The Society is dedicated to excellence in the subspecialty of
dermatologic surgery and the highest standards of patient care. To
advance dermatologic surgery as a scientific discipline as well as the
knowledge and skills of each practitioner, the ASDS supports clinical
and basic research grants and provides continuing education
opportunities for its members.
How do I claim my CME credits?
For those who are enrolled in the AAD CME Transcript/Award Program, you
will need to bring your green card. Green cards will not be available at
ASDS meetings. You can either turn in your card at the meeting to be
forwarded to the AAD or you can submit it directly to the AAD. The ASDS
is not responsible for maintaining your CME, but will send your green
card into the AAD. For more information go to aad.org
Postgraduate credit for other medical societies
Appropriate credit for attendance should be ascertained and reported by
the individual physicians to the particular state or medical society to
which he or she belongs.