TREATING SERIOUS CONDITIONS
Dermatology is more than skin deep. Dermatologists are trained to detect, diagnose, and treat hundreds of conditions, and can provide a first alert for diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
WORKING AS PARTNERS
When dermatologists work with other physicians as part of the health care team, benefits can include improved patient outcomes and lowered health care costs.
As with many specialties, timely access to care can be challenging. The American Academy of Dermatology is identifying and sharing innovative approaches to improve access to dermatology.
IMPACT OF SKIN DISEASE ON PATIENTS
Each year, millions of Americans seek treatment for skin conditions.Patients and caregivers share how serious skin diseases have affected their lives and their families.
Teamwork makes a difference
In an era of value-based payment, physician partnerships are increasingly vital. Dermatologists working with other specialists means better care for patients, better teamwork across specialties, and expanded access to expertise.
Physicians teaming up to ID and treat Makeba's rare skin condition
Makeba Garner, PatientAlex Ortega, MD
A dermatologist and a plastic surgeon work together to identify the source of a patient’s persistent ulcer— and craft a treatment plan to recovery.
A Skin Inspection Uncovers Nancy's Lifesaving Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Nancy Nagler, PatientValori Treloar, MD
A dermatologist diagnoses two separate breast cancer occurrences a decade apart— both from previously untreated rashes—and works with oncologists to guide the way to recovery.
It Takes a Team to Tackle Ralph's Angiosarcoma
Ralph Cousins, PatientAlan Menter, MD
A ‘dream team’ led by dermatology—which included several specialties—helped a patient recover from two battles with angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Helping the Maxwell family live with a rare disorder
Virginia Maxwell, PatientJessica Burgy, MD
Two dermatologists work together to help a patient and her children access the treatments they need to treat a rare auto-immune disorder.
Collaborating to help an infant thrive
Hassan Galadari, MD
A pediatric team and a dermatologist determine the mysterious cause of an infant who was failing to thrive.
Physical Leads to Excision of ‘Ugly Duckling’ Lesion
Daniel Fessler, PatientRobert Pierce, MD, MSPH, FAAFP
A program connecting primary care physicians with dermatologic best practices helps identify a patient’s ‘ugly duckling’ lesion—a mole that looks different than a person’s other moles—leading to a critical excision.
Increasing Access to Underserved Populations
Cory Simpson, MD, PhD
A dermatologist uses teledermatology to see more patients at a clinic that cares for an underserved population.
Walk-in Clinic Provides Residents With Timely Care
Kate Gleason, PatientAbby Van Voorhees, MD
A dermatology clinic’s new walk-in appointment schedule helps an area resident receive timely care for a persistent rash.
Treatment for Jennifer’s Crohn’s disease leads to an ulcer
Jennifer Sariego, PatientMisha Rosenbach, MD
A young woman with severe Crohn’s disease had a bowel resection resulting in an ulcer. A dermatologist diagnosed it as pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) and coordinated with her gastroenterologist to treat the condition.
Dermatology hospital consult helps Sarah avoid chemotherapy
Sarah Shark, PatientSteven Daveluy, MD
A patient with atypical lymphocytosis was believed to have leukemia, but was spared a chemotherapy regimen when a dermatologist diagnosed her with drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome.
Coordinating eczema care at a multidisciplinary clinic
Hrayr Attarian, MD, Sleep NeurologistJonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH
Specialists work together to coordinate care for patients with eczema at a multidisciplinary clinic.
Bringing dermatology to the Mississippi Delta
Carolyn Newhof, PatientRobert T. Brodell, MD
A dermatologist established a monthly dermatology clinic to provide care for patients in the underserved Mississippi Delta.
Supporting patients living with chronic cancer
Susan Thornton, PatientStuart R. Lessin, MD
A dermatologist and patient create a community for others living with chronic cancer.
Treating the medical and emotional effects of alopecia
Deirdre Nero, PatientStacy Chimento, MD, FAAD
A dermatologist works with other specialties to provide comprehensive care for alopecia areata.
BURDEN OF SKIN DISEASE
New data from the American Academy of Dermatology demonstrates that skin disease is prevalent in the United States, is expected to increase as the population ages, and is a significant burden to patients and our health care system.
SHINGLES AND HEART HEALTH
Adults who have had shingles may be at a higher risk for heart problems.
ECZEMA AND EYE DISEASE
Eczema affects more that your skin. Adults with eczema are at a higher risk of developing ocular diseases.
ATOPIC DERMATITIS AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
Patients with atopic dermatitis, especially those who smoke, are at higher risk for having multiple autoimmune diseases.
PSORIASIS AND BONE HEALTH
People with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are at a significantly higher risk of suffering bone fractures.
ECZEMA'S HIDDEN TOLLS
For millions of Americans with eczema, horrible itching is just the beginning. They are at heightened risk for several other medical conditions, and also face reduced quality of life.
ROSACEA AND MEMORY LOSS
Dermatologists and other physicians treating rosacea patients 60 and older who exhibit signs of cognitive changes should refer them for appropriate neurological screening and diagnosis.
PSORIASIS AND DIABETES
Psoriasis is not just a skin disease. There is a correlation between psoriasis, diabetes and excess weight, perhaps due to a common genetic cause.
PSORIASIS AFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH
Patients with psoriasis report that they are both physically and mentally affected by the disease. Many say the disease bears a “heavy emotional toll” and report feeling isolated or shunned due to their condition.
SLEEP IMPACTS SKIN CANCER RISK
Sleep apnea—interruptions in breathing while sleeping—doesn’t just leave patients tired. It can also diminish their immune system health, especially among patients with melanoma.
Share your story
The Academy is seeking stories from its members, other physicians and patients that demonstrate how dermatologists help improve patients’ health, how dermatologists and other physicians work together to better treat patients, or how dermatologists are working to improve access to their expertise. Your participation is greatly appreciated.