Patient and physician stories

Learn how board-certified dermatologists have helped patients with serious skin disease and collaborated with other doctors to enhance patient care.


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FRAGILE SKIN, STRONG SPIRIT

After gaining confidence at Camp Discovery, a young man works to help others with skin disease.

Jonathan Gionfriddo, Patient
Karen Wiss, MD, FAAD


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COLLABORATING TO IMPROVE JOINT AND SKIN CARE

A rheumatology-dermatology clinic improves coordination, patient care and physician education.

Adey Berhanu, MD, RhMSUS
Alison Ehrlich, MD, FAAD


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FINDING RELIEF FOR A PERPLEXING SKIN CONDITION

After years of pain following swimming or showering, Josie finds relief.

Josie Lopez, Patient
Jean Pierre Galliani, MD, FAAD
Naomi Johansen, MD, FAAD


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CHRONIC ITCHING TRIGGERS A HEPATITIS C DIAGNOSIS

A patient seeking relief for chronic itching is diagnosed with hepatitis C.

Louella Shelton, Patient
Carrie Davis, MD, FAAD


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LIVING WITH EXTREME CHRONIC SKIN CANCER RISK

A rare genetic condition greatly increases risk of skin cancers.

Aimee Milota, Patient
Sima Torabian, MD, FAAD


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FINDING A DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT FOR SEVERE BLISTERING

After 17 months of painful blisters, Becky recovers and thrives.

Becky Strong, Patient
Andrzej Dlugosz, MD, FAAD


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A UNIQUE TELEDERMATOLOGY PARTNERSHIP EXPANDS ACCESS FOR MEDICAID PATIENTS

How access to dermatology is improving for Medicaid patients in western Washington.

Roy Colven, MD, FAAD


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ANNUAL SKIN CANCER EXAM LEADS TO LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSIS

A dermatologist discovers deep bruising during a routine skin cancer exam.

John Ahern, Patient
David M. Paul, MD
Lindsay S. Ackerman, MD, FAAD


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WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE OPTIMAL MELANOMA CARE

Medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, dermatology, and other specialties collaborate to improve melanoma treatment.

Mark R. Albertini, MD, Oncologist
Gloria Xu, MD, PhD, FAAD


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CYRINA FINDS RELIEF FOR PAINFUL, CHRONIC BOILS AND ABSCESSES

Cyrina found relief after years of severe, chronic abscesses and blisters.

Cyrina Anthony, Patient
Haley B. Naik, MD, MHSc, FAAD


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COLLABORATING TO TREAT PEDIATRIC CANCER PATIENTS

A pediatric oncologist and dermatologist team up to treat pediatric transplant patients’ side effects.

Jennifer Huang, MD, FAAD, Dermatologist
Jennifer Whangbo, MD, PhD, Oncologist


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REDUCING WAIT TIMES

A dermatology clinic significantly decreases its wait times.

Benjamin F. Chong, MD, MSCS, FAAD, Chief of Dermatology
Joseph Chang, MD, MBA, FACOG


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TREATING THE MEDICAL AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF ALOPECIA

A dermatologist works with other specialties to provide comprehensive care for alopecia areata.

Deirdre Nero, Patient
Stacy Chimento, MD, FAAD


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SUPPORTING PATIENTS LIVING WITH CHRONIC CANCER

A dermatologist and patient create a community for others living with chronic cancer.

Susan Thornton, Patient
Stuart R. Lessin, MD


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BRINGING DERMATOLOGY TO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA

A dermatologist established a monthly dermatology clinic to provide care for patients in the underserved Mississippi Delta.

Carolyn Newhof, Patient
Robert T. Brodell, MD


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COORDINATING ECZEMA CARE AT A MULTIDISCIPLINARY CLINIC

Specialists work together to coordinate care for patients with eczema at a multidisciplinary clinic.

Hrayr Attarian, MD, Sleep Neurologist
Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH


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DERMATOLOGY HOSPITAL CONSULT HELPS SARAH AVOID CHEMOTHERAPY

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.

Sarah Shark, Patient
Steven Daveluy, MD


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TREATMENT FOR JENNIFER’S CROHN’S DISEASE LEADS TO AN ULCER

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.

Jennifer Sariego, Patient
Misha Rosenbach, MD


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WALK-IN CLINIC PROVIDES RESIDENTS WITH TIMELY CARE

A dermatology clinic’s new walk-in appointment schedule helps an area resident receive timely care for a persistent rash.

Kate Gleason, Patient
Abby Van Voorhees, MD


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INCREASING ACCESS TO UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

A dermatologist uses teledermatology to see more patients at a clinic that cares for an underserved population.

Cory Simpson, MD, PhD


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PHYSICAL LEADS TO EXCISION OF ‘UGLY DUCKLING’ LESION

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.

Daniel Fessler, Patient
Robert Pierce, MD, MSPH, FAAFP


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COLLABORATING TO HELP AN INFANT THRIVE

A pediatric team and a dermatologist determine the mysterious cause of an infant who was failing to thrive.

Hassan Galadari, MD


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HELPING THE MAXWELL FAMILY LIVE WITH A RARE DISORDER

Two dermatologists work together to help a patient and her children access the treatments they need to treat a rare auto-immune disorder.

Virginia Maxwell, Patient
Jessica Burgy, MD


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IT TAKES A TEAM TO TACKLE RALPH'S ANGIOSARCOMA

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.

Ralph Cousins, Patient
Alan Menter, MD


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A SKIN INSPECTION UNCOVERS NANCY'S LIFESAVING BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS

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.

Nancy Nagler, Patient
Valori Treloar, MD


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PHYSICIANS TEAMING UP TO ID AND TREAT MAKEBA'S RARE SKIN CONDITION

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.

Makeba Garner, Patient
Alex Ortega, MD