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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.

SkinSerious patient story, Mike Murphy
Cross-specialty team treats rare cancer

A dermatologist and oncologist worked together to give Mike Murphy relief from a rare cancer after years of intense pain. (Mike Murphy, patient; Lindsay Strowd, MD; Zanetta Lamar, MD)

SkinSerious patient story, Richard Danzer
A dermatologist uncovers stage IV lung cancer

Richard visited his dermatologist for a cyst and left with a lung cancer diagnosis. (Richard Danzer, patient; Brittany Smirnov, DO, FAAD)

SkinSerious patient story, Abby Evans
Growing up with dry, scaly skin

Born with lamellar ichthyosis, Abby lives a normal live while advocating for herself and others. (Abby Evans, patient; Bonnie S. Epstein, MD, FAAD)

SkinSerious patient story Victoria Perez
Specialties collaborate on an effective treatment plan

A dermatologist and hematologist/oncologist keep a patient’s cancer in remission. (Victoria Perez, patient; Lindsay Ackerman, MD, FAAD; Craig B. Reeder, MD)

Jack Cooper
Supporting our veterans

A dermatologist and her staff helps veteran Jack Cooper manage ongoing skin challenges, including Agent Orange exposure, which resulted from his service in Vietnam. (Jack Cooper, patient; Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD)

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Solving a decades-old mystery

JoAnne dealt with persistent skin issues for 40 years before a visit to the dermatologist changed her life. (JoAnne, patient; Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD)

Phil Lipof
A fast diagnosis saves a life

When Boston newscaster Phil Lipof had a life-threatening drug reaction, a cross-specialty team raced to save his life. (Phil Lipof, patient; Steven Chen, MD)

Marissa Terrell
Marissa's 'polka dots': Living with Sturge-Weber

Eight-year-old Marissa has Sturge-Weber syndrome, which makes her prone to seizures and other complications. (Marissa Terrell, patient; David Goldberg, MD, JD)

Arna Shefrin
Rare, debilitating condition treated through teamwork

A dermatologist and a hematologist work together to treat a mysterious illness. (Arna Shefrin, patient; Bernice Kwong, MD, FAAD)

David Harker
Dallas clinic provides free multidisciplinary care

Dermatologists volunteer to treat nearly 1,000 patients each year. (David Harker, MD; Amit Pandya, MD)

Donna Randall
Telederm, fast action stop melanoma before it spreads

Using teledermatology, a dermatologist diagnosed and removed a patient’s melanoma in one day. (Donna Randall, patient; Kari Lyn Martin, MD)

Buff Farrow
Three generations of care for rare genetic disorder

A father, daughter, and grandson share a rare genetic condition — and the same thoughtful dermatologic care. (Buff Farrow, patient; Loretta Davis, MD)

Keith Hamilton
Collaborating to stop an infectious disease

A dermatologist worked with another physician to treat a tricky case of leprosy. (Keith Hamilton, MD; Carrie Kovarik, MD)

Jonathan Gionfriddo
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)

Adey Berhanu
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)

Josie Lopez
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; Naomi Johansen, MD)

Louella Shelton
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)

Aimee Milota
Living with extreme chronic skin cancer risk

A rare genetic condition greatly increases risk of skin cancers. (Aimee Milota, patient; Sima Torabian, MD)

Becky Strong
Finding a diagnosis and treatment for severe blistering

After 17 months of painful blisters, Becky recovers and thrives. (Becky Strong, patient; Andrzej Dlugosz, MD)

Roy Colven
A telederm partnership expands access for Medicaid patients

How access to dermatology is improving for Medicaid patients in western Washington. (Roy Colven, MD)

John Ahern
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)

Mark Albertini
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)

Cyrina Anthony
Cyrina finds relief for chronic boils and abscesses

Cyrina found relief after years of severe, chronic abscesses and blisters. (Cyrina Anthony, patient; Haley B. Naik, MD, MHSc)

Jennifer Huang
Collaborating to treat pediatric cancer patients

A pediatric oncologist and dermatologist team up to treat pediatric transplant patients’ side effects. (Jennifer Huang, MD; Jennifer Whangbo, MD, PhD)

Benjamin Chong
Reducing wait times

A dermatology clinic significantly decreases its wait times. (Benjamin F. Chong, MD, MSCS; Joseph Chang, MD, MBA, FACOG)

Deirdre Nero
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)

Susan Thornton
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)

Carolyn Newhof
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)

Hrayr Attarian
Coordinating eczema care at a multidisciplinary clinic

Specialists work together to coordinate care for patients with eczema at a multidisciplinary clinic. (Hrayr Attarian, MD, Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH)

Sarah Shark
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)

Jennifer Sariego
Treatment for Jennifer’s Crohn’s disease leads to an ulcer

A woman with Crohn’s disease had a bowel resection resulting in an ulcer. A dermatologist diagnosed it as pyoderma gangrenosum and coordinated with a gastroenterologist to treat the condition. (Jennifer Sariego, patient; Misha Rosenbach, MD)

Kate Gleason
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)

Cory Simpson
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)

Daniel Fessler
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 leading to a critical excision. (Daniel Fessler, patient; Robert Pierce, MD, MSPH, FAAFP)

Hassan Galadari
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)

Virginia Maxwell
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)

Ralph Cousins
It takes a team to tackle Ralph's angiosarcoma

‘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)

Makeba Garner
Physicians team up to 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)

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