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Dermatology

The dermatology specialists at Truman Medical Centers/University Health are dedicated to helping you maintain the health of your skin. You can turn to these experts whether you need treatment for acne, a chronic skin condition like psoriasis or skin cancer.

When you need a dermatologist

We offer expert dermatology care for conditions that affect the skin, hair and nails. The care is provided by a board-certified dermatologist with years of experience, as well as a physician assistant and other highly competent health specialists.

Here are some of the many illnesses and disorders our dermatology team can address:

  • Acne and acne scars.
  • Actinic keratosis.
  • Alopecia hair loss.
  • Athletes' foot and ringworm
  • Dermatitis, including eczema and contact dermatitis.
  • Nail disorders.
  • Skin infections.
  • Skin cancer, including basal and squamous skin cancer and melanoma.
  • Skin growths and warts.

Our dermatology services

Our team offers a full range of general dermatology services. In addition, here are a few of our specialty areas:

Skin cancer screening and treatments. These include:

  • Preventive skin exams and mole checks. Regular skin exams can help us find skin cancer, including aggressive melanoma, early. That's when skin cancer treatment is most likely to be successful.
  • Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the most accurate way to remove skin cancer, which is why it has a very high success rate. For this outpatient procedure, our specially trained Mohs surgeon uses a microscope during the surgery to meticulously remove all cancerous skin cells. This allows us to remove all the cancer that can be seen microscopically, preserve as much healthy skin as possible and minimize scarring.
  • Traditional skin cancer removal. Our surgeon removes skin cancer during an office visit that usually takes only about 20 minutes. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and the incision is sutured up before you go home.
  • Electrodessication curettage. This is a scraping procedure that destroys common basal and squamous cell skin cancers that occur just on the surface of the skin. This quick, in-office procedure takes only about five minutes.

Surgical dermatology. Our experts treat a range of dermatology conditions in addition to cancer with surgery, including noncancerous skin lesions and cysts, acne scars and nail disorders.

Light and laser therapy. Light (phototherapy) is a proven way to treat conditions such as eczema, pruritus, vitiligo and psoriasis. With consistent treatment, many of these diseases may be put into remission. In people with vitiligo, excimer laser treatments can help restore the color of their skin.

Patch testing for chemical sensitivity. If you are experiencing rashes that could be caused by a product you're using, we can help. We offer skin testing to see if you are sensitive to certain chemicals.

How to make a dermatology appointment

In addition to our dermatology clinic at University Health, our specialists also see patients at Truman Medical Center Lakewood two days a week.

To schedule a dermatology appointment, please call 816.404.7810.