Dermatology (Skin)


A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist can identify and treat more than 3,000 conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer, among many others.

he skin is an incredible organ. It is your first line of defense against disease, protects your other organs, warms you up and cools you down, and sends messages about how healthy you are inside. Dermatologists are expert medical doctors and skin surgeons with the unique skills and experience to offer the best care for the organ that cares for you.

Dermatologists have extensive training, going to school for 12 years or more to learn to diagnose and treat more than 3,000 diseases of the skin, hair, and nails as well as cosmetic concerns. Patients see dermatologists for issues that are much more than skin deep. Problems with their skin can harm patients’ sense of self-worth, create discomfort that can make everyday activities difficult, and, in some instances, threaten lives.

If you were to watch a dermatologist at work on any given day, you might see them:

  • Treat a baby’s prominent birthmark that threatens the child’s eyesight

  • Remove a mother’s deadly melanoma at its earliest, most treatable stage

  • Offer relief for a student whose chronic eczema makes sleep nearly impossible

  • Diagnose the life-threatening liver condition causing a grandfather’s unbearable itching

  • Treat the hair loss of a young woman, helping her gain the confidence to complete a job search

Gaining the expertise to provide this level of care takes many years of schooling. Learn more about dermatologists and the life-changing care they provide to patients.