Dermatology is the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of problems associated with the body's largest organ, the skin. Dermatologists diagnose and treat patients with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, external genitals, hair and nails, as well as cosmetic skin conditions, including scars and birthmarks. Because the skin often provides clues to internal conditions, dermatologists may also play a lead role in recognizing internal malignancies and infectious diseases.
Dermatologists at Roger Williams Medical Center and in affiliated satellite offices around the state of Rhode Island treat and help adults and children with any type of skin problem.
Our faculty has special expertise in the management of skin cancers, including melanoma and skin lymphoma, skin surgery (including Mohs surgery), psoriasis, problems of increased sensitivity to the sun, skin allergies, genital skin diseases, and infectious and tropical skin diseases.
We perform many specialized diagnostic procedures, including microscopic examination of skin biopsy specimens, cytological smears, allergy testing, testing of sensitivity to sunlight, potassium hydroxide preparations, and biological tests of skin scrapings and secretions.
Dermatological treatments at Roger Williams Medical Center include medications (including advanced therapeutics), photo therapy, surgery using techniques such as Mohs surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery (which uses freezing substances), and laser surgery and advanced wound care. Cosmetic treatments include skin abrasions, chemical peels, filler injections and laser treatments to address a wide variety of imperfections.