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Dermatology

Dermatologists don’t just treat skin problems; they play a critical role in diagnosing and caring for cancers, internal malignancies, and infectious diseases. 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.

Dermatologists at Roger Williams Medical Center treat and help adults and children with any type of skin problem. We are here to care for the community, which is why we have affiliated satellite offices around the state and can often be found performing free skin cancer screenings at various outreach events. 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.

Technology has improved how we both diagnose and care for skin problems. 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 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.