A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating the skin, hair and nails. Dermatologists care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors.
Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases and conditions. Some of the most common are:
- Age Spots
- Hair Loss
- Skin Cancer
A board-certified dermatologist has completed all the education requirements listed below, has state-issued license to practice medicine, and has passed the exams given by the American Board of Dermatology or American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.
Meeting all of these specifications ensures that your dermatologist has the training and expertise to accurately diagnose conditions of the skin, hair, and nails, to provide the best treatment plan for each patient.
What differentiates a dermatologist from other healthcare providers is what happens after medical school and internship. An individual must be accepted into a dermatology residency program and complete a minimum of three years of specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions.