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Areas of Interest and Specialty

Our faculty practice in a wide variety of dermatologic specialties which allows our residents to receive comprehensive training in all aspects of dermatology.

Because of the tertiary nature of our institution and the individual interests and expertise of our staff, patients are referred to our clinic from the surrounding regions including Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, and Arkansas. This extensive and diverse referral base gives our residents exposure to many rare diagnoses during their training.

A few areas of interest of our division include:

Clinical Research

The Division of Dermatology has a robust clinical research division which publishes dozens of high impact manuscripts annually. Residents are supported in their research endeavors with allocated educational time during the work week as well as time off for travel to conferences. In addition, we enjoy a close working relationship with our statistical colleagues which our residents can utilize for assistance with their projects.

Community Outreach

Our faculty, residents, and medical students work closely with our community clinic, KC Care. This clinic provides free or reduced cost medical care to our underserved and underinsured patients. Our residents frequently volunteer their time on weekends, and the clinic provides a wonderful learning environment for our medical students interested in dermatology. Through this clinic, residents can treat a diverse range of patients and conditions which they may not encounter during their normal clinical responsibilities. In addition to KC care, our senior residents have the ability to perform skin cancer screenings at designated community health events throughout the state of Kansas. 

Complex Medical Dermatology

As the largest hospital in the state of Kansas, we treat patients with a wide variety of rare and complex dermatologic diagnoses. Our providers frequently utilize systemic and biologic medications in their treatment plans, and residents become comfortable with their management. We are also fortunate to work alongside our clinical pharmacist who assists with all facets of care, including patient education, approval, and management of these systemic medications.

Cosmetics/Lasers

Residents are exposed to a wide array of lasers and energy devices during their training. We enjoy a close working relationship with our Plastic Surgery colleagues which provides residents with training in the use of lasers for numerous pathologic and cosmetic conditions. In addition, our pediatric dermatology providers offer laser clinics multiple times per week to treat patients with vascular anomalies. These procedures are often performed in clinic; however, residents will occasionally get exposure to laser treatments in the operating room setting.

Our residents are also trained in a variety of additional cosmetic techniques including Botox, Filler, Dermabrasion, and Scar revision surgeries. They are trained in these procedures through a series of didactics and hands on sessions with our faculty members and community providers. For patients interested in cosmetic procedures, discounts are provided for resident performed services under the direct guidance of our faculty. This provides our residents with additional experience to further their mastery of these techniques.

Cutaneous Oncology

Residents receive extensive training in the management of cutaneous malignancies. This includes common skin cancers such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma, as well as more rare variants. In addition, we work closely with our oncology colleagues in the management of our patients with cutaneous lymphomas. This collaboration provides our residents with extensive experience in the most up to date management techniques available.

Dermatologic Surgery

Nearly all cutaneous malignancies diagnosed at the University of Kansas are treated by our residents in their excision clinics. Residents enjoy a great deal of autonomy in a supportive environment where they can learn from multiple different providers. With a robust surgical division, our residents generally meet their surgical requirements for graduation within their first year of training. In addition to biopsies and elliptical excisions, our residents are trained in nail bed and mucosal excisions, and they can work with additional surgical subspecialties to further enhance their skills.

Dermatopathology

The University of Kansas is a major referral center in the region for dermatopathology reads. As a result, our Dermatopathologists are highly skilled at diagnosing and teaching complex pathology. Residents are exposed to dermatopathology training through weekly didactics and monthly pathology electives. During these month-long rotations, which occur in the second and third years of training, residents are comprehensively trained in dermatopathology to ensure they are knowledgeable in this complex subspecialty prior to graduation.

Immunosuppressed Patients

As one of the largest transplant services in the United States, the University of Kansas cares for a diverse range of immunosuppressed patients. Our residents become comfortable with management of the skin manifestations seen more commonly in these patients. This includes cutaneous malignancies, infections, and medication side effects. In addition, residents become familiar with common immunosuppressive regimens utilized by our colleagues in different specialties.

Inpatient Dermatology

Residents are exposed to inpatient dermatology at each of our training sites. As the region’s largest Level 1 trauma center, the University of Kansas offers a diverse range of patients and specialists. In addition, our oncology and transplant services are nationally recognized and offer our residents with unique exposures to complex pathologies. Each month, a senior resident works alongside our attending physicians to lead our inpatient services and are free of clinic responsibilities during this time. 

Medical Education

The Division of Dermatology has a strong interest in medical education. Outside of our resident didactics’ curriculum, faculty members and interested residents can work with and train our medical students and colleagues in different specialties. This education can be hands-on in our clinics as well as in the form of focused presentations and lectures.

MOHS Micrographic Surgery

Mohs surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat skin cancer that is performed in our outpatient clinics with local anesthesia. The Mohs technique provides the highest possible cure rate and smallest possible surgical defects, resulting in the best cosmetic results (i.e., smallest scarring). Our residents work alongside our fellowship trained Mohs surgeons during each year of their training. They enjoy a collaborative environment where they are extensively trained in both the surgical and pathological aspects of the Mohs procedure. They enjoy increasing autonomy as they progress in their training and are capable of independently performing complex reconstructions prior to graduation.

Residents perform Mohs procedures at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the VA medical center. In addition, we enjoy close working relationships with many community Mohs surgeons which provides a plethora of opportunities for residents to further improve their surgical skills. Many of our residents also decide to complete additional Mohs fellowship training following the completion of their residency, and they are allotted the resources and time needed to pursue these endeavors.

Occupational Medicine/Contact Dermatitis

We offer patch testing in several of our dermatology clinics and work closely with our allergy and immunology colleges for patients requiring more extensive testing. Our residents gain knowledge and clinical skills in applying and interpreting patch tests, as well as with appropriately ordering and interpreting blood-based allergy testing.

Pediatric Dermatology

Our residents receive their pediatric dermatology training at Children’s Mercy Hospital, a nationally ranked magnet hospital in Kansas City. During each of their 3 years in training, residents work alongside world renowned experts and are exposed to all aspects of pediatric dermatology. As one of the largest pediatric dermatology departments in the country, our residents have the ability to work in numerous multi-specialty clinics including those focused on vascular anomalies, genodermatoses, and pigmented skin lesions. In addition, they get weekly exposure to pediatric pathology and imaging through collaborative meetings and didactics. For our residents interested in a career in pediatric dermatology, Children’s Mercy Hospital offers an accredited year-long fellowship which provides additional training in complex pediatric care.

Photomedicine

At each of our sites, residents are exposed to the use of light-based treatments. We treat a variety of skin conditions with light therapies, and our patients can access these devices in our clinics. In addition, residents also learn to appropriately select and administer ultraviolet radiation to patients needing phototherapy. This includes training in the determination of minimal erythema doses (MEDs) of UVA, UVB, and visible light.

Internal Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Dermatology Division
Mailstop 2025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3840
Fax: 913-588-3995