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Research

Our faculty are experts in their field who continue to further expand their research whilst discovering new findings in dermatology.

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The University of Kansas Division of Dermatology offers many opportunities for our residents interested in research. Our residents publish dozens of manuscripts annually, and our division has recently been featured in respected journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Dermatology, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and Dermatologic Clinics among many others.

Interested residents are provided with allocated educational time to pursue these endeavors, as well as assistance with grant writing, protocol development, and statistical analysis. Residents are also encouraged to present their work at national and international conferences, and additional time off is allocated for this purpose.

There is a wide range of available opportunities for residents and medical students based on their interests including, but not limited to, randomized trials, retrospective reviews, systematic analyses, survey-based studies, and case reports and series.

A few areas of interests of our current faculty and residents includes:

Treating TEN: As one of the most well-known dermatologic emergencies, there is a paucity of literature available on optimal treatment protocols when the diagnosis is suspected. Our department has been working alongside our colleagues in plastic surgery to showcase the potential efficacy of cyclosporine for this purpose which has the potential to dramatically alter future management.

The use of MOHS for Melanoma: The MART-1 stain has been revolutionary in the diagnosis of melanoma, and its optimization for use in MOHS surgery has allowed many patients to be treated in our clinics that would have previously required general anesthesia in an operating room setting. Our division has published extensively on this exciting breakthrough, including major epidemiologic articles showcasing its use throughout the United States. 

Patient comprehension and education: Dermatologists are extensively trained in complex medical terminology and tasked with ensuring that patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plans. Our department has published numerous articles assessing how much information our patients comprehend, what factors most influence these results, and how we can change our practice to improve care.

Vascular anomalies in pediatric patients: Our pediatric dermatologists at Children’s Mercy Hospital are nationally recognized for their expertise in the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies. Through our vascular anomalies clinic, residents are exposed to a unique multidisciplinary treatment approach which helps optimize care for these rare and often challenging diagnoses.

Dermatology in the Age of COVID-19: The current pandemic has altered nearly all aspects of life, and dermatology has not been immune. We have sought to assess the impact on the pandemic on our current practice. Areas of interest include the increased use of teledermatology, the impact of the pandemic on dermatologic surgery, and ways that we can minimize patient contact to ensure that our patients stay healthy.

Optimizing surgical techniques: Mohs surgeons perform the vast majority of complex surgical repairs. Optimizing our surgical practices is an essential component of practice as well as residency training. Through the use of randomized trials, nationwide surveys, and surgical pearls, we have sought to establish better practices within our field to help improve patient outcomes in the future.

Disparities in Dermatology: We seek to provide equal care to every individual that enters our clinics; however, the reality is not so straight forward. There exists a number of people with significant barriers that prevent them from ever seeking dermatologic care. Through our university and free care clinics, we have sought to identify barriers for our patients in order to improve care for our communities.

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