As a dermatologist, I sometimes encounter confusion about what a dermatologist is and what we treat. Dermatologists are highly-trained medical doctors that complete medical school, followed by five years of comprehensive post-graduate training in the medical and surgical care of skin diseases. They become board-certified by successfully completing an eligible training program plus a rigorous series of certifying examinations. These qualifications provide dermatologists with the unique expertise necessary to diagnose and treat diseases of the skin, hair and nails.
Common reasons for consulting a dermatologist include acne and rosacea, rashes such as psoriasis and eczema, and infections such as fungal infections of the skin and nails. The diagnosis and surgical treatment of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as pre-cancers such as actinic keratoses also compose an important part of the practice of dermatology. For educational purposes, Dr. Levy has compiled information on common skin conditions, which can be accessed at our page Dermatology Conditions A to Z.