What services do you provide?
I am trained in both medical and surgical dermatology, including Mohs surgery. My particular clinical interests are the diagnosis and surgical treatment of skin cancer, systemic treatment of complex psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, immunobullous and autoimmune skin diseases, and systemic management of acne with isotretinoin (Accutane). I also utilize dermoscopy for a more accurate diagnosis of skin lesions to prevent unnecessary biopsy procedures.
How did you get into the field of medicine?
In high school, I suffered a splenic laceration while playing baseball that nearly cost me my life. However, it was that accident and the long, boring, sedentary summer that followed that inspired me to become a trauma surgeon. That plan held true for several years until I diagnosed my father with melanoma as a medical student. It was then that I fell in love with the skin and the many facets of dermatology.
What do you consider your most notable achievements?
From a professional standpoint, I would say graduating medical school as the class valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA—all unbeknownst to my wife and family until it was announced at the graduation ceremony.
What is your favorite part of the work you do?
Growing up in Hopkinsville and coming back home to practice has allowed me to take care of many people who were critical in my upbringing. Teachers, coaches, church members, family friends, and many others have found themselves in my office looking for help with their skin. It gives me a sense of satisfaction when I can help them.
“The field of dermatology is important because it helps identify and treat various types of skin diseases and cancers. Regular visits to a dermatologist can often spot serious problems, lead to the early the diagnosis of cancer, and relieve chronic and painful skin conditions. Healthy skin is part of living a healthy lifestyle and being the best that you can be.”