Department of Dermatology
The Department of Dermatology is a collaborative department between MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston Medical School with Ronald P. Rapini, M.D., as chair of both departments.
Like many clinical departments, we are committed to excellence in patient care, research and education. As of January 2010, there are 17 full-time faculty (10 based at MD Anderson), five part-time faculty, 10 volunteer faculty (at the medical school), two advanced practice nurses, one physician assistant, 17 dermatology residents, and four clinical and postdoctoral research fellows. We have a strong ancillary staff that is an integral part of the team. We conduct teaching conferences every day, posted in an online calendar, with three of those weekly conferences held jointly with Baylor College of Medicine. Visit our Training Programs page for descriptions of our resident, fellowship and postdoctoral training positions.
Our major clinical activities are at the MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma and Skin Center, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Prevention Center, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Dermatology HMC clinic, Memorial-Hermann Hospital and the LBJ County Hospital and the Harris County Hospital District.
The clinical program for mycosis fungoides and other skin lymphomas, operated by Madeleine Duvic, M.D., is one of the largest in the world. The Melanoma and Skin Center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that includes faculty from the Departments of Medical Melanoma, Surgical Melanoma, and Radiation Oncology. The Mohs micrographic surgical unit has close collaborations with the Departments of Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, the Section of Ophthalmology, and other surgical subspecialties. There is an ongoing multidisciplinary effort between dermatology and the Stem Cell Transplantation clinic to diagnose and treat rashes associated with graft-vs-host disease. The dermatologists are active consultants for the management of skin infections and drug rashes.