MD Anderson Dermatologist Stays Close to Home to See Patients

Drucker Joins Regional Care Center Team in The Woodlands

MD Anderson News Release 04/25/12

Carol Drucker, M.D. wants to see patients a little closer to her home and patients want to get treated closer to home.

So it's a natural fit for Drucker, a dermatologist with a specialty in skin cancer and prevention, to start seeing patients at MD Anderson Regional Care Center in The Woodlands.

A resident of The Woodlands and professor in the Department of Dermatology at MD Anderson in the Texas Medical Center, Drucker cares for patients with suspected or confirmed skin cancers or skin conditions resulting from their cancer treatment. She also provides specialized services such as mole mapping and skin cancer screening, prevention and treatment.

Drucker joins a growing multidisciplinary team composed of MD Anderson radiation, medical and surgical oncologists, clinical and advanced practice nurses, a pain management specialist, dietician, social worker, physical therapist and nurse navigator at the center.

The Woodlands Regional Care Center is the first of the four MD Anderson centers to offer specialized dermatology services.

"It was a natural fit to see patients at MD Anderson in The Woodlands," said Drucker. "I am very interested in bringing the level of care and the services available in the Texas Medical Center to a community where I have lived for some 20 years. It's a terrific blend of my interests in research and the academic and clinical aspects of cancer, yet being able to stay close to home and take care of my neighbors."

In her practice, Drucker assesses and biopsies suspicious skin lesions; manages hair, skin and nail issues related to treatment; consults regarding Mohs surgery and performs full-body screenings for skin cancers.

She says she looks forward to bringing MD Anderson clinical trials to her practice at The Woodlands.

"People who live in The Woodlands and surrounding communities have very active lifestyles with golf, tennis, biking, soccer, baseball and so many other activities. It's vital that they and their children use their sunscreen every day," said Drucker. "Even if they practice sun protection, they need to watch for any unusual moles or spots. We want to be there for any concerns they might have."

At MD Anderson in the Texas Medical Center, Drucker will continue to see patients in the Cancer Prevention Center and Dermatology Clinic, contribute to clinical research and mentor and teach dermatology students and oncology fellows.

Prior to joining MD Anderson in 2005, Drucker was in a private dermatology practice in The Woodlands for 13 years.

Drucker graduated and completed her clinical residency in dermatology from Baylor College of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.

The Woodlands Regional Care Center is located on the campus of St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital. One of four regional care centers in the greater Houston area, The Woodlands location offers surgical, medical and radiation oncology; outpatient chemotherapy; pain management; nutrition and a range of support services. The other centers are located in Katy, Sugar Land and Bay Area and offer similar services. 04/25/12