Why Choose A Dermatologic Surgeon
While it’s not difficult to find a dermatologist in Sarasota, Bradenton, Brandon, Siesta Key, Venice, or many other communities along the Florida Suncoast, the training required to become a dermatologic surgeon makes this type of physician a rare find. At SkinSmart Dermatology® our Founder and Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth Callahan is not only a dermatologic surgeon, she is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon who has additional training in this specialized type of skin cancer surgery.
Dermatologic surgeons are physicians who have unique qualifications and experience in the use of a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical methods of diagnosing and treating the skin, hair and nails.
After completing medical school and a year of internship, a dermatologic surgeon obtains further specialized education of at least three years of residency training in an accredited program that includes a core curriculum in the therapeutic, reconstructive and cosmetic treatment of skin conditions.
In addition to acquiring the above medical and surgical training, a Mohs fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon receives an additional one- to two-years of advanced Mohs micrographic surgery training through the American College of Mohs Surgery, and completes at least 500 surgeries under the supervision of an accredited Mohs surgeon. Dr. Callahan has performed more than 15,000 Mohs surgeries in her career.
What Makes Dermatologic Surgeons Special
When it comes to both medically-necessary and cosmetic skin surgery, the majority of advances have been made by dermatologic surgeons. Both cosmetic surgery procedures and skin cancer treatments were either developed or improved by dermatologic surgeons. These treatments include hair transplantation, tumescent liposuction, injectable wrinkle treatments and vein therapies.
Dr. Callahan’s Training
Dr. Elizabeth Callahan completed medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and one-year internship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation serving as chief resident her final year. In 2002, she completed a post-graduate fellowship in dermatologic surgery/cosmetics and Mohs micrographic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American College of Mohs Surgery, member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine.
When you choose a dermatologic surgeon like Dr. Callahan, you can be confident that you will receive the highest level of care when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of your medical skin condition and the cosmetic enhancement of your skin.