Dermatology Specialty Areas
Our clinical dermatologists diagnose and treat all disorders of the skin, hair, and nails, whether primary or related to an underlying systemic illness. This includes:
- Infectious diseases of the skin
- Blistering disorders
- Connective tissue diseases
- Psoriasis and related conditions
- Cutaneous ulcerations
- Oral diseases
Cleveland Clinic's Department of Dermatology offers many advanced therapies for dermatologic problems, including extracorporeal photopheresis for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (including mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome). Subspecialty clinics, such as our Multicultural Hair & Skin Center, are offered for disorders of the hair, nails and mucous membranes and for patients with abnormal pigmented lesions. Patients with extensive skin disease may be hospitalized or referred to the Cutaneous Care Center.
Cutaneous Care Center
The Cleveland Clinic Cutaneous Care Center provides outpatient treatment rather than hospitalization for patients with extensive, severe, or chronic skin diseases. Results are equal to, or better than, those achieved through inpatient care and at a much lower cost.
At the Cutaneous Care Center, ultraviolet light treatments (UVA or PUVA) are used for a wide variety of skin disorders, including:
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Pruritus (especially when caused by internal disease)
We also offer patients our Leg Ulcer Clinic, where those with chronic leg ulcers are managed with a variety of treatments depending on the type and severity of the ulcer. When skin grafting is necessary, consultation from our surgical dermatologists and cutaneous oncologists is available.
Cleveland Clinic dermatologists provide specialized evaluations for patients with possible allergic contact dermatitis from substances such as nickel, rubber, cosmetics, medicaments or resins.
In addition, the staff can evaluate patients with photosensitivity and industrially or environmentally brought on skin disorders, such as dermatitis, folliculitis and pigmentary changes. Work-related problems are evaluated, including those that may result in occupational disability. Specialized procedures offered include:
- Extensive patch testing
- Photopatch testing
Our dermatologists consult with industry and government sources on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these types of skin disorders.
Our pediatric dermatologists provide specialized evaluation of newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Diseases treated include those of genetic, infectious and developmental origins, as well as acquired disorders unique to this age group.
Children with vascular or pigmented lesions may also be offered treatment with the latest laser technology, either in our department or in a specially designated operating room with anesthesia support.
- Visit Cleveland Clinic Children's to learn more about our Pediatric Dermatology services.
Surgical Dermatology & Cutaneous Oncology (Skin Cancers)
Cleveland Clinic dermatologists offer the full range of procedures in the subspecialty area of surgical dermatology. This includes Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancers (including local tissue reconstruction), Photodynamic Therapy (PTD), standard excisional surgery, and cryosurgery for cutaneous malignancies.
At the Cleveland Clinic Melanoma Clinic, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, neurosurgeons and nurses that specialize in the removal of melanomas and subsequent reconstruction of the affected area of the body.
Surgical Dermatology & Cutaneous Oncology (Skin Cancers)
Mohs micrographic surgery is the most effective and advanced treatment available for high risk skin cancer. This surgical technique has provided optimal cure rates and cosmetic outcomes for common skin cancers, such as basal and squamous cell carcinomas, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method.
Mohs surgery is performed by removing the area of skin containing cancer cells layer-by-layer. Visible, raised areas of the tumor are removed first, followed by thin, circular layers of tissues from the involved site. Each removed area of tissue is marked to identify bottom and side sections, and then carefully examined under a microscope immediately in the adjourning lab by the Mohs surgeon. If the skin cancer is seen at any of the peripheral or deep margins under the microscope its location is identified per the marked sections and an additional thin layer of tissue is removed only from the identified section where cancer remains. The process is then repeated until there are no more cancer cells at any of the margins.
Because only diseased tissue from a specific area is removed in a layer-by-layer process, this technique spares the maximum amount of normal skin possible, which optimizes the cosmetic and functional outcome. Additionally, the unique microscopic examination of 100% of the edges of removed tissue helps to trace the skin cancer down to its roots and allow for the complete removal of skin cancer.
Why Choose Us
Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Dermatology is a leader in Mohs micrographic surgery, and offers patients access to a team of experts that specialize in skin cancer diagnosis, Mohs surgery, and reconstructive options. Our fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons perform more than 3,000 Mohs procedures each year. Cleveland Clinic Mohs services continue to grow throughout Cleveland Clinic Family Health and Surgery Centers to provide patients more timely treatment of skin cancer in convenient outpatient settings.
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Avon (Richard E. Jacobs Health Center)
Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center
Independence Family Health Center
At Cleveland Clinic's Melanoma Program, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, neurosurgeons and nurses that specialize in the removal of melanomas and subsequent reconstruction of the affected area of the body.
Our molecular dermatologists are dedicated to the basic science laboratory investigation of the skin. Using the latest techniques of molecular biology, our researchers are studying the structure and function of normal and abnormal skin in order to better understand basic disease mechanisms and ultimately to help design more effective approaches to therapy. Much of this work is supported by external grants and philanthropy.
Why Choose Us
Our dermatologic clinical research section supports the Department of Dermatology's commitment to investigating and making available the most current and innovative diagnostic procedures and therapeutic modalities.
All staff dermatologists and residents are involved in research, either institutionally or through industrial support of clinical trials.
Need more information?
Depending on your insurance carrier and specific coverage, you may require a referral. Check with your insurance plan’s network of providers. If you have a plan booklet, contact the customer service department of your insurance company or your primary care physician.
Cleveland Clinic Dermatology Appointments
- Call for an appointment locally at 216.444.5725 or toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 45725
- Make an appointment online
Surgical Dermatology Appointments
At Cleveland Clinic, we understand how concerning it is when you suspect a mole, spot or lump that may be skin cancer. Referred dermatology patients with a precancer or cancer diagnosis are promptly seen. If you would like to make an appointment for a skin cancer evaluation, or have a diagnosis, please call 216.444.3365 (toll free 800.223.2273 ext. 43365).
Cleveland Clinic welcomes the opportunity to partner with you in caring for your patients. To refer your patients to our Department of Dermatology, please call 216.444.3365 (toll free 800.223.2273 ext. 43365).
When contacting us to schedule your patients, please have the following information readily available:
- Patient demographic information
- Reason for visit
- Any special needs that will require facilitation once the patient arrives
- Patient insurance information, if available
We will work with your patient to complete the registration process and to schedule an appointment at the patient's convenience. You will be notified once the appointment is scheduled.