Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Dermatology is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in which people thrive. It is our aim to work together to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional clinical care to all. We value the diversity of our patients and the privilege we have to care for them; it is our goal to create a work force that reflects the diversity seen within our communities. Through community engagement and outreach, we strive towards equitable healthcare for patients of all backgrounds.
What We Treat
Our Alopecia Research Group has a long history of investigating and treating hair disorders that primarily affect Black women. Research focused on central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia and traction alopecia has been shared through a number of publications, presentations, and community education.
The Environmental Dermatology team has offered advanced diagnostic testing for contact dermatitis to a higher percentage of Black patients than the national average and published extensively on Cleveland Clinic's experience with patch testing and occupational dermatitis.
The Cosmetic and Procedural Dermatologists treat a wide range of conditions that affect skin of color including skin cancer, acne scarring, skin discoloration, melasma, hair loss, skin aging, and keloids. They offer a wide range of aesthetic services including minimally invasive facial rejuvenation, body sculpting, and laser hair removal.
Our General and Pediatric Dermatologists provide world-class care of disorders such as vitiligo, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and psoriasis.
Several of the staff in the Department of Dermatology have a special interest in Skin of Color and provide a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services.
Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Dermatology is committed to training students and residents with diverse backgrounds to become outstanding clinicians, educators, and researchers that will advance our specialty. Members of the department have undergone implicit bias training and the residency selection process includes holistic review of all applicants. We foster a diverse pipeline of future dermatologists through participation in outreach to students underrepresented in medicine, mentorship, and a broad range of educational experiences. Prospective applicants are invited to visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to learn more about the efforts to create an inclusive organizational culture for patients, employees, business partners, and the communities served by Cleveland Clinic.
Trainees have an opportunity to diagnose and treat skin diseases in patients with a wide range of skin types, ethnic and cultural identities, sexual orientation, and gender identities during their general dermatology, complex medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, surgical and procedural dermatology, environmental dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology training.
Didactic sessions, including a dedicated Skin of Color Curriculum, and journal clubs are inclusive of images from a wide range of skin types and include research related to healthcare equity and dermatologic issues that impact all of our patients. Professionalism and ethics seminars cover a wide range of topics including social justice and help residents develop skills to navigate ethical dilemmas. Members of the department have the opportunity to learn from local and national Skin of Color experts.