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Department Dermatology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Hair Loss
  • Hidradenitis
  • Scars
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University
Post Doctoral Research Fellow


Residency - University of Maryland Medical System
General Surgery
Baltimore, MD

Medical Education - University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Graduate School - Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
Baltimore, MD


  • Dermatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/24/2024, Dr. Kerns has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

229 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

She was very kind and respectful

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Overall, I had a very good experience with Dr. Kearns and her nurse assistant. They were attentive and efficient. Dr. Kearns listened to my questions and provided helpful answers and guidance. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing a dermatologist..

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

Have already recommended her to my entire family. Best experience every time I see Dr Kerns. I always leave the office feeling "heard" which is a very uplifting feeling for me.

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

I've never had a doctor so thoroughly explain my condition and treatment options. I feel hope after seeing her.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Clinic called me to reschedule my appointment because physician was not going to be in office the day of my scheduled appointment. In my experience with the Clinic this happens more often than expected. I rescheduled with a different physician.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

I felt I received world class care . I liked Dr Keene and her staff very much

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

Dr. Kearns is excellent!!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr. Kerns is so kind and pleasant

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

First time seeing doctor Kerns she was very good.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Dr Kerns is excellent. Absolutely outstanding.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Dr. Kerns was a pleasure to visit. It was the first time that I had met her and she made me feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Needed a follow up appointment in six weeks but appointment desk said there were no appointments until June. Emailed the doctor and she got me in. That was wonderful and very much appreciated.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Doctor listened to me. Explained treatment plan and what to expect. Very happy I chose to go to her.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Not always easy to get an appointment when you want one but this doctor was very accommodating.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

Dr. Kerns was confident and professional in her assessment and that is very much appreciated!

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Dr Kominsky said I needed a skin check every year and I hadn't had one in awhile. I got the appt wiring a couple of months which I thought was fine.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Dr Kern was very kind, explained what she was going to do, was thorough in her exam and efficient.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

My doctor was good but seemed hurried or under stress.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr Kerns validated everything I had concerns or opinions about. She knew I wanted a more holistic approach without tons of medication, but also gave me an immediate option for specific care I've been asking other doctors for years. She made me feel seen, heard, and overall good about the path we are taking towards recovery from my condition

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr. Kerns & PA were outstanding in every way.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Already have recommend Dr. Kerns and the Cleveland Clinic to a friend and family.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

The doctor took good care of me.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

I loved Dr Kerns!

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr. Kerns and the nurse were both great!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Kerns was very helpful and went out of her way to try to accommodate an appointment in another department the same day.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

My second visit with Dr. Kerns; she is an excellent person.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

I had, what I felt, were serious concerns. I was examined by a resident. When Dr. Kerns came in her exam could only be called cursory. My concerns were quickly dismissed. She barely looked at my affected skin. Then I was dismissed since she is moving her practice to Willoughby. I drove 40 min. To see her because she is an MD, a dermatologist, and I had concerns about my skin condition. I expected something different. It is not that I wanted to be told that something serious was wrong with me. What I wanted was to BE SURE nothing serious was wrong with me. Am I? Not really.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

My neighbor is in need of a new dermatologist & I will recommend Dr. Kerns

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

The provider should expend a little more time with the patient and explain better how to use the medication.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Due to a storm, I lost electricity so no garage door opener. I called to cancel/change my appointment. Much to my surprise I was asked if I could get there later in the afternoon. Of course I said yes because I could have my niece take me. It was wonderful to be able to see the doctor that day! Thanks!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

This is the first time in my entire life that I have seen a dermatologist so I didn't know what to expect. Not only did she resolve my problem but noted that I needed some help with crepey skin on my arms. She told me what OTC med to get and to apply it daily. This was a perfect appointment!!!! Thanks for all your help.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

My doctor and I were definitely on the same page with her diagnosis.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr Kerns is very knowledgeable, caring and listens to my concerns

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Nice doctor

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Again, exceptional care and service. I was seen in a timely fashion but was not rushed. In time and out time was like clockwork. The doctor and attending staff were extremely courteous and professional. Very happy I chose Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

I have already told others how good my experiences have been. Would definitely recommend Dr. Kerns and Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr.Kerns is an exceptional physician and an asset for the Cleveland Clinic. I must say she is shoulders above the physicians that I have encountered at the clinic, except for ER physicians, as she listens carefully, takes into account your perspectives on the issues and competently considers the many differential diagnoses and explains and documents findings from tests and assessments. Treasure her as I know CC can be hard on their medical and nursing staff.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

I felt listened to -- there was no feeling that the doctor was in a rush. My questions were handled completely.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr Kerns & staff were absolutely wonderful!Very knowledgeable, excellent care from her!She is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Appt. For Dermatologist was scheduled by my Primary Care Physician's Office Staff for the next day.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

The Dr was very nice, listened and provided suggestions in answering all of my questions. Definitely would recommend her !

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Internest and doctor talked with me extensively to educate me on aspects of my condition and the various treatment options. I was very pleased.

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr Kerns is wonderful. She listens to me as a patient and is concerned.

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