Skin, Hair & Nail Health
Healthy skin is an essential part of overall health and quality of life, and maintaining skin health often requires the finest dermatological care available. ColumbiaDoctors dermatologists are authorities in skin disorders, and are the nucleus of the nation’s largest, most experienced and best-equipped centers for dermatological care.
Dating back to 1911, ColumbiaDoctors Dermatology has been a key contributor in the advancement of the care of patients with skin disorders. Our role in the development of modern dermatology includes pioneering work in the early use of ionizing radiation, the treatment of syphilis, the expansion of basic knowledge in dermatological mycology, including playing a major role in the discovery of the antifungal agent Nystatin. ColumbiaDoctors dermatologists have continued to be innovators in basic research and the translation of scientific discoveries into clinical care, such as developing the technique of photopheresis for cutaneous T cell lymphoma.
Our board-certified, and when appropriate fellowship-trained, dermatologists diagnose and treat all types of skin diseases, from acne to skin cancer, using the latest clinical methods. All our dermatologists are faculty members of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
We offer specialized, state of the art care in pediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer treatment, evaluation and treatment of contact dermatitis, cutaneous oncology, hair and scalp diseases and phototherapy for the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases.
Our multidisciplinary approach features teams in many specialties to treat the most severe skin disorders from melanoma to pediatric epidermolysis bullosa. We also provide expertise in the proper care of your skin in order to protect it against skin cancer and infections and to retain its radiance and beauty.
We are internationally renowned for groundbreaking care in hair and nail disorders. Non- Columbia dermatologists frequently consult with our team of expert dermatopathologists to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of rare, complex and serious skin conditions.
At the Skin and Laser Center of Columbia University Medical Center, we offer the latest technologies for skin rejuvenation. Our highly-trained, board certified dermatologists consider every patient’s individual goals. In the context of the individual’s medical history and following a thorough evaluation of the area of focus, and develops a strategy to achieve them.. We are committed to providing safe and effective solutions that will address your cosmetic concerns.
ColumbiaDoctors Dermatology has the experience and training to identify and successfully treat a full range of skin cancers.
Our surgical program includes our Multidisciplinary (cross specialty) Melanoma group, which evaluates and provides treatment for patients with melanoma in new, state-of-the-art facilities. Our group features physicians and nurses specializing in the treatment of melanoma, including dermatologists, dermatopathologists oncologists, surgical oncologist, radiation oncologists, and otolaryngologists. Patients with newly diagnosed melanomas, as well as patients with high-risk, recurrent or metastatic melanomas, are seen in the Multidisciplinary Center. We tailor each patient’s treatment to the specific clinical scenario.
At ColumbiaDoctors Dermatology, we offer a comprehensive evaluation of patients suffering from hair growth abnormalities. Our goal is to determine the type of hair loss present, then based on the natural history of that specific disorder, develop an individualized approach to educate and support our patients and to reverse, stabilize or mitigate ongoing hair loss. We are at the forefront of basic, translational and clinical research to develop new therapies in the treatment of various types of alopecia and male pattern baldness. Therapies directed at removal of excess hair are also available.
Reactions on the skin from chemicals or other triggers found at home, work or recreational environments are common, can be debilitating and require accurate diagnosis to achieve avoidance and remission. The Occupational Dermatology and Contact Dermatitis Unit specializes in diagnosing, identifying specific allergens, and ameliorating skin allergies through education re avoidance of triggering allergens and substitution of nonallergenic products..
ColumbiaDoctors dermatologists have expertise in treating children and adolescents with skin disorders. Our pediatric dermatologists see patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and specialize in genetic and acquired diseases that affect the skin of babies, children and adolescents. Our young patients benefit from nationally recognized physicians that are authorities in common conditions such as atopic dermatitis, acne, hemangiomas, and birthmarks, infectious processes, bullous disorders as well as dermatologic manifestations of systemic illness or immunocompromise.
We have a program dedicated to the laser treatment for children with vascular birthmarks including hemangiomas and port-wine stains. Treatments are performed in the office or in an ambulatory operating room setting at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
ColumbiaDoctors dermatopathologists form the Columbia University Medical Center Dermatopathology Service, provide gross examination and microscopic interpretation of skin biopsies. Under the direction of Dr. David N. Silvers, the laboratory processes over 150,000 specimens per year for CUMC and various dermatology and plastic surgery private practices in the tri-state area. Our four highly experienced board certified dermatopathologists can identify all kinds of skin disorders, from the most common to the rarest. We provide referring physicians with clinical-pathologic correlation and patient management.
We see patients at convenient New York metro area locations in Washington Heights and midtown Manhattan. When needed, we perform surgery and consultations at the Milstein Hospital (Fort Washington Ave near 165th Street) and the Allen Hospital (218th Street and Broadway).