Learn more about Dermatologists

A dermatologist specializes in the medical and surgical care of the skin, hair and nails for people of all ages. A dermatologist diagnoses and treats many diseases, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, nail infections, hair loss, and skin cancer. Dermatologists may also perform cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of the skin.

A dermatologist typically: 

  • Evaluates a patient's medical history and educates the patient about skin care, disease prevention, and overall wellness
  • Performs skin tests and skin cancer screenings including mole checks and skin biopsies
  • Orders and interprets laboratory tests and prescribes medications
  • Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect a person's skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes lining the nose and mouth
  • Performs surgical procedures

Dermatologists may also be known as a skin doctor, skin specialist, or skin cancer doctor.

There are 661 specialists practicing Dermatology in Massachusetts with an overall average rating of 4.0 stars. There are 91 hospitals in Massachusetts with affiliated Dermatology specialists, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham And Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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