Dr. Douglass Forsha, MD

Dr. Douglass Forsha, MD

Dermatology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 62
Dr. Douglass Forsha, MD is a dermatologist in West Des Moines, IA and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine in 1985 and specializes in dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and more.Read his story

9350 University Ave Ste 132

West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Insurance Accepted

  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Iowa
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
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Dr. Forsha's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Forsha "Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska he is a midwest native. He attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, earning a B.A degree in Asian Studies in 1979. He then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, obtaining the degree Doctor of Medicine in May 1985. He continued at Vanderbilt to complete a one year internship in internal Medicine. Dr. Forsha completed a residency in Dermatology at the University of Illinois Collage of Medicine in Chicago in June 1989. In July 1991 Dr. Forsha founded South Valley Dermatology, a center of excellence in the field of dermatology in West Jordan, Utah. During his 19 years he honed his skills of medical , surgical, cosmetic and research dermatology. In 2016, he joined SkinGym Dermatology in West Des Moines, Iowa bringing his skills and experience back to the Midwest. He currently shares his time at both clinics traveling between his two offices. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Forsha "Perhaps dermatologists don't emerge from the ER or the OR with blood-soaked gowns calming to have saved yet another life, but we do save lives in the area of skin cancer and prevention.  Much of my work has to do with the quality of ones life.  What child would choose to suffer from itching and scratching cycle of eczema if they had another option?  What teenager would want to tolerate even one day of acne on the face and neck?  The list goes on.  My field is tremendously rewarding and I enjoy seeing our patients every day.  I believe that quality of care goes beyond the diagnosis.  It starts with the first phone call, to their first visit and the time I spend with each of our patients.  I am dedicated to building long lasting relationships with my patients and their families.  I sit down and take the time to evaluate and then determine the right treatment plan.  My practice is built around convienence and why I offer evening and weekend care in my Des Moines location. "
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3  Specialties

  • Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Medicine

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Forsha does not have any board certifications listed.

45  Conditions Treated

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17  Procedures

  • Acne Scar Removal
  • Acne Surgery
  • Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin Treatment
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Facial Peel
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
  • Laser Vein Removal
  • LED Light Treatment for Acne
  • LED Light Treatment for Skin Damage
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Non-Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Tag Removal

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Vanderbilt University Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese

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Dr. Forsha's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Forsha to family and friends
42 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (42)

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Dr. Forsha's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

So kind and really took the time to get to the bottom of my skin condition. Dr. Forsha and the entire staff was so friendly and really made me feel comfortable. The office is gorgeous!!! So bright and welcoming. I would highly recommend him and his other professionals to anyone! So nice to have...more
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Love Dr. Forsha and the staff at SkinGym Dermatology & Medspa. He is friendly, didn't take long to get in and I was able to be seen on a weekend. Yes that is correct. I was seen on a weekend. The doctor treated me for an allergic reaction to the sun which two other local derms in Des Moines...more
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Fantastic. Very nice and took the time to answer all my questions. Removed my mole and left no scars. Love him.
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My family has been seeing Dr. Forsha for almost 20 years. We all have been happy with our care with the physician staff. Medical Assistants are always very nice.
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Hardly even looked at my sons skin. Asked if he could do a skin sample and my child ended up with stitches. I specifically asked if the skin sample would include having psoriasis looked at as a diagnosis. He said he would and never did. Didn't tell us to keep stitches wet, so it scabbed over and...more
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