Dr. Joel Schlessinger, MD

Dr. Joel Schlessinger, MD

Dermatology  |  
Male  |  
57 y/o

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger has devoted his life to dermatology and skin health. As the only physician in Nebraska who is board certified in dermatology, general cosmetic surgery and pediatrics, Dr. Schlessinger has more than 20 years of experience treating a wide variety of skin conditions. Along with his dermatology and cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Schlessinger is also the founder of the Advanced Skin Research Center, a clinical research facility that investigates new medications and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Schlessinger is also the past president of the Nebraska Dermatology Society, the President Emeritus of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, and the founder of the Cosmetic Surgery Forum, which is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Skin Specialists, P.C.

2802 Oak View Dr Ste 100

Omaha, NE 68144
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Principal Life
  • Thrivent Financial
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Care Philosophy

When you visit Dr. Schlessinger, you will be in the best hands for one of your most important assets - your appearance! Dr. Schlessinger's expertise has won him the Best Cosmetic Surgeon award in Omaha for more than 15 years. In addition, he has won the metro's Best Dermatologist award since it began. Dr. Schlessinger can provide unique, cutting-edge solutions for all your skin care needs because you deserve the best when it comes to your appearance.
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Dr. Schlessinger's Experience

Dr. Schlessinger's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Dermatology
  • Board certified in Dermatology and Pediatrics
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
  • Pediatrics
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Age Spots
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cold Sore
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry Skin
  • Eczema and Contact Dermatitis Due to Cosmetics
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hives
  • Impetigo
  • Intertrigo
  • Lipomas
  • Melanoma
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Shingles
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Allergy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Disorders
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Facial Peel
  • Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Wart Removal

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Nebraska.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Rhode Island
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
  • Baylor University
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Brown University
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University Al Chldns Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • University Of Alabama-Pediatrics
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Washington University Barnes Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Schlessinger has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, President
  • Nebraska Dermatology Society, Past President

Dr. Schlessinger's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Schlessinger to family and friends
based on 398 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Schlessinger's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Omaha, NE |
This is my second year with Dr Schlessinger’s facility. I have been very pleased with their services. I had a Pilar cyst removed with no issues a year ago. My most recent checkup was with Shea. She was wonderful and caring. I don’t know how prices compare, as I have never gone to another dermatologist. Would highly recommend!!
in Nickerson, NE |
I would most likely recommend Dr Schlessinger to my family and friends and I already do! He is always so friendly and all though Im sure he is extremely busy, he always takes the time to make me feel welcome and appreciated as a valued patient, and not just a number. He is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in all areas of dermatology that I have seen him for.
Omaha, ne |
I went for a fingernail issue and never saw the doctor. The staff scanned my drivers license, insurance card and took a copay then I was taken into a room and told to stand against a wall with a TV showing pictures of patients faces so they could take pictures of me for "security reasons". This made me very uncomfortable so I politely refused and explained I was there for my fingernail and they had already scanned my drivers license. They sent the office manager in and she kicked me out.
in Omaha, NE |
Great experience with Dr Schlessinger with my 19 year old daughter who is newly experiencing adult onset acne. The doctor had good bedside manner and made her feel at ease. The medicine and creams have her almost completely clear in 6 weeks.
Omaha, NE |
Worst experience ever. I had seen Schlessinger for cosmetic dermatology in the past, and although I looked amazing after my treatments, he always rushed me thru so quickly that I didn't have a chance to think through my options..and the effects were extremely short lived. I honestly began to question the quality of products used. There was also the incident of an 'awkward' appointment when I was reprimanded for seeing another physician. This Spring I decided to give him another try...they too
in Omaha, NE |
DO NOT EVER GO HERE!! I recently moved here from Chicago & made an appointment. Dr. Schlesinger told me that he needed to check my potassium which I was fine with as it is normal maintenance for the medication that I take. However, several weeks later I received a bill in the mail & found out that he had ordered ~$160 of unnecessary lab work that was not indicated. He even checked my cholesterol which wouldn't have been accurate because I had not fasted. This is both robbery & fraud.
Blair, NE |
I did not think that Dr Schlessinger really cared about my well being. He showed no emotion, no greeting to speak of.He did a quick exam and then he introduced the assistant who would do the work. He did do one procedure himself, but again, no expression of care. I do think he is a good medical Dr. but not good bedside manners.
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Dr. Schlessinger accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
    Group Plan PPO
    Open Access HMO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Principal Life
  • Thrivent Financial
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Alliance Select

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Hospitals where Dr. Schlessinger has admitting privileges

Chi Health Immanuel
6901 N 72nd St
Omaha, NE 68122
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The Nebraska Medical Center
4350 Dewey Ave
Omaha, NE 68105
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The Nebraska Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68114
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