As a first year medicine resident, pursuing a career in hematology/oncology, I became fascinated with skin conditions with internal involvement, especially those with life threatening or severe disease associations. One night while on call, I admitted a woman who had scleroderma with ‘beaked’ nose, bound down skin, struggling for her life. As I listened to her story. I was moved by her suffering from this condition and dread while desperately managing her rapidly deteriorating condition. Days later, I was saddened to hear about her death from lung complications. My first two months I managed patients in ICU/CCU. After an exhausting day, I recall saying to my wife I don’t think I can or want to do this, medicine as a specialty. With her support, I applied for a dermatology residency, not once but three times. When Lyme Disease was first published, I was a third year medicine resident on rotation at Ohio State dermatology. I was excited to give a lecture on this new condition to the Director, Dr.Lowney and residents who were unaware of this tick borne illness. Early recognition of the characteristic/diagnostic rash is imperative so prompt treatment may prevent a patient from developing serious heart problems, joint and neurologic complications. Unable to accept me for a position, Dr. Lowney wrote a letter of recommendation to his friend and colleague, Dr. Ken Hashimoto who recently became Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, an hour from my hometown of Webberville. I was thrilled (he was internationally known expert in pathology and electron microscopy) and hopeful that I might have a greater chance of acceptance with our mutual Japanese heritage. To help bolster my application, I arranged an elective as an outside medicine resident few months before I would graduate as an internist. When I arrived on my first day of clinic, Eleanor, his secretary was surprised, bewildered, since it was against policy to allow medicine residents outside of their institution (over 200 residents were given first dibs). Later, I found out Virginia, the department secretary had somehow granted by request). As I sat there wondering, Dr. Hashimoto’s voice broke through the intercom, “Ask Dr. Karikomi to come in.” As I walked into his office, he chuckled, “I thought you were Greek!” What irony! This brilliant first born Japanese physician who spoke seven languages, thought my name (apparently a rare Japanese name) was Greek! During the interview, as a department chair who loved research, he asked if I would be interested in research. I did mention that I would be, not sure what this meant or required. Before I left the interview, he accepted me for a nonfunded residency position beginning the following year. If I wasn’t accepted this go around (with a wife and young son to take care of), I would accept a fellowship at University of Michigan in gastroenterology. Naturally, I was shocked and ecstatic, answer to prayers! So after I finished residency, my family and I left Columbus and moved to Michigan where I would work as emergency room director with the goal to save as much money as we could. Dr. Hashimoto elected me as co-chief resident at the end of my second year. He mentioned I know enough now and he would like me to spend my third year doing research in addition to the duties of chief resident. I appreciated the encouragement, but I didn’t think I could do both (his research team tirelessly worked into late evening). I enjoy ballroom dancing, cycling, cooking and reading. I was inspirited by Dancing with the Stars (while I was rehabbing my shoulder). The highlight and culmination was performing at the Ohio Star Ball. I enjoy the intricate dance relationship as leader with follower, very engaging, scintillating and romantic. I started to cycle because of Pelotonia, raising money for cancer research and breakthrough treatments.I enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I enjoy traveling to the West Coast seeing two sons and grandson.I enjoy cheering, hoping for that win against the Buckeyes for Michigan football.
Dr. Karikomi'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
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Karikomi's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
Eczema and Contact Dermatitis Due to Detergents
Fungal Nail Infection
Herpes Simplex Infection
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Acne Scar Removal
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Intense Pulse Light
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Spider Vein Treatment
Laser Surgery for Skin Conditions
Laser Tattoo Removal
Shaving of Skin Lesion
Skin Tag Removal
Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
Malpractice Claims not available
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
MI STATE UNIV COLL OF OSTEO MED
Medical School | Graduated 1973
Detroit Osteo Hosp
Internship Hospital | Completed
Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
Wayne State University
Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Karikomi has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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