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Committed to the highest quality of dermatologic care

The Department of Dermatology has made impressive gains over the past five years in the development and expansion of its basic and clinical research capabilities. There are seven faculty members who are actively engaged in NIH-funded research. Annual government funding is more than $2,000,000. The department has major research programs in immunodermatology (including vaccine development, allergic contact hypersensitivity, and photoimmunology) and chemoprevention. Clinical/translational research has averaged $632,000 in funding over the past 3 years, primarily from the pharmaceutical industry.

The Dermatology Residency Program at UAB is highly competitive. The residency program is a three year experience, which will prepare the physician for either the private practice of dermatology or a career in academic medicine. In the past 3 years, four people have accepted positions at various academic medical centers. All major areas of dermatological training are represented within the scope of the training program. These include: adult and pediatric clinical dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatological surgery and clinical and basic research.

Clinically, the Department of Dermatology offers sophisticated services in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease and is a national center for the management of complicated skin disorders. Outpatient clinics are held at The Kirklin Clinic, University of Alabama Hospital, Children's South, Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center and Cooper Green Mercy.

Conditions Treated

  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Cutaneous fungal infections
  • Cutaneous allergies including contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis and eczema
  • Autoimmune diseases of the skin
  • Photosensitivity diseases
  • Hair and nail disorders
  • Acne and rosacea
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Blistering skin diseases
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

Diagnostic and Treatment Techniques

  • Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer
  • Phototherapy (broadband UVB, narrowband UVB, eximer laser, PUVA and UVA1) and photodynamic therapy
  • Laser surgery for vascular and pigmented lesions and skin cancer
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Dermatopathology