The Board-Certification Difference

Why choose a board-certified dermatologist?
A dermatologist board certified by the American Board of Dermatology has undergone rigorous residency training and has developed a masterful and skilled eye in identifying concerning lesions on the skin. Board certification from the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada lets you know you are receiving care from someone who has received the most rigorous highest level of education in the field. It is important that the board certification be from one of these organizations. There are many different kinds of boards, and other certifications do not reflect the same level degree of training and expertise.

Dermatologists treat more than 3,000 conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Skin diseases are particularly common, affecting one in four Americans each year. Many skin diseases involve serious health risks including, but not exclusive to, loss of quality of life and lifestyle. Some chronic diseases dermatologists treat are caused by issues with the immune system. Therefore dermatologists who remain educated in biologic therapies can deliver excellent results based on various factors of a patient’s profile including medical and social history. A well-trained dermatologist understands the linkages between the body and the skin, and knows that what may appear to be something simple and isolated to the skin can be related to an underlying condition or disease.

Dermatologists also have advanced knowledge of facial anatomy including nerves and muscles that must be accounted for when performing cosmetic dermatology, or procedures on the face affecting critical anatomical structures or sites such as the eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

Trust your care to the experts.
  Board-Certified Dermatologist Physician
Medical education and training 8 years
2-3 years 2-4 years
Required patient care hours 12,000-16,000
Board certification through the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Stony Brook Dermatology Associates is offering Telehealth services through various platforms including audio-visual, telephone and the patient portal for both new and established patients. We can address most of your dermatology needs including, but not exclusive to, evaluations of rashes, eczema, psoriasis flares, acne and medications refills. For patients needing in-person evaluations, we have dermatologists on site daily.

Please contact us to either schedule a telehealth visit or for more information about these services at (631) 444-4200, option 1. The safety of our patients, our staff and our physicians is paramount.