Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fewer skin cancer screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to delays in the diagnosis and treatment of nearly 20,000 melanomas, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. In this CBS-TV clip, Dr. Adrienne Haughton in the Department of Dermatology and a Stony Brook Medicine patient discuss sun safety measures, screenings and skin cancer prevention.
Clinical care for dermatology patients is provided at our Stony Brook practice location and at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Northport. Our clinical specialties include, but are not limited to: atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, alopecia areata, cutaneous allergies, autoimmune blistering diseases, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, eczema, pemphigus, pemphigoid, psoriasis, skin cancer and wound healing. Our support staff is available to help you schedule an appointment and ensure your questions are answered.
Some of the most common conditions treated in our offices:
- Actinic Keratosis
- Blistering Diseases (Pemphigus, Pemphigoid)
- Connective Tissue Disorders (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma)
- Hair Loss
- Nail Fungus
- Pigmentation Disorders
- Skin Cancer
- Sun Damage
Medical dermatology entails the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin including eczemas, rashes, hives, psoriasis, acne, skin infections, blistering conditions and hair loss. Specific interests of the department include acne, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, drug eruptions, psoriasis and immunological blistering diseases (Pemphigus, Pemphigoid). Visit Our Physicians for more information on individual physician’s areas of specialization.
While our practice is home to two skilled pediatric dermatologists, please keep in mind that all of our dermatologists are trained to treat patients of all ages. If your child has common pediatric skin problems, he or she can be cared for by any of our physicians.
Cosmetic procedures performed in the department include a full range of facial rejuvenation techniques. These include BOTOX® and dermal fillers such as Radiesse and the Restylane family of products as well as skin resurfacing using new, cutting-edge technology i.e., CO2RE laser by Syneron, the Gentlemax hybrid by Candela and others. With these options we are able to provide a wide range of cosmetic-specific dermatologic treatments. Dr. Tara Kaufmann and Dr. Adrienne Haughton are certified and trained in cosmetic dermatology and have an ever-growing loyal patient base. Learn More >
Cutaneous allergy includes diagnosis and treatment of allergic reactions of the skin as well as atopic dermatitis. Cutaneous allergies are diagnosed by patch and prick testing. The department has the most comprehensive patch testing clinic on Long Island supervised by Dr. Marcia Tonnesen.
Skin cancer evaluation, diagnosis and treatment are a central part of the dermatology service, to which all faculty members devote much of their effort. Multiple treatment options are available including Mohs micrographic surgery, which is performed as an outpatient procedure in our new state-of-the-art Mohs Unit. Melanoma is addressed by a multidisciplinary group that includes Dermatology, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Pathology. Dr. Adam Korzenko is the Director of the Pigmented Lesion Center and sees patients in the surgical oncology unit at the Cancer Center every Friday afternoon. FAQ's about skin cancer screening >
MOHS MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY
Mohs surgery is the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today. It offers the highest potential for cure, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method. Mohs surgery targets skin cancer through a highly specialized and precise technique that removes the cancer in stages. It involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer andexamining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor (called clear margins) is reached. Because the Mohs College surgeon is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99%.
The Mohs unit is directed by Dr. Evan Jones who has completed specialized training for this procedure alongside Dermatologic Surgery. We have recently welcomed alumni Jordan Slutsky MD., Mohs Surgeon, Cosmetic Dermatology, Clinical Dermatology, and Associate Residency Program Director. View Our Patient Education Guide >
The Pediatric Dermatology service is run by Dr. Leonard Kristal and Dr. Robert Hayman, physicians who are widely published and nationally recognized experts. The practice includes treatment of, but is not exclusive to, atopic dermatitis, acne, hemangiomas, and genetic and congenital skin disorders. Learn More >
The department has a state-of-the-art narrow band UVB / UVA phototherapy box for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, chronic itching, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) and certain other skin diseases. Phototherapy treatments are conducted and monitored by Deborah Deierlein, our nurse practitioner. The phototherapy service is directed by Dr. Marcia Tonnesen who has many years of clinical experience in this area.