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Patient Care - Conditions We Treat

Patient Care - Conditions We Treat


The faculty in the Division of Dermatology at The Ohio State University provides exceptional care for all aspects of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. 

In addition, the Division has a number of world-class specialty dermatology clinics that provide the best, cutting edge diagnostic and treatment approaches for specific skin issues. 

Specialty Areas in The OSU Division of Dermatology

OSU Cosmetic Dermatology

Face Shot of Dr. Jill FichtelDr. Jill Fichtel has 10 years of experience in all aspects of cosmetic dermatology.  She begins with a comprehensive consultation to determine what is special and unique about every patient, what aspects of their appearance are most important to them, and then discusses all treatment options.  She strives to make patients look their natural best (never "cosmeticized").  She creates a relaxing, warm, friendly, family like environement where patients come first and no one is ever pressured to go forward with a treatment.

Click here to learn more about what OSU Cosmetic Dermatology offers.

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma / Mycosis Fungoides

Drs. Henry Wong and Pierliugi Porcu direct the CTCL clinic at The Ohio State University.  This is one of the top CTCL clinics in the United States, with the rare distinction of having a dermatologist, an oncologist, and a dermato-hematopathologist who all specialize in CTCL.  They offer exceptional diagnostic expertise and have therapeutic options and approaches that go far beyond what is offered by typical dermatologists.

Contact and Adult Atopic Dermatitis

Dr. Matthew Zirwas runs the Contact Dermatitis Center at The Ohio State University.  This is one of the major contact dermatitis centers in the United States, performing comprehensive patch testing on well over 500 patients per year.  Dr. Zirwas utilizes a comprehensive battery of allergens to test patients for sensitivity to chemicals coming into contact with their skin, such as soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, fabric finishes, rubber gloves, jewelry, and innumerable others. 

Skin Cancer and Cutaneous Oncology

Drs. David Carr, David Lambert, and Shannon Trotter are the cutaneous oncology experts at The Ohio State University.  Drs. Carr and Lambert specialize in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, which has the highest rate of cure for skin cancer, while still minimizing the extent of surgery necessary to remove the cancer.  Dr. Trotter specializes in the early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma, as earlier detection leads to a greater chance of cure.

Psoriasis

The Ohio State University has the only dedicated psoraisis clinic in central Ohio.  In addition to offering traditional therapies, such as methotrexate, acitretin, and phototherapy, we also offer cutting edge therapy with biologic medications, such as etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, and ustekinumab.  In addition, we have an active clinical trials program that focuses on bringing new medications for difficult to control psoriasis to central Ohio as early as possible.

Complex Medical Dermatology

The Divison of Dermatology has exceptional expertise in complex medical dermatology, led by Drs. Mark Bechtel and Jessica Kaffenberger.  Drs. Bechtel and Kaffenberger's specialties include blistering diseases such as pemphigus and pemphigoid; connective tissue diseases such as lupus, dermatomyositis, morphea, and vasculitis; and dermatologic manifestations of systemic diseases. 

Lasers

Drs. Susan Massick, Alicia Plotner, and Jill Fichtel offer treatment with a comprehensive selection of lasers for conditions such as rosacea, warts, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unwanted pigment, skin aging, and wrinkling.

Inpatient Dermatology

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the only hospital in central Ohio with a dedicated dermatologist, Dr. Benjamin Kaffenberger, who cares for inpatients with acute, severe, potentially life threatening dermatologic diseases.