The Division of Dermatology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson provides outstanding clinical care to patients. Our team of dermatologists specializes in diagnosing and treating skin diseases and managing both benign and malignant skin tumors. Our residency program provides comprehensive training in medical and surgical care of the skin, hair, and nails...

James Sligh, Jr., MD, PhD
Division Chief, Dermatology

Dermatology

The University of Arizona Division of Dermatology at the College of Medicine – Tucson got its start in 1973 when Peter Lynch, MD, a University of Michigan dermatologist was named the first member of the section. Also serving as vice chair of the UA Department of Medicine, he stayed until 1986, leaving to become chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota and later at the University of California - Davis.

Our three-year residency program began in 1976, and currently has nine physicians in training.

Our team of dermatologists provides outstanding clinical care to patients and specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions and diseases and managing both benign and malignant skin tumors.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016:

  • 76,380 people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, including 46,870 men and 29,510 women, and
  • 10,130 people in the United States will die from melanomas of the skin, including 6,280 men and 3,380 women.

As part of the UA Department of Medicine, we work in an interdisciplinary fashion with other UA subspecialties and departments, including geriatrics, hematology and oncology, rheumatology and surgery. In education, research and clinical matters, we also work closely with the UA Cancer Center and its Skin Cancer Institute on both the treatment and prevention of skin cancer—the most common form of cancer.

We also augment our teaching and clinical capabilities by partnering with dermatology specialists in the community to cover our patients’ cosmetic, medical and surgical care needs with respect to skin, hair and nails.

News

Thanks to $1.72M Federal Grant: UA Researchers Using Green Light for HIV-Related Pain as Astonishing Therapy Moves to Next Phase of Study Green light therapy results in decreased chronic pain without side effects and has the promise of easy clinical application due to its low cost, efficacy and availability. This new project addresses the critical need for effective non-pharmacological treatments for HIV-related neuropathy and the hypersensitivity associated with antiretroviral therapy.

Journal of American Medical Association Article Focuses on Melanoma with UA Input

An article that University of Arizona Dermatology’s Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski co-authored was published Oct. 10 by JAMA Dermatology. Written by members of the Melanoma Prevention Working Group’s Pigmented Lesion Subcommittee, which is affiliated with the U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups and National Cancer Institute, it notes people with more than one atypical mole that requires excising are at higher risk of melanoma at a separate site…


UA Skin Cancer Institute Presents 9th Annual Melanoma Walk, Nov. 3 Proceeds support melanoma research, community outreach, education and patient care in Arizona.