Gathered for the open house (L-R): University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Michael M. I. Abecassis, MD, MBA; UArizona President Robert C. Robbins, MD; Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Michael D. Dake, MD; Rebecca Thiede, MD, associate program director, Advanced Dermatology Residency, Division of Dermatology; David Chen, MD, Division of Facial Plasic & Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology; Gerald Goldberg, MD, a professor and laser surgery global expert in the Division of Dermatology and Department of Pediatrics; Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, Dermatology division chief and co-director UArizona Skin Cancer Institute; Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South hospitals CEO Sarah Frost, and Banner – University Medical Group CEO "Bob" Venkata Evani, MD.
It was a tight squeeze at an open house July 25 at the Banner – University Medicine Multispecialty Services Clinic at 7165 N. Pima Canyon Drive, home of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and its new Multispecialty Laser and Aesthetics Program.
Among those present were University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, MD; Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Michael D. Dake, MD; College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Michael M. I. Abecassis, MD, MBA; Department of Medicine Chair James K. Liao, MD; College of Engineering Dean David Hahn, PhD; BIO5 Institute Director Jennifer Barton, PhD; Banner – University Medical Group CEO "Bob" Venkata Evani, MD; Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South hospitals CEO Sarah Frost, and Michael Zgoda, MD, the new physician executive at Banner – University Medical Group in Tucson.
Hors d'oeuvres and light beverages were served at the reception that preceded a presentation by Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, Dermatology division chief and co-director of the Skin Cancer Institute at the UArizona Cancer Center, and her team on the wide-open opportunities for the program. The team, Dr. Curiel underscored, includes multiple divisions and departments from across the college, including the Departments of Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Surgery, as well as sections for facial plastics and plastic surgery.
For this open house, Banner Health and University of Arizona leadership were invited to share news of the enhanced multidisciplinary services at the Pima Canyon site that will be available for the general public. Among services in the multispecialty laser and aesthetic program are skin rejuvenation, vascular and pigmentary disorders, ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing as well as ongoing access to research opportunities. Other open houses will be held in the near future to introduce these and other services to BUMG and community providers and patients.
Among additional presenters were Rebecca Thiede, MD, assistant professor of medicine and associate program director for the Advanced Dermatology Residency, David Chen, MD, director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and Gerald Goldberg, MD, a professor in the Division of Dermatology and Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Goldberg, a pioneer and global expert in dermatologic laser surgery, wowed attendees with the breadth of his experience exhibited during his talk. With 35-plus years of experience and certified in more than 30 laser modalities, he is past president of the Arizona Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society and is active in many dermatologic groups. Among his many honors, he received the Presidential Citation in 2020 from the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He is also the recipient of ASLMS’ two highest awards – the Ellet H. Drake Memorial Award in 2019, and the Leon Goldman Memorial Award in 2017, in recognition of his lifetime achievements to the advancement of laser medicine. He'll be helping train faculty as well as residents and fellows.
Dr. Chen noted the new technology added to the clinic enables them many different ways to improve how people look due to a multitude of conditions. "They say that beauty is only skin deep, but a lot of what I'm able to do is below the surface," he added.
Among those many conditions that can now be more efficiently treated are: benign pigmented or vascular lesions, inflammatory acne, café au lait birthmarks, cherry angiomas, facial telangiectasias, infantile hemangiomas, onychmycosis, photorejuvenation, polkiloderma, port wine stains, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, rosacea, scars, striae/stretch marks, tattoo removal, venous lakes and venous malformations.
The Division of Dermatology is one of 12 in the Department of Medicine, which is one of six original and the largest department at the college. To learn more about Multispecialty Laser and Aesthetics Program, please reach out to (520) 694-2020.
Below are some photos from the event. For a broader selection, visit the Department of Medicine’s flickr webpage here. See links to this and other image collections at the department’s Photo Galleries webpage.
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“Dermatology to host open house for new Multispecialty Laser and Aesthetics Program” | Posted July 24, 2023