>
Skip Navigation
MUSC mobile menu

Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery

The Department was founded in December, 1979. Since then, the city and the University have undergone a remarkable renaissance. Growth has been explosive, and buildings under construction – both for clinical care and research – are a constant fixture on campus. In addition to our main downtown facility at Rutledge Tower, we have satellite clinics in North Charleston, Summerville, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley.

We offer comprehensive care in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology and are proud to offer the services of two dermatologic surgeons with fellowship training in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery. We see patients from the Tri-county region as well as referrals from all over the southeast. We have an academically-oriented faculty, many of whom have held leadership positions in the two major organizations for dermatology professionals – the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Board of Dermatology.

The Department offers residency training in dermatology and fellowship training in procedural dermatology, as well as an elective in dermatology for fourth year medical students.

The Department of Dermatology is committed to excellence in patient care, education and research.

top of page

 

Meet the Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Faculty

Dirk Elston, M.D.
Department Chair

Diana Antonovich, M.D.
Special Interests:
Medical dermatology
Cosmetic dermatology
Skin rejuvenation

Joel Cook, M.D.
Special Interests:
Skin cancer
Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer
Reconstructive dermatologic surgery
Aesthetic dermatologic surgery

Hank Kearse, M.D.
Special Interests:
Medical dermatology
Pediatric dermatology
Skin cancer

Emily C. Kmetz, M.D.
Special Interests:
Medical dermatology
Skin cancer
Dermatologic surgery
Cosmetic dermatology

Brian C. Leach, M.D.
Special Interests:
Skin cancer
Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer
Reconstructive dermatologic surgery
Aesthetic dermatologic surgery
Scar revision
Procedural dermatology education

Anne H. LeClercq, M.D.
Special Interests:
Medical dermatology
Skin cancer 
Cosmetic dermatology  

John C. Maize, Sr., M.D.
Special Interests:
Bullous diseases
Mycosis fungoides
Pigmented lesions 

Richard Marchell, M.D.
Special Interests:
Dermoscopic evaluation of pigmented lesions
Medical dermatology
Skin cancer
Sarcoidosis
Blistering diseases

Joni Mazza-McCrann, M.D.
Special Interests:
Medical dermatology
Pediatric dermatology
Dermatologic surgery

Renee Straub, M.D.
Special Interests:
Medical and surgical dermatology
Skin cancer 

Bruce H. Thiers, M.D.
Special Interests:
Consultative dermatology
Cutaneous lymphoma
Psoriasis
Skin cancer

Lara Wine Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Special Interests:
General pediatric dermatology
Pediatric psoriasis
Hemangiomas and vascular anomalies
Genetic skin disorders

top of page

 

Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Residency Program

The mission of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery is to promote excellence in research, scholarship, education, and clinical services. Academic and clinical interests of the full-time faculty encompass all aspects of dermatology including medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery and oncology, cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, immunodermatology, and pediatric dermatology. Affiliated clinical faculty share their expertise in mycology, infectious diseases, and other clinical disciplines. Residents work closely with each faculty member, and thus receive a well-rounded experience by completion of their training. The faculty and residents of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery collaborate frequently with members of other departments, including Rheumatology and Immunology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology. Residents and fellows have the opportunity to participate in joint research projects with these departments.

The Department has a modern, well-equipped, spacious outpatient facility which offers a variety of specialized patient care services including UVB/UVA phototherapy and patch testing for the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. Instruction in an extensive range of procedures including excisional surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery, flaps, grafts, and other reconstructive techniques, and cosmetic and laser surgery is available in the Dermatologic Surgery Unit. The Department also offers an accredited fellowship program in procedural dermatology, and participates in the dermatopathology fellowship program administered by the Department of Pathology. 

While most residency activities are conducted at our on-campus Rutledge Tower offices and clinics, the Veterans Administration Hospital, located a short walk away, is an important part of our training program. In addition, instruction in dermatopathology is facilitated not only through the Dermatopathology Division of our Department of Pathology, but also through Dermpath Diagnostics, located in suburban Mount Pleasant, SC, just a short ride over the scenic Cooper River Bridge. Residents are well schooled in both medical and surgical dermatology and dermatopathology by the conclusion of their training.

Our program includes nine residents, or three per year. We encourage applications from all parts of the country. All applicants are evaluated equally without preference given to area of residence or site of medical school training. Applicants to our program must apply through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS). We use the standard information requested by ERAS. No paper applications will be accepted. You may obtain detailed information on how to apply by contacting your Dean's Office or by visiting the ERAS website.

Applicants must complete a first postgraduate year in a broad-based clinical program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The clinical programs that are acceptable for the first postgraduate year are: a transitional year or a first-year residency in internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or emergency medicine. Although all of these are acceptable choices, we encourage you to consider a Transitional Year Program or a Preliminary Year Program because of potential future funding issues.

For more information regarding your application or for questions about our training program, please contact:

Mark Lynch, Coordinator
Dermatology Residency Training Program
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Avenue, 11th Floor
MSC 578
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-5074
lynchd@musc.edu

Richard Marchell, M.D., Program Director
Dermatology Residency Training Program
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina

top of page

 

Procedural Dermatology Fellowship Program

The Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina is an intense one-year ACGME-approved program offered to board eligible/board-certified dermatologists. All aspects of advanced dermatological oncology are seen in our dermatologic surgery service, providing a broad educational experience for the trainee. The service is very busy with a high patient load, highly complex tumor biology, and often complicated reconstructive procedures.

Two fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons instruct the fellow in all aspects of Mohs micrographic surgery, including the indications, limitations, and applications of the procedure. The fellow will obtain extensive experience in the repair of surgical defects resulting from Mohs surgery, with instruction provided in complex reconstructive dermatologic surgery, including advanced skin flaps and grafts, cartilage grafting, and other reconstructive procedures. Appropriate laboratory techniques are taught, including the mapping and processing of tissue specimens, the use of immunostains, and the preparation of frozen sections to be microscopically examined during Mohs surgery. In addition to Mohs surgery, the fellow will be instructed in the general principles involved in the management of various cutaneous neoplasms, both common and rare. The fellow also will receive exposure and training in excisional surgery, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, dermabrasion, scar revision, sclerotherapy, and the use of botulinum toxin and various fillers.

MUSC's Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery has a strong relationship with the Departments of Surgery, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology, and there is emphasis on using a multidisciplinary approach in the management of difficult cutaneous neoplasms, including appropriate staging and adjuvant care. The fellow will become familiar with the advantages of and the application of this philosophy to the removal of difficult cutaneous tumors and the reconstruction of the subsequent surgical defects. The fellow is expected to complete an in-depth research project by the time he or she finishes the fellowship and to prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-review journal.

For more information regarding your application or for questions about our training program, please contact:

Mark Lynch, Program Coordinator
Procedural Dermatology Fellowship
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Avenue, 11th Floor
MSC 578
Charleston, SC 29425
843-876-5074
lynchd@musc.edu

Joel Cook, M.D., Director
cookjw@musc.edu

Brian C. Leach, M.D.
leachb@musc.edu

top of page

 

Clinical Services

The Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery offers a full range of services in medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology at five locations throughout the Charleston area. Learn more at our health system website.

 

Contact the Department of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery

Mailing Address
Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
135 Rutledge Avenue
MSC 578
Charleston, SC 29425
burgessn@musc.edu

Administrative Offices
843-792-5858
843-792-9936 (fax)

top of page