to work in tandem with Dermatologists and other physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases and disorders, focusing on the scientific and diagnostic side of the specialty. Dr. Solomon may also assist in the creation of personalized treatment plans for patients.
Dermatopathology is a medical specialty classified as the study of the function and structure of skin as it relates to a patient’s health. Dermatopathologists typically work as diagnosticians, analyzing skin samples and biopsies that have been sent to them by other physicians seeking assistance in making a concrete diagnosis.
Dermatopathology combines both scientific and medical expertise. Dermatopathologists study samples of skin cells using specialized equipment to identify skin disorders and diseases at the cellular level. These physicians are generally found in laboratories, utilizing immunological, histochemical, molecular, histological, ultrastructural, and microbiological techniques.
Dermatopathologists often become involved in a patient’s case when they are sent a skin sample or biopsy from a physician. The dermatopathologist will focus on an analysis of skin cells; these physicians are not concerned with other types of genetic material. Although they typically do not interact with patients, dermatopathologists play a vital role through their diagnostic expertise, lending support to physicians when an exact diagnosis is elusive. Dermatopathologists are not always involved in the face-to-face treatment of patients.