Our dermatologists are the skin care providers of choice for patients in central Pennsylvania. We offer evening clinic hours and an innovative acute care clinic.
The Department of Dermatology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has a four-part mission:
- Providing our patients with the best dermatologic care available
- Educating medical students, physicians, and the public about dermatology
- Performing research into the causes and treatment of dermatologic diseases
- Contributing to our community through service
- More than 58,000 patient visits across locations in Hershey, Harrisburg, Mt. Joy, Palmyra, Camp Hill, and State College.
- One of the highest ranked clinics for patient satisfaction within Hershey Medical Center and in the nation.
Sun Protection Project
Our Sun Protection Project is an initiative started by Penn State Dermatology and the Community Advisory Board. The program strives to prevent skin cancer through projects such as the shade pavilions, shade trees, shade umbrellas, and shade clothing.
Penn State Dermatology at Hershey Community Pool
Our community health mission outfitted the lifeguards at the Hershey Community Pool with sun protective shirts.
Sun protective clothing prevents melanoma!
Penn State Dermatology at Hershey Gardens
Penn State Dermatology partnered with Hershey Gardens to help protect the community from the dangers of sunlight. We've donated fifty umbrellas for visitors to use, free-of-charge, during their visit to the Gardens. Their specialized fabric protects visitors from the sun’s harmful rays (UVA and UVB) while enjoying the picturesque scenery, entertaining games, and friendly company.
Skin Cancer and Aging
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are associated with 90 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancer and 65 percent of melanomas. A person’s risk for melanoma - the most serious form of skin cancer - doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. More than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma annually. In addition to skin cancer, up to 90 percent of visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun.
For more information, visit skincancer.org.
- Schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon. Seek the shade between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., when the sun is most intense. Use your umbrella!
- Apply and reapply a full ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the body, including a nickel-sized dollop to the face.
- Cover-up with UV-blocking clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Why not have shade whenever you want it?
Get your own Sun Umbrella!
- UV protection
- Fifteen degrees cooler than in the sun
- Double-canopy design
- Water-repellent fabric
The umbrellas have specially treated fabric that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, forming a virtually impenetrable barrier from the sun.
Contact our office at 717-531-6049 to see how you can purchase one of our sun umbrellas.
Save the dates!
- Splish Splash Come Have a Blast – September 22, 2018
- Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic – April 27, 2019
- An Elegant Evening of Food and Wine Pairings – April 27, 2019
News and Awards
- Congratulations to both Matthew Helm, MD, and Katherine Hallock, MD, for their participation and poster honorable mention at the 2018 Resident/Fellow Research Day and Quality Symposium held on May 4, 2018.
- Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Zaenglein, on receiving a 2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Zaenglein continues to demonstrate exceptional dedication to our education mission.
- Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Chu, on receiving the 2018 American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) Legislative Conference Resident Scholarship Award. As a scholarship recipient, Dr. Chu is committed to be an active participant in the AADA’s grassroots activities.
- Congratulations go out to Drs. Allison Paine and Brittany Barros on being selected for the American Acne and Rosacea Society Clinical Research Grant in the amount of $10,000 for your research project titled, “Influences of Skin Microbiome of Acne Pathogenesis Related to Pubertal Development”.
- The Medical Minute: Good sun protection comes in many forms
- Jeffrey Miller, MD, offers melanoma education and prevention tips on the CBS21 morning news.
- Amanda Nelson, MD, co-authored a paper on the potential of a signaling pathway that can promote skin regeneration.
- The Medical Minute: How artificial tanning can lead to melanoma
- The Medical Minute: Prevent skin cancer with knowledge, proper sunscreen use