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 61,000 patient visits across locations in Hershey, Harrisburg, Mt. Joy, Palmyra, Camp Hill, Lancaster, and State College.
- Our clinics have consistently high ratings for patient satisfaction.
Dermatology Health Initiative
2019-2020 featured a new dermatology community health initiative, led by Laurie Krnjaic, CRNP, in sponsoring a T-shirt design competition on sun protection for children.
The fourth through sixth graders at Bear Creek Elementary were invited to draw a sun protection superhero. After a judging process of their own peers and art teacher, Bear Creek sent the final nine drawings to the dermatology clinic where staff chose the final three. A panel of three judges followed to choose the grand prizewinner and two runner-ups.
The grand prizewinner had their design placed on the sun protection t-shirt for their entire class. Students in the three classes received t-shirts with the winning design imprint and sunscreen samples. Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner, 5th grader, Wyatt Joiner!
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.
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 a.m. and 4 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.
Healthy Skin Made in the Shade
- An Elegant Evening of Food and Wine Pairings – April 25, 2020 – Canceled
- Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic – May 2, 2020 – Canceled
Recent awards and recognitions
- The Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology, 6th Edition, has been highly commended in the internal medicine category of the 2019 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards. This commendation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication to making Lookingbill and Marks the classic text in dermatology.
- Dr. Elizabeth Billingsley was elected president of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) at the 2019 annual ACMS meeting in Baltimore. This well-deserved recognition is a reflection of her educational, research, and patient care contributions to the field of Mohs Surgery.
- Dr. Diane Thiboutot received the 2019 Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award, presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2019 annual meeting in Washington, DC. Her research career has focused on sebaceous gland physiology as it relates to acne—hormones, lipids and retinoids. She generated the immortalized sebocyte cell line (SEB-1). In addition, Dr. Thiboutot spearheads clinical trials and serves as a mentor and trainer.
- Dr. Jordan Lim was selected for the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery resident board member position, active January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
Check out our department newsletter for more information on how we fulfill these missions every day.
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Hope for HS – Hidradenitis Suppurativa Support Group
Hope for HS is a support group for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Meet other individuals and their loved ones and exchange ideas about the general management of HS such as wound care and social support.
Facilitated by Penn State Department of Dermatology clinicians, researchers and staff, the support group is free and open to patients with HS and their family and friends.
For meeting dates and times, email the HS chapter director at PSHDerm@hopeforhs.org.