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Dermatology

Doctor examining pigmented skin

Department overview

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.

Our mission

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

Department stats

  • 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.

Leading a team of healthcare professionals by focusing on delivering values across all of our mission areas because we have a team that is committed to innovation and collaboration.

Contact us

Penn State Dermatology

200 Campus Drive
Entrance 3, Suite 100
Hershey, PA 17033
717-531-6820
 
Quick links

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

Hershey Community Pool Lifeguards sun protection program - lifeguards are outfitted with sun protection shirts

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.

Sun Safety

  • 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

Our program strives to prevent skin cancer through projects such as shade pavilions, shade trees, shade umbrellas and shade clothing.

Recent awards and recognitions

  • 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. L. Claire Hollins was recently awarded a $1,500 American Hair Research Society Mentorship grant for 2019.
  • Dr. L. Claire Hollins was recently selected for the American Acne and Rosacea Society 2018 Clinical Research Grant in the amount of $10,000 for her research project titled, “Investigating Dietary Association for Hidradenitis Suppurativa”. 
  • 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.

Events

Save the dates!

  • Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic – April 25, 2020
  • An Elegant Evening of Food and Wine Pairings – April 25, 2020

Newsletters

Check out our department newsletter for more information on how we fulfill these missions every day. 

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