Edmond residents will find the treatment of skin conditions more accessible with the development of the Saints Dermatology Center of Excellence. The dermatology center will specialize in skin cancer, cosmetic and medical dermatology treatment of all skin conditions.
Plans are for the 9,000-square-foot facility to open in December on the Broadway Extension, just north of Britton Road, said Dr. Renee Grau, board certified dermatologist and medical director. Patients will be seen there beginning Jan. 13.
“We chose that location so that no matter where you’re coming from in the state, you’re coming down a major highway artery,” said Grau, an Edmond resident. “Citizens of Edmond can get there in 7 to 10 minutes.”
Through its affiliation with St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, the Saints Dermatology COE will house a teledermatology suite to enhance skin cancer awareness and early detection throughout the state. The link will be a resource for primary care physicians at rural hospitals and clinics in diagnosing and treating patients, Grau said.
“The array of comprehensive services they will offer will be unrivaled in the region, and the use of new technology such as teledermatology will result in earlier detection of skin disorders and more convenient access to needed medical expertise for residents outside the metropolitan area,” said Steve Powell, vice president, Healthfirst Physician Management Services.
There are 65 dermatologists in Oklahoma, most of whom have offices in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, Grau said. The average current wait time to see a dermatologist in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area is 60 days, she said.
“We’re hoping to become the major dermatology center in the region,” Grau said. “We’re going to offer services that currently aren’t offered in Oklahoma.”
A light therapy will be used for psoriasis, eczema, morphea and lymphoma of the skin. Comprehensive cosmetic procedures will include laser therapy and Ultherapy, two Mohs surgery suites, one for treating skin cancer and the other dedicated to general and medical dermatology.
A new non-surgical procedure, Ultherapy is a non-invasive ultrasound procedure for the face that uses the body’s own natural healing process to tighten loose skin.
Grau is partnering with Dr. Tiffany Brazeal of Edmond. Amy Hughes will work as Grau’s physician assistant. Edmond native, Dr. Emily Archbald, is a cosmetic dermatologist. Dr. Roy Rindler and Dr. Lenny Henderson of Edmond, will serve as skin cancer directors and specialists.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, said Grau, who diagnoses an average of five Basal cell skin cancers a day. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than two million people are diagnosed annually.
“Most of the time patients don’t know they are there,” she said. “… We’re trying to do more early detection.”
Saints Dermatology already has a satellite clinic in Enid. Another satellite clinic will be opened in Midwest City with Saints Dermatology COE serving as the hub or referral center.
MORE INFORMATION about the dermatologists practicing at Saints Dermatology Center of Excellence can be found at www.saintsdermatology.com.
SKIN CANCER FACTS
Skin cancers are associated with significant morbidity, mortality and economic burden. The incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers has doubled in the past decade.
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the U.S. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S., 10 resulting in about 2,500 deaths.
Between 40 percent and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.
SOURCE: Saints Dermatology Center of Excellence