I am a board-certified dermatologist with a clinical focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin cancers, including melanoma. I also help patients who have rashes and other skin conditions that occur during all types of cancer treatment. My goal is to identify and treat skin cancers as early as possible, and to provide the best care for patients who develop skin diseases while undergoing any type of cancer therapy.
As a doctor, I was drawn to dermatology because it’s a visual science. My patients and I can look at their skin together, and I can teach them what to look for to find skin cancer in its earliest stages. The earlier a melanoma is found, the better. A melanoma that is in its earliest stage (in situ), before it has left the top layer of the skin (epidermis), is completely curable.
I perform thorough head-to-toe skin inspections with dermoscopy for patients who are at risk for skin cancer. This group includes anyone who has had significant amounts of sun exposure (such as numerous sun burns), a personal history of cancer, or a close relative has had the disease. I utilize whole-body photography and serial digital dermoscopy to monitor patients who have a lot of moles (nevi) and/or atypical (dysplastic) moles.
After completing my medical training in Ohio and on Long Island, I felt it was important to return to New Jersey where I grew up. Here at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge I work to ensure that patients who wish to stay near their homes for skin cancer diagnosis and treatment receive the same high quality of care provided at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s main campus in Manhattan.
My colleagues and I work as a team to provide the most appropriate treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers in patients at all stages of disease. I perform regular skin exams for our patients after treatment, throughout their lives, because patients with a history of this disease are at risk for developing another skin cancer, even years later. I bring a clinical and a research perspective to the challenges of finding and treating malignant melanoma and other skin cancers as early as possible.
As a personal mission, I try to make sure that the knowledge and skills we develop at Memorial Sloan Kettering benefit a broader community. In my spare time, I volunteer at skin-cancer screening and education programs for dermatology residents. Memorial Sloan Kettering sponsors these programs in collaboration with local health departments, the Somerset County Cancer Coalition, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
- Clinical Expertise: Diagnosis and Prevention of Skin Cancers
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Medical College of Ohio
- Residencies: Morristown Memorial Hospital; Stony Brook University Hospital
- Board Certifications: Dermatology
As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.Learn more