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CCE Dermatology: Wake Forest -- Selection criteria


Awards and distinctions that make Wake Forest's Department of Dermatology a Center of Excellence.

WakeForest University Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

National Awards and recognition

Dermatology Online Journal – Ranked 5th in number of publications

Joseph L. Jorizzo, MD, is former member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Steven R. Feldman, MD, received the 2006 Clarence Livingood lectureship – one of the highest awards by the American Academy of Dermatology.  Feldman in 2008 received an Astellas Award honoring scientific research that has improved public health in the specialty of dermatology. He received in 2005 a Presidential Citation from the AAD for his work in psoriasis education and served two terms as a member of the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation.  Feldman was named one of the 10 most influential health economics and outcomes research authors in 2005 by ISOR Connections, the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. He founded the Medical Quality Enhancement Corporation and its www.DrScore.com website. 

In 2007 the Center for Dermatology Research had nine articles accepted in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and 38 peer-reviewed publications.

Amy J. McMichael, MD, was named one of the leading African American physicians by Black Enterprise magazine in 2008.

Number of referrals for dermatology

In-house designed recruitment database with over 8,000 subjects.

Number of patients/procedures performed

The Dermatological Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Unit serves about 950 patients annually

33,000 outpatient visits annually

 Number of dermatology research protocols engaged in annually


Patient education research publications

1: Chisolm SS, Taylor SL, Balkrishnan R, Feldman SR. Written action plans: potential for improving outcomes in children with atopic dermatitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Oct;59(4):677-83.

2: Ali SM, Hinckley MR, Feldman SR. Transcending the language barrier--creation of a multilingual dermatology website. Dermatol Online J. 2007;13:3.

3: Faulk LA, Khanna V, McMichael AJ, Feldman SR, Bhosle M, Balkrishnan R. An educational brochure helps improve patients' understanding of residents' role and level of training. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007; 56:165-7.

4: Feldman SR, Quinlivan A, Williford P, Bahnson JL, Fleischer AB Jr. Illiteracy and the readability of patient education materials. A look at Health Watch. N C Med J. 1994; 55:290-2.

5: Feldman SR, Vanarthos J, Fleischer AB The readability of patient education materials designed for patients with psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994;30(Pt.1):284-6.

Systems in place to prevent errors

Wake Forest recently initiated a new program to foster patient safety in dermatology.    

Evidence of incorporating research and clinical care

Studying the impact of psoriasis on quality of life.

Many contributions to the treatment of patients with autoimmune skin diseases. 

Demonstration of the addictive properties of indoor tanning.  This finding has critical implications for efforts to reduce excessive UV exposure.

Adherence to topical treatment regimens.

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