The dermatology community is getting ready for a new generation of providers to begin offering dermatology care in the Boston area.
Last year, the Boston Regional Dermatology Association (BRDA) launched the Boston Area Dermatologic Clinic Network, a collaboration between the BRDA and the Greater Boston Society of Dermatologists.
The BRDA has also launched the New York Area Dermal Surgery Network, which has already been expanded to New York City.
In September, the BRADCA announced that it would create a dermatology network in the Chicago area.
The Boston area dermatology and surgical network is the largest in the country.
In addition to expanding access to services in the Greater Providence area, the dermatology industry is also seeing an uptick in patients with skin cancer, which is the third-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. The number of new melanoma cases in Massachusetts has tripled since 2009.
The state is now on track to surpass Washington state as the nation’s leading melanoma state.
According to the American Dermatological Association, approximately 20,000 new cases of melanoma were reported in the state last year, and it’s expected to continue growing as new cases are diagnosed.
According to the BRDCA, dermatologists will have to prepare for an influx of new patients as the demand for dermatology services continues to increase.
The BRDA says it will be welcoming patients at the New England Dermatologist Clinic, which opened in 2017, as well as the Boston Clinic and the Brookline Clinic.
“The BRDDA is committed to ensuring all dermatologists have the resources they need to provide the best care to their patients,” said BRDA president Mary M. Gartner in a press release.
“The BRADDA’s goal is to ensure that dermatologists and their patients have the tools and knowledge to help patients lead healthy, happy lives.”
For more information on dermatology practices, visit dermatology.org.
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