ORGAN TRANSPLANT PATIENTS FACE HIGHER RISK OF SKIN CANCER
The San Francisco Chronicle (10/1, Colliver) reports organ transplant patients have higher risks of skin cancer because of the anti-rejection drugs they take. Dr. Sarah Arron, director of UCSF’s High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic, said, “It’s really devastating for transplant patients, given a new lease on life from their transplant, to discover they’re struggling with skin cancer.” The Chronicle adds UCSF researchers “are also involved in a National Cancer Institute study on melanoma in organ transplant patients, which includes examining how safe it would be for a patient already diagnosed with melanoma to have a transplant.” The Chronicle notes, “UCSF will serve as the lead among 20 centers in an American Academy of Dermatology study looking at the incidence and death rates of skin cancer in transplant patients.”
I was born in New Orleans. I obtained my B.A. degree with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa Honors from the University of Colorado. I obtained my M.D. degree from L.S.U. Medical Center. I completed a 5 year surgery residency specializing in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Denver Colorado. I served in the military and spent two years in Germany at Landstuhl Army Medical Center. From 1983-1985, I trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Miami, Florida under world renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ralph Millard. I have been in solo practice for over 20 years performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I have obtained Board Certification by two boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities: The Amercian Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. I have served as President of the Tulsa County Medical Society and Chief of Surgery at St. John Medical Center. It has been an honor and priviledge to provide surgical care to my patients.