A dermatologist is trained to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult patients with disorders of the skin, mouth, external genitalia, hair, and nails, as well as a number of sexually transmitted diseases. The dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin; the management of contact dermatitis and other allergic and nonallergic skin disorders; and in the recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic (including internal malignancy) and infectious diseases. Dermatologists have special training in dermatopathology and in the surgical techniques used in dermatology. This information was adapted from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) website.


  • Length of training: 4 years
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Dermatology

  • Department Director: Mark Bechtel, MD
  • Residency Director: Joy Mosser, MD
  • Residency Coordinator: Julie Thornton 614-366-3542
  • Medical Student Education Director: Jessica Kaffenberger, MD
  • Medical Student Education Coordinator: Julie Thornton 614-366-3542

Learn more about the Department of Dermatology

Specialty Champions

  • David Carr, MD
  • Catherine Chung, MD
  • Jessica Kaffenberger, MD
  • Benjamin Kaffenberger, MD
  • Alisha Plotner, MD
  • John Trinidad, MD
  • Kelly Tyler, MD


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Dermatology