The beauty of a dermatology clinic is that you can see a dermatopathologist from anywhere in the world.
I was lucky enough to get to visit Dr. Robert Pape and Dr. Karen Kincaid in Brooklyn, New York, in the middle of January.
Their offices are tucked away on the West Side of Manhattan.
“I’m a dermatosologist,” Dr. Pape explained.
When I arrived, I was greeted by a patient who said he was a dermatological resident.
He was wearing a white, high-waisted cotton shirt and a black-and-white button-down.
After explaining the situation, Dr. Kincandaid showed me how to take a picture of the patient.
She pointed to a mirror on the wall and said, “Look at this.”
She then showed me a photo of a patient that Dr. Jost had photographed a few days earlier.
This patient was wearing what appeared to be a white dress shirt with a black tie and black socks.
The patient, who I can’t remember his name, had a face that looked a little too clean.
A few minutes later, Dr Kincam and Dr Pape began taking the patient’s picture.
One of the questions they asked was, “Can you tell me how much money you make on your job?”
Dr. Ting, who works as a dermatologic assistant, replied, “Yes, it’s a lot.
I earn about $400 a week.”
I asked if he made more money if he had a better skin care routine.
He said, “It depends.
I don’t think there’s any way around it.
But if you’re making $300 a week, I don.
I’m pretty happy.”
The two physicians also asked me what I thought about the new Affordable Care Act (ACA).
I told them that I thought the new ACA would be great.
Dr. Tig said, , “The whole reason we did it is that we can’t afford to pay the $200 a month in premiums.
So if you want to get an affordable insurance plan, the only way you’re going to get it is if you pay the full amount of the premium.
If we don’t make the money we want, we can only afford to get the people we need.”
“Do you have a better idea for a better insurance plan?”
Again, Dr Ting said, I can see you can.
I said, It’s a different plan.
It was clear that Dr Tig was a physician who cared deeply about his patients.
However, I noticed something else about Dr. Dominguez-Pape: She didn’t feel like a dermatolologist, but she knew how to treat skin conditions.
That’s when I got the real scoop on Dr. Menezes-Pampas.
I asked him if he knew about the melanoma in my eyes.
He didn’t say, No, I didn’t.
I pointed to the area on my forehead and asked, “What’s wrong?”
“There’s a lump, right?” he replied.
But he didn’t have any specific advice.
My doctor was a big fan of Dr. Noreika Tzourik, the woman who has a melanoma.
On our last visit, I told her I was going to need to take my eye exam.
Noreika, a dermatologists assistant, then asked if I wanted to go see Dr. Yuriy Sveta, the dermatologist who is on the edge of his own melanoma, with a condition called hyperthermia.
Her face immediately turned red.
So I asked her if she would like to go down to the dermatology department to see Dr Svetan.
For a moment, I thought she would say yes.
Instead, she asked if there was a clinic nearby.
And then she asked me to call her name.
She was a little nervous.
We talked for a while.
Then she said, Please don’t come to me.
There was no way I was coming to this dermatology doctor.
But when I did, I asked, Dr, can I see him?
Dr. Svet, who has melanoma as well, said he wouldn’t be able to do it.
Well, Dr Domingu, how about this: If you are not willing to go to Dr Svesan, what do you do?
You say, I’ll take care of it myself.
You’re right, I am going to do what I can.
So Dr. Zagunis, the chief dermatologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, said, you’re not going to make it to