Dermatopathology Expert Witness

A Dermatopathology expert witness is a specialized Dermatologist or Pathologist who testifies on the microscopic diagnosis or skin cancer and skin disease. Dermatopathology is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis of benign and malignant skin diseases. Dermatopathologists use microscopes, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, genomics, and other advanced technologies to analyze skin biopsies for diagnostic purposes. Given the fact that there are over 1500 dermatologic conditions with more being added every year, the field of dermatopathology is inherently complex.  The role of the Dermatopathology expert witness is equally challenging.

ABMS board certification in Dermatopathology requires a medical degree (M.D.) followed by residency training in Dermatology or Pathology, and a subsequent fellowship in Dermatopathology. Dermatopathlogists work in labs and private offices to interpret skin biopsies sent from Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, and General Surgeons. Commonly litigated diseases in need of a Dermatopathology expert witness include:

  • Skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma
  • Pemphigus vulgaris
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSS)
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS syndrome)
  • Morgellons disease
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (mycosis fungoides)
  • Behcet Disease

Dermatopathology is a fascinating field and an experienced Dermatopathology expert witness is an invaluable resource for challenging cases. To secure a hand-selected Dermatopathology expert witness who is ready to shed light on complex issues, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on our Case Strategy Team

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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