Strategic Initiatives


Penn State Dermatology's missions are Patient Care, Education, Research and Community Service. These missions support our goal to help people have healthy skin

Patient Care Mission – Give the highest level of care to our patients by:
  • Increasing access and quality
  • Taking advantage of practice opportunities in  Central Pennsylvania
  • Adding a second pediatric dermatologist
  • Increasing clinic space by moving to a new building
  • Starting  Mohs skin cancer surgery at State College
  • Recruit a general dermatologist
Education Mission – Recruit, train, and retain the best faculty, residents, medical and graduate students by:           
  • Train future physician researchers through a new extended training program
  • Investigate master level training opportunities in addition to concentrated dermatology training
  • Increase funding for the Hassel, Lookingbill, Marks, and Schragger educational endowments in order to fund outside lecturers and research projects in our department
  • Investigate educational opportunities focused on the management of skin disease for primary care providers
Research Mission – Be a nationally recognized leader in research by:
  • Growing  our clinical research
  • Recruiting a physician researcher to advance our knowledge of skin disease and treatment
  • Increasing our Dermatology Research Endowment Funds in order to support our research mission
  • Expanding collaborative research with investigators on whole campus at Penn State - University Park
  • Developing research initiatives on quality of healthcare delivery in dermatology
Community Service Mission – Partner with our neighbors to improve skin health by:
  • Providing free skin cancer screenings in conjunction with our American Academy of Dermatology, PAD and with our community partners
  • Promoting sun protection to prevent skin cancer by building shade structures and planting shade trees in the Hershey and State College communities
  • Working with our Community Advisory Board on sun protection projects
  • Providing dermatology services at the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, PA, and at Camp Horizon in Millville, PA