MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR- Kevin D. Cooper, M.D.
As a Department of Dermatology, we engage in a cohesive team effort to deliver patient care services, engage in teaching programs and skin research that are all critical for the long term benefit of patients with skin disease. The complexity of attaining success in such an enterprise makes us proud to be a stimulating department with a tradition of high standards of team excellence inpatient-centered care, teaching and research. Generating exciting new concepts for therapy through skin research, bringing these to our patients, and educating physicians in their use will hopefully result in a better life for patients with skin disorders both now and in the future.
The Department of Dermatology of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) consistently performs at an extremely high level in each of the elements of the academic medical center’s missions: To Heal, To Teach, To Discover. Over the past decade, the department has expanded its clinical and clinical teaching operations from the main campus to 11 (plus VA) geographically dispersed sites that span a diverse range of socioeconomics and ethnicities, more than doubling its clinical revenue, and now seeing more than 50,000 visits annually. With strong reputations in both general and subspecialty Dermatology, the department boasts 6 Top Doctors and 7 Super Doctors, as well as excellent patient satisfaction. Spanning basic lab research, clinical lab research, translational research, epidemiology/outcomes research, and clinical trials, the department has ranked in the top 10 nationwide in NIH funding for dermatology departments in each of the last 9 years, ranked 11th in 2004, and was in the top 10 for the prior 8 years as well.
Education matrices cross the entire spectrum of our clinical and research activities. The department offers both ACGME and AOA sponsored dermatology residencies, a Nurse Practitioner residency program, a PhD training program in cutaneous biology as well as successful placement of medical students into top national dermatology residencies. The department is committed to enabling continuing education through a program designed to enable pursuit of MBA’s for faculty and administrative staff.
The department has developed diversified clinical- and research-based financial revenue streams in which about 2/3 of external revenue is derived from clinical activities, and 1/3 is derived from research, which in turn is split between NIH / other federal awards, and clinical research contracts from pharmaceutical (pharma) companies, clinical central reference lab contracts for multicenter clinical research trials, and translational research contracts (human subject intervention plus mechanism of action lab-based studies) with skin care companies and pharma.