Dermatology Staff


Thomas Brown, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Mark Wernham, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Catherine Thompson, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Donna Brigham, NP
Nurse Practitioner

How to become a board-certified dermatologist

To be a board-certified dermatologist in the United States requires many years of education. After earning a bachelor’s degree, a person applies and is accepted to medical school; spends four years earning a degree as a Medical Doctor (MD); undergoes an to match in dermatology (although a troubling recent trend allows some applicants to bypass the Match process by  receiving corporate funding  ); spends three years completing an accredited dermatology residency training program focused on dermatology; then sits for and must pass the American Board of Dermatology certification examination to prove competency in dermatology before being allowed to practice as a board-certified dermatologist.

What does FAAD after a doctor’s name mean?

Most board-certified dermatologists in the United States are members of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy). Dermatologists indicate this by placing FAAD after their names. FAAD stands for “Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.”

To be a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), a dermatologist must:

  • Have a license to practice medicine.
  • Pass the board exams given by the American Board of Dermatology.
  • Be a member of the Academy.

Information provided by  American Academy of Dermatology  .

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