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New Dermatology Clinic Open to Veterans

Veteran Harold Shaver is examined by Sarah Seyfer, M.D. Photo By: Tami Schutter, Public Affairs Trainee

By Tami Schutter, Public Affairs Trainee
Monday, August 4, 2014

Veterans coming to Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) for Dermatology treatment will now receive their care in a spacious, modern new clinic on the second floor of the Medical Center.  Earlier this month MEDVAMC opened a new state-of-the-art Dermatology Clinic to offer expanded services to area Veterans seeking care for conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

“We are so proud to be able to serve our Veterans in this beautiful new clinic,” said Ted Rosen, MD, Chief of Dermatology Service.  “We are able to offer more space, with better flow, which allows us to work more efficiently.  With an increased number of Veterans seeking Dermatology care, this new clinic will allow us to provide them with top quality healthcare in a timely manner.”

The new clinic, which is 1500 sq. ft. larger than the old clinic location, includes two new exam rooms, two more surgical rooms, an additional laser treatment room and a new phototherapy booth.  State-of-the-art technology and a modern professional design have quickly made the new clinic popular among Veterans. 

“Wow, this new clinic is amazing,” said Willie Robinson, an Army Veteran who was the first patient seen in the new location.  Robinson was eager to learn about the new equipment he would be using for upcoming treatments in the clinic.  “This place is so big and modern; it makes me feel great just to be here,” he added. 

New Dermatology Clinic Open to Veterans

Sarah Seyfer, M.D., treats several suspicious-looking spots on Veteran Harold Shaver’s back. Photo By: Tami Schutter, Public Affairs Trainee

Harold Shaver, WWII Merchant Marine Veteran, and wife Karen, Navy Veteran, both agree.  “We’ve been coming to the Dermatology Clinic in this hospital for over 10 years, and this is our first time to see the new clinic,” she said.  “It is so beautiful and open.  We can really tell that Veterans are being seen quicker, thanks to the new clinic.” 

According to Rosen, the new clinic was set up based on the specific needs of the growing number of Veterans seeking Dermatology care at MEDVAMC.  “The design of the clinic, combined with the latest technology, will reduce the amount of time Veterans are in the clinic and improve their overall experience,” he said.  “It is the ideal set-up to provide top quality healthcare to the men and women who have served our country.”  

The Dermatology Clinic is now located on the second floor, 2A-490.  MEDVAMC’s newly-remodeled Urology Clinic is set to open right next door in the fall.