Dermatology Patient Stories

Every year our physicians and staff care for many patients with skin disorders, including skin cancers. We're proud to share some of their stories with you.

Every year our physicians and staff care for many patients with skin disorders, including skin cancers. We're proud to share some of their stories with you.

Light Therapy Restores Blind Patient's Independence
When Marcia Trawinski arrived at the medical center for her first appointment in 2010, her hands were so inflamed and scaly that she couldn't even bend her fingers. A sighted person would have been frustrated. For Trawinski, who has been legally blind since age 12, it was devastating. Today, Ultraviolet A (PUVA) light therapy allows the Chicago activist to read Braille and perform daily activities such as dressing and cooking.

When Marcia Trawinski arrived at the medical center for her first appointment in 2010, her hands were so inflamed and scaly that she couldn't even bend her fingers. A sighted person would have been frustrated. For Trawinski, who has been legally blind since age 12, it was devastating. Today, Ultraviolet A (PUVA) light therapy allows the Chicago activist to read Braille and perform daily activities such as dressing and cooking.

Mohs Surgery Removes Skin Cancer, Preserves Tissue
A basal cell carcinoma skin cancer on Carl Waldschmidt's lip was removed in three stages in just over three hours with Mohs surgery. Between stages, Waldschmidt rested in the dedicated Mohs waiting room where he was encouraged to relax and eat. "I thought the day would feel like an ordeal, but instead it was pleasant and I found interesting people to talk to," he said.