Dermatologist Amanda Zubek, MD, PhD, had her first precancerous mole
surgically removed when she was just 11 years old, and she needed to
have more than 20 additional atypical moles taken off over the next
decade. Because these surgeries happened before today’s more advanced
techniques were available, she has many scars. This experience inspired
Dr. Zubek to become a dermatologist. “A strong family history of
melanoma and this experience made me keenly aware of the dangers of UV
radiation,” she says.
In addition to her focus on skin health, Dr.
Zubek, director of the Yale Medicine Dermatology's Middlebury office,
has a special interest in nail disorders. She enjoys working directly
with patients to address their skin challenges and to educate them on
ways to improve overall skin health. “Dermatology allows me to treat
disorders that have a profound impact on patients’ quality of life, both
physically and emotionally,” she says.
She teaches the next
generation at the Yale School of Medicine as an assistant professor of
dermatology. “I love working with residents, medical students, nursing
students and physician assistants and teaching them how to manage a wide
variety of challenging skin conditions,” she says.