Ronald G. Wheeland, M.D.
Ronald G. Wheeland, M.D., is a private practitioner in Tucson, Ariz. He is former president of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a long-standing member of the Dermatology Times editorial Advisory board and a co-medical editor.
Saving a valuable dermatologic drug
I'm sure that if a hundred dermatologists were asked to compile a list of the 10 most important innovations in dermatologic drugs and devices that have occurred over the past 15 years, the lists would be remarkably similar.
Pros Outweigh Cons of Medical Profession
Much to my annoyance, I awoke earlier than usual this morning. Once I'm awake, there's nothing worse to me than lying in bed hoping to be able to go back to sleep and yet knowing full well that I won't, since now I've begun remembering all the things I have to do but put off for a variety of reasons.
Giving Bureaucracy the Ol' College Try
Having recently returned to my "roots" to assume the position of professor and chief of dermatology at my alma mater, the University of Arizona, I'm struck by the fact that, although many changes have occurred during the 30 years I've been away pursuing other academic positions and activities, much remains the same. Predictably, the campus has grown and
Trust vs. Training
While driving home from work on a two-lane road one dark night last week, it suddenly occurred to me that I was taking for granted, without any thought or apprehension, the fact that the drivers of the oncoming cars were paying attention to their driving and not impaired in any way. Of course, once I started to think about the potential problems of inattentiveness or possible impairment of the older drivers, I immediately began recalling the numerous accounts on television and in the newspaper of horrific automobile accidents resulting in extensive injuries and sometimes even death.
Legislation and Quality of Care
For years dermatologists have been recognized as the experts in the diagnosis and medical or surgical treatment of diseases and cosmetic disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.


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