World-class dermatology group makes Kearny its home

Residents of Kearny and its surrounding areas no longer have to travel to New York City for the best dermatologic care. Metropolitan Dermatology, a group practice with locations in Clark and Teaneck, moved into the former Kearny practice of Dr. Ira Gouterman at 752 Kearny Ave. The space was recently renovated. The dermatology providers there include Dr. Alexander Doctoroff who is an assistant clinical professor at the world-renowned Columbia University in New York City and the former president of the New Jersey Dermatological Society, and two superbly trained physician assistants, Jalpa Patel, PA-C and Amanda Tirado, PA-C. Dr. Alan Cohen who has long been practicing in Kearny will continue treating patients at the same location.

The practice provides a wide variety of services in all areas of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology. The providers of Metropolitan Dermatology are experts in the management of acne and rosacea, rashes, psoriasis, skin cancer, moles, warts, excessive sweating, hair, and nail diseases and many, many other conditions.

Among the new services introduced into the Kearny location is Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. This method involves taking small layers of tissue until all the “roots” of a skin cancer have been removed. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rates for any form of skin cancer. Dr. Doctoroff is the Mohs surgeon in the practice.

Dr. Doctoroff, Jalpa Patel, PA-C, and Amanda Tirado are experts in dermoscopy (epiluminescent microscopy), which is an advanced method of skin cancer detection. Dermoscopy involves using a small hand-held microscope, and allows for more accurate detection of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and a decrease in the number of unnecessary biopsies.

Another dermatologic treatment newly available in the Kearny facility is photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is a combination of topical medication and light. It is used to treat sun damaged skin, precancerous skin conditions (actinic keratoses), and acne. Extended allergy testing is also available in the Kearny office for those patients who suffer from long-term rashes and skin irritations.

Dana Smeragliulo, an experienced aesthetician is also available at the facility. Trained in clinical procedures and certified in microdermabrasion, she customizes treatment programs to address each patient’s unique skincare needs. She specializes in chemical peels and microdermabrasion for rejuvenation, as well as selecting customized effective skincare treatments based on the patient’s needs and skin type (acneprone, mature skin, supersensitive, dry or oily). She assists teens and adults with acne by doing extractions and introducing salicylic peel treatments into their regular acne regimen.

The practice also specializes in facial rejuvenation and cosmetic procedures. Having more than 10 years of experience in Botox and cosmetic fillers, Dr. Alexander Doctoroff is one of the leading providers of cosmetic services in the New York/ New Jersey metro area, pioneering many advanced aesthetic techniques.

Metropolitan Dermatology has used electronic patient medical records since 2004, being one of the first medical practices in the state adopting this technology. They are excited to bring the newest and most advanced developments in the treatment of skin, hair, and nail diseases to the patients of Kearny and surrounding areas.

The Observer Staff