July 16, 2020
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named MU Health Care dermatologist Kari Lyn Martin, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for using telemedicine to diagnose and remove a patient’s melanoma in one day.
The AAD created the Patient Care Heroes program to recognize physicians who transform patients’ lives by using their expertise and collaborating with other physicians to treat serious skin diseases. Martin, an associate professor of dermatology at the MU School of Medicine, demonstrated the spirit of a patient care hero in her decisive care of Donna Randall.
“Going from a teledermatology diagnosis to surgery in just three hours is a remarkable thing. I can’t thank Dr. Martin and her colleagues enough for working together so seamlessly to provide this necessary care,” Randall said. “In our town, many don’t have access to transportation or are otherwise unable to travel to see specialists. With the growth of telemedicine and teledermatology, it’s easier than ever to get help and treatment.”