Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Dermatology services expanded at Beaufort Clinic
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center dermatology patients who reside in Georgia are receiving some much-needed relief. Dr. Paul Ross, the new dermatologist assigned to the Beaufort VA Community Outpatient Clinic, has helped make a significant impact since his arrival in October 2016.
“Dr. Ross’ efforts are invaluable since dermatology is currently underserved for our Veterans living in Georgia,” said Chief of Dermatology Dr. Graciela De Jesus. “Some Veterans have comorbidities that makes traveling to Charleston VAMC very difficult.”
Before Ross arrived, approximately 300 unique patients were seen at the Dermatology Clinic in a total of 510 visits. Since the start of the fiscal year in October 2016, the more than 500 unique patients have been seen in 764 visits. Charleston VAMC Administrative Officer of Specialty Care anticipates the Beaufort’s Dermatology Clinic will receive approximately 1,000 visits by Sept. 30, the end of the 2017 fiscal year.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ross on the Charleston VAMC dermatology team,” said De Jesus. “We are trying to fill an open position for a dermatologist at the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic, and until we do, Drs. Lesher and Ross see all dermatology patients living in our region in Georgia.”
Ross dedicates most of his time treating Veterans. However, since the Dermatology Clinic is located within the Naval Hospital Beaufort and part of the Lowcountry Federal Healthcare Alliance, Ross also treats military personnel, strengthening the partnership between VA and DOD.
Veterans can be proactive in keeping their skin healthy by limiting exposure to harmful ultra violet (UV) rays from the intense sun in South Carolina and Georgia. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher and is water resistant will help protect exposed skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Learn more helpful tips to protect against the sun's damaging effects here.