Dr. Ronald Wheeland Named Head of UA Section of Dermatology; Brings Cosmetic Laser Technology to UPI Dermatology Clinic
Ronald G. Wheeland, MD, FACP, past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and an expert in skin cancer treatment and cosmetic laser surgery, has been named head of the Section of Dermatology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
A native Tucsonan and UA undergraduate, Dr. Wheeland had been professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California at Davis and at the University of New Mexico before returning to the UA. Most recently he had been in private practice in Santa Fe, N.M.
As head of the Section of Dermatology, Dr. Wheeland is responsible for educating residents specializing in dermatology, coordinating research within his section and treating patients in The University Physicians Dermatology Clinic.
Dr. Wheeland's special interests are surgery for skin cancer, particularly delicate "Mohs" surgery, and laser technology. He brings a number of lasers and other devices to the UA, some of which are unique in Arizona.
"Lasers have been around since the 1960s but the technology continues to evolve and improve," Dr. Wheeland said. "We'll have lasers in our clinic that can remove liver spots, tattoos, fine lines and unwanted hair, all without significant risk of scarring. We're also having success with non-invasive devices that use light rather than heat to stimulate skin cells and rejuvenate the skin without creating a wound or causing 'down time.' "
Dr. Wheeland is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. He is a past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is the author of more than 200 publications, including four textbooks, 34 book chapters and 35 abstracts. He is the medical editor of Cosmetic Surgery Times and on the editorial boards of The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Call 694-8888 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wheeland. The UPI Dermatology Clinic, currently on the University Medical Center campus, will relocate this summer to The University Physicians Wilmot Clinics, 535 N. Wilmot Road.