Department of Dermatology

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Members of the VCU Dermatology team at work.

About us

Chairman’s welcome letter

Algin B. Garrett, M.D.

Welcome to the Department of Dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. We are pleased to have the opportunity to tell you about our services, our mission and our future goals. Our site is designed to meet the needs of our varied audience — patients, students, faculty and curious observers.

We offer clinical services for adult and pediatric dermatologic conditions at two outpatient locations in the metropolitan Richmond, Virginia, area: Nelson Clinic in downtown and at Stony Point, approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown. In these locations, we care for all patients, including the employees (and families) and students of our university community. In addition to outpatient care, our department provides inpatient consultative service to MCV Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Finally, we are honored to provide complete dermatologic services to our veterans at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in South Richmond.

Dermatologic subspecialty care is provided in most of these locations and includes: pediatric dermatology, Mohs surgery, dermatologic surgery and comprehensive dermatopathology.

In addition to providing a full range of dermatologic care to patients, the department provides education at many levels including opportunities for community health care providers, fellows, residents and medical students. Both the procedural dermatology fellowship and the dermatology residency are fully accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Our mission

To provide the highest quality care to patients with skin disorders in an atmosphere of compassion and caring and to contribute exceptional dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons to the physician workforce.