Derrick H. Adams, DO, FAOCD
Medical Director, Vita Dermatology & Laser Institute
Chief of Dermatology, Lassen Medical Clinic
Dr. Adams assumed the role of Medical Director of Dermatology at Lassen Medical Clinic in 2010. Since then, he has exponentially expanded treatment options for skin cancer patients in Tehama County.
Growing up in Oklahoma, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S Air Force and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Adams was stationed at Travis Air Force Base where he served as a Captain and General Medical Officer at David Grant Medical Center. After his tour of duty, Dr. Adams spent three intensive years at Michigan State University where he completed his residency in dermatology with a special focus in dermatological surgery.
Dr. Adams has a special interest in skin cancer and medical dermatology, authoring a wide range of articles across dermatology, pharmacology, and dermatological surgery. He treats all diseases of the skin to include: psoriasis, eczema, and autoimmune diseases. As the field of dermatology arose from within internal medicine, and Dr. Adams’ approach to the skin takes into account the global health and well-being of the patient.
A particular interest for Dr. Adams is evaluating the cost/benefit ratio and science behind treatments. He prides himself on being the “Consumer Reports” of dermatology and not over treating patients.
“Perhaps no other organ in the human body has as rich a history as our skin. Historically, your skin color could doom you to a life of slavery, limit your martial prospects, curb your economic potentials, or simply make you drink from a different water fountain. Our skin reflects the state of our physical wellbeing and sometimes our mental health. It is the living interface between us and the invisible soup of microbes and environmental influences in which mankind exists.”
– Dr. Adams
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Joined Lassen Medical Clinic:
- Oklahoma State University, Michigan State University