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July 31, 2003

Chrysalyne D. Schmults, MD, Appointed Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Chrysalyne D. Schmults, MD, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Schmults earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed an internship in Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. She took her residency in Dermatology at New York University. While there she became a clinical instructor of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, and a Chief Resident. These appointments afforded her the opportunity to re-structure the residents' curriculum to include additional emphasis on advanced topics in dermatology. Dr. Schmults then went on to complete a fellowship in Mohs' micrographic surgery and skin laser medicine at Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ.

Schmults' initial research will focus on investigating the efficacy and safety of topical, non-surgical treatments for basal and squamous cell carcinomas - two of the most common types of skin cancer. Her clinical responsibilities will include Mohs' surgery, an advanced surgical procedure used for recurrent skin cancers, as well as primary cancers that are on the face or that do not respond to other therapies. It involves removing all cancerous tissue, while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue. Use of the Mohs' technique yields the highest cure rate available for basal and squamous carcinomas.

Dr. Schmults is currently an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology; and as a co-author, has been published in peer-reviewed publications and book chapters including the Journal of Ambulatory Surgery, Journal of Cellular Physiology, Careers in Dermatology, and Current Dermatologic Diagnosis and Treatment.

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Release and photograph are available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/july03/schmults.htm