DR. CURTIS ASBURY
38394 Dupont Highway, Suite H
Selbyville, DE 19975
What made you decide to practice medicine on the Eastern Shore?
Two reasons. First, the area holds great memories for me from when I was a child, as we used to vacation in Ocean City every summer. Second, the Eastern Shore has such a dearth of dermatologists that I felt by coming here and starting a practice, I could absolutely make a difference for the community.
What accounts for the greatest number of your patients, and what can people do to reduce the risks from those factors?
An easy question: The sun is far and away the biggest risk factor for my patients. The sun leads to not only skin cancer but also aging, wrinkles, easy bleeding, age-related acne and so on. Use sun protection!
What is a recent breakthrough in your field?
Within the past few years, there have been multiple groundbreaking medicines released for skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Previously, there was almost nothing we could do for patients with advanced melanoma. Now we can extend lives and bring hope.
What significant advancements do you anticipate in your field in the next 10 years?
As we continue to research different biochemical pathways in the body, we are coming to a greater understanding of certain diseases, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. This research has already led to drug development, which can target specific diseases with greater efficacy and fewer side-effects. I expect that this trend toward specific treatment will continue over the next 10 years.
Why do you feel you excel in your field, and what unique technology does your practice offer?
Dermatology is a very visual field and is all about pattern recognition, to the point where I can’t necessarily tell you why I think a lesion is a skin cancer, only that it is because it’s ingrained in my brain that it is. The term, which is common in psychology, is gestalt, which is the German word for “shape, essence or form.” I’m a visual learner, so my gestalt has been trained by attention to detail and by having seen many patients during my training.
I use dermoscopy on just about every patient I see. Dermoscopy uses a handheld instrument (dermatoscope) to see deeper into the skin by using polarized and non-polarized light. Dermatologists using this technology are more accurate at diagnosing malignant lesions than those who do not use it.
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