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After a lifetime of frequent relocations, Laura Boger, MD, has found a home in the nation’s capital as a dermatologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Boger cites the Hospital Center’s diverse patient population, comprehensive and high quality of care, and the ability to collaborate with multiple other specialties helped make the decision to come to Washington easy. As an instructor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, “I have the opportunity to teach students and residents,” she adds.
Although Dr. Boger counts a number of physicians in her family, it was only during her self-described “wandering” post-graduate years that she chose medicine as a career.
She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and stayed there for residency training in both internal medicine and dermatology. Dr. Boger is also board-certified in both disciplines.
Evidence-Based Approach to Treatment
In her practice, Dr. Boger applies evidence-based treatments for dermatological diseases, with a special interest in complex medical dermatology, psoriasis, autoimmune blistering diseases, general autoimmune disease, rheumatology dermatology, and inpatient hospital dermatology consultations.
"Dermatology spans a variety of conditions that can have a major effect on people’s lives, either by themselves or as a symptom of something else,” Dr. Boger says. “The field’s diagnostic and procedural aspects enable me to work with patients of all ages, to pinpoint the cause of their condition, and create a management plan that works for them.”
Another advantage of joining MedStar, Dr. Boger adds, is the opportunity to explore Washington’s parks, museums and attractions with her husband and young daughter, and to reconnect with family members in the area. Summer will be a great time to get out some more, she adds, but hopes everyone takes care to safeguard themselves from the sun.
“There’s a misperception among many patients with skin of color that they don’t need sunscreen,” Dr. Boger says. “In fact, everyone needs some degree of protection to reduce the risk of skin cancer. And if something unusual appears on the skin, don’t put off getting it checked out.”