Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, (ADCS Clinics) Announces the Acquisition of The Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology

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Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, the nation’s largest dermatology practice, acquires dermatology clinic in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

ADCS Clinics (“ADCS”) announced it has completed the acquisition of The Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology; a dermatology practice owned by Andrew K. Pollack, M.D. with office locations in Fort Washington, Flourtown and North Wales, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Andrew Pollack is one of Philadelphia's top cosmetic board-certified dermatologists as designated by Philadelphia Magazine. He has appeared numerous times on network television and talk radio. Dr. Pollack has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and has been widely quoted by several national magazines including Elle, Men's Health, and Prevention.

Dr. Pollack is the Director of the Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology. He was also the Previous Medical Director of Med-X, a prominent laser-related corporation. Dr. Pollack is a member of the Medical Staff at Abington Hospital and was the former Chief of Dermatology at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Pollack is a prominent principal investigator in many important national pharmaceutical clinical trials in dermatology

Dr. Pollack specializes in: cosmetic treatments (e.g., Restylane, Botox, Collagen, chemical peels), laser hair removal, laser treatments for wrinkles, tattoos, warts, photo rejuvenation, rosacea, scars, sun damaged skin (e.g., brown spots, freckles, veins), spider vein and leg vein treatment, skin cancer evaluation - treatment - surgery, and general dermatology for children and adults.

The team of providers with Dr. Pollack at The Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology:

Myriam Vega Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H

Dr. Vega received her medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her native Colombia, where she also completed a residency in dermatology. She moved to the States with her family, and has been in Philadelphia since 2009. Prior to residency, Dr. Vega was involved in dermatology research at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale that resulted in several peer-reviewed publications. She completed a surgical internship at Hahnemann University Hospital, and then completed her dermatology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Vega enjoys both adult and pediatric general dermatology, and has an interest in ethnic skin, skin cancer prevention, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Vega is fluent in Spanish.

Andrew L. Kaplan, M.D.

Dr. Kaplan is a native of Woodbury, New York, where he was high school valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar. He completed his undergraduate education at Duke University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, where he was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards for academic excellence and research. Dr. Kaplan was honored with induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Following medical school, Dr. Kaplan completed an internship at Duke University Medical Center and a residency in dermatology at Duke University, consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical centers. At Duke, he was the Chief Resident in Dermatology and also served on the faculty of the Dermatology Division. Dr. Kaplan obtained specialized fellowship training in Mohs Surgery and Procedural Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, which ranks among the world’s top academic medical centers. This intensive training program, at one of the nation’s leading Dermatology departments, was certified by both the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the American College of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Kaplan is board certified in Dermatology

Laurel Radcliffe Schwartz, M.D.

Dr. Schwartz is a California native who was raised in Southeast Asia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Following college, she worked as a laboratory scientist prior to moving to the Philadelphia area. Dr. Radcliffe Schwartz attended Drexel University College of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She served her medical internship at Abington Memorial Hospital and then attended Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where she completed her residency in dermatology and her fellowship in dermatopathology. More recently, she served as Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology, and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Amy Levinson, MSN, CRNP

Amy has joined the group as a Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Ms. Levinson brings over 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She completed her education and training at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA). Ms. Levinson is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and an active member of the Dermatology Nurses Association. Ms. Levinson also received specialized training in cosmetic dermatology, and is a certified Botox Cosmetic injector.

Ms. Levinson’s previous work experiences include both pediatric and geriatric care across a variety of disease processes. Most recently, she served as a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner in a busy outpatient setting. A fluent speaker of both English and Spanish, she enjoys volunteering her time in underserved areas. Additionally, she is a published author in Practical Dermatology plans to continue research in the field of dermatology.

Sharon Mohale, PA-C

Sharon has experience treating patients as a physician assistant in dermatology for close to eight years.

Sharon received both her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a member of the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants, and Phi Beta Kappa. She ls originally from Southern Africa, and has lived in the United States for over twenty years.

In addition, the has also worked as an Adjunt Faculty member at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, PA, teaching and facilitating general medical studies for physician assistants, and has continued her teaching as a part-time lecturer at Drexel University Physician Assistant Program, instructing physician assistant students in dermatology, whenever invited.

Sharon enjoys treating and caring for patients in all aspects of dermatology, and takes a particular interest in treating skin of color.

Amanda Murphy, PA-C

Amanda joined Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology in January, 2014 after more than 12 years of local experience as a physician assistant in dermatology. Amanda has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin conditions and disorders for children and adults. She is a caring professional who understands the needs of patients.

Her education includes a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish.

As an adjunct professor at PCOM and Arcadia University, Amanda prides herself in preparing the nest generation of PA's for success in her profession. She lectures on various topics, including the demonstration of dermatologic procedures, suturing techniques and clinical skill labs. She was recently recognized for the work as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Debra Hrobak Omlor, PA-C

Debra received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Philadelphia University. She received her Physician Assistant training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and she did her clinical rotations at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ.

Debra has been a Dermatology Physician Assistant for the last 6 years. She has experience in all areas of dermatology including dermatologic surgery and cosmetics. Debra has also lectured nationally for several pharmaceutical companies as well as lectured at Drexel University. She currently resides in East Norriton with her husband and son.

Dr. Matt Leavitt, Founder and CEO of ADCS, said, “it’s a privilege and honor to have the expertise of Dr. Pollack and his team at ADCS. They are distinguished providers and surgeons with expertise in various skin disease states that make them valuable additions to our practice.”

“This acquisition compliments our existing presence in the Philadelphia Metro Market to better serve patients and reduce patient wait times,” said Dave Morell, President of ADCS.

ADCS, founded in 1989 by Dr. Matt Leavitt, is a dermatology-focused practice with over 154 clinics in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming providing clinical, cosmetic, surgical and pathology services. ADCS also provides billing and coding management services for almost 90 third-party dermatology practices across the nation under the Ameriderm™ trade name.

For more information, contact: Dave Morell, President of ADCS, 407.875.2080 ext. 1244

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