Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, FAAD, speaks with CBS News about the need for diversity in dermatology and the impact that a lack of familiarity with dark skin has on her patients’ quality of life. Dr. Nada Elbuluk is a board-certified dermatologist and the Director of Clinical Impact at VisualDx, where she serves as a liaison to the physician community and as an advocate for the delivery of equitable, unbiased care for people of color.
- Nearly half of dermatologists feel unprepared to treat patients with darker skin
- 13% of the US population is Black but only 3% of dermatologists are Black
- Dr. Elbuluk estimates she meets with patients who are misdiagnosed or untreated at least once a week
- How diseases present on darkly pigmented skin may not reflect the classic appearance that dermatologists are trained to identify
- In order to better serve patients, we must address the gaps that exist in dermatology education
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