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Dr. Tracy Campbell is a board-certified dermatologist who, as a visual person, was instinctively drawn to the world of dermatology. One of her favorite aspects of being a dermatologist is providing the highest quality skin cancer treatments and improving her patients’ lives once treatment at a time.
Dr. Campbell attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology and a BA in Theology. She continued at Creighton for medical school and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Resurrection Medical Center. Dr. Campbell completed her residency as Chief Resident in Dermatology at Rush University Medical School then continued as a Fellow of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology at the University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Campbell continued her journey in the world of academia and currently works as Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at the UIC College of Medicine.
BITB spoke with Dr. Campbell about her journey to becoming a dermatologist, exciting new technologies and what products she can’t live without.
1. Can you tell us about your fellowship-training in Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery and your journey that led you to where you are today?
After finishing my residency at Rush Medical College in Chicago, I completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Reconstruction at the University of California-Davis in Sacramento, California. The first portion of the fellowship I observed slides under the microscope to understand the pathology of the tumor. From this identification, I would remove the cancer. Next, I would orient, ink, stain, and map the cancer so I knew the precise area of the tumor as it relates to the patient’s face. The second portion of my fellowship I worked on reconstruction to provide the best aesthetic outcome. I perform flaps, grafts, and a variety of complex closures to make sure the scar is discrete and hidden in the normal lines of the patient’s face. The goal of this fellowship is to give the maximum cure with minimal scarring.
2. As a surgical and cosmetic dermatologist, what are some of the technologies and ingredients that you are most excited about right now and why?
I love silicone. In addition, developers have taken it a step farther and put sunscreen in it. Silicone (with SPF) works wonders for scars. I’m also super excited about the Excel V Laser System for redness and scars. I think it works great.
3. What is in your makeup bag and bathroom shelf?
At night before I go to sleep, I use the following: Renova prescription cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer, and Neocutis Lumiere Bio Restorative Eye Cream. In the morning, I do very little makeup. I apply a vitamin C moisturizer and iS CLINICAL Eclipse SPF 50+ Sunscreen. I always carry Aquaphor Healing Ointment for dry lips and skin. I also bring Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Brush in my bag or purse in case I need to go outside for an extended period of time. I never leave home without this Colorescience product. When summer arrives, I use a pigment mask because I tend to freckle a lot.