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Interview with James Q. Del Rosso, DO

Featuring James Del Rosso, DO | Clinical Advisor |

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Dermatology
Touro University Nevada
Henderson, NV

| Published May 02, 2024

In this episode of Under Your Skin, host Nicholas Brownstone, MD, chats with James Q. Del Rosso, DO, who shares anecdotes and insights from his dermatology career on rare diseases, the benefits of being a dermatologist, and the outlook on treatments for challenging conditions. 

Encounters with a rare disease 

Dr Del Rosso recounts an anecdote from his internship when he encountered a patient with a rare disease he had never seen before—cytophagic histiocytic panniculitis (CHP). Despite its rarity, Dr Del Rosso encountered CHP again the following year, where, as a first-year resident, he was able to surprise a leading dermatologist by correctly diagnosing this rare condition. 

The dermatologist’s advantage 

Dr Del Rosso highlights the autonomy and diversity the field offers. Dermatologists have the flexibility to cater to patients of all ages and can choose to specialize in various areas such as cosmetic, medical, or surgical dermatology. This autonomy extends to their practice setting and scheduling, allowing for a fulfilling and adaptable career. 

Advancing care for challenging conditions 

Discussing areas where better medications are needed, Dr Del Rosso reflects on past challenges with conditions like hidradenitis suppurativa, vitiligo, and alopecia areata, where treatment options were limited. However, he expresses optimism about recent advancements in medication development, particularly in JAK inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies. He emphasizes the significant strides being made, providing much-needed additions to the dermatologist’s toolbox when treating patients with these challenging conditions


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