We are located at:
2740 W Foster Avenue, Suite 105
Chicago, IL 60625
We are currently accepting new patients.
We are conveniently located on the first floor of the Swedish Covenant Professional Plaza Building on the northeast Corner of California and Foster Avenue, the red brick building with blue awnings. There is wheelchair accessible parking behind the building and a parking complex adjacent to the building at California and Foster Avenue. Public transport via the 92 and 93 CTA bus service is also available.
Monday – Thursday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday 8:00AM – 1:00PM
Services & Treatments Offered
At Our Lincoln Square Swedish Covenant Office
- +Mohs Surgery
Mohs Surgery —Lincoln Square Swedish Covenant, IL
The most advanced treatment for skin cancer. Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) is a treatment option where a specially trained surgeon, under local anesthesia, excises and examines thin layers of fresh tissue immediately, reducing treatment time, and allowing immediate reconstruction of the wound.
The surgeon traces the skin cancer down to its roots, ensuring complete removal. The removed tissue is then microscopically examined for evidence of remaining cancer cells. If any of the tissue sections examined contain cancer cells, the Mohs surgeon will return to the specific area to remove another thin layer. This process is repeated until the surgeon is certain all cancer has been removed. The Mohs procedure allows the doctor to see beyond the visible disease, and precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissues intact and unharmed.
Excision —Lincoln Square Swedish Covenant, IL
To remove tissue, a foreign body or cancerous skin, your dermatology physician will begin by outlining the area with a skin-marking pen. A margin of normal appearing skin will be included because there is no way to determine with the naked eye how far the cancer cells have spread. The excision outline is drawn in the shape of a football so that the skin can be sewn back together to lay flat.
- +Skin Cancer Detection
Skin Cancer Detection
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It is also the world’s most common cancer. It will strike one in five people by the time they turn seventy years old. 99% of cases are curable if they are caught early. Unlike internal cancers, skin cancer you can see. This is why annual skin checks with a dermatologist are of utmost importance, sooner if you detect any changes in your skin.
See something new, changing, or unusual? Make an appointment with one of our providers immediately, skin cancer detection and management is our specialty!
- +Skin Cancer Surgery
Skin Cancer Surgery
Most skin cancers are treated by surgical excision. This is a simple, in office procedure that is done under local anesthesia and takes less than an hour to perform. Most patients can drive themselves to and from the appointment. For skin cancers on the face, or other cosmetically sensitive areas we perform MOHS procedure at our Lincoln Park office.
- +Shave Biopsies
This is one of the most widely used procedures in Dermatology. The technique is used to obtain tissue for examination under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. Shave biopsies are also commonly used for superficial skin lesions that the patient might want removed for cosmetic reasons. Shave biopsies are not effective in treating melanomas.
- +Punch Biopsies
A punch biopsy is the removal of tissues for examination using an instrument called a punch. This biopsy is performed when a full thickness specimen is needed for examination under the microscope. It is performed with a tool that has a circular blade almost like a “cookie cutter. “You will have a few stitches that will need to be removed in 10- 14 days. This procedure is quick and easy and as easily tolerated as a shave biopsy.
This is a procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to destroy tissue, both benign and malignant. It can be used for benign lesions, such as warts, or precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses.
- +Pediatric Dermatology
The providers at ASMSC specialize in family centered care. Skin conditions such as birthmarks, warts, acne, psoriasis, and skin tags can be treated by a qualified dermatologist. Children experience many of the same skin issues as adults, but certain conditions are more common in childhood. We enjoy taking the extra time to talk to the pediatric patient and help both the child and parent understand the full scope of the skin issues treated during the appointment.
Is often a condition resulting from plugged and/or clogged pores which are present directly under the skin. Many patients suffer for years and spend hundreds of dollars before seeking the advice of a Dermatologist. Why not seek the advice of the experts first? Your provider can analyze your skin and prescribe an acne regimen just for you. Most of the prescriptions are covered under your insurance plan. Acne medications work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover and reducing inflammation. Your provider can help to control your acne that will help avoid scarring and other damage to your skin.
Is a condition of the skin causing red patches and visible blood vessels on the face. Rosacea affects an estimated 14 million Americans and is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It is commonly misdiagnosed. It can also affect the eyes (ocular rosacea) and cause an enlarged nose (rhinophyma). There is no known cure for rosacea. Treatments, however, can help manage the condition.
Are noncancerous growth on the skin caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV. There are many types of warts which include the common wart which usually appear on the fingers, plantar warts on the feet, genital warts and flat warts that commonly appear on areas that the patient might shave. Warts can be treated by chemical means, cryotherapy and prescription topicals.
- +Fungal infections of Hair, Skin & Nails
Fungal infections of Hair, Skin & Nails
Can also be diagnosed as “tinea”. Fungus and yeast can infect the skin, nails, and hair. Fungal infections may be scaled patches on the skin or scaling between the toes or in the groin. Some common terms for these infections include “ringworm”, “jock itch”, or “athletes’ foot.” Nails infected by fungus are referred to as onychomycosis.
Eczema (also sometimes called atopic dermatitis) refers to a condition in which patients develop inflamed itchy patches most often on the extremities, trunk or face. Often requires lab test or imaging. Atopic dermatitis can be associated with asthma and allergies, often referred to as “the atopic triad.” Eczema can affect all ages, including babies.
- +Contact Dermatitis
Contact Dermatitis & Nails
Very common (More than 3 million cases per year in US). Contact dermatitis is an allergic or irritant reaction to a substance that has touched the skin. This can be a cream, lotion, cosmetic, plant (often poison ivy or referred to as rhus dermatitis) metal or dye. Identifying the cause of the contact dermatitis can be straightforward or may need testing referred to as patch testing.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease consisting of scaly, inflamed patches of skin. It can affect the entire body including scalp, groin and nails. It can also cause arthritis, referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Treatments include topical agents, but for severe psoriasis, biologic agents can be used.
Is a change in the color and texture of skin that usually causes an outbreak of red patches or bumps on the skin. Unusual rashes are referred to as dermatitis. They can look like burns, blistering conditions, conditions over joints or around the eyes. They can sometimes be associated with an internal problem. Workups may include blood tests or skin biopsies.
Keloids are benign and non-contagious raised overgrowths of scar tissue that occur at the site of a skin injury. These can occur where trauma, surgery, acne, blisters or piercings have injured the skin and may be accompanied by severe itchiness or pain. Some people are prone to keloid formation and may form keloids in multiple places.
- +Hair Loss
Gradual, if not daily, hair loss is normal. Most people lose between 50-100 strands per day. Dermatologists can help and/or advise if your hair seems to be thinning excessively, or if bald patches are appearing. We treat both alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia in both men and women. Diffuse, stress induced hair loss is called telogen effluvium and is self- limited.