Comprehensive and compassionate skin care


Paula K. Lapinski, MD, FACMS, FAAD (Founder)

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As one of the first female dermatologists to operationalize earlier detection skin cancer, Dr. Lapinski led our commitment to offering every patient an Annual Total Body Skin Exam.

Dr. Paula Lapinski is a board-certified dermatologist with an extensive medical background and an unparalleled warmth, who has built a reputation in the community for exceptional treatment of a wide range of cosmetic and medical dermatologic issues.

Dr. Lapinski earned her degree in pre-professional studies at The University of Notre Dame, graduating with Honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to attend Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed her internship at Evanston-Northwestern Hospital. She completed her residency in Dermatology at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of the premier programs in the country.

Dr. Lapinski’s interest in patients with skin cancer led her to complete an additional year of training at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center where she spent a year as director of the pigmented lesion clinic before doing her fellowship in the area of Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialized method of skin cancer excision and pathologic examination.

As the Co-Founder of Pinnacle Dermatology, Dr. Lapinski understands the level of care they provide is rarely matched because of the fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgery specialist team and an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon at the same practice. The combined expertise and experience enables them to create comprehensive treatment plans for patients.


Experience

Previous experience:

  • Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Plastic Surgery (2002 – 2003)
  • Dermatology Residency with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Surgery (1997 – 2001)
  • Medical Degree from Northwestern University Medical School (1993-1997)
  • Undergraduate Degree in Pre-Professional Studies from The University of Notre Dame


Credentials

  • Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology
  • Member, The American Board of Dermatology
  • Member, The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) and Cutaneous Oncology
  • Member, The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • Member, The American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member, The American Medical Association
  • Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Plastic Surgery (2002 – 2003)
  • Dermatology Residency with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Surgery (1997 – 2001)
  • Medical Degree from Northwestern University Medical School (1993-1997)
  • Undergraduate Degree in Pre-Professional Studies from The University of Notre Dame