Rheumatologic Dermatology Society

Did you know there are doctors who have combined training in both Dermatology and Rheumatology? This is especially helpful for people with Dermatomyositis, which presents with a mixed-bag of skin- and muscle-related symptoms.  The organization, Rheumatologic Dermatology Society (RDS) has member physicians in 18 US states and in Canada.

The mission of RDS is to “educate and improve the care and treatment of individuals with skin-related problems related to rheumatologic diseases such as lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis, morphea, vasculitis and other rare or orphan diseases and to promote awareness, interest and training in this field that encourages future generations of dermatologists, clinicians and investigators to pursue careers or conduct research in this medical subspecialty.”

RDS provides resources for patients, physicians and researchers and supports:

  • Patients, families and caregivers
  • Dermatologists, physicians and health care providers
  • Fellows and medical school trainees
  • Clinical educators
  • Clinical investigators and basic research scientists
  • Pharmaceutical or other medical industry professionals

Learn more about this organization or find a RDS-related physician at http://www.rheumaderm-society.org/



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  1. Sandy Block 3 years ago

    Hi, Eva — there is one listed at Duke. Too bad there aren’t any in Va Beach. I know a couple in the Va Beach area go to Johns Hopkins, though and I hope you can get in there.

  2. Jerry Williams 3 years ago

    It is an interesting speciality and one that those with DM really need, especially if their current doctors do not communicate well together. I hope you are able to find one in your area. We are always here to help if you need it!

  3. Eva 3 years ago

    I did not know this will look for one maybe, maybe one in my area.

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