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Dermatology Patient Services

Dermatology specialists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, offers comprehensive care for common and rare skin, hair and nail diseases. We care for people of all ages, and our dermatologists are leading authorities in skin care whose expertise draws patients from all over the Midwest. The dermatology team at Rush offers safe and innovative treatments based on years of experience as well as the latest scientific research.



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Motunrayo Adisa, MD joined the Department of Dermatology in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor and Active Attending.  Dr. Adisa also serves as the Director of Dermatopathology.  Dr. Adisa received her M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Illinois. Thereafter she completed her internship at the Department of Internal Medicine at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Adisa completed her Dermatology residency at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago Illinois and a Dermatopathology fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island. She subsequently completed an Advanced Dermatopathology Fellowship at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Adisa is a board certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, International Society of Dermatopathology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Skin of Color Society and Society of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Adisa has given several presentations and authored publications. In addition to Dermatopathology, Dr. Adisa’s clinical interests include:  General  Dermatology and Ethnic skin issues and her Research interests include Inflammatory skin diseases.


James Ertle, MD  joined the Rush Dermatology Patient Services medical practice in February 2016.. Dr. James Ertle was Board Certified in Dermatology in 1973 and voluntarily recertified by examination in 1999. Dr. Ertle is a graduate of Dartmouth College and studied medicine at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Following internship at St. Louis University Hospitals, Dr. Ertle did his Dermatology Residency as well as a Fellowship in Immunology at the University of Chicago. After Residency Dr. Ertle served in the U. S. Navy Medical Corps as a Lieutenant Commander during the Vietnam era.Since 1974, Dr. Ertle has been an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Rush University Medical Center. In 2015, Dr. Ertle was the sole recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award for “exemplary compassion, empathy and respect for patients and for excellence in the art of medicine”, from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation at the meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco. In 2016, Dr. Ertle received the Humanitarian Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation in Chicago. Dr. Ertle practices medical as well as surgical dermatology with a special interest in skin cancer, Pediatric Dermatology and Tropical Diseases.


Claudia Hernandez, MD joined the Department of Dermatology in May 2016 as an Associate Professor and Active Attending.  She graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1996, completed an internship in Internal Medicine at University of Chicago in 1997, and her Dermatology residency in 2000 at Northwestern University Medical Center. Dr. Hernandez’s research interests include health disparities, skin cancer and simulation in education and assessment.  She was the recipient of NIH grant funding and her work was selected as a featured poster at the World Congress of Dermatology meeting in Vancouver, Canada in 2015 for her project  “Improving dermatology residents ' communication skills with non-English speaking patients via collaboration with medical interpreter services.”  She was also the recipient of the International Award for Social Responsibility at the World Congress of Dermatology,  Seoul, South Korea  in 2011 for her  project  “Increasing opportunistic melanoma surveillance in underserved Hispanic communities via a dermatology partnership with health lay workers.”  Dr. Hernandez has served on the editorial board for JAMA Dermatology for over 5 years and is the author of over a hundred published abstracts and articles.


Mark D. Hoffman, MD, is an Associate Professor and board certified in dermatology.  Dr. Hoffman completed his MD training at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, which was followed by a dermatology residency at Rush University Medical Center. Clinical expertise includes blistering diseases, leg ulcers, psoriasis, pyoderma gangrenosum and skin manifestations of systemic disease. Research interests include psoriasis and ulcers.

Mary C. Massa, MD, is a Professor of Dermatology and is the co-director of the Rush Cosmetic Dermatology Program.  She received her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 1976, and stayed at Loyola until 1979 to complete an internal medicine residency training program. From 1979 to 1982 she completed a dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic. Massa completed a dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Chicago and has been practicing dermatology since 1983. She has board certification in three specialties: internal medicine, dermatology and dermatopathology. She is the author of more than 40 articles and several book chapters related to skin disorders and their treatment. Her areas of special interest are cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the Dermatology Foundation and the American College of Physicians.


Sheetal Mehta, MD, is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Mehta was previously an Assistant Professor in the Division of Dermatology at Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines, Jr., Veteran's Hospital in Maywood, IL.
A graduate of Cornell University in New York, Dr. Mehta received her bachelor's degree in Biology with highest honors. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a member of AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) Honor Society. Dr. Mehta completed her internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and went on to complete a dermatology residency at the University of Minnesota.
Following residency, Dr. Mehta completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Lasers and Cosmetics at the Center for Surgical Dermatology in Columbus, OH. During that year, she focused on Mohs Surgery, cutaneous oncology, facial reconstruction, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Mehta has lectured regionally and nationally on dermatology and has authored several manuscripts in surgical and medical dermatology journals.
Dr. Mehta is board certified in dermatology and specializes in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Mehta is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and ITSCC (International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative), fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the Chicago Dermatological Society.
Dr. Mehta's clinical interests include removal of basal cell, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, atypical nevi, scar revision as well as skin cancer management of organ transplant recipients, cosmetic and laser surgery.

Warren W. Piette, MD, is a professor of dermatology and Director of the Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma Program. Dr. Piette is board certified in Dermatology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. He received his MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology at Parkland Memorial Hospital.   He then completed a Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Piette's clinical expertise includes blistering diseases,
bullous pemphigoid, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, dermatitis, hair disorders, nail diseases, pigmentation disorders, sweat gland disorders, thrombosis and
vasculitis. Research interests include cutaneous T-cell lymphoma ​




Arthur R. Rhodes, MD, MPH, is Professor and Director of the Melanoma Surveillance Program. He is internationally regarded as an expert in the evaluation and management of infants, young children, and adults who have high-risk moles and melanoma. Dr. Rhodes served on the full-time faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1978 through 1989, where he attained the rank of associate professor of dermatology, directed the Dermatology Service at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and co-directed the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. As professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Western Pennsylvania, he directed the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Intervention Clinic from 1989 through 1999.

Dr. Rhodes completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Wesleyan
University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1965. He received his medical degree
from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City in 1969, and obtained a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston in 1973. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1972 and a Dermatology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1978.

He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Rhodes is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, and American Society of Dermatopathology. He served as Major in the United States Army Health Services Command in Alaska from 1973 through 1975. Dr. Rhodes has lectured internationally on melanoma and related tumors and intervention strategies to reduce melanoma-related mortality. He has over one hundred clinically-related publications. Dr. Rhodes joined the Department of Dermatology at Rush University Medical Center in 1999, where he cares for patients as clinician-teacher and mentor to medical students and residents.


Michael D. Tharp, MD, is the Clark W. Finnerud, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Tharp graduated cum laude from both Ohio Wesleyan University and from the Ohio State University Medical School in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He completed three years of internal medicine training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, before finishing a dermatology residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina in 1980. Dr. Tharp is board certified in both specialties.

He served on the faculty as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Departments of Dermatology and Internal Medicine at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas for seven years prior to becoming Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh in 1987.  Dr. Tharp moved to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in 1995 where he is presently the Clark W. Finnerud M.D., Professor and Chair in the Department of Dermatology.
Dr. Tharp has written over 150 papers, book chapters, books and abstracts.  He is the Chief Editor of Dermatologic Therapy, President of the Dermatology Foundation, and past President of both the Association of Professors of Dermatology and the Chicago Dermatological Association.  He also is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Dermatology Foundation, a past board member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and past Vice President of the Society of Investigative Dermatology. His primary research interest is in mast cells as they relate to urticaria, pruritus, atopic dermatitis, and mastocytosis. His clinical research interests include psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, cutaneous T cell lymphoma, and immune bullous diseases.



Comprehensive dermatology services for adults and children include:

  • Innovative treatments for common conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. Services include special treatment and testing for people with contact dermatitis (patch testing).
  • State-of-the-art treatments for all forms of skin cancer. Special services include:
    • The CTCL Clinic provides multidisciplinary care for people with a rare type of cancer called cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Treatments include topical and systemic approaches as well as extracorporeal photopheresis. Rush is one of only a few centers in the Midwest offering this treatment.
    • The Melanoma Surveillance Clinic provides innovative intervention and treatment strategies for melanoma, including the use of photographic surveillance to track high-risk moles over time.
    • Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS), which has the highest cure rate of any procedure for skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, the surgeon uses the microscopic evaluation of tissue to remove the very last traces of cancer cells. Only surgeons who have extensive, specialized training in the procedure can perform this procedure.
  • Ultraviolet light therapy for the treatment of many skin diseases, including psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo.
  • An array of cosmetic dermatology services, including:
    • Antiaging therapies, such as Botox and filler injections.
    • Chemical peels and microdermabrasion to make skin smoother and improve acne, wrinkles and skin discoloration.
    • Advanced laser therapy to decrease excess hair growth and reduce lines, pigmented lesions and scars.
    • Liposuction, fat transfer and mesotherapy (injection lipolysis) services.
    • Varicose vein treatments, including laser therapy and sclerotherapy, which involves the injection of special solutions into the veins to reduce their appearance.
  • Pediatric Dermatology Clinic: A specialty exists for the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail disorders in children.


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Rush Dermatology--Chicago
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 264
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-2195
Fax: (312) 563-2263
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Rush Dermatology - River North
539 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 549-4404
Fax: (312) 549-4401
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Rush Dermatology--Westmont
6319 S. Fairview Avenue
Suite 102
Westmont, Illinois 60559
Phone: (630) 968-4500
Fax: (630) 968-4420
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