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  Name:   Dr. Dina Strachan
Month: April 2010
Schools: Harvard College, A.B. Biology 1988
Yale Medical School, M.D. 1994
Organization: Aglow Dermatology
Title: president

Named one of the nation's top doctors by the Consumers' Research Council of America, Dina D. Strachan, M. D., a board-certified dermatologist, directs Aglow Dermatology in New York City where she specializes in helping busy professional achieve beautiful, glowing skin. Educated at the finest institutions in the country, Dr. Strachan believes it is both an honor and a responsibility to be a dermatologist. "We make up perhaps fewer than two percent of all doctors and most other doctors know very little about skin disease," she states. "We have a responsibility to educate both our colleagues and the public."

Dr. Strachan has attended some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. At the age of 20 she graduated from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She later received her medical degree from Yale Medical School in New Haven, CT. Dr. Strachan completed a medicine internship and dermatology residency, both at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Strachan uses her extensive cross-cultural experience to provide the best service to her patients. A seasoned traveler from an early age, she has visited, lived in and studied in many parts of the world, including India, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, South Africa, Panama and Europe. "Having exposure to people of different backgrounds is definitely an asset," she states. She believes it helps with both the patient interactions as well as with the medicine. "I can take excellent care of a person with lighter skin who has skin cancer," she states, "but I can also address the fact that people with dark skin can also develop skin cancer and should use sunscreen. I can take care of everybody."

Prior to going into private practice, Dr. Strachan had a career in academics where she distinguished herself as an educator. Shortly after completing her training in San Francisco, Dr. Strachan joined the faculty of UCLA, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She was Director of Resident Education at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles prior to returning to New York. She was a frequent lecturer on the dermatologic manifestations of HIV for the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center. Dr. Strachan has published a number of articles and chapters, and has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics in dermatology.

Pursuing a side interest in how technology impacts healthcare, Dr. Strachan has also done post-doctoral training in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. She received a certificate in Medical Informatics from the prestigious National Library of Medicine program in Woods Hole, MA.

A respected media source on the topics of dermatology and patient care, Dr. Strachan has a number of television appearances, including the CBS News in New York, and has been quoted in the local and national print media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The AMA News, Black Enterprise, and Latina. For her excellent professional services, she was awarded the "Forty Under 40" Achievement Award by The Network Journal in 2003, and has been included in the same publication's "Best Black Doctors." She was included in the 45 Faces of A Better Chance in 2008.

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