Dr. Thomas A. Cortese, Jr.

After many years of rewarding service as a physician in private practice, and as an educator in academic dermatology, my efforts are now directed in the areas of Educational & Consulting Dermatology.

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Welcome to The Internet Library of Cortese Dermatology

The purpose of this skin library is to make available basic information and knowledge of skin and its disorders with minimum effort to find an answer to common or problematic dermatological questions. Because this is an informational and educational website only, it does not provide medical treatment or advice. 
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Understanding Skin
If you are a student or just interested in learning about the skin, this website can direct you to various informative websites.  If you are someone who currently has a skin problem, this website library will help and pave the way for an understanding of it as well as educate you at the same time.  Oftentimes when confronted with a skin problem, one hopes that it is simple and easily diagnosed without physician intervention.   For example, a silver dollar sized reddened area on the cheek may be regarded as an irritation or allergy reaction to a contactant, such as make-up, perfume, lotion, chemical, hair dye. It may also be an infection, a burn, an insect bite, a drug eruption, or to other possibilities that are common causes of inflammation, redness, itching, or even pigment disturbance.  After trying various home remedies or over-the-counter (OTC) medications with minimal benefit, the next resort would be to call either the family physician, or a dermatologist.  If ever your skin problem is extremely serious or an emergency, call 911.  Otherwise an Immediate or Urgent Care facility, or a Hospital Emergency Room may be sought if your personal physician is unavailable.   


A dermatologist is a physician with an M.D. or D.O. degree who is trained in the medical and surgical specialty of dermatology.  After graduation from four years of pre-medical college studies and four more years of professional medical school education, the doctor furthers his post-graduate education by taking an Internship program at a teaching hospital of one's choice for one year.  During this time, the doctor is able to apply his knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat patients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.  Following the Internship year, the doctor will proceed into a Dermatology Residency Program at a Medical School for a minimum of three to fours years to study the skin and all its problems, as well as to treat these medically or surgically.  Moreover, the doctor is trained to listen and respond to the patient's questions and concerns, to counsel on the best ways to maintain and improve one's skin health, and to being a thoughtful, compassionate, and understanding physician who will strive to deliver the highest quality of medical and surgical care possible. (Read more)

Being Informed

Informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. That is why this Internet Library includes specific sections on its website for one to search an array of topics on dermatologic diagnoses and treatments of skin disorders. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your understanding of a dermatological disorder or diagnosis, its cause whether internal or external, its pathology, its prognosis, and available treatments.

Study and Learn

The best skin care in the world is achieved when information about the skin problem is accessible.  Whether you are using a laptop, desktop, IPad/IPod, or an Android in a comfortable environment, this website directs you to selected Internet websites for you to easily search or browse for the answers to your question(s) or to a better understanding of a disease or tumor process.  We hope you will find this website useful.

Questions or Comments?
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have a question about the web site or need for a consultation.