Solving the Mysteries of Medicine with Dr. Tasso Pappas

Dr. Tasso PappasSo far, dermatologist Dr. Tasso Pappas has been in practice for more than 20 years and his interests and specialties include areas as diverse as; melanoma and skin cancer, including thousands of MOHS surgeries, which is considered the most effective treatment for the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). He also treats eczema and psoriasis and he also specializes in acne treatments.

There is no way Dr. Tasso Pappas specializes in one thing. He routinely performs reconstructive surgeries for skin cancer, in part because he is committed to service to his his community. For nearly a decade, he has volunteered to participate in annual melanoma screenings in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, and he has also been a volunteer to provide tattoo removal services for those who used to belong to gangs but gave it up.

Dr. Tasso Pappas feels that being a dermatologist, unlike many other medical specialties, is akin to being a detective, in that he always has to solve riddles and mysteries. He likes the fact that he gets to care for patients of all ages and that dermatology is among the few types of medicine in which physicians must understand ailments as they apply to the individual patient, as well as knowing the actual medial facts and the surrounding science. Dr. Pappas grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and he seems to always know he would help people in his career.

Seborrheic Keratosis New FDA approved ESKATA treatment – how effective is it?

The FDA recently approved a topical hydrogen peroxide based product to help get rid of SOME of those pesky Seborrheic Keratosis. What is a Seborrheic Keratosis, also known as an “SK”
They are harmless spots that come with “wisdom”, “birthdays” ……….Age. Usually they are yellow, brown, grey, flesh tones or less commonly black. Frequently they are raised and slightly scaly or warty in their texture.
ESKATA is here. What is it? It is a topical 40% hydrogen peroxide liquid applied to SKs. In 1-2 treatment about 50% of SK will come off. Not bad. The unfortunately part it has to be applied at a physicians office. I am not sure, but I worry that will affect price, and therefore the classic freezing maybe as good or better in value.
If you are looking for something to apply topically at home, about half my patients find that oregano oil applied nightly for 3 weeks will irritate and inflamed and then peel off about 50% of SKs – not bad and likely much less expensive. Plus, it is edible also.

Dermatologist and Skin Cancer Specialist Dr. Tasso Pappas

Dr. Tasso Pappas

Though Dr. Tasso Pappas was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, these days, he can be found working out Skin Care Doctors, located in Burnsville, Minnesota, where he has practiced as a dermatologist since December 2015. That’s not the extent of his medical experience, however; he has been in practice for more than two decades, ever since he earned his medical degree from the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine. Before going to medical school and earning the title, Dr. Tasso Pappas, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the same University of South Dakota.

In addition to his formal academic education, Dr. Tasso Pappas has also completed an internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and went on to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for comprehensive dermatology training, which he completed back in 1998. Dr. Tasso Pappas is currently board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and he has been a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology for many years. So far, Dr. Tasso Pappas, in his more than 20 years of practice, has demonstrated proficiency in numerous interests and specialties, including areas such as melanoma/skin cancer and the MOHS surgery that is the most effective treatment for that, in addition to more traditional areas like eczema, psoriasis, and acne treatments.

All in all, Dr. Tasso Pappas has performed thousands of MOHS surgeries, in part because they are considered the most effective treatments for many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), which are the two most common skin cancer types. He also routinely performs reconstructive surgeries for skin cancer. Besides his patients needing such surgery in the normal course of treatment, a lot of these surgeries show that Dr. Tasso Pappas is committed to serving his community. He does this in other ways, too. For the last nine years, he has volunteered to participate in providing annual melanoma screenings in the Twin Cities region, and he has also volunteered to provide tattoo removal services for now-former gang members.

Dr. Tasso Pappas and the Challenge of Dermatology

Dr. Tasso Pappas

It’s no wonder he likes what he does. Dr. Tasso Pappas feels that being a dermatologist is much like being a detective, in that he is always having to solve difficult mysteries and come up with solutions to serious medical conditions. He truly likes that he gets to care for patients of all ages and types and that a lot of the conditions he cures make a major difference in his patients’ lives. He also finds it challenging that dermatology is among the few types of medicine in which physicians must understand the patient and their medical history at least as much as they understand the actual medical facts and the surrounding science. Dermatology is very individualized medicine.

As a dermatologist, Dr. Tasso Pappas currently practices his profession out of Skin Care Doctors in Burnsville, Minnesota, where he has been since December 2015. However, he has been in practice for roughly two decades, ever since he obtained his medical degree from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and earned the right to the title, Dr. Tasso Pappas. Prior to that, the future doctor graduated with a with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, also from the University of South Dakota.

Not just content to practice as part of his career, Dr. Tasso Pappas also routinely performs reconstructive surgeries for skin cancer, in part, this is because he is very intent on serving his community, as well. For at least nine years, he has volunteered to participate in annual melanoma screenings in the Twin Cities region, and he has also been a volunteer for a program to provide tattoo removal services for those who used to belong to gangs but gave it up.

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