Lecture Series: Aggressive Skin Cancer

Dr. Vidimos

This lecture will be live broadcast at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

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Please join us at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, for our next lecture, “By the Skin of Your Teeth: Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Aggressive Skin Cancer.” This latest installment in our 2021 Lecture Series will be presented via live broadcast only by Dr. Allison Vidimos, professor of Dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Vidimos is the first woman to chair the Clinic’s Department of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute.

Dr. Vidimos received her Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Purdue University and her M.D. from Indiana University. She completed her dermatology residency and Mohs surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Vidimos was appointed chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology at Cleveland Clinic in March 2005 and vice chairwoman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute in 2009. She was appointed Professor of Medicine at the Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University in 2011 and became the program director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship in 2013.

Dr. Vidimos performs laser and Mohs surgery, both removal and reconstruction. “I feel like I form a relationship with my patients,” she says, “mainly because they are awake when I operate on them and I have active discussions with them throughout the day. We call it talk-thesia, so it helps them relax. I feel like I get to know them as a person, and they get to know me as a person.”

Of her research she says, “I am the principal investigator for a new Redcap database at Cleveland Clinic for cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas. We are analyzing clinical data and outcomes on over 3,000 patients to better stratify risk factors for squamous cell carcinomas and improve staging, preoperative evaluation and treatment outcomes for our patients.”

Dr. Vidimos has co-authored two textbooks and over 50 articles, and has participated in medical mission trips to Honduras for the past 11 years. The Medical Center extends their appreciation to Healthnetworks Foundation for sponsoring Dr. Vidimos’s lecture.

For further information about the Medical Center Lecture Series and to check out past lectures, please visit the Lecture Series page.