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Derrick Adams, DO, FAOCD
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Growing up in Oklahoma, Dr. Derrick Adams earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and completed his internship in internal medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Adams was stationed at Travis Air Force Base where he served as a Captain and General Medical Officer at David Grant Medical Center. After his tour of duty, Dr. Adams spent three intensive years at Michigan State University, where he completed his residency in dermatology with a special focus in dermatological surgery.

Dr. Adams has a special interest in skin cancer and medical dermatology, authoring a wide range of articles across dermatology, pharmacology and dermatological surgery. He treats all diseases of the skin to include: psoriasis, eczema and autoimmune diseases. As the field of dermatology arose from within internal medicine and Dr. Adams’ approach to the skin takes into account the global health and well-being of the patient.

A particular interest for Dr. Adams is evaluating the cost/benefit ratio and science behind treatments. He prides himself on being the “Consumer Reports” of dermatology and not over-treating patients.

Bloodroot and Essential Oils: What You Need to Know


  1. Increase awareness of essential oil usage by patients
  2. Learn potential side effects of essential oils
  3. Review and discuss escharotic agents


  1. Advances in medical knowledge
  2. Legislative, regulatory, or organizational changes effecting patient care


  1. Robbins, A. et al. “The dangers of black salve” JAMA Dermatol. 2018;54(5):618-619.
  2. Henley, D. et al. “Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils”. New England Journal of Med; Feb 1, 2007.

Core competencies: 2, 3, 4

Disclosures: None

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