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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.


Hey, Doctor, What About CBD Oil?


  1. Evidence-based, PubMed review focused upon dermatology
  2. Misleading advertising and social media
  3. Side effects of cannabis oil


  1. New advances in dermatologic treatment


  1. J Dermat Sci. Wilkinson et al. “Cannabinoids inhibit human keratinocyte proliferation through a non-CB1/CB2 mechanixm and have a potential therapeutic value in the treatment of psoriasis”. Feb 2007; 45(2):87-92. doi:10.1016/j.dermsci.2006.10.009PMID:17157480.
  2. J.Inv Derm. Armstrong. “Exploiting cannabinoids – induced cytoxic autophagy to drive melanoma cell death”. 2015;135:1629-1637. Doi:10.1030/jid.2015.45

Core Competencies: 6

Antioxidants: The Enemy of My Enemy?


  1. 30 years of research proves antioxidants can be quite harmful
  2. New studies show antioxidants promote metastatic melanoma
  3. Antioxidants may promote skin cancer more in women than men


  1. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. N Engl J Med. Hannekens, et al. “Lack of Effect of Long-Term Supplementation with Beta Carotene on the Incidence of Malignant Neoplasms and Cardiovascular Disease”. 1996;334:1145-1149.
  2. J Nutr. Hercberg, et al. “Antioxidant supplementation increases the risk of skin cancers in women but not in men”. 2007 sep;137(9):2098-105.

Core Competencies: 2, 3

Essential Oils: Is There a Scent of Evidence?


  1. Learn evidence for and against popular dermatological uses of oils
  2. Raise awareness of side effects
  3. Raise broad based knowledge to communicate with patients that prefer oils to standard treatment


  1. New advances in dermatologic treatment
  2. Advances in medical knowledge
  3. Legislative, regulatory, or organizational changes effecting patient care


  1. J Cosmet Dermatol. Bahraini, et al. “Turmeric tonic as a treatment in scalp psoriasis: A randomized placebo-control clinical trial”. 2018 Jun;17(3):461-466.

Core Competencies: 2, 3, 6

Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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