Dermatopathology

The dermatopathology division diagnoses a wide variety of dermatological diseases, including inflammatory diseases, cutaneous tumors, lymphomas, and pigmented lesions. An ACGME-approved fellowship is available.

Dr. W. Clark Lambert is a world expert and leading researcher on xeroderma pigmentosa (XP).  XP is a rare, autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which the ability to repair DNA damaged by UV light is impaired. This disorder leads to multiple skin cancers at a young age. It is necessary for many of these patients to avoid sunlight completely. Most patients die before the age of 20 years. The two most common causes of death are melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. 

Fictional characters with XP include Christopher Snow, the protagonist and narrator of Dean Koontz’s “Moonlight Bay Trilogy”, Lila, the central character of Angela Johnson's "A Cool Moonlight", and the children of the protagonist in Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 film, “The Others”.

Cases for consultation are accepted.

Contact
Dr. W. Clark Lambert
lambertwc@njms.rutgers.edu