Dermatology (DER)

Dermatology Home (DER)

From common diseases to complicated ones, faculty members in USU'S Department of Dermatology teach medical students, residents and staff physicians important lessons about skin. This knowledge is harnessed inside the military's best hospitals to treat a host of skin-related problems, from psoriasis and rosacea to immune disorders and cancer.

Besides educating the next generation of uniformed physicians, faculty members at USU also push research boundaries through original investigations that happen on campus and through collaborations with leading dermatologists in the world's best laboratories. This cutting-edge work continues improving all levels of skin care, from earlier diagnoses for troubling, sometimes life-threatening diseases to better, more comprehensive treatments for healthier uniformed forces.

Explore these web pages to learn more about dermatology education and research at USU.

DER Contact Info

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Administrative Assistant
Leonor McKay
Phone: (301) 295-9802

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Research Spotlight

Jon H. Meyerle, MD

Jon H. Meyerle, MD, COL, MC, USA, joined the USU Department of Dermatology in September 2011.

Dr. Meyerle’s primary research interests are in the areas of standardized imaging and teledermatology, amputee skin care, melanoma and blistering skin diseases. 

He is currently collaborating with DermSpectra on projects to evaluate the implementation of standardized, full-body skin imaging platforms in the Military Health System.  This interest complements Dr. Meyerle’s clinical interests in Teledermatology and screening platforms for malignant melanoma.

Dr. Meyerle became interested in amputee skin care as a result of his interaction with amputees returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  One of his mentors, Dr. (COL-retired) Chuck Scoville is a strong advocate for amputees and directed the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC) at Walter Reed who encouraged him to pursue ways to address skin disease in this population. 

Research in skin disease in amputees is important because over half of amputees develop skin disease at the stump site.  This skin disease is often overlooked and not easy to treat.  As a result, the amputee cannot wear the prosthesis or use more advanced prosthesis devices. 

Since his arrival at USU, Dr. Meyerle has been developing a therapeutic to alter the skin identity at the amputee stump.  The goal of this research is to allow the skin at the stump to take on the properties of skin found on the palms and soles.

In addition to research in amputee skin care, Dr. Meyerle also has an interest in better ways to diagnose melanoma.  His research in melanoma focuses on the genetic and environmental risk factors for developing melanoma in military personnel.   Melanoma is the most significant cancer to affect an active duty military population.  It strikes young adults in their 20-40s and, if not diagnosed in time, is fatal.

As a trained immunodermatologist, Dr. Meyerle has a clinical interest in blistering diseases such as pemphigus and pemphigoid.   Dr. Meyerle’s clinical interests in immunodermatology have been nurtured since fellowship by his mentor, Dr. Grant Anhalt at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Meyerle continues to supervise the only skin immunofluorescence laboratory in the Department of Defense at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which serves as a platform for his research in immunodermatology.

 

The National Capital Consortium has one of the largest dermatology residency program in the country with up to 18 residents going through training at any time.  Dr. Meyerle has served as the Director of the Dermatology Residency Training program since 2014.