Maria G. Sotomayor, M.D. | Bethesda Magazine

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Maria G. Sotomayor, M.D.

Rock Creek Dermatology, An Affiliate of Anne Arundel Dermatology

3925 Ferrara Dr.

Silver Spring, MD



Based on your experience, what is a common misconception about dermatology and how do you change that in your daily practice?

The most common misconception I come across is that dermatology is only about the skin. Dermatology is a unique field because the skin is the largest organ in the body. Most people do not realize that internal conditions can appear first on the skin and then elsewhere in the body—and vice versa. For example, psoriasis appears on the skin but it has internal manifestations as well; recent studies have linked it to heart disease. As dermatologists, we manage and treat a range of conditions medically, and we’ve also acquired the training to improve the appearance of the skin. When we treat acne patients with standard medical treatments, we can also provide aesthetic procedures to reduce discoloration and the appearance of scars. We combine these clinical treatments and aesthetic procedures so our patients will feel more confident with the overall results.

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