Daniel S. Loo was planning a future in general surgery when a visit to a New York City dermatology clinic opened his eyes to a new career.
The then-fourth year student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine was doing a rotation with a dermatologist when he encountered a young man who was homeless and extremely itchy.
"The patient couldn't stop scratching," Dr. Loo recalls.
When the attending doctor examined the man's skin, he easily diagnosed the problem. For Dr. Loo, the experience was a revelation.
"That sort of introduced me to the visual aspect of dermatology, that we can open the door and see what the problem is," Dr. Loo describes. "To me, it was very exciting."
Dr. Loo soon realized dermatology also offered the ability to practice surgical as well as medical dermatology, and to work with patients of widely varied ages. He was sold on the field.
Since becoming Board certified in dermatology in 1997, Dr. Loo has devoted his skills to teaching and mentoring residents, and diagnosing and treating patients, most recently as vice chair of Dermatology and residency program director at Tufts Medical Center. Widely published and a highly regarded public speaker, Dr. Loo has garnered numerous awards for excellence in teaching and research.
"My colleagues at Tufts ask, 'How is it going with the new job,' and I say, 'It's great. I love it.' "
SSDP Associate Physician Daniel S. Loo, MD
In September, Dr. Loo stepped away from full-time academic medicine to join the clinical staff of SSDP. The change has been invigorating.
"My colleagues at Tufts ask, 'How is it going with the new job,' " and I say, 'It's great. I love it,' " he says. The professionalism of the SSDP practice and the collegial support from the physicians and staff have eased the transition.
"I've always wanted to be part of a group where the physicians in the group become friends and work together to provide care for each and every patient," he explains. "The (SSDP doctors) take their jobs as physicians very seriously and provide outstanding patient care."
SSDP co-founder Leera M. Briceno, MD, praises Dr. Loo's professionalism, wealth of academic experience, and his kind, collegial nature. "Dr. Loo promises to be a great asset to our practice," she says. Adds SSDP partner Amy S. Chang, MD, "We feel very fortunate to attract a dermatologist of Dr Loo's caliber to the SSDP team."
With longstanding expertise in diagnosing and treating people with fungal infections and pediatric patients, Dr. Loo relishes the varied opportunities provided by SSDP's general dermatology practice.
"I take a lot of pride in practicing general dermatology," he comments. "General dermatologists have a broad perspective that sub-specialists sometimes lose by becoming focused on one aspect of the patient's skin. We partner with our patients, select therapies that fit their individual lifestyles, and provide continuity of care for all of their dermatological problems," Dr. Loo notes.
In addition to seeing patients at SSDP's Roche Bros. Way office in Easton on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dr. Loo continues to teach and mentor dermatology residents from Tufts, Boston University and Harvard through the Boston VA Health System. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places to eat, exercising daily, teaching Sunday School at Grace Chapel in Lexington, and spending time with his wife, Penny, and their sons, 10-year, Andy, and 9-year-old, Alexander.
To schedule an appointment with Daniel S. Loo, MD, or one of SSDP's other Board certified Board dermatologists, including, Leera M. Briceno, MD, Amy S. Chang, MD, Lindsay Eminger, MD, Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, and Christine Urman, MD,visit the Contact Us page on the SSDP website or phone 508.535.3376.