Brad S. Graham, MD, FAAD


Board-Certified Dermatologist
Fellowship-Trained Dermatopathologist
Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology

 

Dr. Brad Graham served in the United States Navy, most recently at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, before relocating his family to Tyler in 2001 to join U.S. Dermatology Partners Tyler on Dominion Plaza. Like several of his colleagues, his many years of experience include several appointments as an instructor as well as numerous medical presentations and published articles.

Dr. Brad Graham is a gifted dermatologist and dermatopathologist heavily involved in providing our patients with expert diagnosis services through the convenience and unmatched capability of our in-house pathology lab. He also skillfully performs cutaneous surgery, a variety of laser treatments, sclerotherapy, and many other advanced procedures. Dr. Brad Graham received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco and was awarded his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. Brad Graham diagnoses skin disorders as well as skin cancers at our Tyler lab.

Specialties and Affiliations

Honors and Awards

  • 1986-1988 Dean’s List, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • 1987-1988 Competitive Academic Scholarship, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • 1987-1990 Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship, United States Navy
  • 1988 Honors, Surgery Core Rotation, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • 1988-1990 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • May 1990 Graduated with High Honors, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • June 1998-1999 Alfred M. Hollander Memorial Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence
  • June 2000-2001 Alfred M. Hollander Memorial Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence

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“I entered the field of dermatology so that I could help people with skin disorders. Being able to see the visible results of the treatments I recommend for my patients is very rewarding.” – Brad S. Graham, MD

Services Offered By Brad Graham, MD

What is Merkel Cell Carcinoma?

Skin cancer is a common concern in the U.S.  Estimates reported by the American Academy of Dermatology suggest one in five people in the U.S. will develop some form of skin cancer. Merkel cell carcinoma is among the rarest forms of skin cancer, wherein estimates by the Skin Cancer Foundation suggest that only one in 130,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma. Like melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer with a high mortality rate.  As with most potentially aggressive malignancies, early detection is the best way to decrease the risk of death associated with Merkel cell carcinoma. You can learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for Merkel cell carcinoma on this page.

Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare form of skin cancer that arises from Merkel cells, cells that reside deeper in the skin and function to send ‘touch’ signals from outside the skin to the inside of the body.  The diagnosis of Merkel cell carcinoma is ultimately made by an assessment under the microscope after a skin biopsy has been performed.  Skin biopsies are interpreted by dermatopathologists, doctors who specialize in evaluating skin under the microscope.  Dermatopathologists are well equipped to make this diagnosis accurately when skin tissue is submitted in a biopsy specimen.  Unfortunately, when Merkel cells become cancerous, they also become aggressive.  Merkel cell carcinoma can metastasize (spread) quickly, making it one of the most aggressive types of cancer.  While treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma may be successful, even with treatment Merkel cell carcinoma may evade what appears to be disease remission, and recur.

 

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