Dr. Neil Farnsworth grew up in New Orleans thinking he would be a filmmaker. To gain ideas and skills for storytelling, he studied literature and drama in college. Finding himself more captivated by the people in stories than by the way their stories were told, he realized that he wanted to affect people’s lives in a more direct and personal way. After obtaining his premedical requisites in Philadelphia, Dr. Farnsworth attended medical school in Houston, where he acquired medical Spanish. Wanting to understand the cellular processes underlying human disease, he took time in medical school to complete a year-long, post-sophomore fellowship in pathology and chose dermatology because of its focus on those elements while still treating the patient as a whole.
Upon graduating medical school, Dr. Farnsworth returned to New Orleans for his internship and dermatology residency training. He considers helping serve the medical needs of his hometown through the first years after Hurricane Katrina one of the greatest privileges of his life. This period of training also exposed him to the lack of public education regarding dermatologic issues affecting skin of color. He performed a study to demonstrate the efficacy of educating schoolchildren about the dangers of hair care-induced alopecia, for which he won the Louisiana Dermatology Society’s Peterkin Award.
After residency, Dr. Farnsworth took a few years to work in Houston, but the pull of New Orleans was too strong, and in 2013 he returned to establish his practice, be closer to family and to serve the most amazing community in the world.
Dr. Neil Farnsworth considers effective and affordable care to be his driving goal and is caring for patients at Farnsworth Dermatology New Orleans, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners.