Dr. Derek S. Towery, a board-certified dermatologist and diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, graduating summa cum laude. He worked as a research chemist at Monsanto for three years before deciding to pursue his passion for medicine. After working in the lab on many projects in both agriculture and pharmaceuticals, he found himself more interested the pharmaceutical and medically-focused projects, which led to his desire to be more involved on the clinical side of pharmaceutical development. He decided to enroll in medical school to make that a reality. Once in medical school, he found the clinical side and patient interaction even more enjoyable and decided to pursue that career path.
Dr. Towery is a magna cum laude graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the St. Louis University Hospital and a residency in dermatology at The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, serving as chief resident in his final year. Dr. Towery began his practice in Joplin after completing his residency.
Dr. Towery has published in multiple peer-reviewed dermatology journals and presented at regional dermatology meetings. Dr. Towery is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Missouri State Medical Association.
Dr. Towery has a clinical interest in general dermatology and skin cancer treatment and prevention, and works full time in the Joplin office.