Asked to describe herself in three words, South Shore Dermatology Physicians' (SSDP) new, Board certified dermatologist doesn't hesitate to reply "Artistic. Friendly. Driven," says Tarana (Tara) Mohammadi, MD. The adjectives are well-chosen.
Growing up in a Detroit suburb, Dr. Mohammadi was drawn to surgery at an early age after watching her surgeon father perform minor procedures on her "accident-prone older brother." A talented athlete with a passion for the creative arts, she pursued many varied interests, from skiing and soccer to painting and pottery.
After graduation from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completion of a transitional-year internship at the former Oakwood Hospital in Michigan, Dr. Mohammadi entered a three-dermatology residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. It was there that her interest in dermatology as a union of, "surgical skills, visual diagnosis and a bit of artistry," ripened. "This spoke to me in a way I didn't feel in other fields," she relates.
Dr. Mohammadi expanded her medical knowledge by undertaking diverse experiences during her education and training. She cared for detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections during her dermatology residency and worked as a clinical research coordinator at a cancer center prior to medical school. "(Working at the jail) helped me work independently early on... and it taught me that even in a bare bones clinic, I could make a difference in the patients' lives," Dr. Mohammadi describes. Her cancer center experiences provided a deeper understanding of the disease's far-ranging impact. "Fortunately, many of the cancers we see in dermatology are preventable, treatable and curable," she adds.
Just a couple of months into her new position at SSDP, Dr. Mohammadi has been happily surprised by the variety of skin conditions she treats. "I've seen a lot of really interesting dermatology," she explains. "There have been a lot of cases to keep me thinking, reading and asking questions." The warm welcome she has received from patients, staff and doctors has also added to her enjoyment. "Absolutely everyone has taught me something these first few weeks," she enthuses.
With a lifelong interest in the creative arts, Dr. Mohammadi looks forward to using her artistic talent in the medical, surgical and cosmetic areas of her practice. For now, she is focused on creating long-term relationships with her patients. "I hope to be someone they can come to for anything and be able to care for them through all phases of their lives, from acne and eczema to skin cancers," she says.
Need a dermatologist?
SSDP has immediate appointments available now.
Schedule your visit with Leera M. Briceno, MD, Amy S. Chang, MD, Lindsay Eminger, MD, Daniel S. Loo, MD,Tarana Mohammadi, MD, Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, Christine Urman, MD, or Kerri Liska, MS, PA-C, by phoning (508) 535-3376, or visiting the Contact page on the SSDP website.