A dermatologic surgeon has completed a 3-year residency in dermatology. This includes training in the surgical aspects of dermatology (i.e. dermatologic surgery). Some dermatologists also complete a 1-2 year fellowship training program on Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. Dr. Hanke founded and directed the Fellowship training programs in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology at IUMC and St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Plastic surgeons receive training in general surgery followed by plastic surgery. There is some overlap of procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons and plastic surgeons. The procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons including laser surgery for skin lesions, Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancer, and liposuction using tumescent local anesthesia were all developed or refined by dermatologists.