Paula K. Lapinski, MD, FACMS
Dr. Paula Lapinski is a board-certified dermatologist serving people in Lombard, Naperville, and Joliet, IL and surrounding areas. With an extensive medical background and an unparalleled warmth, she has built a reputation in the community for exceptional treatment of a wide range of cosmetic and medical dermatologic issues.
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Professional Training & Credentials
Dr. Lapinski was born and raised in Lemont, Illinois. She earned her degree in pre-professional studies at The University of Notre Dame, graduating with Honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to attend Northwestern University School of Medicine.
After completing her internship at Evanston-Northwestern Hospital, she chose to move to Texas to complete her residency in Dermatology at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of the premier programs in the country. After graduation, Dr. Lapinski was board certified by The American Board of Dermatology.
She entered private practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for one year while she co-directed the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, a specialized center for patients with melanoma, atypical nevi, and other cutaneous malignancies.
"I just wanted to say thank you for the great care you gave me for my skin cancer. I was so lucky to be referred to you. I really hit the jackpot. Not only are you a wonderful doctor but you also run a great practice. ..."
Shari, Mohs surgery patient (read more patient letters)
Skin Cancer Care: The Best of Both Worlds
Having a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgery specialist team and an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon at the same practice provides our skin cancer patients with a level of care that is rarely matched. The combined expertise and experience of Dr. Lapinski and Dr. Rios enables them to create comprehensive treatment plans for patients who require Mohs surgery.
Mohs surgery is a precise procedure used to remove cancerous lesions primarily from the face, neck, and hands. After Dr. Lapinski removes all cancerous cells, Dr. Rios repairs the wound to create aesthetically pleasing results. This team approach is a tremendous benefit for our patients.
Dr. Lapinski's interest in patients with skin cancer led her to complete an additional year of training at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in the area of Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialized method of skin cancer excision and pathologic examination. During her tenure in Dallas she lectured at local and national meetings as a clinical instructor in dermatology and dermatologic surgery.
Dr. Lapinski practiced dermatology and Mohs surgery for another year in private practice in Texas before deciding to move back home to Illinois.
As a Naperville area dermatologist, Dr. Lapinski uses her extensive training and expertise to practice medical dermatology including Mohs surgery, and a variety of cosmetic dermatology procedures.
For more information about Dr. Lapinski, visit Why Choose Dr. Lapinski and read her CV. To learn how her past patients feel about their experiences with her, view her gallery of thank-you notes.
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