UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Usatine, Richard Philip MD

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
(210) 358-3200
usatine@uthscsa.edu

Richard P. Usatine, MD is Professor with Tenure in the Department
of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He also has a cross appointment as a Professor of Medicine related to his work with the Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. He received his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1982 and completed his family medicine residency at UCLA Medical Center in 1985. He is the co-author of 9 books and the lead author of 7 of these. These include the Color Atlas series: The Color Atlas of Family Medicine, "The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine" and "The Color Atlas of Pediatrics". He has published over 120 articles and has won numerous teaching and humanism awards. Dr. Usatine was recognized in 2000 as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Usatine is the assistant director of medical humanities education through the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at UTHSCSA. In this position, he is the medical director of the student-run free clinic program and works in global health and medical ethics. He is strongly motivated to provide medical students the opportunity to give back to the community by working in student-run free clinics for the underserved and persons experiencing homelessness. In partnership with our medical students, he developed the student-run free clinic program at UTHSCSA in 2005. He has started doing this work in 1990 when he became the medical director of the UCLA student-run homeless clinic in a transitional housing village in Los Angeles. He has always worked to provide care to persons and families experiencing homelessness his whole career starting at the Venice Family Clinic in 1985. He was recently recognized for this work by being invited to give the keynote address to the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics in January 2016.

As the founder and medical director of the UTHSCSA Skin Clinic in San Antonio, he works to see that underserved patients have access to medical and surgical care for their dermatological needs. He is the lead author of three dermatology books: Skin Surgery: A Practical Guide, Dermatological and Cosmetic Procedures in Office Practice and Cutaneous Cryosurgery. He has been the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians for over 10 years. He created the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web http://www.dermatlas.net and is the editor of Photo Rounds in the Journal of Family Practice. Dr. Usatine runs the only family medicine dermatology underserved faculty development fellowship in the country. He has mentored 10 board-certified family physicians in dermatology since the program began in 2009.

Dr. Usatine enjoys using his creative skills to teach physicians and other healthcare providers. His work includes writing, editing, teaching, curriculum development, chairing courses, mentoring, medical photography, video production, website development, and app development. One of his most recent works is Dermoscopy: Two Step Algorithm a free app for Apple and android platforms. It is the number one downloaded Dermoscopy app in the world. There have been over 11,000 downloads of this app since it was developed in 2014. Dermoscopy is a recently developed method of diagnosing skin cancers using a handheld dermatoscope that allows the clinician to see below the skin using magnification and special lighting. As a recognized national expert in this cutting edge technology, Dr. Usatine has been invited by the American Academy of Family Physicians to teach five Dermoscopy courses yearly for family doctors.

7/2009 - Present Faculty Development Program Director and Program Director, Underserved Dermatology Family Medicine Faculty Development Program UTHSCSA
7/2008 - Present Professor of Medicine - Cross appointment and Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery UTHSCSA, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
4/2008 - Present Assistant Director for Humanities Education and Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics UTHSCSA, TX
8/2006 - Present Medical Director, Family Medicine Skin Clinic and Medical Director UTHSCSA, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
1/2005 - Present Medical Director, Student-run faculty supervised free clinics and Medical Director University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
8/2003 - Present Professor, Family and Community Medicine UTHSCSA, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX