Medical Dermatology


We encourage patients to research their diagnosis and become an active participant in their care. Several links are provided below to help steer your search toward reputable websites. If you have a website you have found to be useful, please email and we will consider adding it to our list.

Conditions & Treatments
Information on Melanoma
The Skin Cancer Foundation Explains Melanoma Explains Melanoma 
American Academy of Dermatology Explains Melanoma
eMedicine Explains Melanoma 
American Melanoma Foundation
Aim at Melanoma 

Several online sources of information are available about psoriasis. Here are links to some of our favorites.
National Psoriasis Foundation 
Address Your Psoriasis 
Talk Psoriasis 

Clinical Trials
This website allows patients with advanced melanoma to search for ongoing clinical trials testing new medications. Click on ‘Search for Clinical Trials’ and then enter ‘melanoma and the city you wish to be treated in’ for a list of current trials.

Research one of the forms of treatment, BOTOX.

A really neat feature of this website is that it allows you to search for a list of potential causes of your skin complaint according to location on the body. This is called Skin Condition Finder and is sometimes useful for patients to explore. 


Lupus of the Skin
The following are a few resources to research your diagnosis of lupus.
Lupus Foundation of America 
Lupus and Your Skin 

Efudex - Learn more about Efudex treatment for actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions) and some superifical forms of skin cancer.

Aldara  - Learn more about Aldara treatment for actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions), superficial basal cell carcinoma and external genital or perianal warts.

Photodynamic Therapy
Learn more about Levulan Photodynamic Therapy for the treatment of actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions) and acne.

American Society for Mohs Surgery
This website offers patients information on the process of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

American Academy of Dermatology
The flagship organization for all board-certified dermatologists. Research a variety of topics and links. 

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery 
A website dedicated to all aspects of dermatologic surgery. 

eMedicine, Dermatology Section
Search any topic in dermatology and receive detailed information on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of a particular condition.

The Skin Cancer Foundation It is one of the best online sources for information on skin cancer. It also covers topics such as sunscreen, tanning, UV protective clothing and how to perform a self-skin examination. 


National Cancer Institute
Research information on non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer.

American Cancer Society

American Skin Association 

Patch Testing
Research information about causes of allergic or contact dermatitis using the following links.
American Contact Dermatitis Society 
MayoClinic Explains Contact Dermatitis 
Dermatitis Facts  - Easy to understand basic information on atopic dermatitis (eczema) and allergic/contact dermatitis.

Sun Protective Clothing and Products
Below are links to several websites selling UV protective clothing.
Sun Protection Zone - A great website to shop online for stylish clothing to protect kids and adults from harmful sunburns.
Sun Precautions
Solar Gard Window Films
Coolibar Quality Sun Protection Clothing 
Sun Guard Protection Laundry Aid

Order Vanicream products online. 

Sleep Easy Pillow
This website allows you to order a special pillow to overcome severe ear pain caused by CNH (chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis).

Smartphone Applications
Sun Alert - Allows you to calculate the amount of time you can safely expose yourself to the sun using your skin type, sunscreen use and location.
Love My SkinAllows you to record the locations of moles and other abnormal lesions on a virtual diagram of the body. You can edit the details of each mole or growth and keep notes on changes that can later be reported to your dermatologist.
Research Your Dermalogist
Information about Dr. Cowan or other physicians can be accessed online. However, you want to use reputable websites for an accurate assessment of a physician’s credentials and any past grievances. We include this information so patients can feel empowered to choose the right dermatologist for their care.

Kentucky Medical Board
You can search for grievances filed with the state medical board as well as reviewing any disciplinary actions required.

American Board of Dermatology
Board-certification in dermatology is a rigorous process which requires the physician to pass an intensive 2 part test to achieve the highest educational standard. Always ask if your dermatologist is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). You can also go online at and click “Is Your Doctor Certified?” Board-certification matters. Dr. Cowan is board-certified, is your dermatologist? Research today.