The Personal Touch
Dermatologist Lily Talakoub, MD, left public health for private practice so she could help patients one-on-one.By Shelley Moench-Kelly, MBA The desire to treat patients of all ages in a one-on-one setting drew Lily Talakoub, MD, away from a career in public health and to dermatology. “I realized that my true joy in life is being with people and talking to people,” says Dr. Talakoub, who worked for the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General during medical school. “Often you follow a career path and realize that career path is not what you expected it to be. I needed to be around people. Public health was not the right place for me.”
A dermatology specialty means she can treat patients of all ages. “I treat men, women, kids, teens and babies,” she says. “In dermatology, you are like the family doctor, but you also do procedures. The breadth of care is what stood out to me.”
After graduating with a medical degree and master's in public health from the Boston University School of Medicine, where she was elected to...
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